Heritage Day


cchealthcare260Our Thanks to Cape Cod Health Care, the Premier Sponsor of Heritage Day!

Thank you Heritage Day Team!

We give you all a giant thank you for making history! It took about 300 people and a year of planning to put on the amazing morning program! David Schrader, John Williams, Judy Hendy, Jan Simpson, John Kennan, and I made it happen with lots of help from the 225 Descendant Marchers who came from all over the US and Canada, the 10 Men who told us who they were, perfect remarks from Congressman Keating and President and CEO Michael Lauf of Cape Cod Healthcare (our Premier Sponsor), the Boy Scouts, the Girls Scouts, the American Legion, 3rd graders from Oak Ridge and Forestdale, Seniors Jack and Brandan from SHS, Sandwich Soul, our historic reenactors, the Sandwich High School band, 7-8th grade band, the town band, BOS Chair Ralph Vitacco, Town Manager Bud Dunham and our Master of Ceremonies John Kennan. Thank you all so much!

We would also like to give a special thank you to Taylor White and Wendy King, as it was due to their continuous year-long efforts that after 375 years, we are now twinned with Sandwich, Kent, UK!

The day went on to the afternoon events thankfully under the tents supplied by the Sheriff’s Dept. It was so much fun – games, music and all sorts of entertainment, the all-town photograph and the Cupcake Competition with celebrity judges Lisa Raphael, Brendan Fitzgerald, Connie Chung and Maury Povich. Kris Chalke and Gayle Fitzpatrick made all of this happen with their unlimited enthusiasm and strong commitment to their classmate to help fund the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium named after him. Proceeds for the afternoon activities were given to the Stadium Committee. Then on to the Cape Cod Baseball League game where the Bourne Braves hosted the Falmouth Commodores on a renewed field complete with windscreen, dugout fences, pitcher’s mound and even bullpen mounds. We are very grateful to the never ending efforts of Superintendent Dr. Canfield, Athletic Director Neil Murphy, and Facilities Director Alan Hall and his crew, and Cape Cod Fence for making our “field of dreams” happen! It’s a day for the history books!

With abundant thanks,
Cindy Russell, Chair
Sandwich 375 Committee


Click each name to read a transcript of their speech.

William Almy
(portrayed by Mark Pommrehn)

John Carman
(portrayed by Bill Powell)

Richard Chadwell
(portrayed by David Schrader)

Thomas Dexter
(portrayed by Doug Dexter)

Edward Dillingham
(portrayed by Jeff Miller)

Henry Feake
(portrayed by Bill Imes)

Edmund Freeman
(portrayed by Irving Freeman)

George Knott
(portrayed by Raymond Tobey)

Thomas Tupper
(portrayed by Paul Williams)

William Wood
(read by his 9th Great Grandaughter Kaethe Maguire)


10 am March of the Descendants HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
10:30am-12 pm Heritage Day morning program including Twinning Ceremony HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
12-12:30 pm Cupcakes entered for competition
12-1:30 pm Picnic
12-2 pm Wally, the Green Monster
1:30-2:30 pm All town picture
2:00-4 pm WCOD Dan and Stephanie
2:00-3:30 pm Cupcake contest
4-7pm Cape Cod Baseball League Game Bourne Braves vs Falmouth Commodores
Entertainment: Face painting, parachutes, jugglers, authors, exploring the tents
Music: Sandwich Soul and the Jeff Lowe Band

Here are the details:


March of Descendants at 300th Anniversary in 1939

March of Descendants at 300th Anniversary in 1939

10 am: March of the Descendants 

10:30 am-12 pm: Heritage Day morning program. There were proclamations, a Twinning Ceremony with Sandwich, UK, student poems and musicians playing a new composition written by our students.








IN THE AFTERNOON (Sandwich High School): 

Town Picnic:

picnic20012-1:30 pm: Picnic. The afternoon festivities began at 12noon, with an all-town picnic at Sandwich High School baseball field. 







TrevorJuggler2:00-4 pm: WCOD Dan and Stephanie

Music will be provided by Sandwich Soul and the Jeff Lowe Band.

Juggling by Trevor the Juggler and his troupe.




Town Photo:

1:30-2:30 pm: All town picture.




Cupcake Contest:

cupcake20012-12:30 pm: Cupcakes Entered for Competition.

