A crowd of partisipants entering the water for the Cold Turkey Plunge
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This year the Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge turns 16!  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! All proceeds benefit the Nantucket Atheneum Weezie Library for Children, the island’s public library.

Again this year, we will be offering an early bird registration discount! For those who register online, in advance of the event, 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. One towel holder per family/team will be permitted into the swim area.

On Thanksgiving morning, please arrive at the beach at least 30 minutes early to complete registration and receive your wristband and Plunge tee-shirt (while supplies last).

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 following island locations: Bartlet Farm, Cisco Brewery, Espresso-to-Go, Nantucket Atheneum & Weezie Library, Nantucket Boys and Girls Club,  Nantucket Community Pool and Nantucket New School.

Skip the line day of and attend advanced registration on November 22nd between 10 – 2 p.m. at the Atheneum. Early Bird gets the worm — or t-shirt in this case! T-shirts will be handed out to all early registrants the day before the plunge and while supplies last day of! 

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