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Doomsday!

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Gary Cooper & Florence Vidor

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Saturday April 16, 2016  7pm:

Another Classic

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Live piano accompaniment by John Read!

Pre-movie narration by Liisa Niemi dressed as a flapper!

In Sussex, England after the Great War, former aristocrat Mary Viner (Florence Vidor) and her father, retired sea captain Hesketh Viner (Charles A. Stevenson), live in a small humble cottage on Doomsday, a large and valuable farm owned by a wealthy landlord named Percival Fream (Lawrence Grant). Mary is attracted to another tenant at Doomsday, Arnold Furze (Gary Cooper), a young ex-officer and farmer who works the land with pride as if it were his own. Soon she and Arnold fall in love, but she longs to escape her oppressive poverty.

Glass Town Stage Presents Classic Silent Films:

The Sandwich Town Hall transforms back into its origins as an early 1900s film auditorium with special screenings of classic silent films, complete with live piano accompaniment!

Celebrating the oldest continually operating Town Hall in Massachusetts, the volunteer group Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust (the recent winners of the 2011 Massachusetts Historical Commission Award) are presenting this acclaimed film series to support the stewardship of this historic 1834 building.

Tickets are only $5 and are available at:

  • Town Hall, 130 Main St., Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Splash Stationers, 126 Rte 6A, Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m.

 

Sandwich Town Hall is at 130 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Map & Directions


The Piano

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

Sandwich Town Hall Ceremony,
10:00 am, Saturday, February 27

THpiano200A special ceremony was held at the Sandwich Town Hall at 10 am, Saturday, February 27, to thank the F. Daniel Haley Family for their generous gift of $10,000 to the Town of Sandwich for the Preservation and Maintenance of the Sandwich Town Hall’s historic 1894 piano.

            Frank Pannorfi, Chairman of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, thanked the F. Daniel Haley family for their gift which was made “in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Jill Haley (1959 – 2015)” who had a life-long love of music. Daniel Haley’s aunt, Nan McCann, was Sandwich’s first music teacher. A brass plaque in memory of Jill Haley will be placed on the piano with this quotation: “The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

            Jane Ellis, a friend of the entire Haley family, sang Old Cape Cod, and was accompanied by a pianist on the historic piano. Jill Haley was an outstanding athlete and grew up in Sweden where she was a member of Swedish National Ski Team.

            Present were the entire Haley family: Daniel Haley; his oldest son Colin with his wife Rachel and their sons Kaj, Jack and Joey; his son Kaj; and his daughter Linnea.

            Friends and acquaintances of the Haley Family, members of the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, and friends and supporters of the historic Sandwich Town Hall piano were in attendance. 

           We also want to thank all those who made such generous contributions at our piano fundraiser “Tempo & A Teapot” on April 19, 2015.

READ ARTICLE IN THE ENTERPRISE: “Memorial Gift Will Help Restore Piano”

 


Pianist Ruth Weaver performs at a FUNdraiser Tea to restore the Grand Old Girl, the historic Sandwich Town Hall piano. Manufactured in 1894, this is the very same Frederick piano used to accompany silent films in Town Hall in the early 1900s!

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In the early 1900s silent movies began to be shown in the Town Hall and a piano, an upright in the Mission style made by Jacob Doll & Sons for the Frederick Piano Company, was acquired. Its serial # 11860 confirms that it was made in 1894.

This very same piano is still in use today!

Jacob Doll was one of the larger and more successful piano manufactures of the early 20th Century. Jacob Doll established his firm in 1871, building very high quality upright, square, and grand pianos. Jacob Doll passed away in 1911, and the firm was taken over by his sons, thus forming the Jacob Doll & Sons Piano Company. The company manufactured nearly every essential component of their pianos according to a contemporary newspaper account.

The Sandwich Town Hall piano was played by local residents, Minne Bunker, Eva May Harlow, and Mary Haines Morrow, to accompany the silent movies. The projectionist, one of whom was Bill Wimmer, turned the film by a hand-crank illuminated by a carbon-arc. A primitive generator located in a garage across the street from the Town Hall provided the electricity. Nonetheless using a carbon-arc projector was dangerous business and likely to set a building on fire. To protect the Town Hall from fire, the projectionist was provided with a urinal and required to remain continuously on duty when the carbon-arc was running. It is said that occasionally the engine of the generator would fail, the screen would dim, and boos and hisses would arise from the audience who had paid a nickel to attend.

