14th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge

Thursday, November 26, 2015


The 14th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge is around the corner!  This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses.

Individual Plungers and teams are encouraged to have their family, coworkers and friends sponsor their participation in the Turkey Plunge by donating to the event!  Every dollar raised by a team will be matched up to $10,000 by Mary Margaret Holmes in memory of her husband Brainerd. All proceeds benefit the Nantucket Atheneum Weezie Library for Children, the island’s public library.

Again this year, we will be offering an eary bird registration discount! For those who register online in advance the cost is $30. For those last minute Plungers who decide on Thanksgiving morning to swim, the registration fee will be $30 for children (12 and under) and $50 for adults and can be made upon arrival to Children's Beach.

To register, click on the green "Join Now" button to the right. You will then be asked to select how many participants you wish to register. If you are registering as an individual, select '1' from the drop down menu and continue. If you are registering a team, select the number of team members and continue. On the following pages, you will be prompted to fill out your contact information and at that time you can join an existing team, create a new team or proceed as an individual. Teams do not have to register all at once. Additional members can join your team at any point.

On Thanksgiving morning, please arrive at the beach at least 30 minutes early to complete registration and receive your wristband and Plunge tee-shirt. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Money Raised (Adult & Child); Largest Family Participation; Largest Team Participation; Best Costumes (Adult & Child) and Farthest Traveled.

Online registration is best for those who want to pay by credit card and wish to create a fundraising page. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, you can pick up a plunge card at one of the below locations and then turn in your plunge card day of or at advanced registration on November 25th between 10 - 2 p.m. at the Atheneum.

Plunge card locations: Nantucket Atheneum and Weezie Library, Community Pool, Espresso-to-Go, Nantucket New School, Unitarian Church and The Westmoor Club.

The Cold Turkey Plunge takes place rain or shine. All funds raised for this event are nonrefundable.