The 1700s come alive in Sandwich Village on Saturday, June 21, with the next installment of BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History), part of the year-long Sandwich 375th birthday celebration.
Throughout the day, members of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will be seen around the village. Many folks from yesteryear will be here, such as Nathaniel Freeman, Benjamin Fessenden, Bathsheba Ruggles and the Reverend Abraham Williams, with many stories to tell.
Highlights of the day include:
9:30 AM: Simeon Fish militia and the First Foot Guards Redcoats assemble at the railroad parking lot and march to their respective encampments along the sidewalks.
10 AM - 4 PM: At Town Hall Square Park, the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen have 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. Sponsored by The Dan’l Webster Inn.
10 AM - 4 PM: On the library lawn, the First Foot Guard Red Coats will demonstrate their skills, fire muskets and show historic items from this period. Sponsored by The British Beer Company.
10 AM - 4 PM: Nye Homestead and Wing Fort House will be open with costumed docents.
10:30 - 11:30 AM: Fiddler Amy Larkin will stroll through the village playing 1700 era tunes.
10:45 - 11:15 AM: A concert will be performed by a small unit of Colum Cille Pipes and Drums of Cape Cod on the steps of First Church of Christ.
11 AM - 3 PM: Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered around the village. Each ride will last about 10 minutes and will begin at the corner of Main and Jarves streets, venture down Jarves to Pleasant to Liberty and return to the original starting point.
12:30 - 1:30 PM: Fiddler Amy Larkin will stroll through the village playing 1700 era tunes.
2 - 4 PM: Historical geocache hunt around the village.
2 - 4 PM: A Heritage Tea will be conducted by the First Church of Christ. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Splash Stationers, Route 6A, Sandwich.
7 PM: The play, “The Body of the People: Tories vs. Patriots,” will be performed at Town Hall.
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On Wednesday, June 25, the next Talk of the Town speaker series will be presented. This talk is titled “Sandwich During the American Civil War” and will be offered by William Daley of the Sandwich Historical Commission. Sandwich was the first town on Cape Cod to raise a military unit for the Civil War and had the first company to see live action. Before it ended, more Sandwich men served and died in this conflict than any other town on the Cape. This talk will show the impact the war had on the town.
The talk will be given at Sandwich Glass Museum’s Hirschmann Theater, 129 Main Street Sandwich. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 PM; program begins at 7 o'clock.