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Four years ago the “Save the Town Piano Committee” raised over $5,000 to restore the historic Town Hall piano that had served for nearly a hundred years at silent movies, dances, and concerts. Restoration included refinishing the mahogany exterior case, replacing pedals and damaged strings, and ensuring that the historic piano would once more serve the Sandwich community.

Recently, we have found that the piano has required re-tuning after every use, and experts have informed us that a full historic restoration is required to bring the piano up to contemporary standards for upright pianos. To do this we are seeking and encouraging funding by Sandwich residents, the Sandwich Community Preservation Committee, the Sandwich Cultural District, the Officers and Selectmen of the Town of Sandwich, and all who seek to preserve this unique part of Sandwich’s history. The cost of a full restoration of the piano is currently estimated to be $16,000.We welcome your support by a tax-deductible gift to the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, a federally-recognized non-profit organization and by the support and encouragement of the community organizations to which you belong.

A BIT ABOUT JACOB DOLL AND SONS:

FROM: Dolge, Alfred, Pianos and Their Makers: Development of the Piano Industry in America
Since the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia, 1876, Covina Publishing, Covina, CA, 1913

Among the men in the piano trade who carved their success unaided and by the force of sheer determination JACOB DOLL stands pre-eminent. Born at Rohrbach in the Grand Duchy of Baden Germany in 1849 Doll left the fatherland just as soon as he had gone through the public schools arriving in New York at the age of fourteen. He found employment in a woodworking establishment the main business of which was to prepare lumber for piano manufacturers.

The author became acquainted with Doll in 1869 while manufacturing portable music stands. Doll was then driving a delivery wagon for the mill in which the lumber for these music stands was prepared. Although he had not yet reached the age of twenty Doll was even at that time planning to start in business on his own account. A hard worker, by nature economical without being penurious, he accumulated sufficient money to start a planing mill of his own in 1871. His patronage came almost entirely from piano manufacturers and consequently Doll had a splendid opportunity to get well acquainted with the ins and outs of the piano business at that time.

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Progressive and ambitious he began in 1875 the manufacture of entire piano cases adding to this business also the making of covered strings. By 1884 he had so thoroughly picked up and studied all phases of piano making that he felt encouraged to start a piano factory. The much broader field which he found for his activity developed all the latent forces in Doll’s remarkably forceful nature.

Adopting new methods of manufacturing as well as in selling pianos, he met with most substantial success and when one after the other of his five sons entered the business and became his assistants, his operations assumed dimensions which in the course of time made the firm of Jacob Doll and Sons one of the leading factors in the piano industry of the United States.

Wrapped up in his business affairs to the extent of excluding any ambitions for prominence in public life, Jacob Doll was also intensely devoted to his family, providing for his five boys all the opportunities of a higher education and likewise watching with loving care and a free hand the development of his five daughters. He died on November 13, 1911, leaving a fortune of over two million to his family. The great business founded and built up by him is successfully carried on by his sons every one of whom has been trained by his father as a practical piano maker.

In 1904 the business was turned into a close corporation and the eldest son, OTTO DOLL, was elected vice president, and since his father’s death is acting president. GEORGE DOLL is the treasurer of the company with JACOB DOLL JR. as his assistant who is also the general superintendent of the factories while FREDERICK DOLL has the management of their nine retail stores assisted by the youngest son. CHARLES DOLL who joined his brothers in 1910 and was elected secretary in 1911. Jacob Doll and Sons have been among the pioneers in the manufacturing of player pianos and have always made a specialty of coin operated electric pianos. The continued success of the concern is a telling illustration of the great results which can be accomplished by harmonious team work.

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FROM: The Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, 1922, The Music Trades Co., NY

DOLL & SONS INC JACOB Incorporated with a capital of $1,000,000 all paid in. Otto Doll, president; Frederick Doll, vice president; George Doll, treasurer; Jacob Doll Jr., secretary and assistant treasurer. Make the Doll & Sons piano and player piano. This concern is one of the largest and most enterprising manufacturers in the piano industry devoted to the manufacture of pianos of the highest grade. They have an extensive finely equipped up to date plant with all the latest improvements at Southern Boulevard Cypress Avenue and 133rd Street, New York. Have one of the largest factories devoted to the manufacture of pianos and player pianos in the East. Have retail warerooms at No. 112 West Forty-Second Street, New York City with branches at Newark, NJ, Paterson NJ, Jersey City NJ and Brooklyn NY. Manufacture grands uprights and playerpianos. This business was started in 1871 by the late Jacob Doll who passed away on November 13, 1911, after a brilliant and notable career. He left as a monument to his memory this plant capable of producing 15,000 pianos annually. To the far sighted policies of the founder of this business his sons, the present officers of the company, are indebted for their exhaustive schooling as mechanics, as before being admitted to partnership in the firm, they were obliged to master every detail of construction. As these sons have practically had charge of this business for a number of years, no institution in the trade possesses a membership whose individuals are more earnestly devoted to the advancement and increased prestige of their business or where family pride enters so thoroughly into the manufacture of their instruments.

While the members of this house have already an enviable reputation for making pianos of the highest standard, the family pride enters so thoroughly into their manufacturing department that they are continually at work improving their instruments in every possible way with the result that their pianos to-day stand higher than ever in the history of the house, the small details being looked after as carefully as the big points in piano construction. Their instruments contain many patented improvements exclusively their own and practically every part of their piano even to the hardware is manufactured in their own plant so as to get the best and most economic results. Their player pianos are of the same high standard as their regular pianos. The same policy is adopted in that they make even their own player actions which are recognized as of superior merit and are exclusively used in their own player pianos. All their instruments are manufactured absolutely under the supervision of the members of the family and no instrument bearing their name leaves the factory without a thorough inspection by some member of the family. Financial and commercial standing unquestioned.

FREDERICK PIANO CO.,

A division of Jacob Doll & Sons Incorporated with a capital of $100,000. Manufacture the Frederick piano at their large finely equipped plant at Cypress Avenue and Southern Boulevard, New York City. The capacity of their factory is 3000 instruments per annum. The piano is manufactured to meet the demand for a thoroughly reliable piano that can be sold at a popular price and can be absolutely guaranteed to the customer by the dealer. It is recognized as one of the most popular pianos in the trade and for over thirty years has had a very big increase of sales every year. Has an exceedingly even well balanced scale of good tonal quality. Manufactured of fine material and workmanship with exceedingly attractive case designs. It can be classed as one of the most popular instruments in the trade. A perfect player piano which was put on the market a few years ago has attained the same high popularity as that of the Frederick piano. Concern in the highest financial and commercial standing.

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Cabaret Weekend

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Presents:

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Weekend!

Saturday, January 16, 2016 7pm:

Jazzing Up the Town Hall

Award-winning Singer/Composer Amanda Carr
Award-winning Singer/Composer Amanda Carr

Featuring Amanda Carr and Friends, William McManus on alto sax, Fred Boyle on piano and Steve Langone on drums

Tickets $15


Sunday, January 17, 2016 4pm:

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 featuring the talents of Sandwich young people

Tickets $15

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For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 

Tony Bennett Duets

Friday & Saturday,

November 20 & 21, 7pm:

(The Sunday Matinee has been canceled)

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Tony Bennett’s career spans more than 60 years and with the help of his son, he has recreated himself bringing his music to a whole new audience. In 2006 to mark his 80th birthday, Tony Bennett released a duet album recorded with a collection of stars including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Bono and Sting. The project proved to be such a success that he did another celebratory album in 2011 for his 85th birthday. His latest album “Cheek to Cheek” is a collaboration with Lady Gaga, and he has embarked on a world tour to promote the album.

Many of the songs chosen for this show are the standards that created Tony Bennett’s career and that he chose to re-record with other successful pop & Jazz singers as duets on several albums. “One of my favorite albums, “In Person Tony Bennett”, which was released in 1959, I listened to incessantly when I was in my early twenties and studying voice, said Ruth Condon. I studied every song on this album, as Tony Bennett’s phrasing is impeccable and it was a great music lesson. I have chosen 3 songs from this album.” “There is a total of 14 duets that Anthony shares with these talented female vocalist plus 2 solo performances in the show.”

Anthony Teixeira has been seen in many productions at Cotuit Center for the Arts, including “Company,” “Spamalot,” “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” “Christmas in Cotuit,” “Cabaret,” “A Grand Night for Singing.”, “What the World Needs Now-A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach” & this past summer “The Last Five Years”.

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256


Entertainment returns to Sandwich Town Hall

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Theater — and other entertainment — is coming back to Sandwich on a regular basis through the inaugural season of the Glass Town Stage at Sandwich Town Hall.

Through planning by the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust following the building’s renovation, a schedule of 14 events over the next year — including partner events with Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Sandwich Arts Alliance — will help bring back performances to a historic stage. This season includes community theater, children’s theater, art shows, movies and concerts.

A press release notes the history of the upper floor of town hall, which has hosted military balls during the Civil War, school presentations, silent movies, and visiting actors.

That season begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 with “The 3rd (not so) Annual Sandwich Town Hall Musical Radio Show” that will include singing, dancing, comic routines and sketches as a fundraiser for the trust organization. Among the local performers: the Ellis Family singers with Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles; local radio personality Dave Read; selectman Patrick Ellis; Carol McManus, Christine Norton and Mickie McManus; and pianist Marge Dolby. Tickets: $15.

The rest of the season will include Oct 17, John Ford’s silent western film “The Iron Horse” with live piano accompaniment; Nov. 20-22, “Cotuit on the Road Presents Anthony Teixeira Sings Tony Bennett Duets”; Dec. 12: “Sandwich Soul for the Holidays Special”; Cabaret Weekend Jan. 16-18; Feb. 21, “Cotuit on the Road Presents an Oklahoma Sing Along with staged reading”; March 19-20, Think Spring Art Show; April 16, silent film “Doomsday” starring Gary Cooper with live piano accompaniment; April 17, “Town Hall Preservation Trust Spring Piano Tea: Celebrates Poetry Month”; May 21, “May Music Fest”; June 18-20, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”; July 16, silent film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish with live piano accompaniment; and Aug. 20, Cape Cod Theatre Company presents The Harwich Junior Theatre Kids.

Town Hall Radio Musical Show September 19

RADIO MUSICAL PHOTOS!

September’s Radio Musical was a blast. Thanks to all who came and of course to all the cast and crew. It was a hot time in the old town that night!

Featured were some of Sandwich’s’ favorite local performers including:

  • the Ellis Family singers with the Grand Dame of Sandwich music and Radio Diva Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles.
  • Local real life radio personality Dave Read as the Announcer
  • Selectman Patrick Ellis played the part of the Master of Ceremonies
  • Carol Mc Manus performed in “Carols’ Literary Nook Readings for a Mad World ”
  • Christine Norton reprised her role as Annie
  • Mickie Mc Manus tap danced his way into the hearts of the audience
  • Other locals strutted their talents with the help of Marge Dolby pianist

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When: Sat Sep 19th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich

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The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust will present “The 3rd (not so) Annual Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical Show” on Saturday, September 19, at 7 PM as the inaugural performance on the Glass Town Stage at town hall.

This lively musical variety show will feature local town personalities singing, dancing and doing comedic routines as a “rhubarb” radio show. The format of the program will be that of a local old time radio show complete with commercials, master of ceremonies, a larger-than-life announcer and bossy stage hands, Bob King and Tobin Wirt, telling the audience when to applaud and when to laugh.

Featured will be some of Sandwich’s favorite local performers including the Ellis Family singers with the grand dame of Sandwich music and radio diva Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles. Local real-life radio personality Dave Read will play the announcer and selectman Patrick Ellis will play the part of the master of ceremonies.

Performers also include Carol McManus in “Carol’s Literary Nook Readings for a Mad World,” Christine Norton reprising her role as Annie, and Mickie McManus with tap dancing. Other locals will be showcasing their talents with the help of pianist Marge Dolby.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Sandwich Town Hall and Splash Stationers.

