First Big Events For Sandwich's 375th Birthday Celebration

The Sandwich 375 Committee announced the first major events for the town’s 375th celebration will be Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. Last April, a group from the Sandwich 375 Committee and the Sandwich Garden Club met to discuss hosting a possible spring event—an event that would bring back Daffodil Days to Sandwich.

Painting The Town Yellow With Daffodils

Joanne Westerhouse took the challenge and became event manager; she formed a committee from members of Kiwanis, Newcomers and Friends, Sandwich Garden Club, the Woman’s Club, and the Mom’s Club. First on their agenda was to “paint the town yellow” with more daffodils.

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Working with Donna Kutil of Scenic Roots, they purchased, sold and planted over 7,500 bulbs last fall. The results can now be seen all over town—6A, Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Water Street, and many more places. Soon the daffodils planted in ‘375’ on Brady’s Island, and hundreds of daffodils at Oakcrest Cove will be seen.

Daffodil Festival On April 26

Last spring with the bulbs planted, their efforts turned to planning a Daffodil Festival for April 26, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Oakcrest Cove Field, across from Stop & Shop on Quaker Meetinghouse Road. Tents will be set up and there will be events for the whole family.

The garden tent will feature hourly talks on vegetables, hydrangeas, composting and soils, and invasives. Those with specific questions can “Ask-a-Gardener.” There will be a juried spring flower arrangement competition, festival T-shirts, posters and cut daffodils for sale, as well as giveaways.

In two tents, people can meet and greet more than 40 artisans of all genres. There will be paintings, pottery, photographs, folk art, jewelry and more for sale.

For children there will be the Mad Scientist, Big Ryan’s Tall Tales, Thornton W. Burgess Society “Critter Capers,” and facepainting. Joyful Noise Preschool, Montessori Beginnings, and Cotuit Center for the Arts will have craft activities as well. Each child can plant-a-cup of seeds and take it home to see them grow.

Daddy-O will play 1950s rock & roll, Steve Gregory & the Score Music All-Stars will strum their ukuleles, Jimmy Ellis will play guitar and Steve Reznick the harmonica. Funktapuss will also perform.
Local food vendors, such as Marshland, and the New England Food Trucks Association, will have breakfast and lunch items.

Parking can be found on Oakcrest Cove Field, Stop & Shop parking lot, Pop Warner parking lot, down Quaker Meetinghouse Road toward Route 130, and at Forestdale Elementary School. Seniors may park at the Sandwich Council on Aging building and there will be a shuttle bus from 10 AM to 4 PM every half hour. Handicapped-accessible parking and comfort stations are provided at the field.

Ronan Tynan Concert On April 27

Ronan Tynan will hold a concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 PM at Sandwich High School with Billy Lewis on piano. Tickets are $69 for tier 1, $49 for tier 2 and $29 for tier 3. All tickets are for general seating in each tier. Doors open at 2 o’clock. A café will be set up in the lobby with Marshland Restaurant & Bakery selling refreshments pre-concert and during intermission. Members of the Sandwich Key Club will serve as ushers.

The event manager for the concert is Amy Lynn Barber. Sponsors for the event include Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital of Cape Cod, Sandwich Visitors Board, WFCC and Ocean 104.7
The Sandwich 375 committee’s website is www.sandwich375.com.

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