Bird Carvers & Wildlife Arts Show

September 10, 2016 by Julia Pearl

The annual Bird Carvers & Wildlife Arts Show and Sale features New England’s most outstanding carvers displaying and selling their wares.  Some will give carving demonstrations as well throughout the weekend event.

All admission proceeds from this event go to a great cause – Thornton W. Burgess Society and its Green Briar Nature Center’s education programs.

Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod’s Garden Tours- Cranberry Bog View

July 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

Garden #1 Cranberry Bog View 
5 Norse Pines Drive, East Sandwich 02537
Working with an almost empty pallet of Cape Cod sand six years ago, this gardener has created a whimsical mix of raised beds, container vegetable gardens, wild cottage plots and formal plantings. Highlights are: a she-shed with overflowing window boxes, an Angel Trumpet tree, strawberries in an unusual resting place, various cages over raised beds to keep out the groundhogs, and five different varieties of hydrangea (‘Abracadabra’, ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘PeeGee’ among them).
Directions: Take Exit 3 off Rte 6, Head north on Quaker Meeting House Road to cross over 6A onto Spring Hill Road. Take the first right off Spring Hill Rd into Norse Pines. #5 is second house on left adjacent to cranberry bog.       Park in front of the house or in front of the wooded lot next door.

Lobster Roll Super

July 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lucious Lobster Roll, with chips, cold drink and dessert.

$17 Complete

FREE Hot Dogs for the KIDS!

Or Chicken Salad supper alternative $10

Eat in, Outside, or Take Home

Take-out Pick-up starts at 4:30

Supper starts at 5:00PM

Quantities limited. Don’t be disappointed!

Preorder by Wednesday, July 6

Calll 508-564-5628

Behind the scenes tour of the Heritage Collection

June 29, 2016 by Beth Colt

Go behind the scenes with Manager of Interpretive Programs Alexandra Mulrow for an exclusive tour of The Heritage Collection. The gallery will be closed to the general public during this private tour, giving participants the opportunity to engage deeply with objects like silver made by Paul Revere, a Native American dress made of money, and works by Elmer Crowell, America’s most famous decorative bird carver as Alexandra shares information that goes beyond exhibit labels.

Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited. Cost (includes museum admission): $10 Members, $25 Non-Member adults, $17 Non-Member youth

SandwichFest 2016

June 25, 2016 by Beth Colt

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.

Walking Tour of Sandwich Village

June 14, 2016 by Beth Colt

Walking tours of Sandwich Village: Explore Back Roads and Back Stories.

June 14-October 8. 10am-11:30 on Tuesdays in June, July and August and Saturdays in September and October.

Led by knowledgeable docents. Free, donations welcome. Rain cancels. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Good walking shoes are recommended.

– See more at:|walking-tour-of-sandwich-village|2791

Strawberry Day

June 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

Enjoy fresh strawberries in a homemade dessert served in the historic Jam Kitchen from 11am-2pm for a $4 fee.  View old-fashioned strawberry jam making and sample jam tastings.  Browse among the used book sale, visit the nature center’s resident animals, and stroll the paths of the wildflower garden and grounds. – See more at:|strawberry-day|1714

Rhododendron Festival

May 21, 2016 by Beth Colt


Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA.  Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticultural experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale.

Cut! Costume and the Cinema Exhibition

April 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

CUT! features 43 breathtaking period costumes worn by Hollywood’s biggest stars, and offers an in-depth look at how costumes help the actors we admire play their parts well. The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibits Development Group, USA in cooperation with Cosprop, LTD, London, England.

Visitors to CUT! will be transported to the high seas with the costume Johnny Depp wore as Jack Sparrow inPirates of the Caribbean. And they will move from fairy tale England (Angelica Huston, Ever After) to colonial Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to 18th-century England (Keira Knightley, The Duchess) and to 19th-century Paris – fantastic and opulent – (Emmy Rossum,The Phantom of the Opera). They will enjoy the escapades of the pair from 22B Baker Street – (Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) and be transported to seedy Shanghai in the 1930s (Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, The White Countess) and to World War II Belarus (Daniel Craig, Defiance). More than 30 actors, including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Heath Ledger and Kate Winslet will be represented from some 25 films, all of which have been recognized in the trade and appreciated by the public for the quality of their costumes that evoke eras that have long since passed.

For more information, please visit heritagemuseums.orgor call (508) 888-3300.

History on Tap Presented by Heritage Museums & Gardens

March 30, 2016 by Beth Colt

Grab yourself a drink and enjoy some fascinating and fun conversation with Heritage Museums & Gardens curator Jennifer Madden, who will bring an interesting object from the museum’s collection to share. Check out a piece of the past that most museum visitors don’t have the opportunity to see, and join in the discussion! Participation is free and there are no reservations required. Food and drink purchases are each guest’s responsibility. Wednesday, March 30, 5-6pm – The Pilot House, 14 Gallo Road, Sandwich

Gardens Aglow

November 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Add this annual celebration to your list of holiday traditions!

