Celebrating 375 Years!
The Sandwich 375 Committee is planning some wonderful events to celebrate our town’s 375th birthday. They will take place not just in the village; but all over town. The planners are not just a small group of folks; they are an all-volunteer group representing all ages, students, many groups and organizations, and folks who are just passionate about our town. They are happily giving of their time and energy to plan the best celebration possible! The events planned are so varied that there is something that will appeal to every age group, and best of all, most of the events will be free!
(NOTE: There may be some schedule changes as we get closer to the actual event dates. Check back here for the latest updated information.)
February was YOUTH ART MONTH. What better way to celebrate than to have the students in the Sandwich Public Schools K-8th grades create pictures in different art mediums that portray what Sandwich means to them. The creations are now done. They are on display all around town. READ MORE and SEE A VIDEO…
Sandwich is very fortunate as it supports and encourages an environment where history, arts and culture flourish. Hence, it improves the quality of life for our residents and enhances our visitors’ experience. Therefore, the Sandwich 375 Committee invites everyone to enjoy these fascinating events in March, thanks to the Sandwich Glass Town Cultural District and our amazing group of volunteers.
March 22: Theater Performance – Saturday, 7pm, Town Hall. “IF THIS STAGE COULD TALK” brings a troupe of local actors to Town Hall stage in a Readers Theatre performance that will include scenes from 3 plays performed at Town Hall in days gone by along with young actors from Sandwich High School performing their original one-act play written in celebration of the town’s 375th Birthday. The evening is being produced by Theatre of Sandwich.
The Deestrick Skule (a word play of “District School”) was performed in November 1895. Miss Civilization and The Crimsom Cocoanut were performed by the Sandwich Senior Class of 1915. There will also be several Elocutionist Style performances. Traveling Elocutionists were very popular in the 1800s and into the 1900s. Please plan to attend this charming performance that will bring the Town Hall auditorium alive again with historic and entertaining words. Be the guests of the Sandwich 375th Committee as we continue our year long celebration. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
March 23: Arts In Action! – Sunday, 1-5pm, Town Hall. If you’ve ever been curious about the process of creating an oil painting, a piece of pottery or perhaps fashioning a piece of jewelry, “Arts in Action” is just the event for you. Over twenty local Sandwich and Cape Cod artisans will be on hand to meet and greet the public and demonstrate how they create their masterpieces. There will be a silent auction of pieces by many of the artists present from 1- 4 pm to benefit the STEM Academy and the Sandwich 375 celebratory events.
March 26: Talk of the Town Speakers Series – Wednesday, 7pm. “100 Years Ago: Constructing an Engineering Marvel” with Samantha Gray, Park Ranger, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.MORE INFO…
March 30: Cape Cod Chorale – Handel Spectacular – Sunday, 2:30pm, Corpus Christi Parish. For centuries, people have loved Handel’s Messiah, and for good reason. Directed by Chris Roberts, the 50 Cape Cod Chorale members’ presentation of this treasured music will not disappoint, it will impress. The program will also include solos by Sandwich’s Jeanne Prendergast and orchestral items played by the fifteen member chamber orchestra featuring Cathy Bonnett on piano. What a wonderful way for the family to celebrate Eastertide. Tickets are $20 each, children 12 and under are free, and available at: www.capecodchorale.org.
April 26: Daffodil Festival - Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, Oak Crest Cove Park. With over 7500 daffodils blooming all over Sandwich, the Festival will be a fun, family way to celebrate Spring with food, flowers, a fishing derby, kids crafts, Ask-A-Master Gardener and a lot MORE…
April 30: Wednesday, 7pm. Talk of the Town Speakers Series - “Exploring Cape Cod’s History through its Architecture” with Sarah Korjeff, Historic Preservationist with the Cape Cod Commission –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
- 10am to 4pm: Hoxie House Open House, Rev. Smith greets visitors, kids games, The New Plimmoth Gard Militia demonstrate their skills
- Quakers hold open house
- Miles Standish arrives from Plimouth
- 10am to 4pm: Grist Mill Open House
- Wampanoag Summer Camp at Mill Creek Park (across from Town Hall)
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May 28: Talk of the Town Speakers Series -“Herb Gardens during the Puritan and Colonial Period” with Carolyn McMorraw, Master Gardener –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
June 14: Heritage Day – The day starts with a March of the Descendants from the original families with church bells ringing and students singing our original song “We Love Sandwich,” proclamations by our elected officials, student poems, and 100 musicians playing a new composition written by our students. In the afternoon the festivities continue at SHS with an all-town photograph, picnic, cupcake competition with celebrity judges, games, music, Silly Sally, the Suspenders, Wally the Green Monster and the Bourne Braves vs. the Falmouth Commodores CCBL game.
June 15: Heritage Hey Day - 10am – 5pm. Come celebrate the Town of Sandwich’s 375th Anniversary and Heritage Museums & Gardens’ 45th Anniversary on the same day! Enjoy musical performances at the Outdoor Concert Stage: 10:30-12:30 A decades dance party with instruction from DJ Ooch, 1:30 Performer TBD, and 3:30 Regency Brass Ensemble.
