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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cape Cod Summer off to a Great Start in Sandwich

The summer of 2010 is off to a great start here in Sandwich. The weather is beautiful with warm days and cool nights. What more could you as for when you’re vacationing on Cape Cod? It is hard to believe that it’s almost July 4th, but it’s still June and Sandwich has an abundance of events to entertain visitors and locals.

On Friday, June 25th, Heritage Museums & Gardens is premiering a new exhibit featuring the works of Frank Vining Smith (1879 – 1967) who lived and worked in Hingham, Massachusetts. An avid sailor, his works are informed with an authentic appreciation for the sea and its' ships. Inspired by his love of the sea, he became known as America’s finest marine painter, gaining the critical and monetary success seldom achieved by artists. As some of the works in the exhibit are from a private collection, this could be your only opportunity to see them.

The following Sunday (June 27th) at 2:00 pm, James Craig, author of Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century, will be at the museum to share his insights about this prolific artist. You can purchase a copy of his book on site and he will be happy to sign it for you.

On Saturday, June 26th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the lawn of the Sandwich Public Library, there will be a juried show and sale featuring twenty of the region’s finest jewelry artisans. Unique creations in silver, glass, mother of pearl, vintage buttons, semi-precious stones, and much more will be available for sale. Pick up a memento of your visit to Cape Cod or a gift to delight someone special.

Also on Saturday, June 26th, the Dexter Grist Mill is opening for the season. The restored mill is just across the street from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, and dates back to 1654. Corn is still ground there using the mills' centuries-old gears and the oak waterwheel driven by water flowing from Shawme Pond. You can even buy a bag of ground corn to take home with you. We use corn meal ground at the mill in our Rosemary-Roasted Corn Muffins that we serve for breakfast at the Inn. The mill and its’ resident swans are perhaps the most photographed scene on the Cape so, bring your camera.

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

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