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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sandwich Giants Aglow for the Holidays

 As the holidays approach, our thoughts begin to lean towards readying our bed and breakfast inn for the season. It is a time when folks reminisce about seasons past and give thought to building traditions for the future.

We all have fond memories of holiday traditions from our childhoods. I used to look forward to watching old Christmas themed movies that ran only during the Holidays. One of my favorites was a vintage Laurel and Hardy film called "Babes in Toyland". In this movie, the comic duo mistakenly made windup wooden toy soldiers in giant proportions. At first considered a disaster, the giant soldiers saved the town and the Christmas holidays for the villagers. And they all lived happily thereafter.

We villagers in Sandwich are also now graced by giants that have become a tradition in the town center and along Route 6A. The Sandwich "GIANTS" are larger than life light sculptures that rise up during the holidays to add a festive glow on the long winter nights. The steel rebar frames are created by the local, renowned glassblower and artisan, Michael Magyar, at his Glass Studio on Cape Cod. He forged his first GIANT, the Glassblower, as a Holiday celebration to brighten the night with hundreds of colored lights that accentuate the sculpture and make it come alive.

Since this first GIANT in 1998, the family has grown both numerically and structurally. Individuals and businesses approached Michael to design and build GIANTs that highlighted their interests or identified their business. The unique creations range from the almost literal representations, like the CROW at Crow Farms and HONEY BEES at the Bee-Hive Tavern on Route 6A, to the whimsical OLD MAN WINTER attached to the top of The Weather Store on Main Street.

Today, throughout the holiday season, over 40 GIANTs, all larger and brighter than the first GLASSBLOWER, will twinkle after sunset
along Route 6A and on the streets of the village. 

Come stay with us at our Sandwich bed and breakfast and you can look out the window to see the beautiful DOLPHIN CANDLESTICK in front of our neighbor, the Sandwich Glass Museum. We’ll give you a map locating all the GIANTs, many of which are just a stroll away in the village.

Sandwich Village has always been a special place at the holidays and the GIANTs are a great new tradition. If you decide to escape to Cape Cod for the holidays, we hope to see you.

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