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Nosferatu Haunts Sandwich Town Hall

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From: The insider’s guide to going out on Cape Cod

By: Sam Houghton, February 17, 2012

On Saturday, February 18, the Sandwich Town Hall transformed back into its origins as an early 1900s film auditorium with a special screening of the silent classic film Nosferatu, complete with a live piano accompaniment.

Continuing its celebration of the oldest running Town Hall in Massachusetts the volunteer group Friends of Sandwich Town Hall (the recent winners of the 2011 Massachusetts Historical Commission Award) presented the film, accompanied by John Read on the piano.

Dressed in traditional flapper garb, silent film enthusiast Liisa Niemi gave a brief introduction on the history of the genre and the story and themes of Nosferatu.

Nosferatu dates back to 1920s Germany when director F. M. Murnau adapted, without authorization, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, portraying the haunting story of a young Mr. Hutter and his stay at the vampire Nosferatu’s eerie mansion in Transylvania.

Although this first-ever vampire movie may feel slow compared to those made later in the century, Nosferatu is rife with historical significance.

Around the same time that Nosferatu was released, Sandwich Town Hall was a hot bed for silent films.

“This is our way of bringing back the spirit of community to the Town Hall,” said Friends of Sandwich Town Hall member Bill Daley.

“We have never done this before, but it should be fun for the whole community.”

Whether or not Nosferatu originally played in the Hall, Daly is not sure, but he is pleased with the selection of a film regarded as one of the best in the silent genre.

Pianist John Read, a Yarmouth Port local, has over 30 years experience entertaining as a musician. He attributes his success as a silent film accompanist to his passionate knowledge of 30s and 40s pop songs and the live organ music from early soap operas.

Read and Niemi have hosted silent movie events for the past few years around the state. In addition to her introduction, Niemi will share her collection of antiques and vintage clothing at the event, a passion that she gained from her grandmother, an original flapper girl and antique collector.

The Friends of Sandwich Town Hall is a group created to maximize the potential of community building within the Hall. After a recent restoration project to the building, the group aims to host regular events similar to the viewing of Nosferatu.

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In Sandwich, ‘Our Town’ will help preserve Town Hall

 

By Craig Salters
Posted Sep 13, 2011

SANDWICH —

Sandwich spent a considerable amount of time, talent and treasure to restore the historic Town Hall and a group of residents is organizing to help keep the building in tiptop condition.
“We’re just starting,” is how Selectwoman Linnell Grundman describes the status of Friends of Town Hall, which will dedicate itself to both maintaining and improving the building.
Such a citizens group was always intended by the committee that oversaw restoration efforts, Grundman said. The idea is to raise funds for some items, such as additional lighting or backstage curtains, that are certainly wants but might not necessarily be town needs in this time of budget uncertainty.
“We want to maintain and enhance the space,” said Grundman, who added that the group has yet to officially meet but that those seeking more information could contact Patrick Ellis.
While it may be new, the preservation group already has a fundraiser planned for it thanks to Theatre of Sandwich, in which Grundman is also involved. The theater group will present a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Tickets are $15 and all funds raised will go to the Friends of Town Hall.
The classic story of life in a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century was chosen, Grundman said, because its themes might resonate with a Sandwich audience. In addition, she said, the play does not require sets and is instead reliant upon its use of language. “The story is told through the words,” Grundman said.
As a result, the staged reading offers a chance to demonstrate what the restored Town Hall has to offer residents. Said Grundman: “It’s a great piece to produce in a hall that was built for live sound.”
Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall was one of the first town halls built in the Commonwealth. For decades the second floor meeting room served the town as the site of town meetings and was also used for school performances, lectures, dances and other community activities. Beginning in the 1930’s, it was used for the storage of public records.
The building was rededicated in October of 2010 following a 15-month, $3.1 million restoration project financed through funds from the Community Preservation Act.
Sandwich selectmen began holding their regularly scheduled meetings there this spring.

Sandwich spent a considerable amount of time, talent and treasure to restore the historic Town Hall and a group of residents is organizing to help keep the building in tiptop condition.
“We’re just starting,” is how Selectwoman Linnell Grundman describes the status of Friends of Town Hall, which will dedicate itself to both maintaining and improving the building.
Such a citizens group was always intended by the committee that oversaw restoration efforts, Grundman said. The idea is to raise funds for some items, such as additional lighting or backstage curtains, that are certainly wants but might not necessarily be town needs in this time of budget uncertainty.
“We want to maintain and enhance the space,” said Grundman, who added that the group has yet to officially meet but that those seeking more information could contact Patrick Ellis.
While it may be new, the preservation group already has a fundraiser planned for it thanks to Theatre of Sandwich, in which Grundman is also involved. The theater group will present a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Tickets are $15 and all funds raised will go to the Friends of Town Hall.
The classic story of life in a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century was chosen, Grundman said, because its themes might resonate with a Sandwich audience. In addition, she said, the play does not require sets and is instead reliant upon its use of language. “The story is told through the words,” Grundman said.
As a result, the staged reading offers a chance to demonstrate what the restored Town Hall has to offer residents. Said Grundman: “It’s a great piece to produce in a hall that was built for live sound.”
Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall was one of the first town halls built in the Commonwealth. For decades the second floor meeting room served the town as the site of town meetings and was also used for school performances, lectures, dances and other community activities. Beginning in the 1930’s, it was used for the storage of public records.
The building was rededicated in October of 2010 following a 15-month, $3.1 million restoration project financed through funds from the Community Preservation Act.
Sandwich selectmen began holding their regularly scheduled meetings there this spring.

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The Rededication

October 2, 2010 Rededication – 1834 Sandwich Town Hall

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 2010 the Oldest Town on Cape Cod “Celebrated History & Celebrated Sandwich” with the completion of the historic preservation and restoration of the Sandwich Town Hall, the Town’s most significant structure architecturally and historically, and a vital presence in the living history of the Town of Sandwich.

This is a preview of the Town Hall Re-dedication Ceremony from October 2, 2010

 

Sandwich Town Hall Rededication remarks by State Rep. Jeff Perry

 

SCTV’s Melinda Gallant interviews Town Manager Bud Dunham who describes the restoration: