Town officials and members of the 2013 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class will debut the Shrimp Boat Playground at DuBois Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.
In addition to the traditional ribbon-cutting, the class and town officials are asking residents, their children and their pets to join them for their first-ever Bluffton celebratory dance called “The Shrimp Boat Shake.” The dance, modeled after You-Tube Sensation “The Harlem Shake,” will be led by the Bluffton High School Dance team.
The Dance Team members, dressed as shrimp boat captains, will perform “The Shrimp Boat Shake,” as residents, their children and their pets provide the sea creatures for the dance. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite sea creature. Face painters and a balloon twister will be available at Dubois Park at 9: 30 a.m. for quick costuming, if needed. Homemade costume ideas are available at www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.
“The beauty of Bluffton is we love to celebrate our town,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “What is a better way to introduce our town’s children to their newest playground than having them be the sea creatures for a landlocked boat?
“It’s the perfect day, the perfect festival and the perfect energy for Blufftonians to be creative and fun.”
The 2013 Leadership Class raised more than $21,000 to fund the Shrimp Boat playground. A $5,000 parks and recreation development grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism funded the new swing set at DuBois Park, adjacent to the Shrimp Boat playground.
The Leadership Class is a year-long program, sponsored by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, which trains area professionals about each facet of the community such as the arts, environmental issues, growth management, law enforcement and so forth. The program is designed to prepare residents for community positions such as Boards of Directors, public office and other civic positions.
DuBois Park is located at 48 Boundary Street (i.e. a few blocks away from the Heyward House) which is at the intersections of Boundary and Lawrence and Boundary of Lawton.