Youth (14 and younger), Adult, and Professional To support the Captain Gerald F DeConto Veteran’s Memorial Complex. The theme for the cupcakes was “birthday” in honor of Sandwich’s 375 years.


2:00-3:30 pm: Cupcake Contest.  WCOD’s personalities Dan and Stephanie were be on hand to emcee the contest. 

Judged by local celebrities including Brendan Fitzgerald, Connie Chung, Maury Povich, Lisa Raphael and Tom Ellis. 




Local Authors:

CeceliaSealTitcomb’s Bookshop hosted a tent with local authors, there will be some on hand to sign their work, or tell a story. Here’s the schedule:

Bill Burbank – “Reflections from the Cape Cod Canal” – book for adults
Jim Coogan – “Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal” and others for adults and children
Joan Walsh – “Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Sandwich” – for children’

Christopher Setterlund – “In My Footsteps: A Cape Cod Travel Guide” – for adults
Christina Laurie – “C is for Cape Cod” – children’s book
Susan Baur – “Turtle Sisters” books for children

Sandwich Sports Complex:

The DeConto family will have a table available for the purchase of bricks which can be inscribed and will be used in a walk-way at the Captain Gerald F DeConto Veteran’s Memorial Complex.

For the Kids:

Wally_the_green_monster300There was face painting, fun and, from

12-2 pm: Wally, the Green Monster was mingling with the crowds.





Cape Cod Baseball League Game:

ccbl_logoThe sun came out and to round out the day, a Cape Cod Baseball League game between the Bourne Braves and the Falmouth Commodores was played in Sandwich where Cape Cod Baseball began!



Game Information

  • Winning Pitcher: 31 – Andrew Sopko
  • Losing Pitcher: 31 – Charles Mulholland
  • Date: 06/14/2014
  • Start Time: 04:04 PM
  • Duration: 2:29
  • End Time: 06:33 PM
  • Plate Umpire: Tim Carey
  • Field Umpire #1: Robert Dwyer
  • Field Umpire #2: Bob Panza
  • Location: Sandwich High School
  • Attendance: 786
  • Weather: 68 Degrees, Overcast




(from “Baseball on Cape Cod” by Dan Crowley)

Play Ball! A brief history of the Cape Cod Baseball League

by Molly Davidson
The Cape League is recognized as the country’s most prestigious amateur baseball league. The rosters of all ten teams are stocked with the top college players from programs across the nation, many of whom are top MLB prospects and attract professional scouts.

The history of the Cape League officially dates back to 1885, but the origins of baseball on Cape Cod extend back to 1865.[1] The Nichols Club, founded by Captain Edward Nichols of Sandwich, was the first baseball team on Cape Cod.

In 1923, the league was dubbed “the Cape League.” At the time, it consisted of four teams from Falmouth, Hyannis, Osterville, and Chatham.[2] The league grew, and by 1930 it consisted of seven teams. In 1946, the league was split into the Upper and Lower Cape divisions.[3]

Over time, the Cape Cod Baseball league has grown into the most elite and well-known college summer league in America, but in it’s early years it consisted of mostly homegrown talent. The teams were made up of local athletes ranging from high school to college age.[4] This changed in 1963 when the Cape Cod Baseball League was officially sanctioned by the NCAA as a college league. The league expanded its talent by seeking out the best college athletes in the country, turning it into the most competitive summer league in the nation.[5]

Today, the Cape Cod Baseball League consists of ten teams divided into two divisions, the East and West. Each team’s roster carries roughly twenty five players, all handpicked from the top college baseball programs. As of 2012, one in every seven MLB players had come through the Cape Cod Baseball League.[6] The rich history, elite talent, and family oriented atmosphere make the Cape League a unique experience for both the fans and athletes spending a summer on Cape Cod.

[1] Steve Weissman, Beach Chairs and Baseball Bats: A Celebration of the Cape Cod Baseball League (Charleston: Booksurge Publishing, 2005): 10, 12.

[2] Weissman, 12.

[3] http://www.falmouthcommodores.com/commodores_history.html

[4] Weissman, 12; http://www.falmouthcommodores.com/commodores_history.html

[5] weissman, 12.

[6] http://www.capecodbaseball.org/about/welcome/


Read “About the Cape Cod Baseball League


(photos and articles compiled and edited by Don Bayley, Sandwich Historical Commission)


Promotional Video hosted by D.C. Huntley, Produced by Sandwich Community Television