Shark sightings in Chatham on the increase

In Kate Gould Park, that is
Christopher Hedetniemi of HUB International NE LLC (right), helps install the shark sponsored by Pine Acres Realty and painted by artist Hans de Castellane.

The waters off Chatham will be safe for the next few weeks because all the sharks are in Kate Gould Park!  The Main Street park, home to the very popular summer band concerts is a veritable frenzy of color and culture--at least until June 2. 

Today is the official first day of Chatham Sharks in the Park--a unique outdoor exhibit co-presented by Chatham's business and art communities and sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce's Merchants Association. 

Local businesses are sponsoring the 5-foot shark sculptures, each decorated by local talented artists.  Unlike the great whites swimming in the waters off the Cape, these sharks are harmless. And they sure are beautiful.

The sharks will be on display in the park through June 2 at which time they will be plucked from the grass and sent out for special appearances throughout town all summer.

On August 1, the sharks will be auctioned off at a Chatham Bars Inn gala. with the proceeds benefiting the Chatham Shark and Marine Life Research Center Foundation.

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