A Whale of a Day in Orleans


Artist Sydney Ahlstrom’s Whale Sculpture Mock-Up

Life on Cape Cod has always been inextricably linked to the sea, and a new public art installation, set to be unveiled this Saturday, June 6th in Orleans, honors the Cape’s maritime roots. Created by Orleans artist Sydney Ahlstrom, the new installation depicts a eight-foot-long steel humpback whale in the diving position, set atop a one-ton fieldstone. This wonderful work was funded, in part, by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Program, as a way to highlight the vibrant community of artist that live, work, and thrive on Cape Cod. Be among the first to see this fantastic new sculpture by heading down, this Saturday at noon, to a brick path called Theresa’s Way, off Cove Road, across from the Left Bank Gallery. To celebrate the unveiling there will also be live music and activities throughout the picturesque town of Orleans, making it a memorable day for the whole family.

Public Art in Orleans

Land Ho!

Land Ho!

While you’re exploring Orleans, be sure to stop by the Cape Cod institution Land Ho! for some classic Cape fare, like clam chowder or their wonderful kale soup and a plate of fried clams. With its nautical decor and a great mix of locals and tourists all watching the Sox on the screens above the bar, it’s a great place for a lively but relaxed lunch.


Painting by Cape Artist Ellen Scott

If the public art installation has inspired you to buy some local art of your very own, head down to the Coastal Craft Gallery, a cooperative gallery and gift shop that sells the works of local artists. Then head over to the Addison Art Gallery, an excellent gallery with a wonderful selection of works.

If the warmer weather has you needing some new summer outfits, then head over to Beth Bishop, a charming clothing store that carries lines like Eileen Fisher and Vera Bradley. Then take a quick walk up South Orleans Road to the wonderful Ice Cream Cafe, one of Cape Cod’s very best homemade ice cream shops.

Magnificent Waterfront Home on Orleans Town Cove

With ice cream in hand, hop in the car and take a ten minute drive along the Orleans Town Cove to 31 Ruggles Road where we have a breathtaking new listing. Boasting a magnificent water view, this spectacular home has high ceilings, plantation shutters, exceptional design to maximize light, and views of the wildlife and water activity of Orleans Town Cove. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bath and beautiful water views. A large deck to relax with a book, soak up the sun, listen to the abundance of birdsong are just a few of the joys this location provides. Follow the stone path down to the water for kayaking or boating. Prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen with all the amenities one expects in a luxury home. Nothing was spared in building this home, gorgeous hardwood floors, two HVAC units with five zones, an irrigation system, central vacuuming, central air, alarm system, attached two-car garage and for peace of mind a large generator. For more information on this incredible property, contact listing agent Nancy & Trish Griffin at 917.531.1234.

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