Snyder’s Sandwich: Never A Dull Moment In Town

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There’s a lot going on in Sandwich.  Now that summer has arrived, tourist traffic has entered the mix. After the first couple of times you sit on Route 6 for hours, you begin to program yourself to try to avoid the heavy traffic. So, this week, we tell you about a few things you can do in and around Sandwich. Of course, in such a beautiful setting as the town we live in, a good time can be found anywhere. As John Lubbock once wrote, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” Enjoy your time, my Enterprise readers. Here’s a few items for Rumbling Around Town:

SANDWICH HERITAGE DAY—Tomorrow, Saturday, June 14, from 10 AM to 4 PM 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.

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TURTLE RELEASE AT SANDY NECK—Monday, June 16, at 5 PM. 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 a quarter-mile from the gatehouse on the “back side” of Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable. Be prepared for soft sand!

BEWARE OF GIANT 25-FOOT-LONG ANTS! 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 opened on May 31, and it is well worth the price of admission! It’s all at Heritage Museum & Gardens. Check out the antique cars, and the gorgeous gardens!  For more information on Big Bugs, go to heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/.

WING FLING! Another shining part of Sandwich’s 375th Anniversary festivities is the upcoming “Wing Ding” on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3. From 11 AM until 10 PM on both days, the Henry T. Wing School and Water Street will be transformed into an incredible celebration--featuring food trucks, hot air balloons, music, kayak tours, inflatable climbing and play areas, craft show, hayride, games, and a 3-D Paintscaping show!

Also, on August 2 at the Wing School, from 11 AM to 3 PM, there will be a collection of classic, antique and hot rod cars on display. On August 3, from 11 AM to 3 PM, there will be modern muscle cars, exotics, tuners and motorcycles on display. This all promises to be a blast! FREE admission for Sandwich residents. For more information, visit www.carshowsandwich.com or www.sandwich375.com.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER! The Friends of the Sandwich Public Library recently bestowed its Richard J. Connor Scholarship for 2014. And, the winner is….
Molly Mott, a member of the Class of 2014 at Sandwich High School, won the $2,000 scholarship. She is planning on attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the fall, majoring in English and communications. The award was available to a 2014 graduating high school senior who lives in Sandwich and is continuing their education as a full-time matriculating student at a fully accredited institution of higher learning.

Applicants submitted a profile of their activities, honors, awards, and community-based projects, in addition to an essay relating how a literary character affected his/her life. According to a press release, “Mott based her essay on a difficult, antisocial character with whom most people would not or could not connect. By delving into that character, Mott saw how one can develop self-empowerment to help get past one’s own struggles in life. It was a very poignant assessment of a complicated character.”

STILL TIME TO VOLUNTEER! In 2014, Sandwich turned 375 years old (and doesn’t look a day over 350.) We are in the midst of a year-long celebration, with such great events as Daffodils Day, Talk of the Town speakers program, Bring Alive Sandwich History (BASH) Days, Founders’ Day, SeaFest, Water Street Wing Fling, Chalk Art Festival, Grand Parade, and so many more small and large surprises. Come join the fun as the committee plans and implements these celebratory events! Interested? Check out www.sandwich375.com and click “Join Us.”

TALK OF THE TOWN:  This speaker series, which is another component of the Sandwich 375th Anniversary, continues on Wednesday, June 25, with “Sandwich During The American Civil War,” which is presented by Bill Daley. Sandwich was the first town on Cape Cod to raise a military unit for the Civil War, and also produced the first company to see live action in the field. Before the war ended, more Sandwich men served and died in this conflict than any other town on Cape Cod. This talk will show the impact this large war had on this small town.

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 1,900 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 02537.  

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