News & Views
Photo of Sandwich Village by Joe Janis
Three of Sandwich's wonderful establishments doing what we do best in this community: bringing creativity and caring to the needs of the day.
The Sandwich Home Industries, Patricia Ladd Gallery, Sandwich Historical Society, and Wentworth Library have put their hearts and minds together to create some fun for the community. Maybe you have heard of the Getty Challenge where people recreate famous works of art? We have borrowed the idea and challenge you to do the same! See below for more information...
Jude Davis writes: The Community Church of Sandwich held an outdoor Easter Morning Service on the flower and cross adorned front steps of the Methodist Meetinghouse. Everyone kept their appropriate social distance. Face masks, hymnals, and hand sanitizer were available for all. Twenty to twenty-five people stood in front of the church, on the sidewalk across the street, sat on their door steps or porches, or enjoyed the service from their car. Judy English played the pipe organ inside the church and folks sang traditional hymns led by Rev. Deb Hoffman (on the steps nearest the cross).
During this time of COVID-19, Pastor Deb sends out daily uplifting messages and a weekly Sunday Service on YouTube. If you would like to receive these posts in your email, you can call 284-6151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Sandwich Business Group, which produces this website, is pleased to welcome The Community Church of Sandwich as one of our newest members.
Join others at the historic North Sandwich Friends (Quakers) Meetinghouse on Sunday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. for a special programmed Meeting with Emily Provance. Ms. Provance is a member of the Fifteenth Street Monthly Meeting in New York City working with a variety of Quaker institutions. She evaluates where the systems and practices of the Society of Friends are supporting God's purposes and where those systems and practices might be getting in the way, across the covenant people called the Religious Society of Friends. She is an associate of Good News Associates, a nonprofit Christian ministry organization supporting individuals who are called to non-institutional ministries.
The North Sandwich Friends Meeting is socially and politically inclusive. The principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship of the Earth are basic to our faith. If you are a first-time visitor, you can pick up a welcoming brochure at the door. Our historic Meetinghouse is up the hill from the Durgin Covered Bridge (354 Quaker Whiteface Road in North Sandwich.) We gather every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and during these busy summer months we open the Meetinghouse for a mid-week un-programmed silent gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.. For further information contact Luisa Facciolo at 603-284-6843.
Book and Supply Money
If you are a Sandwich resident and a recent high school graduate working on your first undergraduate degree, you have until August 1 (postmark) to write a note to Sandwich Woman's Club, PO Box 48, Center Sandwich, NH 03227. In the note you should introduce yourself and include your name and contact information, your goals for the future and your plan to reach those goals.
Students may request Book and Supply Money each year (no more than 4 years) of their undergraduate career. The Sandwich Woman's Club raises money with a raffle during Old Home Week (Thursday 8/8/19 at 2 pm on the green). Funds raised are used to help Sandwich young adults with some of the expenses that come with continuing their education. The amount is usually 150 to 250 dollars per student depending on the funds raised by the raffle and the number of students requesting funds. Checks are written to the student shortly after Labor Day and do not interfere with other financial aid awards. Students must write the notes themselves and if they are short on time or out of town, they may send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The August 1 deadline will still apply. Please include Book and Supply in the Subject Line.
Jenn Elliot writes: Please join the Sandwich Friends and Fiber Group, this Saturday June 8, 11am - 1pm, as they join thousands of other knitters around the world all gathered to knit in public. The group will be outside the Sandwich Home Industries, on the grass or under the the porch is case of rain at 32 Main Street, on the Green Center Sandwich, NH.
Bring your knitting, finished items for show and tell, and lawn chair. Crocheters, spinners and fiber artists of all kinds are welcome to join in. Or just stop by to meet and greet us and see our knitting. Bring your own snacks or swing by the Village Cafe for coffee and a pastry or sandwich. Many thanks to Martha Nichols, manager of SHI for graciously hosting us.
WKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. For more on World Wide Knit in Public Day, see http://www.wwkipday.com/
"Better living through stitching together"
Off the Dock Players is proud to announce an upcoming run of A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at Sandwich Town Hall from February 15th through February 24th.
Do you have to know A Doll’s House to enjoy A Doll’s House, Part 2? The short answer is NO, but we feel that knowing the Ibsen classic is worthwhile on its own and provides a better understanding of Hnath’s sequel. They are separate plays written at very different times—1879 and 2017—by very different people. They exist independently from one another but together are sure to spark lively discussions about how some things change....and how some things stay the same.
Here’s some theater history:
When the door slammed shut at the end of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, critics began referring to it as 'the slam heard around the world.' Heated discussions about the role of wife, mother and the institution of marriage took center stage in late 19th Century European discourse. Some theaters would only produce it with an altered ending, but Ibsen called that a travesty and held to the original as the central message of the play.
Fast forward to 2017 when a young, emerging writer named Lucas Hnath (pronounced NÃTHE) wondered what would happen if Nora returns to her family after 15 years away. A Doll’s House, Part 2 launched on Broadway to great critical acclaim and multiple Tony nominations and wins.