The mission of the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust is to support the continued stewardship of the town hall, to assist the town manager and staff as a resource for volunteers, events, and programs, to provide, if feasible, funds for special purposes, and to make recommendations for the perpetual protection and enhancement of the Sandwich Town Hall as a major cultural, functional, and historic asset of the Town of Sandwich and the commonwealth. The building features community events, meetings, movies, shows, talks and tours.

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SANDWICH TOWN HALL PRESERVATION TRUST ANNOUNCES A GLASS TOWN STAGE INAUGURAL SEASON

Sandwich MA: It was in 1834 when it was decided Sandwich MA needed to have a civic Town Hall separated from the local church.  A place to gather the community for meetings and activities of the community. The perfect location was next to the local grist mill at the northern end of lower Shawme Pond. In this area a majestic Greek revival  building complete with stage for performances and orations by local towns people was built. The upper Town Hall floor besides Town Meetings hosted military balls during the Civil War, school presentations, silent movies, and at the turn of the century actor Joseph Jefferson(the George Clooney of his day)  in Rip Van Winkle his most famous role. Knowing all this history, The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, after the renovation and restoration of the building, began to think about the use of the historic stage.  What began as an idea in December 2014 has now been realized. 

The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust (STHPT) is pleased to announce the inaugural season of the Glass Town Stage 2015-16. This inaugural season will feature community theater, children’s theater, art shows, movies and concerts. The STHPT is partnering with various cultural groups around the area including Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Sandwich Arts Alliance.

Melinda S. Gallant

Welcome!

The Town Hall Preservation Trust is proud to produce this exciting program.
What began as an idea in December 2014 has now been realized.  There were five simple goals:

  1. Brand the auditorium, for cultural events as Glass Town Stage
  2. See if a “season” would be appealing to the community and could be financially sustainable
  3. Bring in a variety of arts offerings
  4. Partner with other community and regional arts organizations
  5. Support the economy of Sandwich Village.

Thanks to the Board of the “Trust” for supporting this effort and being the sounding board along the way.  Thanks to my fellow sub-committee members, Melinda Gallant and Joe Carlson for their inspiration, time, and efforts and especially to Melinda for her outstanding management skills. Thanks to the many arts organizations we are collaborating with.  It has been fun to negotiate this effort with you.  Special thanks to the Kathy Coggeshall and all the supportive staff at Sandwich Town Hall for their continuous help and support.  Thanks to the audience for being here.  Curtain up! 

Linell M. Grundman

Chair, Glass Town Stage Committee


Sandwich Town Hall is at 130 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Map & Directions

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 

Tickets will be sold in advance for Glass Town Stage performances and events at:
Sandwich Town Hall, 130 Main Street
and
Splash Stationers, 126 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

Tickets will also be on sale beginning one hour before each performance/event at Town Hall.


Here’s the exciting line-up of shows:

(check back here for additional updates)

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Glass Town Stage Cabaret Weekend:

Saturday, January 16, 2016 7pm:

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Jazzing Up the Town Hall, Jazz Concert

Tickets $15

Sunday, January 17, 2016 4pm:

 Sunday Drama Fun presents

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 featuring the talents of Sandwich young people.

Tickets $15

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Sunday, February 21, 2016:

Cotuit on the Road Presents

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An Oklahoma Sing Along

with staged reading,

come sing-a-long with the words on the big screen!

Tickets $15

 


Saturday, March 19, 2016 10am-4pm,

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Noon-4pm:

 Think Spring Art Show

in partnership with

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the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday April 16, 2016  7pm:

Another Classic

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With Live Piano Accompaniment!

Florence Vidor & Gary Cooper in

Doomsday

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In Sussex, England after the Great War, former aristocrat Mary Viner (Florence Vidor) and her father, retired sea captain Hesketh Viner (Charles A. Stevenson), live in a small humble cottage on Doomsday, a large and valuable farm owned by a wealthy landlord named Percival Fream (Lawrence Grant). Mary is attracted to another tenant at Doomsday, Arnold Furze (Gary Cooper), a young ex-officer and farmer who works the land with pride as if it were his own. Soon she and Arnold fall in love, but she longs to escape her oppressive poverty.

