SandwichFest is a hometown street fair celebration featuring the Best Sandwich in Sandwich competition!
Rain or shine ~ we will be there having a great time…
Saturday June 25th, 2016 ~ 10am – 4pm
The Seventh Annual SandwichFest will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. This year’s street festival will be held on Water Street (Route 130) stretching from Town Hall Square to the Hoxie House.
Approximately 75 Juried Arts and Crafts, food and local non-profit organizations will take part in the event. The “Best Sandwich in Sandwich” tent will be located at the Hoxie House along with a “Beer and Wine Garden”.
To vote on People’s Choice Award and to sample the delicious sandwiches, purchase a $20 Ticket per person by registering and purchasing below. Fun and games with the Sandwich Recreation Department on the lawn of the former Thornton W. Burgess Museum, a Dog Costume Parade and Competition and much more awaits fair goers at this celebration of summer.
Ever drive a distance for a scone? You will for fresh blueberry or ginger ones from the Brown Jug Café in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod. Although the memory of the scone with a dark roast coffee on the café’s secluded patio persuaded me to make the trip, Sandwich has other treasures that will satisfy your curiosity just as well as the scone will satisfy your hunger. Sandwich is a short jaunt from the Woods Hole Inn, which is your perfect solution for Sandwich MA lodging.
A five minute walk from the Brown Jug are two marvelous Sandwich MA historical sites: the Hoxie House and the Dexter Grist Mill. The Hoxie House is one of the oldest surviving houses in Massachusetts, dating back to 1675. Perched atop a knoll overlooking the Shawne Lake, the traditional saltbox house preserves the ambiance of a bygone era with massive open fireplaces, leaded windows, and wide-planked “windfall” floors. I almost expected Mr. Smith (the first owner) or Mr. Hoxie to walk in as the tour guides set the scene of the time. The guides’ enthusiasm was contagious and I left both amused and better informed about the history of the time.
The bubbling brook from Shawne Lake feeds the wooden water mill at the Grist Mill, and, although most of the mill machinery is not original, it is true to 18th century New England technology. The rushing water and hum of the grindstones set a fine backdrop to the subtle sweet aroma of the ground cornmeal spilling from the chute. (The cornmeal is available for purchase for those who want to have a taste of history — bring some back to the Woods Hole Inn and our private chef will bake it up into something delicious for you the next day!)
The pleasant stroll whetted my appetite, and, as I walked along the tree-lined streets, I entertained my options, from sandwich joints (no pun intended, of course) to more upscale venues. The Belfry Bistro, a renovated church with a stately belfry and spacious patio seating set back from the street, drew me in and I was not disappointed! I feasted on the Bento box special, which featured yellow tomato gazpacho, ham and swiss panini, and summer greens salad. It was a delicious way to sample a few of the bistro’s specialties; my favorite type of meal.
On the drive back to Woods Hole, I dropped by the Thornton Burgess Society’s Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen on Route 6A. The center is a tribute to Burgess, author of the classic children’s tales of Peter Rabbit (and his friends) and long-time resident of Sandwich. Just as I remembered from my childhood, the fragrance of steaming blueberries permeated the bright and cheerful jam kitchen and the color of orange swamp lilies brightened the wildflower garden.
Other options in Sandwich for the historical minded are the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Heritage Museum and Gardens and the historic Sandwich Boardwalk. Whatever you choose, Sandwich will bring you back in time and bring you back for more. Visit Sandwich MA for the perfect day trip from the Woods Hole Inn, and a great place to find Sandwich MA lodging. – from guest blogger Gwen Martin