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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Attention Sandwich, Cape Cod Animal Lovers

A Prelude to a Furry Affair will be held at the Gallery Gourmet in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA on Saturday, May 1st from 6 PM until 7:30 PM. Join other animal lovers and raise a glass in a toast to the approaching summer season and the MSPCA Guardian Angel Fund. The event is, as it says, a prelude to the annual Furry Affair which will be held at the beautiful Wianno Club in Osterville on May 22nd. The Furry Affair is a dinner with both silent and live auctions. Proceeds from these events benefit the Guardian Angel Fund for homeless, sick, and injured animals.

A Prelude to a Furry Affair will feature light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments and a preview of the items that will be available for auction at the Furry Affair event in Osterville later in the month. After the May 1st event, patrons are invited to bring their ticket stub and dine at the Belfry Inne & Bistro or the Painted Lady restaurants, where $5 of every $20 spent will go to the MSPCA. Both the unique and romantic Belfry Bistro and the whimsical and charming Painted Lady showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Daniel Kenney. The menus feature seasonal, fresh, local ingredients beautifully prepared and presented. An exceptional wine list, from which to select a wine to compliment your meal, is available at both restaurants.

Sadly, with the down-turn in the economy, many folks cannot afford to care for their animals and are forced to take them to their local shelter. When added to the burgeoning population of abandoned and abused animals, the already limited resources of local animal shelters are in serious need or our help. You can do so by attending this event or by making a much needed and appreciated contribution to the MSPCA.

Tickets for A Prelude to a Furry Affair are $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online from the MSPCA or by calling the Gallery Gourmet at 508-888-3633. Join other animal lovers in helping to relieve the pain and suffering of creatures that only want to love and be loved.

Our much loved furry friend, Putter, in one of his favorite spots to nap.

The Mission of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty and work for a just and compassionate society.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wright Whales feeding near Cape Cod Bay

Only an estimated 400 North Atlantic wright whales are still in existence and about half of these endangered animals are currently feeding in the waters off Cape Cod.  "We have had the richest early season we have ever had," said Charles Mayo, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies wright whale specialist. There were 19 documented wright whale births this year and those babies are expected to be traveling with their moms.

The zooplankton that wright whales feed on are plentiful this year in the waters around Cape Cod. What a sight to see these amazing whales skimming the surface of the ocean with their enormous mouths wide open enjoying the bounty. They will soon be heading north to their summer feeding grounds off Nova Scotia.

An opportunity to watch this rarest of leviathans feed is available with a Whale Watch package currently being offered by the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center. The package includes 2 nights in one of the lovely guest rooms at the historic inn and 2 tickets for a Whale Watch Cruise out of Barnstable Harbor. Also included in this package is a fabulous full breakfast each morning. If you want to stay longer so that you can explore the villages and back roads of Cape Cod, a reduced rate is available for additional days when you book one of the many affordable packages offered by the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center.

Just give us a call at 508-888-6958 or book your reservation online from our website.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cape Cod celebrates Earth Day - Sandwich Celebration

Cape Cod is a nature lovers' paradise, wheather you like to hike, bike, kayak, bird watch, or just enjoy strolling through quaint villages and along back roads. Earth Day events are taking place throughout Cape Cod this week. What better place is there to celebrate than in Sandwich at Heritage Museums & Gardens. On Saturday, April 24th from 10 am to 5 pm, environmentally-themed activities will honor Earth Day and Arbor Day. Visitors will get a sneak peek at the newest feature, Hidden Hollow, a nature discovery center. Local arborists will discuss tree care. And, there is a tour of Heritage's impressive tree collection. All of these activities are free with museum admission and each family will leave with a tree seedling of their very own to plant.

However you choose to celebrate, remember that making a conscious effort to reduce your environmental footprint by going organic is a great way for each individual to help create a healthier planet. For some great tips and organic recipes check out Organic on Cape Cod.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring in Bloom in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.

May is a wonderful time to visit Cape Cod, and the Village of Sandwich is the perfect place to spend some time. The weather is great, shops are open, and seafood is abundant.

If you haven’t visited Sandwich recently, come stay for a couple of days. The 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center has lovely accommodations available. After your delicious full breakfast at our Inn, you can take a long walk on the beach and then have lunch at CafĂ© Chew or the Painted Lady. Do some shopping at the Spotted Cod, Summer Cottage, Splash, and Stephanie’s. Look for that antique you have been wanting at the Sandwich Antiques Center or visit one of Sandwich’s many art galleries. And you shouldn’t miss afternoon tea at the Dunbar Tea Room, named one of the top ten English tea rooms in the US.

If museums are your passion, Sandwich, MA is the place for you. Heritage Museums and Gardens is open for its’ 41st season. There you can visit the American History Museum, a labyrinth, and the Hart Family Maze Garden. On Wednesday mornings starting May 19th, you can attend informal gardening sessions on such things as composting, pruning, container gardening, and growing daylilies. Mothers’ Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 10th with free admission for Moms.

Sandwich is also home to the Sandwich Glass Museum. The museums’ permanent exhibits of Sandwich Glass are some of the finest in the world. In May there is a special exhibit entitled My Second Life - A Journey With Glass – Walter Prince.

The Thornton Burgess Museums’ Green Briar Jam Kitchen has two adult jam making workshops in May. You can make you own batch of jam in their 1903 Jam Kitchen. On May 5th and May 8th you can make Strawberry Jam and on May 19th and May 22nd Strawberry Orange Jam. Participants not only help make the jam, they get to take home four to six 8oz. jars of finished product. On May 14th – 16th the Green Briar Nature Center holds its’ 29th Annual Herb Festival. This popular event features an herb sale, exhibits and lectures on the many uses of herbs, and wildflower garden walks. On Friday, May 14th a delightful herb luncheon is served. Paid reservations are required for the luncheon but admission to the festival is free. You can call 508-888-6870 for more information or to make reservations for the luncheon.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center. On Saturday, May 29th the Sandwich Artisans show and sale will be held on the grounds of the Sandwich Public Library. The show features arts and crafts make by local artisans. You will begin Memorial Day with a wonderful breakfast and then experience the Sandwich Memorial Day Parade which passes directly in front of the Inn.
We look forward to your visit.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts