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The Sandwich Police Department will hold its 4th annual “Stuff a Cruiser” food drive on June 13 at the two Stop & Shop locations in Sandwich.

Cruisers will be on hand from 10 AM to 4 PM at each location: Route 6A at Merchants Square and Quaker Meetinghouse Road. Police are asking the community to visit the stores during the event to donate non-perishable food items to help restock the shelves at the Sandwich Food Pantry.

Members of the department and volunteers from the Citizens Police Academy will be on hand to collect donations and “stuff” them into a police cruiser.




Sandwich Arts Council Forming

A group of Sandwich artists are spearheading and effort to form a Sandwich Arts Council. The purpose of the organization will be: *to join local artists in all genres,

*to allow artists to speak with a stronger voice, 
*to improve communication among artists and also with local organiztions,
*to expand existing programs and introduce new programs in all arts
*to mentor and nurture new artists,
*to enrich the arts environment for town residents


Although initial meetings were organized by Joanne Westerhouse, she was quickly joined in the formation effort by artists in all fields.The visual artists and artisans group met and formed the Sandwich Arts Association with Margo Mancinelli as interim chairman. They will will hold monthly meetings to discuss Association business and have guest artist demonstrations. Meetings are open to all artists and the public.Writers and authors met to discuss forming a Literary Arts Association.

It is open to writers, poets, playwrights, and the public.Actors and musicians, identified with the help of Melinda Gallant and Carol McManus, are meeting to discuss forming a Performing Artists Association. The thought is to have this group coordinate and assist with many existing programs such as those planned for the Town Hall and for First Night, and develop new programs.Initially the Sandwich Arts Council will have a Steering Committee comprised of 1-2 members from each of these three Associations, plus 2-3 members at large. The Steering Committee will discuss common issues such as membership, funding of programs, publicity, venues, working with the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations.It is also hoped that this organization can assist the town leaders in determining the future use of various town-owned buildings by defining the needs of the artist members of the Sandwich Arts Council in order to provide programs for town residents.Many local artists currently belong to organizations in neighboring towns for art classes and exhibits because of limited space in Sandwich. We all hope that the time is now for the artists and residents to support forming an Arts Council and to build a future of local arts enrichment.

On WednesdayMarch 4 , there will be an open meeting – a call to all artists and those interested in the arts, to come to an informational meeting on the formation of the Sandwich Arts Council. It will be held at 7 pm, in the Sandwich Library, Rm 2. After initial information and discussion, we will break into separate groups of Visual Arts and Artisans, Literary Arts, and Performing Arts for planning. All local and area residents are welcome.





The Grand Parade!
Final Act of Sandwich 375th!

Saturday, September 13, 2014





photo essay by Mark Snyder

Sandwich 1900's BASH

The Sandwich 375 Committee announces its last BASH was held on August 23rd. At it, they will host the world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdales, harnessed and hitched and pulling the famous turn-of-the-century red beer wagon. The Clydesdales have been a symbol of Anheuser-Busch for more than 70 years. They were formally introduced on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition for beer.

“As a symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch, not only do the Clydesdales fit perfectly with our BASH 1900’s theme, but they stand for the same values of quality and tradition that we embrace here in Sandwich,” said Cindy Russell, Sandwich 375 Committee chairwoman.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands (6 feet) at the shoulder, and weigh an average of 2,000 pounds. They must be bay in color, have four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face, a black mane and a black tail. A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

Bill Daley, event director for Sandwich 375 BASH, added: “We are very thankful for the help we received from Dick Hurley of Canterbury Liquors and Kevin Craig of L. Knife and Son to bring the Budweiser Clydesdales to Sandwich for our BASH 1900’s event. The Clydesdales will be part of the Cavalcade of Cars parade from the 1900's ,which will start at 11 a.m. and follows the same route as the 4th of July parade.

“It is going to be an awesome sight to see these amazing, powerful horses marching down Main Street complete with their Dalmatian riding high on top of the red beer wagon. If you wish to see the Clydesdales up close, they can be seen at Wing School at 9:30 a.m. as they are ‘dressed and hitched’ and then after the parade, adds Daley”

As thrilling as the Clydesdales are, there is so much more to BASH 1900s, especially the USO Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jarves Street. Beth’s Café and Bakery was the original site of the USO during WWI and II. Many soldiers had happy times there prior to going off to war.

The event offers a chance to celebrate their service and remember the smiles the USO brought to so many of these departing soldiers. The Symphony Swing Band and the Snugtones will ensure a grand celebration of “The Greatest Generation.”

Organizers urge Sandwich residents to bring their best partners, adding that 1940’s clothes are encouraged. In 1639, Sandwich became the first town on Cape Cod. This year, the 375th Committee has brought a ton of incredible programs to the town. Congratulations to them for all their hard work!

Sandwich Chamber Hosts Political Talks...
Republicans up First, Dems closer to Elections

The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce will feature political candidates leading up to the September primaries and November elections. Charlie Baker, the GOP's endorsed candidate for Governor, will get his turn on Thursday, August 28 at 3 p.m. at the Pilot House on Sandwich Marina.

Chamber Executive Director Jay Pasteakos is working on getting the three Democratic candidates for Governor lined up to speak, as well.



Sandwich American Legion Women's Auxiliary are having a YARD SALE at the pavilion behind the Sandwich American Legion Post 188 Building at 20 Main St,/Rt.130, on Sept. 20 at 9:00am to 2:00pm. Proceeds to benefit Girls State, High School Scholarships and to assist needy families in our community during the holidays. Donations for the YARD SALE will be accepted on Sept. 6 & 13, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Please - clean and usable items only, no clothing. questions? Call JACQUI 508-477-3927 or FRAN 508-428-9809.





^^^^^^You are strongly encouraged to donate!******
If you would like to donate, please contact Kathy Kelly or Gillian Andrews Hurrie through Facebook.


Saturday, September 27th, 8:30-1:00pm
All proceeds benefit women and children in need on Cape and the Islands

Location: On the Green across from the Fish Hatchery, 6A, Sandwich
(Same location as the Farmer’s Market)

We accept:
Garden and patio accessories
Linens and decorating accessories
Books (if you would read it, we will take it)
Games and toys in “Like New or New” condition
Lamps, Etc.
***No clothing, sports equipment (such as golf clubs)***



Sandwich Democratic Town Committee
Opens Office in Downtown

The Sandwich Democratic Town Committee had a grand opening at their new office Saturday, August 2nd. Unfortunately, Snyder's Sandwich wasn't invited, and heard about it AFTER the event. Too bad, I'd like to have attended. Their new campaign headquarters is at 1 Jarves Street (at the corner of Main and Jarves) in Sandwich Village. It's a beautiful location! If you'd like to help a campaign for State Rep, State Senate, Governor, or other State campaign, you're invited. Just stop by!



The Sandwich Town Band, under the direction of Wil Harrigan, began its 33rd season of free concerts on Thursday, July 3, and will spend every Thursday night, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Henry T. Wing School bandstand (off Route 130 in downtown Sandwich) through the end of August (weather permitting.)  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and chairs or blankets for seating. The Sandwich Lions Club will be offering popcorn and soft drinks.

The Sandwich Town Band was founded in 1982 by Ed Heywood (Sandwich High School band director at the time) and Len Savery of East Sandwich.  Originally, the band consisted of 70% high school music students and 30% adults.  The first concerts were held at the band platform adjacent to Shawme Pond.  At the time, the band's musical library consisted of arrangements that were borrowed from the high school library, as well as the Chatham Band library.  Over the years, the band has developed an extensive library of music that has a variety of arrangements that appeal to all ages.

The Chatham Band had been the inspiration for the Sandwich Town Band, Savery, told Snyder’s Sandwich. Len had been a member of the Chatham Band for the
previous 3-4 years.  Accordingly, the bandstand (constructed in the fall of '82 and the spring of '83) and the concert themselves, were based somewhat on the Chatham Band, which had been performing for many years.   Many members of the Chatham Band "sat in" at Sandwich Town band concerts for a few seasons, until the band had a solid core of experienced players.

Savery says without the original help of Ed Heywood and the Chatham Band, the Sandwich Town Band would not exist today.  The band now consists of members who range in age from 15 to the oldest member; (84 year old percussionist Carl Justice.)  Over the years, there have been a number of generations of players in the band--in one case--three generations!  Savery says that “has also been the case with the audience, as very often there are three, and sometimes four generations of family members in attendance.”

Wil Harrigan of Marstons Mills took over as conductor of the band in 1986.  This is Wil's 29th year as conductor.  Savery is the band’s manager and assistant conductor.  The band performs every Thursday evening (7:00-8:30), in July and August (weather permitting), at the band stand behind the Wing Elementary school. The concerts, which are free (and they don't pass the hat), feature a mixture of patriotic, popular, show tunes and special segments where children can come up, be handed a small American flag, and march around the band stand to various tunes, including the Bunny Hop, which always includes a number of adults and "older children".   The concerts are sponsored
this year by:  Shepley Lumber, The Sandwich Cultural Council, The Sandwich Bourne Lions Club and Post 188 American Legion.

The 2014 edition of the Sandwich Town Band includes: Diane Aitaniemi-Clarinet;                      

Cheryl Anderson –Clarinet; Rita Ballou-Clarinet; Jeremy Cardrin-Trumpet; Mark Carmichael-Trombone; Gabriel Carrol-Clarinet; Donald Chase-Baritone Sax; Dale Cotter-Trumpet; Laurie Esdale-Clarinet; Wil Harrigan-Director; Donald Helfrich-Flute; John Hodurski-Bass; Sam Holmstock-Trombone; Laura Husson-Oboe;  Carl Justice-Percussion; Bonnie Lee Lapier-Clarinet; Brian Lawrence-Trombone; Miranda Martone-Flute; Ed Maybury-Clarinet; Ted Myers-Trumpet;  Andrew Newman-Baritone Horn; William Oakes-Alto Sax; Susan Proto-Flute; Robert Papapietro-Trumpet; Karen Richard-Flute; Mike Rodericks-Bass; Len Savery-Trumpet; Josh Shafer-Trombone; Carol Shafer-French Horn; Brian Sullivan-Trumpet; Will Turner-Bass; Robyn Whaples-Flute; and Lora Ziemba-Flute.                                                                                                                                            


Adds Savery, “Over the years, many people have commented that the concerts help to keep America's past alive and have also compared the concerts to a Norman Rockwell scene.”   So, don’t miss it!




The 13th Annual Captain Gerald F. DeConto, USN Scholarship Fund 5K Run and Walk will be held on September 21, 2014. Captain Gerald F. DeConto, USN was killed at the age of 44 in the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to honor him and the legacy he left behind which is one of service to his country, leadership, friendship and love of life and family. A scholarship is awarded each year from the fund to a deserving Sandwich High School senior. The 5K starts with a brief memorial tribute at 9:00 a.m. at Russell’s Corner (corner of Rte. 6A and Jarvis Street) in Sandwich, MA. The course is a scenic 3.1 mile route through the center of Sandwich to the Sandwich Marina and beach area finishing at the Super Stop & Shop Plaza in Merchant Square in Sandwich.

 Additional information is located here:





The Sandwich Glass Museum will allow the general public to see and purchase wonderful pieces of Sandwich-styled glass at the Annual Cape Cod Glass Show & Sale on September 6 & 7 at Corpus Christi Parish at Service Road and Quaker Meetinghouse Road. The public can come in Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year was MOBBED, so come early and get a nice parking space! The event will feature some amazing glass products, and the prominent glass dealers who provide them.




375th Anniversary Grand Parade

September 13, 2014

Deadline for Participation is August 1, 2014

Bill Diedering tells Snyder's Sandwich that plans for the 375th Anniversary Grand Parade are taking shape. Did you know they now have ten bands signed up, including the 215th U.S. Army band, the Spirit of America Band and the Marksmen Drum & Bugle Corps just to name a few?

The parade is Saturday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. The theme of the parade is "Our Sandwich Journey."

There is a deadline fast-approaching for anyone interested in participating in the parade.

All clubs, organizations, sports teams, scouts, churches, businesses and any other groups are welcome and encouraged to participate in the parade. For more information, please go to and download the Parade Information Packet. The packet includes a registration form that must be submitted by August 1, 2014--so do not delay, now is the time to register!

Parade entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be awarded for Most Artistic/Original, Best Use of Parade Theme, "Our Sandwich Journey", and Best Youth Entry.

For more information, please email



Saturday, August 9th  from 10:00 am-4:00 pm on the library lawn.

These juried shows feature fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass work, photographs, hand-crafted clothing, home accessories, wooden items, and much more made by local artisans! All vendor fees are donated to benefit the Sandwich Public Library. Sandwich Artisans was voted the "2011 Best Business in Sandwich" by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.  



 We are pleased to announce our 2014 Fine Arts & Crafts show schedule. The shows are held on the lawn of the Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St., Sandwich, MA from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  The dates are May 10, May 24, June 7, July 5, August 9, August 30, September 6 and October 11. The shows feature fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass work, photographs, hand-crafted clothing, home accessories, wooden items, and much more made by local artisans! All vendor fees are donated to benefit the Sandwich Public Library.

Sandwich Glass Museum's Hirschmann Theater

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7 p.m.


Sandwich Glass Museum's Hirschmann Theater

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7 p.m.


Sandwich Glass Museum's Hirschmann Theater

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7 p.m.






July 4th Parade

(visual highlights)

Food Drive Results


On June 28th, 2014 the Sandwich Police Department in partnership with the Sandwich Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association held our third annual food drive for the Sandwich Food Pantry.

This event resulted in the collection of $740.75 in cash donations and 241 boxes of food, toilet paper, diapers and baby wipes. All of these items were delivered to the Sandwich Food Pantry.

“We would like to thank the community for their donations during our food drive. It was a great opportunity for our two organizations to give back to those in need. Non-perishable food items and donations are needed by the food pantry all year long. Please consider donating throughout the year to the Sandwich Food Pantry”, stated Sandwich Police Chief Peter N. Wack.

MORE SANDWICH FUN:  BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History) DAYS ~ the 1800's. All around town on Saturday, July 19th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the H.T. Wing School on Water Street, you will find recreations of Sandwich from the 1800's. Music, food, a quilt exhibit, glass blowing demonstration, a baseball game, and a Contra Dance will fill the day ~ plenty of entertainment for the entire family.  These BASH days have been so much fun!  It’s a wonderful time for kids of all ages!

SANDWICH FARMER’S MARKET: It’s that time again.  Time for find fresh, locally-made foods in our town!   The Sandwich Farmer’s Market is open for business every Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandwich Village Green, in front of 164 Route 6a. Among the wonderful offerings are meats, olive oils, baked goods, herbal products, wood-fired pizza, and so much more.  Stop by, take in the smells and tastes, and enjoy!.  For more information, call 617-347-5192.

CANAL FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISE:  This sounds like quite the take! Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours in Plymouth, and the Pilot House Restaurant in Sandwich have combined forces to bring a must-have night of relaxation and fun to the residents of Sandwich.  Bob Avila, of Captain John’s, tells Snyder’s Sandwich that the evening begins with dinner at the Pilot House on Sandwich Marina. “After dinner, everyone will board one of our boats, and we’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise of Cape Cod Canal.  We’ll dock around Mass Maritime for a birds-eye view of the fireworks. Then, we’ll make our way back slowly to Sandwich Marina where everyone will disembark.”  Dinner is scheduled for 4:45 pm on July 29.  The cruise will board at 6:15 p.m. The cost for everything—dinner, cruise and fireworks—is $110 per person.  Tickets, and more information, can be obtained from Bob at 508-746-2643.  Co-sponsoring this event is the Sandwich Economic Incentive Corp. (SEIC).  

SANDWICH HERITAGE DAY ~ Saturday, June 14th, 10:00am to 4:00pm at various venues. 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. In 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. Falmouth Commodores baseball game. Free admission to Heritage Museums & Gardens for Sandwich residents with proof of residence.

TURTLE RELEASE AT SANDY NECK ~ Monday, June 16th at 5:00pm. We have helped them grow. Now it's time to let them go! The Barnstable Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs has invited us to come along for the release of the Diamondback Terrapins that we have been caring for since October. The release will take place at Sandy Neck Park. Officer Chris Nappi will guide us to the release site ~ salt pannes 1/4 mile from the gatehouse on the 'backside' of Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable. Be prepared for soft sand!