Heritage sparkles this holiday season with Gardens Aglow, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights throughout the gardens, a stunning model train exhibit in the Special Exhibitions Gallery with new features this year, and music and dance performances in the Automobile Gallery. St. Nick will hold court in the Model T.

Other activities include holiday crafts, Hidden Hollow by moonlight, rides on the vintage carousel, and marshmallow roasting over outdoor fire pits. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light.

Throughout Gardens Aglow, Heritage is hosting a toothbrush/toothpaste drive to benefit the Sandwich Food Pantry. Bring in new, unwrapped toothpaste and toothbrushes to the donation box located in The Shop at Heritage.

New this year! A selection of original Currier & Ives winter scenes lithographs on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery.

Saturday, December 5th ONLY: Chip Koser of South Cape Ice Sculptures will create a four block ice sculpture that he will be demonstrating live from 4:30-8:30pm. The sculpture will feature three Eskimo children with carved out faces so that visitors can take photos with it.

Save time! Purchase tickets online and skip the lines! Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only. Closed Christmas Day. Cost: $15 Member Adults, $5 Member Youth, $18 Non-Member Adults, $7 Non-Member Youth, 2 and under free, $12 Group Adult, $6 Group Youth, 2 and under free

Cape Cod British Car Club Show at Heritage Museums & Gardens

October 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Cape Cod British Car Club is bringing a selection of their finest cars to display on the Lower Events Field at Heritage. Pack a picnic and spend a day with family and friends, enjoying these beautiful autos. Meet the owners of the cars and learn more about British car history. The Cape Cod British Car Club was formed in August 2000 and membership continues to grow. Free with museum admission.

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour

October 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for a tour of Heritage’s antique auto collection in storage. Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories about the cars in this area, while participants have the opportunity to closely examine the vehicles.

Advance registration is recommended as space is limited.

Cost: (includes museum admission): $10 Members; $25 Non-Member Adults; $17 Non-Member Youth

“If I Ran the Zoo” A Standard Flower Show

September 25, 2015 by Beth Colt

“If I Ran the Zoo” – A Standard Flower Show

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27

Free with museum admission.

Sneak peek during judging on Thursday, September 24, 12-5 pm

This major flower show is presented biannually at Heritage by members of the award-winning Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Southeastern District Design & Horticulture Study Group. See beautiful, creative floral designs, lush seasonal horticulture, fascinating educational displays and artistic crafts alongside Heritage Museums & Gardens’ renowned collections. This year’s theme is “If I Ran the Zoo.” Animals, real and imaginary, will inspire designers and growers in their interpretations and will be a whimsical event for all to enjoy.

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage

September 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for a tour of Heritage’s antique auto collection in storage. Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories about the cars in this area, while participants have the opportunity to closely examine the vehicles. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited.

Sandwich: A Little Town as Great as Its Name

August 1, 2012 by Beth Colt

A guest post by blogger Megan Jensen

If most visitors to Cape Cod are anything like me, then they probably get a kick out of hearing there is town in the area called Sandwich. Looking at a map when I first arrived I had to laugh, and subsequently make a few bad jokes, “I wonder if they have a good BLT,” “that town sounds delicious, and “lett-uce go to Sandwich!”


When I visited Sandwich I found there was much more to this village than an interesting name – this town is full of great places to visit, explore, spend time outside, shop and grab a sandwich.

Here is what I saw, did, ate…and highly recommend.

1. Visit the Boardwalk

By far my favorite thing about Sandwich is the boardwalk fording Mill Creek across Sandwich harbor. At 1350 feet long, located in the heart of Sandwich this is an attraction you can’t miss. This boardwalk is actually a replacement of the original that was destroyed in the early 1990’s by a hurricane. When walking the boardwalk pay special attention to the engravings on the planks, which helped pay for the new boardwalk. Messages range from heartfelt to funny, to mysterious. You can park in the boardwalk parking lot (10$), but there is also parking available in town (free) and the distance is easily walk-able.


2. Grab a Bite to Eat

This town has lots of great places to stop and have a meal or just grab a bite to go.

Café Chew – Called Sandwich’s Sandwichery this organic café has delicious and healthy options on their extensive breakfast and lunch menus. Café Chew is more than just sandwiches; they have all your breakfast basics and a good selection of soups and salads as well. I tried “The Bavarian,” and the brie was amazing!

The Marshland – This Bakery/ Restaurant/ Diner has something for everyone and offers great casual dining on the upper cape. The Marshland’s Stuffed Quahog was featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” When I stopped by around 2 pm they were still very busy and the woman working at the bakery knew most of the customers by name. She was incredibly friendly and gave me a day – old bakery muffin for free, it was so good!


The Roost – Located near the boardwalk on the corner of Rt. 6A and Jarves, this café has a wide selection of locally brewed coffee’s as well as sandwiches. I got the special of the day to go and brought it with me to the boardwalk to eat on the beach.


