Shelter Island Turkey Plunge set for Nov. 26

Shelter Island Turkey Plunge

Hardy (foolish?) souls racing to the water for the 6th annual Turkey Plunge at Crescent Beach. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

Thanksgiving Day is over, your funny uncle has gone home, and the leftovers are getting tedious … and it’s only Saturday.

Now what do you do?

Why not don your cutest bathing suit — or better yet, a turkey costume — and dive into the frigid waters of Peconic Bay?

Yes, it’s time once again for the 7th Annual Shelter Island Turkey Plunge where otherwise sane people pony up a minimum of $25 for the honor of taking a dip in frigid November waters. Many opt to take the swim in costume — prizes are awarded for Best Costume (male and female). Other prizes will be raffled off at the plunge as well.

It’s all for a good cause to raise funds for the Friends of the Shelter Island Public Library — and you might be surprised by the number of folks who turn out to take part.

On Saturday, November 26, plungers begin gathering in the Crescent Beach (Sunset Beach) parking lot at 10 a.m. to check in. Those who have already filled out a form (and signed a release — that water is cold, after all) can check in and get a t-shirt and button at the pre-registration table.

Prior to the plunge, costumed plungers are asked to strut their stuff befiore the judges so they can appreciate their creativity and pick a winner.

At 11 a.m., it is time to hit the water en masse. By the way, there is no prescribed standard for plunging — ankles, knees, waist, or head under — all are acceptable! The only real requirement is that participants raise a minimum of $25 to take the plunge… anything over that amount is gratefully received and there is a prize for “most money raised.”

Of course, what’s a plunge without fine food and drink? Organizers will distribute hot cider and donuts for plungers and spectators alike. SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill will have delicious and hot turkey chili for sale for the benefit of the Friends of the Library. Take home a quart or so — it’s guaranteed to take the chill off!

To sign up, download a participant registration packet at Sponsors can also pledge directly to participants or online at the site as well.