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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Come Hear Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan In Concert

As part of the Sandwich Celebrates 375th celebration and the Daffodil Days Festival in Sandwich, internationally famed Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan will present a concert on April 27th in the Sandwich High School auditorium.

This amazing singers' life story is profoundly inspiring. He is a man of enormous faith who attributes that faith and his mothers urging to follow his dream to his enormous success. He has performed as a soloist for audiences and dignitaries from around the world since attaining international celebrity performing as a member of The Irish Tenors.
Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan in a gray sport coat in front of a brick wall
Tynan's career has not followed a traditional path. In his 20's, after losing both legs as the result of an auto accident, he amassed 18 gold medals and achieved 14 world records at the Paralympics. He went on to graduate from Trinity College and become a medical doctor specializing in orthopedic sports injuries.

Ronan began studying music during his residency and, within the year, began winning competitions
and ultimately a recording contract with Sony Music. When he joined John McDermott and Anthony in performing as The Irish Tenors, his career blossomed.

His desire to move from a classical genre with The Irish Tenors into performing a wider variety of music led him to the solo career for which he is know today. He has inspired and consoled millions, from singing during President Regan's funeral and benefits for the fallen firefighters and their families after 9/11 to being the first ever singer invited to perform at the opening of the Belmont Stakes.

logo for 375th Anniversary with drawing of town hall and local churchThose attending the concert in Sandwich with enjoy hearing Tynan perform not only opera but rock 'n roll, religious, and country songs as well as wonderful Irish ballads. The concert is being sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital of Cape Cod, the Sandwich Visitors' Board, WRCC and Ocean 104.7.

Tickets can be purchased online from the Sandwich 375th website, at Splash Stationers in Sandwich and MOMO's in East Sandwich. Tickets prices are $29, $49, and $69. The concert is from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 27th at the Sandwich High School Auditorium.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sandwich's 375th Anniversary Event for April 2014

wood shingled mill bulding with willow trees, stone wall, and flowing water.
Dexter Grist Mill
Sandwich is a wonderful place to visit and, for those of us who are really lucky, a special place to live. This year, more so than ever, we are proud to live here because we are celebrating 375 years of history in our village. The celebration began with First Night and will continue with monthly events throughout 2014.

April is the month for celebrating spring and the appearance of daffodils throughout the village and along scenic Route 6A and all of the back roads and trails. Everywhere you look you see their little yellow faces reaching for the warmth of the sun.

yellow daffodils in a flower bedOn Saturday, April 26th, as part of the 375th Anniversary Celebration, the Sandwich Daffodil Festival will be held at Oakcrest Cove Park on Quaker Meetinghouse Road. The gate opens at 10:00 am and the festivities will run until 4:00 pm. There will be musical performances, artists tents displaying work by local artists featuring painters, potters, stained glass artists, photographers, folk artists, and jewelers. Stunning gardening and floral displays and presentations and musical performances will run throughout the day. The New England Food Truck Association will offer a variety of breakfast and lunch foods for adults and children.

The festival features a Kids Zone with crafts, face painting, and special performances just for the
kiddies. There will be craft sessions for kids ages 2 through 5 and sessions for kids ages 6 and above.

A complete schedule of events and a listing of musical performers and food vendors is available on the 375th Anniversary website and admission to the festival is free.

We residents are feeling quite proud to celebrate the 375th year of this amazing village and are eager to share the celebration with visitors. We hope you will log on to the website and read about all of the incredible events that are scheduled throughout the season and come join the celebration of Sandwich and share the excitement with us. There are rooms at the Inn and we would love to have you.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Exhibit for 2014 at the Sandwich Glass Museum

So what do you do in Sandwich on a cold, snowy night in February? We are lucky and can just walk across the road to a lecture and exhibit opening reception at the Sandwich Glass Museum. We were looking forward to seeing a few friends and neighbors and maybe have a glass of wine.  But the night turned in too much more than that.
old Sandwich Boardwalk with people from the 1800's
Sandwich Boardwalk

The new exhibit that opened is Wish You Were Here, Postcards from Sandwich. It runs from February 1st to June 8th in the Special Exhibition Gallery and consists of dozens of well-preserved post cards that show the sites and attractions of Sandwich at that point in time.

To start the evening, museum Curator Dorothy Hogan-Schofield gave a talk on turn of the century post cards.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the hand written penny post card was a very popular method of communication. Remember, this was a time before home telephones, let alone the ubiquitous cell phone. Today, we instantaneously communicate by calling or texting. In those days, you hand wrote a quick message on a post card to let someone know where you were and that you were thinking of them. If you had more time, you would write a more detailed letter. Today that would most likely be an email. Oh, the lost art of writing a letter.

1750 Inn at Sandwich Center with porch
118 Tupper Road circa 1800
It was exciting for us to see a late 1800s post card that featured our 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center when it had an enclosed porch across the entire front of the house. We think our Inn is a beautiful house and so did the post card manufacturer who took the picture and sold it to those early Sandwich tourist. We knew that the house had a front porch at one time that was remove after a hurricane toppled a large tree on it, but had never seen such a good picture of it. It would be wonderful  to restore it; maybe next year’s off-season project ...chuckle.

Come and stay at our Inn and make sure you visit this wonderful exhibit. After June 8th the Sandwich Glass Museum will have another new exhibit that will be just as interesting. Mention that you read this blog when you make your reservations and we will give you passes to visit the Museum.