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Angels Among Us

This year, the year of COVID, when the region has witnessed second homeowners settling into their Cape home long past Labor Day, Pacheco says the theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” speaks to those residents who love the area for the warm, seaside activities, but may never have considered the holidays in their summer home. Chapman, whose collaboration with Pacheco is at the core of bridging the interior of the home with the splendor of nature found on the grounds, will be collecting flora and fauna for use in executing her vision. “I will be using the things that are familiar and accessible to people who enjoy their light, bright home when the warm breeze blows through,” she explains. “But how do you take that backdrop, add the beautiful natural elements of the Cape and create a warm, seasonal palette where you can create new memories and traditions with your family?”

The impressive landing of the grand staircase is always a focal point year-to-year, with this year’s installation being no exception. Pacheco’s focus this year has a collection of angels overseeing the entire home. “This year, of all years, who doesn’t need an angel?” Pacheco says. She should know since throughout her life here on the Cape, there are countless individuals whose paths have crossed hers and would claim that she certainly has earned a certain celestial status.

Pacheco and her team, George Chapman, Alda Barron and Isabel Melo, are busy transforming the elegant rooms of the home. They also assist Pacheco the rest of the year as her creativity is responsible for a variety of staging projects, corporate office transformations, event styling and staging for various Cape Cod Life publications. She is constantly approaching every project with a unique perspective that incorporates the natural beauty of the environment in an effort to keep the design continually intriguing and organic. Her real talents are seeing the potential in most anything, as she repurposes, recycles and reuses items whose potential most people would never even see, let alone consider. She truly has a lack of fear of failure, which allows her to take risks while her vision and conviction ultimately guide her to a successful resolution. In the words of writer G.K. Chesterton, “The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.”

Highfield Hall & Gardens, a nonprofit organization that relies upon donors and events to offer their extraordinary property to the public, is to be commended for their commitment to continue during this difficult year with what has become a well-received tradition. 

“God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time!” – Eileen Elias Freeman

This year’s Holidays at Highfield will include both indoor and outdoor displays. The indoor event will be limited to pre-sold tickets only. All sales must be made in advance and online. Make sure to visit Highfield online at to learn more about your visit.

Check out our previous coverage of Holidays at Highfield here!

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