Tickets Only $5


Sunday April 17, 2016 4-6pm:

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Town Hall Preservation Trust

Annual Tea

In Celebration of Poetry Month

in partnership with

ArtsAlliance

the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday May 21, 4pm:

 May Music Fest

in partnership  with

ArtsAlliance

the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Friday, Saturday June 18, 19, 7pm

 Sunday June 20, 4pm:

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

The classic Charles Shultz musical complete with Lucy, Snoopy, and of course Charlie Brown.

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Produced by the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust

Tickets $15

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday July 16, 7pm:

Another Classic

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With Live Piano Accompaniment!

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An impoverished young woman named Letty (Lillian Gish) travels west by train from Virginia.  On the way, she is bothered by the constantly blowing wind. She arrives at her cousin Beverly’s isolated ranch where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

Tickets Only $5


Saturday August 20, 10am:

Cape Cod Theatre Co. Home of:

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The Harwich Junior Theatre Kids

Tickets $15


 For more information on the Glass Town Stage Season–

email:

season@sandwichtownhall.org

or call:

508-776-3256 

Sandwich Town Hall is at 130 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Map & Directions


RADIO MUSICAL PHOTOS!

September’s Radio Musical was a blast. Thanks to all who came and of course to all the cast and crew. It was a hot time in the old town that night!

Featured were some of Sandwich’s’ favorite local performers including:

  • the Ellis Family singers with the Grand Dame of Sandwich music and Radio Diva Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles.
  • Local real life radio personality Dave Read as the Announcer
  • Selectman Patrick Ellis played the part of the Master of Ceremonies
  • Carol Mc Manus performed in “Carols’ Literary Nook Readings for a Mad World ”
  • Christine Norton reprised her role as Annie
  • Mickie Mc Manus tap danced his way into the hearts of the audience
  • Other locals strutted their talents with the help of Marge Dolby pianist

The Piano, the Projectionist and the Preservation

In 1915 or a little later silent movies began to be shown in the Town Hall and a piano, an upright in the Mission style made by Jacob Doll & Sons for the Frederick Piano Company, was acquired. It was played by local residents, Minne Bunker Wimmer, Eva May Harlow, and Mary Haines Morrow, to accompany the silent movies.

The projectionist turned the film by a hand-crank illuminated by a carbon-arc. A primitive generator located in a garage across the street from the Town Hall provided the electricity. Nonetheless using a carbon-arc projector was dangerous business and likely to set a building on fire. To protect the Town Hall from fire, the projectionist was provided with a urinal and required to remain continuously on duty when the carbon-arc was running. It is said that occasionally the engine of the generator would fail, the screen would dim, and boos and hisses would arise from the audience who had paid a nickel to attend.

 READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PIANO…

The Sandwich Town Hall reflects over 175 years of Sandwich’s history, government and culture as well as the larger issues of State and National life that have had an impact on the Sandwich community. The Town Hall has been in active use as the seat of Town government for every one of those 175 years. There are few towns that can make this claim.

In 2009 the entire building was restored to its former glory. The second floor ballroom is particularly beautiful with its historically accurate stenciling of tan and brown paint and gold leaf, theatrical stage, balcony seating and fully restored historic shuttered windows. Once again, the second floor is used for movies and theatrical productions.

The Sandwich Town Hall, within the newly designated Glass Town Cultural District, was granted a Preservation Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 2011.

Harold Lloyd’s Famous Clock Routine

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A great time was had by all on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7PM. The feature film was “Safety Last” with Harold Lloyd’s famous clock routine.

The short “Coney Island” with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton was also shown.

Piano-player extraordinaire John Read and “Flapper” Lisa Niemi were terrific!

This comedy classic was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd’s status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is still popular at revivals, and it is viewed today as one of the great film comedies.

The film’s title is a play on the common expression, “safety first,” which places safety as the primary priority to avoid accidents. Lloyd performed some of his climbing stunts despite losing a thumb and forefinger in an accident while making a film four years earlier.