Take the plunge at East Ferry on Tuesday
A new island tradition is taking root on New Year’s Day. The second annual Jamestown 1st Day Plunge is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 1, at East Ferry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Last year islander Bob Bailey led the initiative to keep alive the New Year’s Day tradition of taking a dip in the frigid waters of Narragansett Bay after the Penguin Plunge was relocated elsewhere by the Special Olympics Rhode Island due to insurance reasons. The Penguin Plunge had been at Mackerel Cove for 30 years and would be missed.
Bailey organized Jamestowners from all areas of the community. The 2012 Jamestown 1st Day Plunge – moved from Mackerel Cove to East Ferry and the village – was a smashing success. More than 300 people took to the water and downtown was the busiest that it has ever been on New Year’s Day.
The 2013 version of the event promises to be even bigger and better. As you can see from the advertisement on page 2 of this newspaper, the plunge has a boat load of sponsors this year.
There will be a Penguin Paddle challenge at 11:30 a.m., followed by the actual plunge at noon.
The Jamestown Community Band is also scheduled to join in the festivities, weather permitting.
Of course, money raised from the event goes toward local good causes. This year the plunge will benefit Bridges Inc. and the Jamestown Education Foundation.
The fun will continue after the plunge with live music planned at Chopmist Charlie’s and the Narragansett Café.
Let’s hope for good weather. Get your swimsuits ready. We’ll see you at East Ferry on Tuesday.
Have a Happy New Year!
— Jeff McDonough