On February 15th, Off The Dock Players present A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at the Center Sandwich Town Hall, 8 Maple Street starring Rebecca Cole (Nora), Hank Offinger (Torvald), Lisa Lovett (Ann Marie) and Jacquelyn Henken (Emmy). The show will run through February 24th and information and tickets can be found at www.offthedockplayers.com
About Off The Dock Players
Nancy Blaine writes: Off the Dock Players is a theatre company formed in Sandwich, NH, by founding members are Rebecca Cole, Hank Offinger and Nancy Blaine. We spent so much time “on the dock” talking about plays we wanted to produce, that we decided to get “off the dock” and do them. Our first production was A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters in winter of 2017.
That summer we produced Bakersfield Mist in conjunction with The Sandwich Players and directed by Ben Bullard. In Summer of 2018 we produced, Mother of the Groom in conjunction with The Corner House. The play was set in a Manhattan restaurant so we decided to set it in the dining room at The Corner House. The one act was performed in between the main course and dessert.
Our current production is A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath. Our goal is to bring intimate and serious drama to the area. We love Sandwich and thought we could bring a different angle to the great theater companies we already have. Both Advice to the Players and the Sandwich Players have been welcoming, helpful and collaborative in our pursuit. We are so very grateful to them.
Tappan Chairs are a New Hampshire ladder-back design first crafted in Sandwich, NH in the early 1800s. They continue to be crafted in Sandwich to this day. Seven generations of makers, using a medley of modern and historic machinery dating as far back as the 1850s, have contributed to the story of this historic business.
A Brief History
The first Tappan Chair was crafted by Abraham Tappan in the year 1819. Abraham was a resident of Sandwich his entire life, having been among the first settlers of the town in 1768. Abraham’s son Daniel, along with his wife Rhoda, raised 15 children in Sandwich as well, and each had a hand in the chairmaking business. Sons Walter and Winthrop continued the business after Daniel’s passing in the 1880s, and rather than end the family tradition when he retired in the 1930s, Walter chose instead to sell the business to Doc Quinby and Al Hoag, who continued the trade for two decades in affiliation with the Sandwich Home Industries—the original incarnation of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.
The business changed hands in the 1940s, passing to Sandwich resident Cy Blumberg after his return from WWII. Cy made other furniture, and even cut hair, alongside his chair work. When Cy passed away in the 1960s, Tappan Chairs nearly vanished as a business when his estate went to auction. But rather than letting the equipment and patterns be parted out, again a Sandwich resident intervened, purchased the lot, and stored the business until Gunnar Berg, a Sandwich cabinetmaker, discovered it and brought it back to life in the 1980s, becoming the first maker to establish a national market for the chairs.
In 2013, coinciding with Sandwich’s 250th anniversary, Gunnar continued the tradition of passing on the business to yet another Sandwich resident, Adam Nudd-Homeyer, making him the seventh generation in Tappan Chairs’ line of craftsperson-stewards. It is under Adam’s tenure that Tappan Chairs now celebrates its 200th anniversary—a celebration which had an early start in 2018, with Tappan Chairs’ move into the former, historic, and long vacant Sandwich General Store building, turning it into an open workshop, showroom, and history exhibit, and marking the first time in the business’s long history that it has had its own free-standing building.
Under its current ownership, the business launched a successful 2014 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign which was designated a Kickstarter global “Project of the Day.” On the heels of that effort, Tappan Chairs developed a national markeng partnership with Chilton Furniture of Maine, and through that connection Adam became introduced to the last living Shakers who reside in Sabbathday Lake, ME. As a result of that introduction, Tappan Chairs has become the only commissioned chairmaker in the world for the living Shaker Community, and crafts a number of models on their behalf annually.
Adam has also continued a tradition begun over previous generations—that of using Tappan Chairs to help raise money for a number of local, regional, and national nonprofits. Since 2013 alone, donations of Tappan Chairs have raised over $50,000.
Bicentennial Events and Celebratory Activities
With the beginning of 2019, Adam is announcing a number of celebratory activities for this important year, the first one being the most significant. In celebration of the generations of townspeople who have supported and nurtured the business, making it what it is today, Tappan Chairs is donating 10% of all retail chair sales this year to be divided among the Sandwich Historical Society, Sandwich Home Industries, and Sandwich Children’s Center, thereby celebrating the stewards of the “History, Heritage, and Future” of Tappan Chairs in town.
Adam also intends to use this occasion to challenge other businesses in the community to match Tappan Chairs’ contributions this year, so that together they can contribute to as many important cultural and social nonprofits and charities which serve the town and its population as possible.
As the year progresses, many more events lie in store. Tappan Chairs is currently seeking a formal celebratory proclamation from the Governor of NH, and has invited him to attend the official “Tappan Chairs Birthday Celebration” on August 3 in Sandwich, kicking off Sandwich’s renowned Old Home Week.
Also in store is the publication of a “Spotter’s Guide to Tappan Chairs,” the expansion of the museum exhibit to feature biographies and photos from the many generations of Tappan Chair makers and their helpers, as well as historic chair examples and patterns from the different periods of their manufacture. Finally, Tappan Chairs looks to release an all-new chair design to symbolize and and celebrate its many generations of makers.
We at Tappan Chairs not only invite you to join us in this special year, but encourage you to help us share this special story of what we have become, which deepens with every year!
For further inquiry and information, please contact:
Adam Nudd-Homeyer, owner-steward and craftsperson
Tappan Chairs, LLC
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