Address: 142 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
Latitude/Longitude: 41.757999, -70.500105
Start Date: Dec 31, 2013
End Date: Jan 1, 2013
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Phone: (508) 888-6800
Light Up The Town, the second annual First Night Sandwich will be held on December 31, 2013 and is a community celebration of the arts and the arrival of 2014. Cape Cod visual and performing artists bring their talents to indoor and outdoor venues throughout Historic Town Hall Square. They are joined by food vendors and revelers to create a family-friendly celebration of the new year. First Night Sandwich is part of First Night, Inc which includes more than celebrations around the globe.
Townspeople, and visitors are invited to participate in the festivities. If last year’s celebration is a predictor of what this year’s celebration will be like, you should not miss this fun-for-the-whole-family event.
In celebration of this year’s theme, “Light Up The Town”, the entire village will be twinkling. All of the outdoor events and activities are free. A collectible button can be purchased that will gain you admittance to all of the indoor events and exhibitions. The buttons are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 – 12. You are encouraged to purchase your buttons early. They are available online at First Night Sandwich and from MoMo’s Food Emporium in East Sandwich, and Stop & Shop, Cape Cod Five, and Splash Stationers in Sandwich.
You can enjoy performances and activities of all types including jugglers, ice sculptors, and musicians. Children can participate in hands-on creative activities that include a mask-making workshop and creating noise-makers for the Revelers Parade. There will be puppeteers, storytelling, face painting, and much more for kids to enjoy. On the stage at Town Hall, as well as at other venues around the village, you can attend a variety of musical and dance performances and art exhibits. All of the indoor activities run about 30 minutes and will be scheduled to allow attendees time to move between venues.
Everyone is invited to participate in the Revelers Parade which will be a “green” parade that celebrates “people power” with the theme “Bio-luminescence”. The parade begins at 6 pm at the Wing School and will process down Beale Street turning left on Main Street and finishing at the First Church on the corner of Main and Water Streets. The parade route will be illuminated by eco-friendly paper lanterns.
There will be a food court in the parking lot of the Sandwich Library on Main Street where purveyors will offer delectables and non-alcoholic beverages for hungry and thirsty New Year’s Eve revelers. Food will also be available at other locations in the village.
Starting at 9 pm, the evening will culminate with a light extravaganza at the Dexter Grist Mill on Shawme Pond and the illumination of the 2014 Tower of Lights. As we welcome 2014, we will also be kicking off the 375th Celebration of the founding of Sandwich with a communal rendition of Happy Birthday.
So, purchase your buttons and come join us as we “Light Up The Town” to welcome in 2014 and the year-long celebration of the founding of our quaint and beautiful Sandwich Village. For additional information about First Night Sandwich call 508-888-6800.
From the Author: First Night Sandwich highlights the arts in Sandwich and is great fun for the whole family. All of the outdoor entertainment is free and the price for purchasing a button that gains admittance to the indoor events is very affordable. As our 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center is located right across the street from Town Hall, we are very excited to participate in First Night by lighting up the inn on New Year's Eve. Last years First Night was wonderful and drew a much larger crowd that was expected for a first time event. This year's event is already bigger and better and we are very excited to participate in the festivities. This year is even more special as the Town of Sandwich kicks off a year-long celebration of the 375th Anniversary of its' founding. This is a milestone that few places in the country have reached.
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