Feel The Waves At The Cold Turkey Plunge

November 17, 2015


There's no getting around it – it's cold. Even freezing, for that matter. But Nantucket's 14th annual Cold Turkey Plunge is for a great cause, and draws several hundred swimmers and spectators to Children's Beach.

What Is The Cold Turkey Plunge?

Each Thanksgiving morning, participants and spectators gather on Children's Beach. (This year’s event starts at 10 a.m.) Participants, also known as "plungers," run into the chilly waters to help raise money for the Nantucket Atheneum Weezie Library. Local businesses will provide pastries and, of course, hot coffee and chocolate to everyone involved.

How Is Money Raised?

Individual plungers and teams are encouraged to help raise money for the event by asking family, friends and co-workers to sponsor their participation.

Is There A Registration Fee?

Early-bird registration this year is $30 for anyone who registers online. For last-minute plungers, registration fees are $30 for children and $50 for adults. Participants are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event to register. All plungers will get a wristband and event t-shirt.

Are There Prizes?

There are a multitude of prizes, including most money raised (adult and child), largest family participation, largest team participation, best costumes (adult and child), and farthest traveled.

Who Participates?

You  never know who might being doing the plunge with you. In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden, who was in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family, participated in the Plunge, which that year raised $60,000 for the library.

When Was It Started?

Started in 2002, the Plunge is inspired by a fundraising event in Ireland in which people wade into the Irish Sea on Christmas Day. The event has continued to grow, and lures participants who dress in a variety of costumes, including as superheroes and mermaids. The event goes on rain (snow) or shine.

What Is The Weezie Library?

Located on the first floor of The Atheneum (one of New England's historic institutions), the Weezie Library for Children was established in 1996 thanks to a generous grant from the Weezie Foundation.

The walls of the Weezie Library are adorned with artwork from picture books about Nantucket. The library's collection encompasses many different reading levels and formats, as well as music CDs, audio books, videocassettes and DVDs.

Weezie also offers a wide variety of summer programs, including story times, music activities, crafts, visits by authors, illustrators and performers, as well as a reading program.

If you’re looking to store your items for the winter, contact the professionals at Nantucket Storage Center, who will help you find a storage solution to fit your needs.

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