375th Anniversary Events

Events Planned for 2014:

Sandwich Parade, Courtesy of Katherine Kleekamp

Sandwich Parade, Courtesy of Katherine Kleekamp

The Sandwich 375 Committee is planning some wonderful events to celebrate our town’s 375th birthday. They will take place not just in the village; but all over town. The planners are not just a small group of folks; they are an all-volunteer group representing all ages, students, many groups and organizations, and folks who are just passionate about our town. They are happily giving of their time and energy to plan the best celebration possible! The events planned are so varied that there is something that will appeal to every age group, and best of all, most of the events will be free!

(NOTE: There may be some schedule changes as we get closer to the actual event dates. Check back here for the latest updated information.)


Youth Music & Art Showcasing Sandwich students’ talent with art and music & theater concerts

January 23: All Schools Band Concertfeaturing grades 5-8 concert and jazz bands at Sandwich High School Auditorium, 7pm.


Youth Music & Art Continues Showcasing Sandwich students’ talent with art and music & theater concerts

February 1: All Schools Theater – Performances at Sandwich High School Auditorium

USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812

USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812


February 26: Talk of the Town Speakers Series “Cape Cod and the War of 1812” with Jim Coogan, author, columnist and lecturer–Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.


February 28: Sandwich Soul and Chorus Concert – at Sandwich High School Auditorium





Cultural Art Month – Celebrating Sandwich where history, arts and culture flourish with performances and shows during the month.

March 2: Ukulele Concertat Town Hall

March 9: Percussion Concert in the Roundat Town Hall

March 22: Theater Performanceat Town Hall

March 26: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“100 Years Ago: Constructing an Engineering Marvel” with Samantha Gray, Park Ranger, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers –Glass Museum Auditorium

March 28: Glass Town Cultural District presentation of the Arts


Daffodils200April 26: Daffodil Festival – With over 7500 daffodils blooming all over Sandwich, the Festival will be a fun, family way to celebrate Spring with food, flowers, a fishing derby, kids crafts, Ask-A-Master Gardener and a lot MORE…
– at Oak Crest Cove Park from 10 am to 4 pm

April 27: Ronan Tynan ConcertThe internationally famed “Irish Tenor” will fill the Sandwich High School auditorium with his amazing voice to everyone’s astonishment and joy in the First Sandwich Performing Arts Center Concert. MORE…

April 30: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“Exploring Cape Cod’s History through its Architecture” with Sarah Korjeff, Historic Preservationist with the Cape Cod Commission –Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.





May 17: The 1600 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History)

  • 10am to 4pm: Hoxie House Open House, Rev. Smith greets visitors, kids games, The New Plimmoth Gard Militia demonstrate their skills
  • Quakers hold open house
  • Miles Standish arrives from Plimouth
  • 10am to 4pm: Grist Mill Open House
  • Wampanoag Summer Camp at Mill Creek Park (across from Town Hall)

May 28: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“Herb Gardens during the Puritan and Colonial Period” with Carolyn McMorraw, Master Gardener –Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.


June 14: Heritage Day – The day starts with a March of the Descendants from the original families with church bells ringing and students singing our original song “We Love Sandwich,” proclamations by our elected officials, student poems, and 100 musicians playing a new composition written by our students. ccbl_logoIn the afternoon the festivities continue at SHS with an all-town photograph, picnic, cupcake competition with celebrity judges, games, music, Silly Sally, the Suspenders, Wally the Green Monster and the Bourne Braves vs. the Falmouth Commodores CCBL game.


Heritage-Logo-hihg-res260June 15: Heritage Hey Day A free entry day at beautiful Heritage Museums and Gardens for Sandwich residents to enjoy with the addition of old-time games and plenty of concerts.



