2018-03-15 / News

Get feet wet Sunday at rescheduled plunge


These plungers enjoy the 2016 Jamestown First Day Plunge at East Ferry, which was canceled this year because of cold weather. It has been rebranded the St. Patty’s Day Splash for Sunday’s event. These plungers enjoy the 2016 Jamestown First Day Plunge at East Ferry, which was canceled this year because of cold weather. It has been rebranded the St. Patty’s Day Splash for Sunday’s event. When the New Year’s Day plunge was canceled because of dangerously cold temperatures, organizers had no idea winter weather would strike again during the rescheduled event.

Regardless of the snowfall from Tuesday’s nor’easter, the first – and maybe final – St. Patty’s Day Splash is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the town beach at East Ferry. Bob Bailey, who co-founded the plunge in 2011, is hoping the luck of the Irish melts the snow away.

Brave souls have welcomed the new year by plunging into Narragansett Bay annually since the 1970s, but the 2018 edition was scrapped because of frigid temperatures. Although it was postponed 10 weeks, Bailey said the plunge is status quo aside from the date and name. There will be fire pits, food trucks, souvenirs and live music from Next Stop, a band that jams to rock, funk, jazz and blues.

Proceeds, which will benefit the eighth-grade field trip to Washington, are being donated in honor of Will Kitts, a native Jamestowner who died in August from a motorcycle accident. Kitts, 33, was a volunteer firefighter who worked as a custodian in the school district.

Registered plungers who donate $20 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The design depicts a penguin, the event’s mascot, riding a motorcycle from Beavertail Lighthouse. The penguin has Kitts’ trademark beard and baseball cap.

Registration forms and waivers from the Jan. 1 plunge are valid. Newcomers can download forms at the Jamestown First Day Plunge Facebook page. Andy Wade, parks and recreation director, said registration also is available at the recreation center, 41 Conanicus Ave.

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