3. Heritage Museums and Gardens – Beware – you could easily spend an entire day here. “Comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts” Heritage Museums and Gardens, “includes galleries for American Folk Art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions.” This is a great place for families with children to visit, and it has something for all ages. Don’t miss the Hidden Hollow: an outdoor play complex, that was featured as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. When I visited the special exhibition was on Norman Rockwell. Running until September 3rd, I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance.



4. The Glass Museum – This was my first stop when I visited Sandwich and besides the several rooms and exhibits filled with amazing glass works I found this museum to give a detailed account of this historic towns history. It’s interesting how the history of glass works in Sandwich is closely tied to the founding, expansion and economic success of Sandwich. References to many of the great glassmakers can still be seen today, Jarves Street is named after Demming Jarves – the founder and manager of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. Make sure to see live glass blowing demonstrations every hour on the hour. Also a secret tip, when the glass blower asks for volunteers, raise your hand, you might get a souvenir!


5. Twin Acres Ice Cream – Don’t forget the ice cream! This local favorite is easy to spot by the crowd usually present outside its serving window. I stopped for ginger ice cream and it was delicious!


6. Jarves Street – Located near the Sandwich Boardwalk and intersecting 6A this street has several cute shops, café’s and is a great place to park and relax.


7. Burgress House – When in Sandwich stop by the Burgress House, the home of the author of the famous Peter Rabbit Tales. Thornton W. Burgress grew up and lived in Sandwich and his stories focus on the wildlife he loved around him. “Over 170 books and 15,000 stories by Burgess chronicle the tales of Peter Rabbit and his animal friends, including Jimmy Skunk, Grandfather Frog, Johnny Chuck, Sammy Jay, Reddy Fox, Hooty Owl and many others.”


Don’t miss these upcoming events at the Burgress House:



This is the route I drove from the Woods Hole Inn to Sandwich. Enjoy!

Red Chair Travels

March 26, 2012 by Beth Colt

The red chair looks out over Vineyard Sound and the Martha's Vineyard ferry before heading on an epic journey to Provincetown and back!

Remember the story of the red chair?  You know, the image I put on Facebook that inspired a visit from a Californian photographer who then sent me the most amazing photograph she had taken of the chair?  I wrote all about this last spring, and told everyone I ever met all about it, and you can catch up with the story here.

Well, now the red chair is headed on a very unique trip.  I have reached out to innkeepers all over Cape Cod.  This chair is going to have the most amazing spring visiting the very best places to stay on the Cape and Islands.

Having checked in on the phone with these fabulous hoteliers, I can genuinely say I am jealous of the chair’s journey.  I too want to spend five weeks crisscrossing the Cape, exploring every nook and cranny from the dunes of Race Point to the shops of Nantucket, from the farms of Martha’s Vineyard to the sand flats of Barnstable Harbor.  I too want to try a growler of Cape Cod beer in Hyannis, or see the whales and dolphins off Provincetown, or chow on steamers in Truro, or skip the boardwalk in Sandwich.

Why send a chair on a journey like this?  Because, like the surrealists used to say, this chair is not just a chair.  It is a metaphor, an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place.  It is an open seat at the table of relaxation.  It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature where you can lose and find yourself at the same time.  It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.

And that, my friends, is why the chair needs to travel!

Today I prepared my  heart, then drove the chair to thirty minutes up the road to the lovely village of Sandwich where the chair will be hosted by the Belfry Inn and Bistro for a few days.  This is a really cool place — a converted church with all the stained glass still intact.  I must admit, I felt a bit like a mother taking their child to overnight camp for the first time!  I mean, all the preparation I have put into this trip, and when it came down to it I really did not want to let that chair out of my hot little hands.  I was feeling anxious and worried, wrote a long note to my fellow innkeepers about it’s care and safekeeping, even fretted a little about leaving it on side deck rather than handing it directly to the next innkeeper.

But I have to remember, the soul of this chair was meant to be shared.  I found it at the swap shop, and so much joy has come already from sharing it.   I have to believe more joy, laughs, curiosity will come as others are touched by it too.

Some nostalgic images of the chair at the Woods Hole Inn before it headed out:

Red Chair before making it's journey from the Woods Hole Inn to Provincetown and back.

Oooh, that Cape light.

Red Chair enjoying the end of the day at the Woods Hole Inn.

On a foggy day:

Foggy day red chair in Woods Hole, looking over Coffee Obsession.

Then getting ready to head out today, with a little note that says “Read Me!” filled with instructions and well-wishes.

Leaving the waterfront across from the Marthas Vineyard ferry can be traumatic:)

Here we are all loaded up in the car:

Leaving Woods Hole in my Prius.

Arriving at the Belfry Inn in Sandwich MA, a lovely 30 minute drive on a windy bright day:

Arriving at the Belfry Inn in Sandwich, MA.And finally the hiding spot:

Red chair hidden in red brick wall at the Belfy Inn in Sandwich, MA.

Isn’t everything better when shared?

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