Cape Tech students make the Sandwich sky sparkle at Heritage

Welding students create sixteen 6-foot tall snowflakes for "Gardens Aglow"
Patrick Phipps (Harwich), Niklas Burgess (Wellfleet), Brian Springsteen (Harwich), Shaydon Smith (Harwich), Jesse Rodriguez (Mashpee), Brian Burnham (Yarmouth), Jeff Mercer (Harwich), and Kadeem Pina (West Dennis). Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Tech.

The sky over Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich has a bit more sparkle thanks to welding students at Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Harwich.

According to David Grennell, a welding instructor at Tech, Heritage's grounds foreman approached the welding department with a unique proposal.  Les Lutz envisioned 6-foot tall steel snowflakes, sparkling with lights, hanging from trees at the museum.  The snowflakes would augment the museum's already impressive holiday exhibit "Gardens Aglow".

Grennell and fellow welding instructor Shawn Enos led the students who created sixteen giant stars.  The museum has already requested an additional fourteen stars for next season, according to Grennell.

The project took eight students two days to complete, and like real snowflakes, "no two are exactly alike," according to Grennell. Earlier in the month, the students toured Heritage and watched as the stars were hung using a bucket truck.

Open this weekend, Gardens Aglow will shine Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 23.  Learn more at the museum's website here.

Approximately 700 students from twelve Cape Cod towns attend Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.

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