Community

An abundant community.

“Where the consumer society breeds individualism and its effects of entitlement and self-interest, an abundant community is marked by a collective accountability that can be created only in relationship to other people.”  John McKnight & Peter Block.  

Abundance in a community has to do with the variety of gifts that individuals bring to it, and the value realized through building relationships with others.

We think of High Cove as an “intentional community,” but it is not intentional in quite the same way as many communities associated with that label. It is planned and purposeful in its development, oriented to a set of goals and principles, committed to an ideal of community, but it is not the sort of community where the group gets to decide who joins and who doesn’t, where there is a litmus test for membership.

As a result, High Cove has attracted people from different walks of life, who bring a range of activities, projects and passions to the community.  As in the old parable of “stone soup,” the community is a work in progress, expanding and improving as each new member contributes their passions and projects.

Community Life

One of the best ways to understand who we are is to browse through some of the things we are doing at High Cove.

HIGHCOVELIVING.ORG

This website and blog– “Living at High Cove”– is an example of a community project. It was initiated by residents who are eager to represent their own experiences at High Cove in a way that highcove.com cannot.  As an ongoing project, it is open for contributions from any current residents (and neighbors).  Many of them have contributed bios, blog posts, photos, and links to their own web sites .       

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AS IF Center

“Mission statement:
Our mission is to develop curiosity, creativity, and
connection to the natural world through collaborative, participatory art + science.

AS IF stands for “art and science in the field.”  The center runs programs that involve artists, scientists and community members in exploring the intersection of art and science in the natural environment.   

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ART & CRAFT

The High Cove community includes a lot of people who are involved in the arts– potters, painters, writers, filmmakers, and so on.  

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MUSIC

The High Cove community includes accomplished musicians as well as music lovers, and is a place where musical events include gatherings of people who love to sing, house concerts by touring and local musicians, and a music festival.  

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Residents in High Cove are involved in a variety of outdoor activities that are available on site or in the region:  hiking, kayaking, cycling.  

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

The community garden was created as a community project in the spring, 2017.  The group built 6 raised beds in the pasture, near the Artists Studio Court.  It was fenced in last year to keep the deer from eating everything.   The location was selected because the gardeners wanted to be close to other activity.   It is open to any community members who would like to participate.    

LIFELONG LEARNING

Through the High Cove Institute and community partners, we seek to support and facilitate educational, cultural, and environmentally restorative activities that reflect the values of our community.

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

At High Cove, community members bring their passions and interests to a wide variety of community projects, ranging from work on improving High Cove’s network of trails to organized gatherings around diverse interests such as cycling, drama, conservation, and helping troubled youth.

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FIREFLY LODGE

The Lodge, owned by founding partners of HCLC, continues to function as a center for community activity as well as providing affordable short-term accommodations for visitors.

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MONTH BY MONTH ACTIVITIES

Do you want to know what is happening in and around High Cove at any time of the year?   Here is a month by month guide to activities.        

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