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New Year’s Day to mark annual Polar Bear Plunge

By Staff | Dec 24, 2019

The Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of the National Polar Bear Club will hold its 20th annual meeting at “the crack of noon” on Jan. 1 at the Tarpon Bay Beach, at 111 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.

The meeting will begin with the singing of the traditional Polar Bear anthem by the first-timer “Cubbies,” second-timer “Juveniles” and seasoned “Adult” participants. After, they will enter the icy Gulf of Mexico waters backwards, facing the crowd of supporters, on-lookers, tourists and “mice” (those who wished they had the courage to join in).

Following various bear-frolicking activities in the water and the traditional Polar Bear Group Huddle/Hug – a body-warming activity – all participants will receive a free membership card and certificate suitable for framing.

There will be a chance to sip from the giant Polar Bear champagne glass, have a picture taken in the shell pith helmet and engage in story-telling with fellow bears from around the world.

Free and fun, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Join friends, family, neighbors, tourists and island characters for one “helluva” memorable activity, officials reported.

Sign in and song sheets will be handed out starting at 11 a.m. Those interested in participating are reminded to wear a bathing suit and bring a towel; chairs and coolers are optional.

For more information, contact John “PapaBear” Carney at 239-395-1767.