April 26. Blending of the Waters Gala.
A celebration commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the blending of the waters from the Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay in April of 1914. A major milestone to the ultimate opening of the Canal in July 2014. The Gala is hosted at Massachusetts Maritime Academy featuring delectable food and great entertainment throughout the evening. There will also be tours of the Simulator and the Kennedy Ship. Enjoy browsing through displays chronicling the history of the Canal and dancing the night away with friends. Click here to purchase tickets
July 25 to August 3, 2014. Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration.
The week long celebration of the Cape Cod Canal’s centennial will be filled with maritime-themed events for the whole family, from historical exhibits and tall ships on display to a tugboat parade and children’s activities along the canal. There will be tours of the historic Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship. See below for the many events in the Canal area for the week of the Centennial.
July 25 – July 28. Tour the US Coast Guard’s Eagle sailing ship.
The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327)(formerly the SSS Horst Wessel) is a 295 foot (90 cm) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing vessel in American military service. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
July 26. SeaFest
Old-fashioned clambake, interesting ships, craft fair, shanty music, Coast Guard demo, Sandwich Throwdown, Kids Tent, boat accessories show, re-enactors and the Hood Blimp. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
July 26. BassAckwards Race
Starting sequence begins at 12:00 Noon. Red Brook Harbor, Cataumet, MA. Sponsored by Kingman Yacht Center. The race is an informal, friendly competition to present a sporting challenge to experienced and novice racers alike. Also a Poker Run Race for motorboats to join in the fun. please visit the Kingman Yacht Center website
for details and registration information.
July 26-29. Come aboard the Charles W Morgan.
The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
July 26. 12:00-5:00 Canal Music Fest.
Sponsored by the Bourne Society of Historic Preservation, Inc.
. Many talented groups of local musicians will perform music from the last 100 years. To be held under a large tent (bring chairs or blankets) at 22 Sandwich Road, Bourne Village, next to the Briggs McDermott House, where a ship model show will be open July 25, 26 and 27 from 10 – 4. The models exhibited will feature ships which operated in the Canal throughout the past 100 years; this includes a large model of the Charles W. Morgan, vintage tug boats and sailing ships, and a room dedicated to 12 1/2 sloops designed by Herreshoff one hundred years ago. The Briggs McDermott House will be open daily from 1-4 from July 28-Aug 3.
July 26. Parade of Lights through the Canal.
Sponsored by the Kingman Yacht Center
. All pleasure and commercial boats welcome to participate. Boats will arrive in style with decorative lights and traverse the canal starting at 9pm. Viewing will be throughout the length of the canal. Click here
to register as a participant and receive instructions.
July 26 & 27. Cape Cod Central Railroad Centennial Celebration Trains
11:00am and 3:30pm. Join us for Centennial Celebration Trains: Departing from the Buzzards Bay Depot
. Head over the historic vertical lift train bridge, along the Cape Cod Canal to Sandwich and then back again. Special Price: $15 adults and $10 child (2-12). 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
July 27. Family Fun Day
2-5pm. Family Fun Day
will include but not limited to: saw mill demonstration, chain saw carver, smoky the bear, state forest fire trucks, interpreter activities, crafts, DJ, face painting, games, etc. Sponsored by the Friends of Scusset Beach
July 28 – July 31. Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel
The original Kalmar Nyckel
was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships, a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told. The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She would make a total of four round trip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era. Arrival and departure times as well as on board tour schedules subject to tides and weather conditions. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
July 28-30. Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship Tours
July 29. Official 100th Anniversary Commemoration.
2pm-3pm. Buzzards Bay Park. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 100th anniversary commemoration of the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Ceremony will celebrate the men and women who helped construct the canal and bridges.
July 29. Tug Boat Parade 4-6PM
Visit anywhere along the banks of the canal to relax and watch the parade of Tug Boats go by.
July 29. 4-9PM Entertainment for the Whole Family
Stop by Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street in Bourne to enjoy entertainment for the while family. Music, kids activities and more…
July 29. Centennial Fireworks display over the Railroad bridge in Bourne.
A huge and spectacular display of fireworks will be set off of barges in Buzzards Bay. They will be able to be seen for miles around Bourne, Wareham and the Onset Bay area of the canal.
August 2 & 3. Cape Cod Central Railroad Centennial Celebration Trains
11:00am and 3:30pm. Join us for Centennial Celebration Trains: Departing from the Buzzards Bay Depot
. Head over the historic vertical lift train bridge, along the Cape Cod Canal to Sandwich and then back again. Special Price: $20 adults and $15 child (2-12). 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
August 2 & 3. Water Street Wing Fling
Hot air balloons, kids zone, kayaks on Shawme Pond, old classic car show, horse & buggy rides, food garden, music, juried craft show AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE: 3D Projection Mapping! Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
August 3. 15th Annual Kids off the Dock Fishing Tournament.
Sponsored by Kingman Marine. At the Kingman Yacht Center
Docks. It’s all about fun – and it’s open to children 16 and under. The rules are as simple as could be: The biggest fish caught off the Kingdom docks win, and we’re awarding $225 in cash prizes! There is no per-registration or entry fee. Just bring your catch to the dock house to weigh in between 10:00am – 1:00pm.