June 21: The 1700 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History)

  • 10am to 4pm: 1774 Minuteman encampment, they will portray the Sandwich militia unit of Captain Simeon Fish
  • 11am to 3pm: Horse drawn wagon rides around the village
  • Re-enactors stroll the village.
  • Historical geo-Cache hunt
  • 7pm: “The Body of the People,” a Tories vs. Patriots play performed at Town Hall

June 25: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“Sandwich During the American Civil War” with Bill Daley, Sandwich Historical Commission –Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.

June 28: Sandwich Fest!– presented by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce


July 19: The 1800 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History)

  • 8am: 60 to 70 Civil War re-enactors will portray the Sandwich Guards, Company D of the 29th Massachusetts Volunteers and they will open up Camp Chipman to the public
  • Civil War re-enactors from the US Naval Marine Landing unit will be participating in events all day
  • 9:30am: Soldiers and Sailors March down Water St. to the front of Town Hall to re-enact a ceremony that took place there in 1861 when the townspeople bid farewell to the first military unit that was organized on the Cape.
  • 10:30am: the soldiers and sailors will march back to Camp Chipman and will remain there until 4pm
  • The Lions Club will provide food for the crowds at the Wing School
  • Noon to 4pm: Quilt Show upstairs in the Town Hall
  • Burying Grounds tours, times TBA
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village
Shallop Elizabeth Tilley

Shallop Elizabeth Tilley

July 26: SeaFest

  • Enjoy an old-fashioned clambake along the banks of the Canal and stay for the party afterwards with a great dance band and viewing of the…
  • Parade of Lights on the Canal.
  • Board the many interesting ships from the past to the present.
  • Juried craft fair
  • Shanty music
  • Coast Guard demonstration
  • Seafood Smashdown
  • Kids Tent featuring sea creatures
  • Re-enactors
  • Hood Blimp



August 2 & 3: Water Street Wing Fling

  • Hot air balloons
  • kids zone with lots of inflatables
  • kayaks on Shawme Pond
  • classic car show
  • hay rides
  • food garden
  • music
  • Chalk & Arts Festival – Join in or watch artists draw with chalk on the sidewalk. Sandwich Artists work will also be featured and available for sale.
  • A SPECIAL SURPRISE: 3D Projection Mapping Light Show!

Peter-logo smAugust 16 & 17: Thornton Burgess Weekend






August 23: The 1900 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History)

  • 10am: A Cavalcade of Classic Cars from each of the decades of the 1900s will proceed from the Wing School through the village to Jarvesville Park.
  • Noon to 4pm: the Classic Cars will be available for viewing at Jarvesville
  • 2 to 3pm: live concert given by the Colum Cille Pipe and Drum of Cape Cod
  • Scavenger Hunt in the Village
  • Exhibit of Dodge Macknight paintings at the Library, painting lessons for kids
  • Walking Tour of the Village led by “Thornton Burgess”
  • 5 to 8 pm: 1940s Block Party on Jarves St. btn. Rte. 6A and Beth’s (which was a former USO Hall)


September 13: Grand Parade – Parades are pretty special in Sandwich, but this one will be the grandest of them all featuring many bands, floats, organizations, teams, companies, and more.

September 24: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“Daring Sea Rescues Along the New England Coast” with Michael Tougias, author & lecturer –Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.


October 24 & 25: Ye Olde Spirits of SandwichMasquerade Ball on the 24th. Which Witch of Sandwich parade of “witches”, choose the best Witch of Sandwich”. Famous Sandwich residents of olde walking through the village. Graveyard Tours, Graveyard Art. Library scarecrow contest.



October 29: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“Thornton Burgess” as portrayed by actor David B. Hobbs. Meet Christie Lowrance, author of Nature’s Ambassador, The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess
–Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.






November 19: Talk of the Town Speakers Series“An Overview of American Folk Art” with Beth Friend, art historian –Glass Museum Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7.


December 31: First Night Sandwich




Cookbook: “Celebrating Sandwich”

Book: “Sandwich, 375 Years: Photos, Facts and Fables”





Also in 2014 the Cape Cod Canal will be celebrating 100 years.


Complete List of Events for the Cape Cod Canal Centennial in 2014