So just what do you call this many turkeys? This rafter of turkeys was on my next door neighbor's front lawn.
Now for today's turkey vocabulary lesson. We arrived home to see this rafter of turkeys crossing the road just like in Make Way for Ducklings
. Somehow, Make Way for Poults
doesn't have the same ring to it and they are definitely not as cute!
Actor, director Henry Winkler, probably best known for his role as "The Fonz" in Happy Days
spoke to a crowd of about 700 people in Sandwich High School Auditorium. His topic was overcoming his dyslexia to become successful. He later signed hundreds of copies of books from his Hank Zipster
series about a boy in New York struggling through school with this learning disability. Click his photo to hear a clip from his inspiring speech.
|It was Christmas in August at the Christmas Shop. The shop, the doorstep of which says 1747, was obviously built by elves since even I needed to duck to go through the door and I am only five foot two inches tall. The shop was full of fabulous ornaments and other Christmas decorations. The centerpiece is this glittering Christmas tree. Unfortunately this enchanting shop has since closed.|
|Sandwich Fish Hatchery has been raising trout to stock local lakes since 1860.|
|This mailbox is prepared for any type of mail.|
|2008 was the summer for the return of the Seventeen Year Cicadas. Click the photo to hear their shrill sound in this video taken in Ryder Woods Conservation Area.||
|The marsh is lush and green in early summer.|
|This garden was a lovely sight along Route 6A.|
|This magnificent magnolia was a cloud of white.|
|Harry Potter Day was held in downtown Sandwich on the eve of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. People of all ages enjoyed the many events that took place in town. Click the picture to see a gallery of photos and a slideshow of the festivities.|
A stone marks the site of the original Tupper homestead and stone arches still stand at the entrance to the orchard.Edmond Freeman was one of the founding fathers of the town of Sandwich. His stone lies next to his wife's, the only two graves in Saddle and Pillion Cemetery.
|Every Thursday evening during the summer, the Sandwich Town Band performs in the bandstand on the lawn of the Wing School. The band was founded in 1982 by trumpet player, Len Savery. Some of the band's members have been playing with the band since the beginning, while some of the newer members weren't even born yet. Click the photo to see a video of the children's parade.|
|This small red building on Route 130 appears to be an old schoolhouse.|
|The colors of the sunset over Newcomb Tavern don't seem real.|
|This bare tree is stark against the sky.|
|The train tracks are covered with snow from an early snowfall.|
|Snow covered branches create a canopy over the street.|
|The sun was bright on this fall day near Pimlico Pond.|
|The bright autumn colors are mirrored in the pond.|
|The delicate lilac of the sky is reflected in Lawrence Pond.|
|The water and the air feel silky for a sunset swim.|
|The duck is reflected in the sunlit water.|
|Canada Geese swim in Shawme Pond.|
|The full moon was golden for the anniversary of the first manned moon landing.|
|The sky was bright and clear on this mid-July night.|
|Shawme Pond was decorated for the Fourth of July.|
|Town Beach is the place to be on this hot July day.|
|The rosa rugosa is a brilliant magenta.|
|This Pink Ladyslipper just appeared in my front yard one day.|
|Rhododendrons seem to be particularly colorful and long-lasting this year.|
|This is a really close look at one of my tulips.|
|The Sandwich Town Hall is a classic style building with columns in the front.|
|Daffodils bloom along the side of Sandwich Town Hall.|
The museum was renovated in 2004 with a large addition including a kiln for glassblowing demonstrations.
|Sandwich was long known for its glass production. The Sandwich Glass Museum houses a large collection of the products of the Sandwich Glass Company.|
|A rock in the center of town commemorates the Nye family, who were among the earliest settlers of the town in 1635. Click to read the plaque.|
|The smokestacks of the power plant are seen in the distance in the sunset.|
|Spring comes earlier to the north side of Sandwich. The stone wall is a perfect background for these daffodils.|
|Daffodils poking through the snow bring hope that spring may soon be here.|
|These snow covered branches of the birch tree against a night sky create a study in black and white.|
|This birch tree appears to be winking.|
A row of icicles is dripping in the bright sunlight.
|Snow frosted birch branches are a lace curtain against the blue sky.|
|Dripping water created an icicle column.|
|A January blizzard left us with snowfalls of from two to three feet, drifts, narrow streets, and a week with no school.|
|Ordinary plows often could not handle the snow so bobcats picked up where they left off. Click to see our neighbor's driveway being plowed.|
|A crow and bare tree branches are silhouetted against a setting sun.|
|It is not often that I am awake to see the sunrise, but I am glad that I had the opportunity to see this one. November means sunrise is a little later and fewer leaves to block the view.|
|Yellow maple leaves are a brilliant contrast to the blue sky.|
|The YMCA offers sailing lessons at Camp Lyndon on Lawrence Pond.|
|Delicate Queen Ann's Lace blooms along the roadside. It is a member of the carrot family.|
|A neighbor showed his patriotism for the Fourth of July.|
|This rainbow spanned the whole street and was actually double for a brief time.|
|These wet, newly emerging birch leaves and flowers, lit from above by spotlights, made a striking contrast against the night sky.|
|Corn is still ground at the Dexter Gristmill and sold in canvas bags.|
One of the most famous former residents of Sandwich was Thornton Burgess, author of Peter Rabbit (Not to be confused with the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit) and The Mother Westwind stories.
