We can’t think of a more shocking way to start off the new year by jumping into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor – talk about a jolt! Many believe it is good for one’s health where one’s immune system can benefit from regular cold water plunges. This belief is part of the foundation of the L Street Brownies – the oldest “polar bear” club in America and for over 100 years the polar plunge has been part of the neighborhood culture!
This year the L Street Bathhouse (now the BCYF Curley Community Recreation Center) is currently under major renovations so the building and the beach behind it is closed. But the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will still go on – at M Street Beach!
March from L Street Tavern
L Street Tavern hosts a special march from the bar located at L + 8th to the beach led the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes + Drums! Doors open at 8 am. March to M Street Beach at 9:30am. Special commemorate t-shirt will be on sale for $25.
Be a part of this tradition
The L Street Brownies promote health, fun, and friendship. Each year, the swim is dedicated to past and recently deceased Brownies. Spectators are welcome and creative costumes are encouraged.
Save the Date – Rally 4 Nally – for a mom fighting ALS
The first annual Rally 4 Nally will take place on January 8th, 2022, starting with a polar plunge at Carson Beach in South Boston at 1pm (registration at 12pm) and continuing with a fun and casual reception at Venezia in Dorchester at 2pm! Please see “Join Us at the Rally 4 Nally” and “How to Participate” for more details. We look forward to seeing you, and are beyond blessed to have your support. ALS doesn’t quit, and neither will we!
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Image via L Street Brownies circa 1958 – 1960
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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