Throughout the property, enjoy a variety of family lawn games from the past to current day. Potato sack races with prizes at 1pm and 3pm so join in the fun all morning to practice before the race. Visit each of the ten Big Bugs sculptures and learn fun facts about the insects depicted at each.
Event activities are free with museum admission. To celebrate Sandwich’s 375th, museum admission is free for Sandwich residents with proof of residence. In celebration of Father’s Day, all dads are admitted free of charge today.
- 10am to 4pm: 1774 Minuteman encampment, they will portray the Sandwich militia unit of Captain Simeon Fish
- 11am to 3pm: Horse drawn wagon rides around the village
- Re-enactors stroll the village.
- Historical geo-Cache hunt
- 7pm: “The Body of the People,” a Tories vs. Patriots play performed at Town Hall
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June 25: Talk of the Town Speakers Series - “Sandwich During the American Civil War” with Bill Daley, Sandwich Historical Commission –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
June 28: Sandwich Fest!- Saturday 10am – 4pm in Historic Sandwich Village. Celebrate the start of the summer season. Presented by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, the sixth annual Street Fair will stretch along Route 130, from the Town Hall to the Hoxie House. Fairgoers of all ages will gather for games, pet friendly activities, live music, Juried Arts and Crafts Show, food vendors, and free entertainment. The featured competition to earn the coveted crown for having the “Best Sandwich in Sandwich” is a big draw and sampling a heaping plate of sandwiches has become an annual tradition. An expert panel of judges will decide who will get the title, while fairgoers will have the chance to taste and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Dog owners can dress up their dogs and participate in the Dog Costume Parade and Competition to win a prize. For more information call the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, 508-833-9755 or visit sandwichchamber.com.
- 8am: 60 to 70 Civil War re-enactors will portray the Sandwich Guards, Company D of the 29th Massachusetts Volunteers and they will open up Camp Chipman to the public
- Civil War re-enactors from the US Naval Marine Landing unit will be participating in events all day
- 9:30am: Soldiers and Sailors March down Water St. to the front of Town Hall to re-enact a ceremony that took place there in 1861 when the townspeople bid farewell to the first military unit that was organized on the Cape.
- 10:30am: the soldiers and sailors will march back to Camp Chipman and will remain there until 4pm
- The Lions Club will provide food for the crowds at the Wing School
- Noon to 4pm: Quilt Show upstairs in the Town Hall
- Burying Grounds tours, times TBA
- Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village
- READ MORE…
July 23: Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Petticoats at Sea” Storyteller Joan Gatturna brings to life the tale of Johanna Sears and her family which is based on the true life adventures of several New England families whose daughters and sons proved their courage and skill when faced with perils at sea! –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
July 26: SeaFest-
- Enjoy an old-fashioned clambake along the banks of the Canal and stay for the party afterwards with a great dance band and viewing of the…
- Parade of Lights on the Canal.
- Board the many interesting ships from the past to the present.
- Juried craft fair
- Shanty music
- Coast Guard demonstration
- Seafood Smashdown
- Kids Tent featuring sea creatures
- Hood Blimp
August 2-3: Water Street Wing Fling –
- Hot air balloons
- kids zone with lots of inflatables
- kayaks on Shawme Pond
- classic car show
- hay rides
- food garden
- Chalk & Arts Festival – Join in or watch artists draw with chalk on the sidewalk. Sandwich Artists work will also be featured and available for sale.
- A SPECIAL SURPRISE: 3D Projection Mapping Light Show by Paintscaping!
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August 16 & 17: Thornton Burgess Days -
Thornton Burgess Days Celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the Town of Sandwich at the Green Briar Nature Center from 10 am – 4 pm. Families will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend. Free admission.
August 23: The 1900 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History) –
- 10am: A Cavalcade of Classic Cars from each of the decades of the 1900s will proceed from the Wing School through the village to Jarvesville Park.
- Noon to 4pm: the Classic Cars will be available for viewing at Jarvesville
- 2 to 3pm: live concert given by the Colum Cille Pipe and Drum of Cape Cod
- Scavenger Hunt in the Village
- Exhibit of Dodge Macknight paintings at the Library, painting lessons for kids
- Walking Tour of the Village led by “Thornton Burgess”
- 5 to 8 pm: 1940s Block Party on Jarves St. btn. Rte. 6A and Beth’s (which was a former USO Hall)
- READ MORE…
September 13: Parades are pretty special in Sandwich, but this one will be the grandest of them all featuring many bands, floats, organizations, teams, companies, and more.
September 24: Talk of the Town Speakers Series - “Daring Sea Rescues Along the New England Coast” with Michael Tougias, author & lecturer –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
October 24 & 25: Ye Olde Spirits of Sandwich – Masquerade Ball on the 24th. Which Witch of Sandwich parade of “witches”, choose the best Witch of Sandwich”. Famous Sandwich residents of olde walking through the village. Graveyard Tours, Graveyard Art. Library scarecrow contest.
October 29: Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Thornton Burgess” as portrayed by actor David B. Hobbs. Meet Christie Lowrance, author of Nature’s Ambassador, The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess–Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
November 19: Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “An Overview of American Folk Art” with Beth Friend, art historian –Sandwich Glass Museum, Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main St. Sandwich, MA. 508-888-0251 Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7. MORE INFO…
December 31: First Night Sandwich