Topics: Chatham Merchants Association

Merchants Brainstorm Ways To Bring More People Into Shops

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – The first in a series of forums designed to open and improve communication lines in the town’s business community was held last Wednesday evening at the community center. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, the forum focused on three key areas of discussion, including what worked well for businesses during the past summer season, the challenges that exist and ways to address those concerns. ...

CHATHAM – While it's clear that the sharks that patrol the waters along the Cape's shore are here to stay – seasonally, at least – the sharks that visit Kate Gould Park every summer will not return after one more season. The popular Sharks in the Park art display, sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, will be held for the last time next May. In 2019 and beyond, the exhibit will continue, but instead ...

Another Shark Poached From 'Sharks In The Park'

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Yet another shark sculpture from the Chatham Merchants' Association's “Sharks in the Park” display has reportedly been pilfered. The association reported Sunday that the sculpture, painted by artist Tilda Bystrom and sponsored by Pine Acres Realty, was stolen at around 11:15 Saturday night. A reward is being offered for tips that lead to the return of the shark, and the association reports that there...

CHATHAM – The chamber of commerce is seeking an increase its annual appropriation from the town in order to step up its efforts to promote and brand Chatham as a destination for both short-term and long-term visitors. Executive Director Lisa Franz said the chamber has largely been responsible for marketing and branding Chatham, and hoped that by providing additional funds, the town could become a partner in th...

CHATHAM – The town Christmas tree at Sears Park will light up Friday evening to kick off the 38 th annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. This marks the 38 th annual holiday celebration sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association. “It's older than I am!” said merchants president Rebecca Voelkel. There are two new elements added to the festivities this year. The first commemorative “Chatham Christm...

Pumpkin People have returned to Kate Gould Park, in anticipation of this Saturday's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, Pumpkin People in the Park is the annual display centered around – what else – pumpkins. Business, non-profit organizations and individuals sponsor a Pumpkin Person, creating a scenario that, in the past, have ranged from simple to complex. Sometime...

Pumpkin People Are Coming Back

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – With autumn temperatures sweeping in over the past week, the Pumpkin People aren't be far behind. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, Pumpkin People in the Park is the annual display set up in Kate Gould Park centered around – what else – pumpkins. Business, non-profit organizations and individuals sponsor a Pumpkin Person, creating a scenario that, in the past, have ranged from simple to...

Sharks In The Park Auction Nets More Than $50K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Despite the theft of four of the 43 sharks in the park – one of which has yet to be recovered – an auction of the whimsical sculptures exceeded last year's total by nearly $8,000. The online auction, which ended last Friday, earned $50,079, half of which goes to the sponsor, the Chatham Merchants Association, and half to the individual artists whose work attracted thousands to the downtown display ov...

Business Leaders Jump Start Eldredge Garage Talks

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On the advice of business leaders and others, the board of selectmen is revisiting its decision to turn down the possible purchase of the Eldredge Garage property. A series of speakers argued that the land at 365 Main St. represents the last good opportunity to create additional public parking in downtown Chatham. In their public meeting Tuesday, selectmen voted unanimously to reconsider the purcha...

Merchants Make Strides On Downtown Parking

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you're finding it easier than usual to score a choice parking space on Main Street this summer, thank a downtown merchant. A working group assembled to find ways to increase the number of available downtown parking spaces reports that it is making real progress. The group's leader, Becky Voelkel of the Chatham Merchants' Association, said downtown business owners have largely agreed to discourage ...

Park Sharks On The Move

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Sharks are on the move. Not only in the waters off the Outer Cape, but in downtown Chatham as well. With Chatham Band concerts beginning in Kate Gould Park Friday, the Sharks in the Park exhibit had to relocate. Seems there's not enough space for both sharks and the throngs of concert goers who fill up the downtown park every Friday through Labor Day. So the sharks – all 40-plus of them, as well a...

CHATHAM – There are those who like sharks, and those who really like sharks. And can't keep their hands off them. Once again, the Sharks in the Park have proven just too tempting. Video surveillance cameras recently captured someone attempting to steal one of the sharks from Kate Gould Park. Luckily, the five-foot painted fish, mounted on a long metal rod, was either too big or too unwieldy – or both – for ...