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First Night Sandwich Makes Changes Due To Extreme Cold


December 31, 2017

First Night Sandwich organizers have announced the following weather-related changes for New Year’s Eve due to the extreme cold.

  • The Fairy Garden has been moved to the lower level of Sandwich Public Library.

  • The First Night Sandwich button sales table will be inside town hall from 3 to 6:45 PM.

  • There will be no tent on the library lawn.

  • The photo booth has been moved to town hall.

  • The Reveler's Parade will begin at Sandwich Public Library at 8:05 PM. People are asked to gather there to be part of the parade and from there the parade will go directly to First Church to begin the finale celebration.

  • Souvenirs will be sold at the library and St. John's Church.

  • Joe Gallant will be painting en plain aire in front of the Dan'l Webster Inn.

  • The finale will begin immediately after the parade finishes.

  • The sparklers and fireworks will all begin and end around 8:30 PM.

Check for any other weather-related changes. A copy of these changes will be stapled to the map handed out at the event.

Participants are advised to dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a flashlight.

By Patrick Flanary / Contributing Writer

Posted Dec 28, 2017 at 6:00 AMUpdated Dec 29, 2017 at 6:26 AM


New Year’s Eve fanfare returns Sunday to Chatham, Provincetown and Sandwich, where Cape Cod’s three biggest year-end celebrations will ring in 2018.

First Night Sandwich

First Night Sandwich holds its events largely in the center of town, and is known for its holiday “giants,” lighted sculptures designed by Michael Magyar, along Route 6A. This year’s event has expanded to 15 locations to bring in more artists, performers and food vendors.

For the first time, Sandwich Town Hall will be turned into a dance hall, with the chairs cleared and featuring performances by the Senegalese group Mamadou.

Some choices include joining a drum circle at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (159 Main St.); 5 p.m., songs and stories in the basement of the Sandwich Public Library (142 Main St.), and, back outside, there’s free access to exhibits, ice sculptures and a fairy garden. The Revelers Parade of Giants begins at 8 p.m. and ends with fireworks at Shawme Pond.

“We’re always looking to make it a little bigger and better,” says Dever, who chairs the six-year-old Upper Cape event. But, she adds, the event can only get so big if it’s to remain downtown and walkable.

“A lot of people don’t want to drive on New Year’s Eve,” she says. “And we end early, so you can still go home and do your own traditions.”

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Many Favorites Returning For This Year's First Night

December 4, 2017

This year’s First Night Sandwich “Town of Giants” will once again include lighted sculptures created by Michael Magyar, owner of Glass Studio on Cape Cod, into its theme.

The giants, made of rebar and festooned with seasonal lights, are located along Route 6A and in the village. The giants are alight now and will remain lit through New Year’s Eve. The recently printed Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Holly Days Book includes a map of the location of the more than 43 figures that Mr. Magyar has created.

When deciding which acts will be invited to perform at First Night Sandwich, organizers begin by considering what has worked well to attract a crowd.

The committee invited many of its most popular acts back. Among those this year are: The Oysters, a rockabilly band founded by alumni from Sandwich High School. Schuyler Grant with his crooning voice and acoustic guitar will be returning to Beth’s Bakery. When he is not gigging in Manhattan, Chicago, or Boston, music lovers might find him on his boat in Nantucket Sound, a source of musical inspiration for some of his original compositions. Also returning to Beth’s are The Familiars, husband and wife team Manny and Linda Dias, a Cape-based duo of guitar, violin, mandolin, and Irish whistle, featuring folk, fiddle and country music.

Another Cape-based duo is Still Willow with Kim Moberg and Ric Allendorf, a singer-songwriter team on acoustic guitars. The duo will be performing at one of the new venues for First Night: the living room of C.W.’s, the tavern next to the Belfry Inn. They will be followed by Woodhall/Jackson, a folk music duo with Karen Woodhall on vocals and David Jackson on acoustic guitar, a favorite of coffeehouses and blues fests. Finally, at C.W.’s, Carly Tefft returns with her guitar—she is as likely to perform in Boston or Nashville. Ms. Tefft is a singer-songwriter, blending folk, rock and country/pop. She was widely spotlighted when she composed “Keep on Running,” an anthem for Boston Strong at the Boston Marathon. Finally, at the Dan’l Webster Inn in the Jarves Room, look for Tall Richard and The Nightowls, a blues rock foursome with guitar, bass, drums, and harmonica. The FNS Committee is thrilled that all these performers will be back at Sandwich Village to share their musical talent December 31!

First Night buttons are good for all outdoor and indoor venues on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, from 4 to 9 PM. Buttons are available for sale at: Beth’s Bakery & Cafe, Café Chew, Cape Cod 5, Dan’l Webster Inn, Heart of Stone, Splash Stationers, Sandwich Public Library, both Sandwich-area Stop & Shops, and Titcomb’s Bookshop. Buttons are $10 per adult, and $6 per child (3 to 12 years old). Buttons can also be purchased online at

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Getting Ready For First Night Sandwich

November 18, 2017

Sandwich will celebrate its sixth annual First Night Sandwich event on Sunday, December 31, from 4 to 9 PM. This New Year’s Eve event is a non-alcoholic family festival of the arts with multicultural activities, musical presentations, and live performances, located in venues both inside and outdoors, in and around Sandwich Village.

A Reveler’s Parade will be at 8 PM. First Night buttons will soon be for sale online and at area merchants. There will be ice sculptures, lighted giants in the village and along Route 6A, children’s crafts, a fairy garden, jazz, blues, food vendors, storytelling, a resolution wall, cannon fire, giant sparklers and fireworks.

A 2018 First Night button is required for all indoor venues, but is not required for outdoor events. Buttons are $10 per person and children 3 and younger are admitted for free. The finale will be at Sandwich Town Hall, following the parade.

Registration and participation information is available at