North Beach, MD Polar Bear Plunge
North Beach, MD – The opportunity to start off 2017 with a huge splash is waiting at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay in the Town of North Beach Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. The town’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, a New Year’s Day tradition in the bayside town since the mid-1990s figures to attract hundreds. People of all ages participate.

Marsha Steiner, North Beach Town Hall receptionist, told that plungers who want a commemorative event T-shirt and a certificate confirming participation in the plunge, he or she must register and pay the $25 fee. You may register the day of the event. The fee proceeds this year will be donated to Calvert Hospice. If you don’t want to pay the fee you may still plunge, however, anyone who does plunge must sign a waiver first, indemnifying the town.

After plunging into the icy Chesapeake Bay stick around for hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows, which will be available on the beach.

Looking ahead to Sunday, New Year’s Day, as of Thursday evening the North Beach weather forecast was calling for partly sunny skies, a high near 50 degrees with a slight chance of early afternoon rain. Water temperatures are around 40 degrees.

For more information about the 2017 North Beach Polar Bear Plunge, call the North Beach Town Hall at 301-855-6681 or visit the town web site

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