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Don’t Get Left Out In The Cold (Pun Intended)

I'd do anything to help Special Olympics Maryland!
One of the best things about living in Crofton, Maryland, 
is the easy access to recreational opportunities in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis.  Well, this Saturday, it’s all about Annapolis!

As you know, it’s January, and most of you are probably planning to be at home in Crofton on Saturday, January 26th, curled up by the fire playing video games or watching some college basketball.  But heck, why not bundle up and head out to Sandy Point State Park near the Bay Bridge for the Boardwalk-themed Winter Festival. Where else can you enjoy live pig-racing action, a 20-ton sand sculpture being crafted as you watch, and even an “Early Bear Plunge for those who love to Plunge but don’t love to wait.”  

Yep, I’m talking about the 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge (Brrrrrrrrr) in the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. All it takes to be a part of the 2008 MSP Plunge experience is more guts than brains and $50 in pledges.  Sponsors say this is “the coolest event of the year!” 


Of course, some folks aren’t satisfied just to participate – you know, the “Type A” personalities… the ones who never do anything halfway at work or play.  These are The Few.  The Proud.  (and come Saturday, they are ) The Frozen.   These are the Super Plungers, who brave both the elements and the Chesapeake Bay, taking one chilly dip after another for 24 hours straight.  (Can you imagine?  It makes me shiver just to think about one dip!) 

The 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge (Brrrrrrrrr), just a half hour from Crofton, is sponsored by the Maryland State Police (MSP), Comcast, WBAL, The Baltimore Sun, FedEx, Merritt Athletic Clubs, Frank Gumpert Printing, Grauls, CVS Pharmacy, and a long list of other local sponsors that goes on and on.

If you plan to watch (or Plunge), and it gets too cold, you can always retreat to the heated tent that will house (drum roll, please) Bunky’s Beach Party. That’s where you’ll find live music, a variety of vendors and crafters, the Astro Events Fun Zone just for kids, Plunge souvenirs, and refreshments.  Admission is free for Plungers and spectators alike, so you can’t beat the price.

Please, don’t ask – I have NO plans of Plunging, although I might watch.  However, I want to make sure my Crofton neighbors know all about this event, in case you’re looking for something to do with your family, this weekend!  For more information, including the day’s complete schedule and a registration or sponsorship form, visit the official MSP Polar Bear Plunge website today.  Parking will be limited, so Crofton residents should plan to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take a shuttle bus. (Brrrrrrrr!)

P.S.  Total donations, with nearly a week to go, total $1,179,587.62.


UPDATE 1/27/08:  Read Plunge draws record crowds, donations and ample silliness 


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