As fall takes root and brown replaces the vivid green of summer, folks in Sandwich are preparing to "paint the town yellow" this April. As part of the daffodil festival slated for April 26, 2014, volunteers gathered at the end of October to plants thousands of bulbs.
Under the direction of the Sandwich 375 Committee, community members representing many local groups including the Sandwich Garden Club, Kiwanis, Sandwich High School Key Club and a Girl Scouts Brownie Troop gathered to plant 4,500 daffodil bulbs in town.
"We are indeed 'planting the town yellow' for next year’s daffodil festival with lots of community spirit, from folks buying the bulbs to those who are planting them," said Sandwich 375 Committee Chair Cindy Russell. "As the daffodils multiply each year, we will be reminded of their remarkable community spirit."
In addition to the 4,500 bulbs planted by volunteers, an additional 2,700 were purchased for private yards.
The festival, according to Russell, will feature a competitive flower show, a local artists' sale, plant sale, gardening talks, music, food and fun for kids. The festival will be held at Oak Crest Cove Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The April daffodil festival is only one of several 375th events scheduled throughout 2014 in Sandwich. 2014 marks the anniversary of the Cape's oldest town, settled in 1637 and incorporated in 1639.
Information about Sandwich's 375 Anniversary is available on the committee's website here.