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November 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Children's Beach
15 Harbor View Way
Nantucket, MA 02554
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18th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge

Thursday, November 28, 2019

This year marks the 18th Cold Turkey Plunge, where hundreds of swimmers brave the icy harbor waters on Thanksgiving morning to support the Weezie Library for Children. Thanks to the many plungers and business supporters, this fun and frigid event has raised more than $100,000 in recent years.

Funds raised from the Cold Turkey Plunge make it possible to host over 500 free programs and services for Weezie patrons each year.

Safety Precautions for Plungers:
  • DO NOT plunge if you have any heart or serious medical conditions, or if you are not used to higher heart rates from physical activity.
  • DO NOT stay in the water for more than a few minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • DO NOT dive or somersault into the water.
    DO NOT drink alcohol prior to the plunge. Alcohol accelerates hypothermia.
  • DO bring a robe, blanket, towel or jacket to wear while waiting to plunge and for when you get out of the water. A towel to dry off as well as an extra towel to stand on is also a good idea.
  • DO bring a buddy with you who is not plunging. Someone on land should know when you go in and when you come out of the water.
  • Change out of your wet clothes and dry yourself right away after you come out of the water. Hypothermia can set in within 30 minutes in Thursday’s expected temperatures.