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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

History Buffs Will Enjoy 375th Anniversary Speakers Series

drawing of Sandwich church and town hall
As part of the year-long celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Sandwich, the Sandwich Glass Museum is sponsoring the "Talk of the Town" speakers series. The free events will be held once a month throughout 2014 in the Hirshmann Theater at the glass museum and topics will cover a wide range of subjects. This series will be informative and entertaining whether you live here or are visiting Cape Cod.

At the February presentation, Jim Coogan spoke about how the residents of Sandwich experienced the War of 1812 and its affect on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard in the years following the war.

The March subject presented by Samantha Gray had to be rescheduled to April 3rd due to bad weather. Her topic was the engineering and construction of the Cape Cod Canal. She spoke about the struggle to build and maintain this engineering marvel as we celebrate its' 100th birthday.

On April 30th, the architecture of Cape Cod, its' evolution, and what it tells up about the history of our region is being presented by Sarah Korjeff. Upcoming presentations will be on March 28, June 25, July 23, September 24, October 29, November 19, and December 3, 2014.

green herbs growing in brown earth next to a white houseThe May presentation will be "Herb Gardens during the Puritan and Colonial Period". Carolyn McMorrow, prior owner of three successful restaurants, will discuss heirloom herbs with a focus on gardening, cooking, and baking.

In June, Bill Daley will discuss the impact of the American Civil War on this small town. Sandwich was the first town on the Cape to have a military unit in this war. More men from Sandwich served and died in this war than any other Cape Cod town.

woman in checkered dress circa 1800 and large had
On July 23rd,  storyteller Joan Gatturna will bring to life the true adventures of Johanna Sears in "Petticoats at Sea". It is based on little-known stories of daughters of New England families who faced the perils of being at sea.

In September, attendees will be treated to a presentation by author Michael Tougias, who has written 19 well researched books about rescues at sea. One of these was The finest Hour about the United States Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue. "Daring Rescues along the New England Coast" will captivate with stories of tragedy and bravery.

Thronton Burgess cartoon of white bunny rabbit, green frog, squirl, and beaverWell-known Sandwich historical figure Thornton Waldo Burgess will be the topic for October's Old Mother West Wind, in 1910. By the end of his career, he had written 170 books and thousands of stories for newspapers. "Thornton Burgess" will be terrific entertainment for the whole family.
event. Actor David Hobbs will bring this character to life on the stage of the Hirschmann Theater. This most famous author with Sandwich roots wrote his first book,

November 19, 2014 brings "An Overview of American Folk Art" which will be presented by Beth Friend. Ms Friend will discuss American folk art from 1776 through 1850 and how artists' works reflected the antebellum society in which they lived.

The "Talk Of The Town" speakers series will wrap up on December 3rd, 2014 with the presentation "Legends and Traditions of the Christmas Season" with speaker Henry F. Callan. This begins a two-week celebration of the holidays with "Holly Days in Sandwich" and Mt. Callan will discuss the pagan, secular, and Christian elements of this special season.

This wonderful series of presentations is free but seating is limited. All events are being held in the Hirschmann Theater inside the Sandwich Glass Museum. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the programs begin at 7:00 pm sharp. You can pick up tickets in advance as long as they are available. If you are interested in a particular subject, you are advised to do so. More information is available at the Sandwich Glass Museum at 508-888-0251 and at Sandwich 375.

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.