Sandwich Council on Aging

270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road

East Sandwich, MA 02537




Captain Richard Phillips was the special guest presenter at the 12th Annual Heroes Breakfast on Friday, March 28, at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. Phillips graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is perhaps best known as the captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. A movie about the incident starred actor Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips.

(photo courtesy of

Join The Sandwich 375th Committee!


In 2014, Sandwich will turn 375 years old (and doesn't look a day over 350.) They are planning a year-long celebration , with such great events as Daffodils Day, , Talk of the Town Speakers Program, Bring Alive Sandwich History (BASH) Days, Founder's Day, SeaFest, Water Street Wing Fling, Chalk Art Festival, Grand Parade, and so many more small and large surprises. Come join in on the fun as the Committee plans and implements these celebratory events! Interested? Check out the website, and click "Join Us."




Wicked Plants: The Exhibit                

Heritage opens for its 45th season on April 19th with the special exhibit Wicked Plants. Inspired by Amy Stewart's best-selling book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, the exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world's most diabolical botanicals-without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment, or other danger. Set in a macabre world where plants hold the power, visitors will move through menacing interactive displays that are designed to educate and entertain both children and adults with information about some of Mother Nature's most appalling creations. Through Wicked Plants, guests will be introduced to infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim. For more information on Wicked Plants, click here

David Rogers' Big Bugs Will Infest Heritage

What happens when you recreate the insects all around us on a gargantuan scale using all natural materials? You have Big Bugs. Sculptor David Rogers creates insects such as 25-foot long ants and dragonflies with 17-foot wingspans using various combinations of whole trees, cut green saplings, dry branches, and other forest materials. The inherent uniqueness of these materials, their different shapes, colors and textures provide Rogers' sculptures with their character, definition and a sense of motion. The effect is a role reversal of dimension and perception. Says Rogers, "Insects play this vital role in a garden but are unnoticed, so I put them on such a large scale that you can't help but notice them."


The Big Bugs at Heritage will include: three ants, a dragonfly and a damselfly, an assassin bug, a praying mantis, a spider on a web, a ladybug and a grasshopper, all placed in interesting landscape settings throughout the grounds. David Rogers' Big Bugs will open on May 31st. For more information on David Rogers' Big Bugs, click here



Texas BBQ & Trap Shoot fundraiser

for Committee to Elect Randy Hunt, State Representative

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: 4 to 6 p.m., Trap Shooting (no experience, no shotgun required)
5:30 to 8 p.m., BBQ dinner

Where: Monument Beach Sportsman's Club, Route 28 (MacArthur Blvd), Bourne
If you're coming from the Bourne Rotary, take Route 28 South, reverse
direction at the first turnaround, immediately turn right into Club/Bourne
Landfill. Hang a left at dump gate.





Shepley Metcalf Sings
The Songs of Laura Nyro

Saturday, November 16, 2013
7 p.m.

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Teamwork Trivia 2

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sandwich Hollows Golf Club
1 Round Hill Road
East Sandwich

To Benefit Town of Sandwich 375th

Cash Bar
Adults only
$20 per person, $150 for team of 6

Featuring DJ Ed Mullen

for more info, go to


Green Briar Nature Center
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA

Saturday, November 23, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hand Crafted Gifts, Holiday Decorations, Home Baked Goodies, Quilt Raffles, and more!

Enjoy homemade chowder or chili served in the historic kitchen.

Proceeds to Benefit the educational programs of Thornton W. Burgess Society.



Sandwich Bazaar & Flea Market


Every Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to noon & Every Sunday, from 7 a.m. to noon, at 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, at Oakcrest Cove Field. For more information, call Lisa at 1-508-685-2767.

Antiques--Flea Market Items--Yard Sale Items--Baked Good-Fresh Veggies & Fruits




Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Opens 34th Season




Meeting notices and agendas will now be posted on the Town of Sandwich’s on-line calendar. You may access this calendar by clicking the “Calendar” tab at the top of the home page ( This new feature satisfies the Open Meeting Law requirements and allows residents 24-hour access to meeting notices and agendas.  Original copies of these notices and agendas are available for viewing during normal business hours at the Town Clerk’s Office, 145 Main Street.


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