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Monday, January 9, 2012

Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA: Home to Giants

Sandwich is truly a bright spot during the Christmas and New Years holidays. Olde Sandwich Village, where our Cape Cod bed and breakfast is located, is ablaze with lights from the town Christmas tree across the street and all the decorated stores and residents. Our guests also enjoy the Heritage Museums and Gardens’ Gardens Aglow where the hundred acres of gardens sparkle with millions of lights.

Glass Blower
The biggest treat for the eyes, both literally and figuratively, may be the Michael Magyar created "Giant Light Sculptures". Michael Magyar is a very talented, master glass blower who owns the Glass Studio on Cape Cod, located at 470 Route 6A in East Sandwich. A few years back, Michael fashioned an image of a glass blower out of metal and accented it with multi-colored lights as a Christmas decoration. His lighted “Giant” stood out along 6A and creatively marked the site of his business.

I started to notice his giants in 2007, when he gave two angels to the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to stand in front of the office, then located on Water Street. The boy and girl angels were to commemorate the tragic deaths of two local Sandwich teenagers that year. Since 2007, the Giants have grown like wild flowers; Magyar has created over 20 of these 14 to 17 foot tall decorations, most on public display. It now is a Christmas tradition of ours, and a suggestion that we make to our guests, to drive through town at night to view these works of art. I love to hear the response of our guest the next morning around the breakfast table as they excitedly recall their “Giant” sightings.

The Giants really come alive after sunset when all the lights are on, and to see all of them you should travel east on 6A from Sagamore towards Barnstable. The two original “Angles” are now located on either side of the “Entering Historic Sandwich 1637” sign at the intersection of Route 130 (Main Street) and 6A. With a quick detour into the Sandwich Village, you can see some of the newest Giants. Either take Main Street or stay on 6A to Tupper Road and take a right to the intersection of Tupper and Main to see the beautiful new Dolphin in front of the Sandwich Glass Museum, which is located across the street from our Sandwich Inn. A turn down Main Street takes you past the huge “Daniel Webster” giant holding a book in front of the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa, I thought it was a caroler the first time I saw it. Almost immediately across the street is the new “Old Man Winter” blowing wind off the top of The Weather Store; this is the only Giant mounted on a building instead of being free standing on the ground. A block further on Main, on the left, you see the very colorful logo of Saint John’s Episcopal Church.

The rest of the Giants are on 6A going east past where Main Street merges into Route 6A. First you will see the “Crow” of Crow Farms on the right. Next, on the left, is the “Gardener Pouring Water” at Scenic Roots, then on the right, the “Lobster Man” at Salty Lou’s. Further down and still on the right is the “Honey Bee” at the Beehive Restaurant, the “Damsel Fly” at Damsel Fly Gallery, and the “Colonial Guy” at Titcomb’s Bookstore. Then, on the left, the “Sand Dollar” at Sand Dollar Real Estate, and back on the right, the one that started it all, the “Glass Blower” at Magyar’s studio.  Next is another “Angle” for the Float Foundation, then on the left is Riverview School’s “Student with Backpack”. As you continue driving, on the right you will see the “Juggler” at the Black Crow Gallery, then the “Chef” at Momo’s Food Emporium. Finally, on the left, the “Family of Love” for the Universal Peace Federation near the Sandwich town line at West Barnstable. A few more Giants are on 6A in Barnstable, but I have not seen them. 

Family of Love
6A was still ablaze with Giants on New Years day as we drove from a dinner party in East Sandwich back to our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast. There is no official end date for the Giant displays and some merchants may be planning to leave them up year round. We are open and when you stay with us, over a wonderful breakfast I’ll share with you my unofficial “Giant’s” trail map for your viewing pleasure after sun down. 

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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