SeaFest, which marks the celebration of Sandwich’s 375th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Cape Cod Canal, takes place on Saturday, July 26, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Sandwich Marina in Sandwich.
Historical ships from the 1600s will be featured, including the 1628 shallop, Elizabeth Tilley, as well as currently used boats such as the Sandwich Fire Boat and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, or the CG36500 that rescued the 32 crew members of the Pendleton in 60-foot waves. The rescue is soon to be made into a Disney movie.
Also on display will be the Margaret, a lobster boat out of Sandwich, and the pirate ship, Formidable. This 72-foot tall ship has a professional crew, who are reenactors of pirates, patriots, privateers and other sea rovers of the colonial period, giving a glimpse of what life at sea was like during that time. Interactive tours will be available, allowing visitors to talk with the crew and listen to them telling sea stories, singing sea shanties and firing the cannon.
There will be a Treasure Chest Craft & Food Fair, the Artisans Guild of Cape Cod juried craft fair, many food trucks, and local vendors, Marshland and Beth’s Bakery and Café.
Strolling musicians will entertain during the event and Shanty Music in the Shanty Music Tent will be presented by the Jolly Rogues, the Mystic Chantymen, and the Rum Soaked Crooks.
Following that, the Coast Guard will provide demonstrations, displays and tours of the Coast Guard Building. Children and families will be able to take part in games on the lawn of the building.
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will be holding a Seafood Throwdown from 2 to 4 PM in the Seafood Throwdown Tent. Executive chef Steve Chausse from the Dan’l Webster Inn will compete with Marshland’s chef Brandon Barbiarz to see who can prepare the best Mystery Seafood dish. Stop & Shop will supply a pantry of items at each station. Judges will be food blogger “Food for Thought” and food reporter for Gloucester Times, Heather Atwood, and Diane Langeland, publisher of Cape Cod Edible magazine, and Jim Govoni, chef at Decatur House, who will grade each dish on taste, originality, presentation and using the entire fish. Emcees are State Representative Randy Hunt and Spencer Montgomery. The throwdown is held to promote the ecological, social, food system, and economic importance of locally caught seafood, and community-based fishermen.
The Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center in the Hooked on Kids Tent will have activities, including create your own sea jelly station, sand painting, weave a fish, enjoy a fishing game, make a fish print, check out the tidal pools, and make shark jaws out of a paper plate. Families can also meet famous captains and folks of yesteryear, such as Captain and Mrs. Ezra Nye, Captains Nichols and Hoxie, Captain William, and Hannah Rebecca Burgess.
All events are free and open to the public. Since parking is limited at the marina, the public is asked to leave their cars and take a free shuttle bus at any of the following schools: Forestdale, Oak Ridge, Wing and Sandwich High schools. Shuttles will be running at all schools from 10 AM to 4 PM.