Friday, December 17, 2010

Are you ready to take the plunge?

NEW HAVEN – The Elm City Parks Conservancy and the New Haven Land Trust will hold the First Day New Haven Winter Festival - featuring the 11th annual Polar Plunge - from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 1 at Lighthouse Park in New Haven.
"First Day New Haven is a fun, exciting and invigorating way to begin the New Year with your family and friends," organizers said in a statement.

Elm City Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit parks advocacy organization. ECPC partners with groups and other community based organizations to work towards preserving and restoring New Haven’s spectacular parks, the statement said.
The Land Trust runs the City’s Community Gardening Program with almost 50 community gardens, owns seven nature preserves, and is also committed to environmental education, it said.
"Polar Plungers are brave souls who jump into the icy waters of Long Island Sound to raise money for New Haven’s neighborhood parks, community gardens, and environmental groups," the statement said.
Registered plungers get exclusive use of on-site 80 degree hot tubs and free brunch, the statement said. Registration for plungers is $20. Polar Plunge pledge forms and registration forms are available at

First Day New Haven Winter Festival also features tours of the lighthouse, horse carriage rides, live music from the Shellye Valauskas Experience, a hearty brunch, hot cocoa, contests, games and prizes. Admission and all you can eat brunch is $10. For more information call 203-499-7194.

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