THINGS TO DO: Summer with Sandwich Arts Alliance

Wide variety of visual, performing, and literary programs and events on tap throughout the season

Sandwich Arts Alliance (SAA), an artist-driven nonprofit organization supporting the region’s arts and artists, presents a summer season featuring visual, performing, and literary arts events and programs, serving the Cape Cod community, at 124 Route 6A, Sandwich and other community venues.  SAA is home to a beautiful art gallery, gift shop, and bookstore, featuring the works of local and regional artists in gallery openings, exhibits and special events. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings or view the works on display during business hours.  For more information, visit

~ Summer Schedule of Events and Programs ~

Visual Arts:

Sandwich Arts Alliance’s Visual Arts group is comprised of creative people of all ages, interests, and abilities, creating visual art in any two- or three-dimensional media. The group’s goal is to aesthetically enrich and develop the Sandwich community’s appreciation for the visual arts through workshops, demonstrations, openings, exhibits, and sales year-round.  Members’ artwork is displayed at town venues, in “pop-up” art shows, art auctions and is sold at SAA’s in-house gift shop  and online store. For more information, please contact Richard Muccini at, or Tony Donovan at ​

Art ‘n Vroom – a Sandwich Art Alliance and British Car Club Show

British Car Club of Cape Cod, courtesy image

Saturday, June 3, 1 pm- 3 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

 “Mixing Oil Paint and Motor Oil, Art ’n Vroom” is a joint venture with the Cape Cod British Car Club, as they cruise through Sandwich on the Adirondack Chair Trail, culminating in a car show at the Alliance Center from 1 to 3 pm. Stop by to enjoy 10 or more British motor cars in the SAA parking lot enhanced by SAA artist creations on exhibit, interspersed among the classic cars.

Art & Soul Gala

Wednesday, June 14, 6 to 10 pm

The Ridge Club, 70 Country Club Road, Sandwich

Tickets are $125, available at, or at Sandwich Arts Alliance Center

Join the festivities as SAA celebrates another great year of arts and cultural programming at its “Art & Soul Gala,” featuring a buffet dinner, silent auction, and live music.  Attendance and donations supports the efforts of this volunteer-driven organization.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, image by Greta Georgieva

The Fornari Gardens

Tuesday, July 11, 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine

Admission: $5 per person, per garden, proceeds benefit Sandwich Arts Alliance

Love abundant flowers and a large kitchen garden?  You’ll enjoy walking this landscape created by Dan (a scientist) and C.L. (the author of eight gardening books), located on a lovely Cape Cod lake. Wander through the cutting garden and trial beds. Observe the solar-heated seed-starting shed, and the rustic fence Dan built out of locust. Sit in the shade of the grape arbor, note the abundant planted containers, and enjoy the perennial beds and vegetable garden. Explore  the magical stump plantings, the rain garden, and blueberry patch. See many varieties of hydrangeas, groundcovers, flowering perennials, and a wide selection of shrubs and trees.

Adirondack Chair Trail Auction

Adirondack Chairs painted for auction, courtesy image

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The Sagamore Inn Pavilion, 1131 Sandwich Road, Sagamore

Admission is free

Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on your favorite artist-designed and decorated Adirondack chair! Join the party, bring your friends and neighbors, and celebrate the craftsmanship of our talented local artists whose work adds so much to the Cape community.


Finding The Writer Within: Summer Intensive  

Presented by Linda Maria Steele

Monday through Thursday, June 5, 6, 7 & 8, 10 am to 12 noon

Fee:  $100 members, $120 non-members

“Finding the Writer Within” invites writers of all levels and interests to explore different writing genres in a supportive writing community. Participants write and read their work throughout the week. This highly regarded workshop is playful yet productive and recommended for writers and non-writers alike.


Exhibits by SAA Members in our gallery and at community venues

on view during business hours, and are also viewable online at our website

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center’s Gallery, 124 Route 6A, Sandwich

Member Exhibit:  May 26 through July 5; reception and awards: Thursday, June 8, 5:30 to 7 pm
June Kershaw Open Exhibit: July 5 through August 23; reception/awards: Thursday, July 13, 5:30 to 7 pm
Member Exhibit: August 23 through October 4; reception/awards: Thursday, August 31, 5:30 to 7 pm

Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich

 Artist Linda Sharp – June 6 through July 3

Artist Karen Pinard – July 4 through August 1

Artist Salty Jones – August 1 through September 5

Fishermen’s View Restaurant, 20 Freezer Rd, Sandwich

SAA artists exhibit works on a rotating basis, available for purchase

Performing Arts:

Sandwich Arts Alliance’s Performing Arts Group brings together professionals and amateurs who enjoy the magic of performance of all kinds and styles – music, dance, theater, storytelling, opera, and stagecraft. For more information, please email Melinda Gallant at

Sandwich Showcase Open Mic 

Wednesday, August 2, 7 to 9 pm

Cafe Chew, 4 Merchants Rd, Sandwich

Walk-in registration, $10 donation requested at the door

​Do you sing? Play an instrument? Can you tell a story, read a poem, do a monologue, improv, stand-up comedy? Consider reading the latest chapter of your new book, play, or screenplay. Dance a little, talk or demonstrate your art, delight us with an opera aria!  Share your talent during our monthly showcase with a kind and appreciative audience. You’ve got five minutes to shine and have fun! 

The Velocity of Autumn – featuring Annie Hart Cool and Don Cross

August 18 through 27 – Fridays, 7 pm, Saturdays 7 pm, Sundays, 2 pm

​​The Glass Town Stage, Sandwich Historic Town Hall, ​130 Main Street, Sandwich

Tickets: $20

“The Velocity of Autumn” swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second floor window, and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating.

Literary Arts:

Sandwich Arts Alliance’s Literary Arts Group supports writers by developing writing skills, promoting sales, facilitating contacts, an information exchange, and in peer relationships. Our local authors’ books are sold online and in the gallery bookshop. For more information, please contact Jana Dillon Hamby at

Writer’s Networking:  Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 11 am to 12 noon

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This exchange, open to all, is held on the second Wednesday of each month. It offers a variety of programs from speakers to casual, convivial information exchanges on writing and publishing. ​

A Gathering of Poets:  Tuesdays, June 20, July 18, and August 15, 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

A supportive and informative poetry critique group, meeting monthly on third Tuesdays, All are welcome.  Attendees read their poems aloud each session, consider suggestions, and make observations. 

The Writers’ Critique Group:  Thursdays, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, 1 to 2 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This group of writers meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  A chapter of a current project is emailed to members of the group, read, and critiqued, and brought to the meeting where it is read aloud and further discussed.  Supportive, encouraging, and informative.  All are welcome.

Children’s Book Writers:  Thursdays, June 22, July 27, and August 24, 1 to 2 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This new group of writers working on publishing children’s books bring their latest work to read aloud and receive comments and suggestions.

Sandwich Arts Alliance is pleased to participate in Mass Cultural Council’s Card to Culture program; inquire at about available discounts and more information.

About Sandwich Arts Alliance

Founded in 2015, Sandwich Arts Alliance (SAA) is an artist-driven nonprofit organization supporting the arts and artists – serving as a platform for new works, cultivating the creative economy, and culturally enriching the Sandwich and greater Cape Cod communities.

Sandwich Arts Alliance Logo

Sandwich Arts Alliance is comprised of four groups that meet regularly: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Friends of the Arts.  Membership is open to all artists and friends residing in Sandwich and beyond.  As part of its mission, SAA collaborates with other nonprofit and community-based organizations to help promote a wide variety of cultural programming. SAA’s goal is to identify and support all local artists through a resource database, providing greater exposure and opportunities for fellow artist networking.

The Sandwich Arts Alliance Center’s offerings include a gallery of original art, art classes for artists of all ages, books by local writers, a gift shop for year-round shopping, and performances throughout the year. SAA’s Gallery, located at 124 Route 6A, Sandwich, is open to the public weekly from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.  For membership, class, exhibit, performance and exhibit information, call 774-338-5201, email, or visit, where an online store is also available.  For the latest on Sandwich Arts Alliance, follow its social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram.

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