|An inn has stood on the grounds of the Dan'l Webster Inn since the 1700's.|
|Sandwich, incorporated in 1639, is the oldest town on Cape Cod. In the center of Sandwich Village is the beautiful First Church of Christ, based on the designs of Christopher Wren, and built in 1847.|
|The First Church was originally located in this church across the street. Most recently it served as a doll museum, but it is now undergoing renovations and will become a bed and breakfast.|
|The steeples of both churches can be seen across the marsh from Route 6A.|
|The grasses of the marsh are golden in winter.|
|The former Corpus Christi Church was desanctified and is now the Belfry Inn.|
|The new, much larger church was just dedicated on August 31, 2003. It is located on Quaker Meetinghouse Road.|
|This creche scene was set up inside the church during the Christmas season.|
|Sandwich Public Library opened in December of 1910 as Weston Memorial Library. Two wings have since been added to the original structure.|
|Sandwich has a number of historic houses. The interior of the saltbox style Hoxie House has been restored to its original 1675 appearance.|
|An art show was held on its front lawn.|
|The Dillingham House is now a bed and breakfast.|
|Tea is served in the Dunbar Tea Room.|
|The Tobey House was built in 1690.|
|The Newcomb Tavern dates back to 1703.|
|Shawme Pond is a popular spot for wedding and prom photographs.|
Heritage Museum and Gardens , formerly known as Heritage Plantation, is open from mid-April through mid-October as well as during the holiday season for the Spectacle of Lights . On the grounds are beautiful plantings of Dexter Rhododendrons as well as azaleas, daylilies, heather, hydrangeas, unusual trees, and an herb garden. There are three museums, including an antique automobile collection housed in a replica of a Shaker Round Barn, an American History Museum, and a Museum of American Folkart which also houses a restored antique carousel. Click the rhododendron photo for a tour of the gardens or the round barn to tour the museums collections.
|A late Sunday afternoon in April is a serene time for father and son to enjoy fishing together.|
Beginning with the 2004 holiday season, the grounds of Heritage Museum and Gardens were turned into a "Spectacle of Lights". A red teddy bear was added to the light display for 2005.
|This windmill was originally built in Orleans in 1800. It was moved once from its original location prior to being moved to the grounds of Heritage in 1968.|
Click the photo of the entryway arch to see more of the lights.
|The door of the Inn at Sandwich Center offers a message of Peace.|
|The lights on this house have a sensor so they turn on when you drive past.|
|These enormous bright pink flowers are called rose mallow. I am not sure if my friend was pulling my leg, but she told me there is a white variety which lives near the marshes that is called marsh mallow.|
I received an email informing me that there really is a plant called the marsh mallow, and it is from this plant that the original marshmallows were made. Read about it here.
|These goats live at Wingscorton Farm on Route 6A.|
|The Benjamin Nye Homestead was built in 1685. He was one of the first fifty settlers in town and worked as a farmer and a miller. Click the photo to see pictures of the interior.|
|Next to it is the former East Sandwich Grange Hall, built in 1889.|
|This stone building is uncharacteristic of Cape Cod architecture and sure enough, when I asked its owner, it seems that he brought the building down from the Hingham quarries in 1979. He uses it as a shop in which he restores antiques. He and his son made the ironwork gate out front.|
|The waterlilies were in bloom in this wetland area.|
|Trash is collected in collection centers on the Cape and then sent via train to an off-Cape incinerator. Landfills were closed several years ago because the Cape is a sole source aquifer.|
|Each year since 1993, Sandwich has funded its Christmas in Sandwich weekend through the sale of a limited edition glass ornament.|
The Carol Sing in downtown Sandwich was the perfect way to begin the holiday season. A light snow fell as the Mostly Dickens Singers led the crowd in song from the steps of the First Church of Christ. The houses in the village are beautifully decked out for Christmas.
|The ornaments are designed and hand blown by glassblower, Michael Magyar, shown here at his Glass Studio of Cape Cod on Route 6A.|
Each year, the Gibbs family adds to their holiday display and invites passers by to walk through their yard.
|A sailboat enters the canal.|
|The Coast Guard watches over the canal.|
These boats are docked at Sandwich Marina.
|A seagull soars in the breeze...|
|...then perches atop a pole.|
|Waves crash against the rocks on Town Neck Beach.|
|Kayaking has become a popular passtime.|
|Children enjoy gathering stones and shells at the water's edge.|
|Sandwich Town Beach.|
|This lovely pink cottage near Sandwich Town Beach has a clamshell driveway and a mermaid weathervane.|
|A lantern has been made to look like a lighthouse in the Town Neck neighborhood.|
|Rosa Rugosa grows along the Sandwich Boardwalk.|
|The boardwalk stretches across the marsh.|
|The marsh is lush and green during the summer and supports many forms of wildlife.|
|This pretty lavender spotted knapweed is an invasive plant in the marsh.|
Produce and flowers are grown and sold locally at Crow Farm.
|Green Briar Nature Center is owned by the Thornton Burgess Society.|
|They offer nature classes for children and adults.|
|There are several wooded trails for hiking.|
|Their shop sells jelly and jam made in their old-fashioned jam kitchen.|
|We visited on Cranberry Day when they offered samples of various cranberry dishes and made recipes such as these cranberry apricot preserves.|
|A pair of swans with their three cygnets lives in a pond along Route 6A.|
The town of Sandwich has its own blueberry bushes where townspeople can pick blueberries.
|A basketful will make a delicious pie.|
|These crabapples will provide food for the birds during the winter. My grandmother used to use them to make tangy crabapple jelly.|
Each July, the high school's parking lot is aglow with the lights of the town fair.
|On Friday night, there was a magnificent fireworks display.|Click the name of the town to see photos