Annual icy dip draws brave crowd to Shoemaker Harbor
January 6, 2022
For about 20 years on New Year's Day, some of the bravest in the community gather to prove their mettle by wading into the frigid water of Shoemaker Harbor for the aptly named Polar Plunge.
This year was no different.
On Jan. 1, about 54 people of all ages walked into waist-deep water and then submerged up to their necks. The goal was to reach one minute. Most made it, some gave up soon after getting in.
"I did it last year. It wasn't that bad. I had a wetsuit on, but all my friends said I was cheating," said 13-year-old Sophia Martinsen. This year, she wore shorts, a shirt and sweater to t...