August 3. Aptucxet Trading Post & Museum
On the banks of the Cape Cod Canal at the Aptucxet Trading Post & Museum
there will be a Pilgrim/Colonial Sunday Service Re-enactment. Open to all, a non-denominational service, 7:30AM. A free-will offering will be taken. Following the service a Colonial social brunch will be offered. There is ample parking on the site, rest room facilities and tours of the site will be offered after 11:00AM when the Post opens. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the Bourne Historical Society.
What’s Happening All Week Long
Narrated Cruises of the Canal
Collectible / Artifact Display and Timeline
At Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s ABS Information Commons. Monday – Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm – 10:00pm.
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS
March 26. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “100 Years Ago: Constructing an Engineering Marvel” with Samantha Gray, Park Ranger, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
April 26. Daffodil Festival – Featuring a competitive flower show and photography show, tag sale, plant sale, gardening talks, music, food and a fishing competition. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
April 30. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Exploring Cape Cod’s History through its Architecture” with Sarah Korjeff, Historic Preservationist with the Cape Cod Commission –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
May 31 to June 15. Wareham School Activities
May 17. 1600 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History) – the New Plimmoth Gard militia demonstrates their skills, Quakers hold open house, Miles Standish arrives from Plimouth, Rev. Smith greets visitors, kids games. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
May 28. Talk of the Town Speakers Series -“Herb Gardens during the Puritan and Colonial Period” with Carolyn McMorraw, Master Gardener –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
May 29 – June 1. Friends of Scusset Beach Fishing Derby. The fishing derby will run from midnight Thursday May 29th to noon on Sunday June 1st.The entrance fee is $25 per person. Applications can be found at our website and in the office at Scusset Beach. Strippers are the fish to catch and they can be weighted either at Scusset Beach Fish Pier or on the other side of the canal at Canal Bait & Tackle. There will be prizes to the top 3 winners. 1st place $250, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50 . Come join us for some great fishing.
June 2. Historical Exhibit on the War of 1812
June 13. 200th Anniversary of the Attack on the Town by the British Warship HMS Nimrod
June 14. Troop Encampment: Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Military & Traditional Period Demonstrations
June 14. Heritage Day – The morning starts with a March of the Descendants of original families with church bells ringing, students singing, proclamations, student poems & music playing at Town Hall. The afternoon at Sandwich High School has an all-town picnic & photograph, cupcake competition, music, and a baseball game with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League! Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
June 15. Heritage Hey Day – A free entry day at beautiful Heritage Museums and Gardens for Sandwich residents to enjoy with the addition of old-time games and plenty of concerts. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
June 15. Continuation of Encampment Re-enactment of the Attack of HMS Nimrod at Besse Park
June 21. 1700 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History) – Horse drawn wagon rides around the village, 1774 Minuteman encampment, historical geo-Cache hunt, children’s petting zoo, Tories vs. Patriots play performed at Town Hall, re-enactors stroll the village. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
June 22. Clambake Party
June 25. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Sandwich During the American Civil War” with Bill Daley, Sandwich Historical Commission –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
June 28. Sandwich Fest!- Presented by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
July 1 – November 2. – “Swinging the Lamp”: Sailing Ships of New England. The USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild, the largest model ship association on the East Coast, will display approximately 45 ships that plied the New England waters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ships like these would have sailed through the original Cape Cod Canal built by August Belmont. These exquisite models will occupy the Center Gallery of the Sandwich Glass Museum. 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MAThursday night concerts at Buzzards Bay Park
July 5. Ecumenical Service/Blessing of the Fleet
July 5. Spectacular fireworks display is being planned for the 100th patriotic & historic celebration. Shell Point, Onset.
July 8-10. Historical Displays in Town Hall
July 10. 275 Anniversary Incorporation Wareham
July 12. Birthday Parade and Founders Ball in Wareham
July 13. Hand Tub Fire Muster/Public Safety Events
July 19. 1800 BASH (Bringing Alive Sandwich History) – Civil War Parade to Town Hall, “Sandwich Guards”, re-enactors open Camp Chipman to meet visitors, Burying Grounds tour, horse drawn wagon rides around the village, quilt show at Town Hall. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
August 16 & 17. Thornton Burgess Weekend. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
September 13. Grand Parade – Parades are pretty special in Sandwich, but this one will be the grandest of them all featuring many bands, floats, organizations, teams, companies, and more. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
September 13. Friends of Scusset Beach 5 K run/walk. 9 AM along east end of the canal to help raise money for the playground.
September 19-21. Bourne Scallop Festival.
September 24. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Daring Sea Rescues Along the New England Coast” with Michael Tougias, author & lecturer –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
October 11-12. Cranberry Harvest Celebration
October 29. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Thornton Burgess” as portrayed by actor David B. Hobbs –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
November 19. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “An Overview of American Folk Art” with Beth Friend, art historian –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
December 31. First Night Sandwich. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
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