Sandwich 1800s BASH

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BASH = "Bringing Alive Sandwich History" On Saturday July 19th we turn Cape Cod's oldest town back to the 1800s. The Boston & Sandwich Glass Factory is in its prime, The North and South are locked in a brutal Civil War, the game of “Base Ball” is in its infancy. Join us for the 1800 BASH on July 19th!

8:30AM at the Wing School: It’s 1861 and Sandwich has its own company – the Sandwich Guards, Company D, 29th Massachusetts Volunteers.  Portrayed by the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, they will open “Camp Chipman” with Posting the Colors.

10:00AM: Parade from Wing School to Town Hall along Water St. with the Sandwich Guards, 3rd Mass. Light Artillery Battery C, U.S. Sanitary Commission and other 1800s period re-enactors.

10:15AM: Ceremony at Town Hall:

–Dr. Jonathan Leonard III (portrayed by Jonathan Leonard VI) administers the Federal Oath of Office to the troops and swears the Sandwich Guards into federal service for 3 years.

–Major Sylvanus Phinney, original owner of the Barnstable Patriot (portrayed by Rob Sennott, former owner of the Barnstable Patriot) gives the 5 minute address that was made in 1861.

–Captain Chipman (portrayed by Mike Welch) passes the flag that was given by Major Phinney to Lt. Kerns and makes acceptance remarks.

–The names of the 54 Sandwich soldiers who died from the war are read with a bell ringing ceremony.

–Closing Ceremony with Cape Cod Choral singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic


11AM – 4PM: Back at Camp Chipman the troops perform drills and demonstrations. The 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery will give canon firing demonstrations, Members from the US Sanitary Commission will have field tents and explain their role in the Civil War.

Noon – 4PM: 19th century Quilt Show upstairs at Town Hall. 21 quilts will be on display with a musical background performance by Kristin and Brendan McGillicuddy  on piano and violin. Also learn how quilts are made.

1PM – 2PM: Fiddler Denya LeVine plays 1800 era tunes at “Camp Chipman” (Wing School).

1:30PM – 3:30PM at Wing School: Old time Town Base Ball Game between the Mudville Base Ball Club and the Hingham Coopers.

2PM – 3PM: Tour of Burying Grounds on Grove Street by Jennifer Madden.

2:30PM – 3:30PM: Fiddler Denya LeVine plays 1800 era tunes at “Camp Chipman” (Wing School).

7 – 9PM: Contra Dance at Town Hall, complete with musicians and caller

Throughout the day: Notables from the past will visit the Village including glass owner Deming Jarves, sea going Hannah Rebecca Burgess, Capt. Edward Nichols and glass workers Billy Eaton, Mary Gregory and Dan Fogarty.

The Sandwich Glass Museum will tell the story of the Sandwich Glass Factory with glass blowing demonstrations, exhibits, pictures and vintage Sandwich glass.