Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Village was turned back in time to the 1700s.
(Produced in HD by Manxer Magyar, Sandwich Communuity Television)
(Credit: Bill Diedering, Don Bayley, Bill Daley, Sue Vibberts)
- Don Bayley and Nate Everett for executing a well thought out geo-cache hunt that was very popular with its many enthusiasts.
- Mike Welch for his impassioned, boisterous and authentic portrayal of freedom loving Nathaniel Freeman.
- Dave Schrader for his meticulous costume and wonderful rendition of Rev Abraham Williams seeking moderation during turbulent times.
- Sean Daley for the unenviable role of being Tory tavern keeper William Newcomb and having to oppose Freeman.
- Wally King for being the handsomely dressed Patriot tavern keeper Benjamin Fessenden and interacting with the visitors throughout the day.
Sandwich 375, Director
Bringing Alive Sandwich History, Chair
Schedule of Events:
Throughout the day: Members of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution, Color Guard were seen around the village. Many folks from yesteryear were here such as Nathaniel Freeman, Benjamin Fessenden, Bathsheba Ruggles and Rev. Abraham Williams with many stories to tell.
9:30AM: Simeon Fish militia and the First Foot Guards Redcoats assembled at the Railroad parking lot and marched to their respective encampments along the sidewalks.
10AM – 4PM at Town Hall Square Park: It was the 1700s in Sandwich Village, and the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen set up camp, portraying the Sandwich Militia unit of Capt. Simeon Fish. They were cooking, demonstrating their skills and military maneuvers and firing their muskets. The Dan’l Webster Inn was the proud sponsor of the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen.
10AM – 4PM on the Library Lawn: The British Are Coming! The First Foot Guard Red Coats demonstrated their skills, fire muskets and showed historic items from this period. The British Beer Company was the proud sponsor of the First Foot Guard Red Coats.
10:30 – 11:30AM: Fiddler Amy Larkin strolled through the village playing 1700 era tunes.
10:45 – 11:15AM: on the steps of the First Church of Christ: a concert was performed by a small unit of Colum Cille Pipes and Drums of Cape Cod.
11AM – 3PM: Horse Drawn Wagons were around the village. Each ride was about 10 minutes and began at the corner of Main and Jarves Sts., ventured down Jarves to Pleasant to Liberty and returned to the original starting point.
12:30 – 1:30PM: Fiddler Amy Larkin strolled through the village playing 1700 era tunes.
2PM-4PM: Historical Geo-Cache hunt around the village. STARTING POINT: The Stocks in front of the Dan’l. Webster Inn.
2PM-4PM: Heritage Tea conducted by the First Church in their community center.
7PM at Town Hall: the play “The Body of the People: Tories vs. Patriots” was be performed.
SANDWICH BROADSIDER, JUNE 18, 2014
Sandwich 375 Committee announces the Red Coats are coming and right behind them will be our 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen Militia to put the First Foot Guards in their place, along with the rest of many Tories roaming around Sandwich Village.
It’s all part of the committee’s BASH 1700s, which will take place Saturday, June 21 from 10 to 4 p.m.
“It promises to be an action pact fun-filled day as we turn the village back to the 1700s,”, said BASH event manager Bill Daley.
A list of events is as follows:
9:30 a.m.: Simeon Fish Minutemen Militia and the First Foot Guards Red Coats will assemble at the railroad parking lot and march down the sidewalks of Jarves Street and Main Street to their respective encampments.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: At Town Hall Square Park, the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen will set up camp, portraying the Sandwich Militia unit of Capt. Simeon Fish. They will be cooking, demonstrating their skills and military maneuvers, and firing their muskets. The Dan’l Webster Inn is the proud sponsor of the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: On the library lawn, the First Foot Guard Red Coats will demonstrate their skills, fire muskets and show historic items from this period. The British Beer Company is the proud sponsor of the First Foot Guard Red Coats.
Throughout the day: members of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will be seen around the village as well as many folks from yesteryear such as Nathaniel Freeman, Benjamin Fessenden, Bathsheba Ruggles and the Rev. Abraham Williams, with many stories to tell.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: the Nye Homestead & Wing Fort House will be open with costumed docents.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Fiddler Amy Larkin will stroll through the village playing 1700s era-tunes.
10:45 to 11:15 a.m.: On the steps of the First Church of Christ, a concert will be performed by a small unit of Colum Cille Pipes and Drums of Cape Cod.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village. Each ride will be about 10 minutes and will begin at the corner of Main and Jarves streets. They will venture down Jarves St. to Pleasant St. to Liberty St. and return to the original starting point.
2 to 4 p.m.: The historical Geo-Cache hunt around the village takes place with the Pillory & Stocks in front of the Dan’l Webster Inn as the starting point. You’ll have to play to see where it ends. A fun game for the whole family to play!
2 to 4 p.m.: A “Heritage Tea” will be conducted by the First Church in their community center. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Splash Stationers, Rte. 6A, Sandwich. This tea is extra special because twin city Sandwich, UK’s BASH Committee will be putting on a Heritage Tea on the same day and time and serving the same menu.
7 p.m.: The play “The Body of the People: Tories vs. Patriots” will take place at Town Hall, free of charge. Jim Coogan, the play’s producer, commented, “Tensions were high in Sandwich in the immediate years before the Revolution. This two-act play will show the division among local residents—some who supported King George and others who wanted liberty. The play, based on the 1774 closing of the King’s Court in Barnstable, will feature Patriot Dr. Nathaniel Freeman and Loyalist Timothy Ruggles in the struggle for the minds and hearts of Sandwich citizens. Those who attend this play will become active participants as one prominent local resident is accused of smuggling goods into town and avoiding British trade laws. The ensuing trial that takes place will force people in the audience to take sides and the outcome will illustrate why the spirit of independence was growing not only in Sandwich but across the colonies. Patriot or Loyalist, it will be an experience that will put the entire audience at the center of Revolutionary Cape Cod.” Seating is limited, so please come early.
In 1639, Sandwich became the first town on Cape Cod.