Snyder's Sandwich: Six Months In Sandwich

Mark SnyderGENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Mark Snyder

It was the third week in September last year when my wife and I (and Harry the Rescue Dog) made a huge change in our lives. After 23 active years in my adopted hometown of Stoughton, we sold our Garrison Colonial in the Tanglewood neighborhood and moved full time to our home in East Sandwich.

As someone who served two decades as an elected Town Meeting member, hosted a popular cable access TV show for eight years, and had been writing a weekly column there since November of 1998, it was a tough thing for me to do. My heart was in Stoughton. My wife, though, was eager to move to the Cape and transition to what she hoped would be a retirement in several years. I continue to host the Christmas and July 4th parades in Stoughton, and in the next two weeks will be moderator of three different debates. I still maintain an office at 4 Cabot Place in Stoughton, but was not sure what awaited me in Sandwich.

I had visited during the past decade some weekends during the summer and I knew I would like my newest hometown. I’d become friendly with Jeff and Lisa Perry, and Randy and Mary Hunt, and they were both an introduction to me to the town and local politics. My wife and I love art and we’d travel to the many galleries, and began collecting Kathryn Kleekamp’s works. We got to meet her, and again were reassured of how nice many people were on the Cape.

But, I guess that meeting up via the telephone with Sandwich Enterprise managing editor John Paradise might have been a turning point. Because, as I continue to write my Stoughton column, I worked with John in developing this Snyder’s Sandwich column in The Sandwich Enterprise. This allows me to meet people in a similar manner to those I met in Stoughton. Every time I meet someone, there’s a story to tell. And, as this column matures with age, you’ll be meeting some of these people.

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When I travel a couple times a week to my Stoughton office, the townspeople there invariably stop me in the supermarket and local restaurants and ask if I miss Stoughton. Many feel that I took the snow from Stoughton and brought it to Sandwich.  They are relieved about that. But, I tell them I miss the people of Stoughton—many whom I continue to keep in daily contact with through Facebook and Twitter.

But Sandwich is a whole different ball of wax. There’s East Sandwich, where I call home, that boasts Sandy Neck Beach two miles away, many lovely antique shops on my favorite thoroughfare (Route 6A), great bookstores to browse (Titcomb’s and Mary’s), and a couple of quaint breakfast and lunch spots (Momo’s and Café Riverview).

South Sandwich, which I frequent a lot, has Stop & Shop, CVS, and three plazas that have everything from an upscale consignment shop (Penny Lane) to a movie theatre (Heritage) to a tanning salon (Sunsational Sandwich), and everything in-between. I like to eat at Sandwich Taverna and Marshland Restaurant and take out from Lambert’s Fruit (which has awesome flatbread pizzas and healthy sandwiches, as well as take-out cut fruits and salads).

Sandwich Village is my favorite place of all. Jarves Street is so much fun, whether stopping at Beth’s Bakery & Cafe (try her baked macaroni and cheese), Collections Gallery (a co-op where you can meet the artists), or restaurants like Belfry Inne & Bistro, or the Dan’l Webster Inn around the corner. The Sandwich Public Library has  myriad DVDs, CDs, and books, and you can even return them to Stoughton! The Boardwalk beach is not far from Jarves Street.  It is a wonderful experience for those of all ages!

Closer to the Sandwich Marina there is, of course, the beauty of the Cape Cod Canal, and the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center there. If you take the trail off the parking lot, you’ll end up on Town Neck Beach, which is the only beach that welcomes dogs year round. It features a beautiful rock jetty. The best food for the money in the area is Captain Scott’s on Tupper Road, adjacent to another favorite of mine, Marylou’s Coffee. But, the view at Horizons on Town Neck (formerly Hemisphere) is fantastic.  Don’t forget to try the Pilot House and Seafood Sam’s on the Marina. And, if you want to get seafood to take and make at home, check out Joe’s Lobster Mart.

Of course, Sandwich has so much more. There are regular craft shows at the Wing School, a Farmers Market that runs from late spring to early fall on Meetinghouse Road, in a large parking lot, adjacent to Oakcrest Cove on Peter’s Pond. There’s myriad interesting places to visit, from Heritage Museums & Gardens (check out the antique cars there) to the Sandwich Glass Museum. There’s the Hoxie House (the oldest house on the Cape), Dexter Grist Mill (dating from 1640), Wing Fort House (oldest homestead in USA to belong to one family), Thornton W. Burgess Museum, Green Briar Nature Center (and jam kitchen), Sandwich Town Hall (built in 1834), Sandwich Fish Hatchery, and the Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum (built by one of Sandwich’s first residents.)

These are just some of the places I have explored in my time in Sandwich. There is so much more. The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce (508-833-9755) has additional information on businesses and attractions in Sandwich. Sometimes those of us who live here can easily overlook some of the amazing things available to us in Sandwich.

I hope to share my future discoveries with all of you. I invite you to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, and e-mail me and share your adventures, and tips on what you think might make an interesting story.

RUMBLINGS AROUND TOWN

PET FOOD DRIVE: To celebrate its fifth anniversary on Jarves Street, Collections Gallery is conducting another pet food drive. All dog and cat food collected will be delivered to the Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter. Each donation will receive one entry into the drawing for a gift certificate. The collection will be from through March 31, with the prize drawing on April 1. Collections Gallery is at 23 Jarves Street in Sandwich. Call 508-833-0039 for directions or more information.

DISCO NIGHTS: The fun takes place on Saturday, April 5, at The Ridge Club, 70 Country Club Road, from 6:30 PM to midnight. Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased from www.sandwichchamber.com. Proceeds will benefit: Sandwich Babe Ruth Baseball, Sandwich Partnership for Families, Sandwich High School Media Center, and WSDH 91.5 FM. The event features: Disco Dancing Under the Disco Ball, Silent Auction, Photo Booth, Black Jack & Roulette Tables, Carving Stations, Cheese Fondue, Banana’s Foster, and more!

WELL DONE! Kudos to everyone who sponsored and organized the Healthy Together Community Wellness Day last Saturday at the Wing School. It really was a fun time, especially for the children. A nod of the cap to Cape Cod Healthcare, the main sponsor.
 

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 1,885 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the Internet’s entertainment superstation. Have a story idea? He can be reached by e-mail at snyderssandwich@aol.com, on Facebook (Snyder’s Stoughton), and on Twitter (MediaMan2009). Write him via snail mail at Box 639, East Sandwich.   

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