Heritage Museums & Gardens Celebrates the End of Summer with Fun-Filled Concerts & Events

August 20 2014

 Heritage Museums & Gardens Celebrates the End of Summer with Fun-Filled Concerts & Events

Historic carousel opens to the public for the first time this year; Even Bigger, Better Big Bugs Bash Returns

(Sandwich, MA – August 20, 2014) – Summer is slowly drawing to a close but at Heritage Museums & Gardens, it means a final fun-filled push to mark the changing of the seasons and celebrate all that the famed attraction has to offer.

Over the next two weeks, visitors will be able to explore the wonders of insects with an “Even Bigger Big Bugs Bash;” enjoy the re-opening of one of venue’s major attractions, its historic Carousel; take advantage of two remaining Family Fun Fridays; and celebrate a huge sale at Heritage’s noted gift shop.

The Even Bigger Big Bugs Bash, a whole day of activities celebrating David Rogers’ Big Bugs sculptures will be taking place on Sunday, August 24th. All visitors are invited to create their own crafty critters; take an insect safari; and participate in the Bug Ball. Additionally, guests at Heritage can enjoy a performance from “The Stand Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman on the Hidden Hollow Stage, hear New York Times best-selling author Amy Stewart divulge her insights about some Wicked Bugs, and see popular all-girl band The Ticks perform on the Outdoor Concert Stage. All events are FREE with museum admission.

Renovations to the famed Heritage Museums & Gardens Carousel and its surrounding components are complete and the historic attraction will be open to the public on Friday, August 29th. Patrons will notice several changes to the Carousel, including a new roof, new windows, new sound system, and new carpeting – all installed to preserve this treasured piece of Heritage.

“Heritage is pleased to re-open this wonderful vintage carousel, knowing it will be preserved for future generations,” says President & CEO Ellen Spear. “We know our visitors have missed the Heritage carousel as much as we have all missed seeing the joy and smiles it brings to them when they ride it.

Heritage has owned the original Charles I. D. Looff Carousel since the Museum opened in 1969. Looff is best remembered as a master carver and builder of hand-carved carousels and amusement rides in America. Looff’s major achievements include building the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876; manufacturing over 50 carousels, and several amusement parks, roller coasters and Ferris wheels; and building California's famous Santa Monica Pier. He also became internationally known for crafting the unique Coney Island style of carousel carving.

To celebrate the Carousel’s re-opening, Heritage will offer free admission to one child (aged 3 – 12) for each adult paying admission on Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st, as a way of celebrating this vital renovation and thanking people for their patience during the renovation. This offer is not valid with other Heritage promotions.

Family Fun Fridays will also celebrate its last week on Friday, August 29th. Attendees can enjoy a family-friendly day at Heritage Museums & Gardens, featuring special activities designed to help you rediscover the joys of being outside together. A musical performance featuring The Toe Jam Puppet Band at the Outdoor Concert Stage will take place on Friday, August 22nd – followed by the final concert of this summer season, The Elbows on August 29th. Both shows will begin at 11 a.m. There will also be family activities, lawn games, and a chance to see the Big Bugs sculptures and catch the Wicked Plants exhibit before it leaves Heritage on September 2. Free with museum admission.

Lastly, Heritage wants to thank all attendees for their patronage from now through Labor Day by offering 25% off all purchases at The Shop at Heritage (Members save 35%) as part of the perfect end-of-summer sale. Get a head start on any upcoming holiday shopping with great offerings for gardeners and car enthusiasts, including wonderful boxed cards and a wide selection of home goods.

About Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is comprised of three galleries and 100 acres of gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts. It includes galleries for American Folk Art and a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions.

The automobile gallery includes an impressive collection of American automobiles housed within a replica of the Shaker Round Barn. The gardens feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including the renowned Dexter variety, whose typical bloom time is from mid-May to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers.

The grounds also include the Old East Mill, a windmill built in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1800, and extensively restored in 1999-2000, a labyrinth designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America, Hidden Hollow™, the Hart Family Maze Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden.