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Sandwich celebrates Old Home Week



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Selectmen Bob Rowan, Chris Boldt, and Bud Martin cook up some burgers and hot dogs for the Selectmen's Barbecue and Community Picnic. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
August 15, 2018
SANDWICH — The town rolled out a whole series of events for all ages during the annual Old Home Week, drawing many residents and visitors to have some fun.

Sandwich was the center of a whole week of sports, history, art, socializing, kids fun, and so many more activities. All of the Old Home Week activities were compiled into a master schedule, with something for everyone.

The Parks and Recreation Department hosted many of the activities including tennis tournaments, beach activities, and the popular Field Day and Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade.

"The week went really well, we replicated a lot of our annual events with really good turnout with our field day (and) Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade," said Parks and Recreation Director Ole Anderson.

On Wednesday, the Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with Camp Hale for the Field Day, where kids from around Sandwich and beyond and campers visiting from the Boston area joined in many different relays and other competitive events.

Anderson said Camp Hale has been working with the town on the field day for over 100 years.

"They're really fun to organize events with," Anderson said. "It's great to see them get more involved with the community; do more of these activities and participate, create that community aspect between the camp and the town."

The Bike, Trike, and Doll Carriage Parade occured the Thursday morning of Old Home Week as usual and saw a lot of kids dressing up in costume. Anderson said there were a lot of creative costumes this year like rainbows, mystical creatures, and ninjas.

Friday the fun moved to the town beach with Watersports Day, which Anderson said "is always a fun time." The Family Fun Triathlon took place Friday night.

"We had more participants do that than any of my previous years, it's nice to see an uptick," Anderson said.

Other major events included Artisans on the Green on Thursday, the community town meeting on Monday, Advice to the Players' production of "Love's Labour's Lost" during the week, several events by the Sandwich Historical Society, and many more.

Anderson said Old Home Week is a collaborative effort with cooperation between many different town agencies, organizations, individuals, and more. All the events are turned into the selectmen's office to go on the official brochure. Jennifer Wright and Kelly Cox will look over the submissions and talk to organizers if there are any major time conflicts. Anderson said while some activities will overlap, they don't want to have too much overlap between major events. He said the organizers will coordinate with each other on their events.

"It's still a small enough town most of the organizations are on a first name basis with each other," Anderson said.

Overall Old Home Week was a big event for the whole town with a lot of people around.

"People really turned out for everything we offered," Anderson said. "There was sort of a buzz around town with all the activities and people going to all the events."

He said a lot of people will come back to Sandwich for the events of that week.

The week wrapped up with the Selectmen's Barbecue at the fairgrounds. Selectmen Bud Martin, Chris Boldt, and Bob Rowan cooked burgers and hot dogs; members of the community contributed various salads, side dishes, and desserts.

"Nobody goes away hungry," Boldt said.

Tom & Annie's CaravanBand performed at the cookout and led some square dance calls.

Martin said the week overall was "Well organized and people are having fun."

"Wonderful series of events that make the week a lot of fun," Boldt said.

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