If you like to start off the new year with a brisk dip in the refreshing ocean waters, you have the choice of three on Tuesday, and each raises awareness for local organizations.
The annual Polar Bear Dip at Gurney's Inn in Montauk will benefit two organizations. There is a requested donation of $10 for Paddlers for Humanity and a donation of non-perishable food items for East End Cares, which has been giving aid to those further west on Long Island who lost their homes in Superstorm Sandy. The dip begins at 10:30 a.m.
By far the biggest, the East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge takes place at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett and raises money for the local food pantries. The plunge has been held at Main Beach in East Hampton Village, but was moved this year due to the damage Superstorm Sandy caused back in October.
Plunge organizers haven't let the storm ruin plans for the biggest and best plunge yet. Wear a costume for the contest. Festivities go on between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but the plunge itself is at 1 p.m. There is a $25 minimum fee to take the big dip.
The Seafood Shop in Wainscott will hold its 14th annual plunge at Beach Lane in Wainscott at 2 p.m. This plunge benefits Phoenix House, which runs substance abuse treatment and prevention programs for adults and adolescents, including the Phoenix House Academy of Long Island in Wainscott. Those who want to take the plunge must pay $10.
Which one do you plan on doing? If you take some pictures before, during or after the plunges, please send them in for our gallery on New Year's Day, or you can email them to Taylor.Vecsey@patch.com. Happy New Year!