Plunging into frigid ocean waters with nothing more than a bathing suit on is not necessarily something that a person would do willingly.  Unless of course, you are one of thousands of participants taking part in the five plunges that are planned in Cape May County, New Jersey in the next four months. Whatever your reason is to willfully run into a freezing ocean during the winter months, there are some benefits, both entertaining and charitable, to taking the plunge.

How about getting together with your friends?  Plan to make it a weekend stay in Sea Isle City for the Polar Bear Plunge set for Feb. 15-17.  Revelers have been taking the bitter cold dip in the ocean waters of Sea Isle for more than 25 years.  It is not all about the plunge on this third weekend in February. There is plenty to do so plan to be busy from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.

The official plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 on the beach between 38th and 40th Sts. beginningwith a costume contest at 12 p.m. at LaCosta Complex at JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue followed by the Plunge at 2 p.m. www.lacosta-seaisle.com  www.seaislechamber.com or www.lacosta-seaisle.com

 Sea Isle’s plunge weekend ends on a charitable note on Sunday, Feb. 17 with Mike’s Seafood 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Fun Walk for Autism at 12 p.m. on the city’s promenade. Registration will take place at 9 a.m. at LaCosta.  You can also pre-register by visiting www.polarbearrunwalkforautism.com

For some participants, plunging for a charitable cause makes the dip into the freezing temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean a little more doable.  One such event is the Fallen Heroes Plunge which helps to raise funds for families of police officers lost in the line of duty.

#Tuckerton Seaport – A Fun Day at the Jersey Shore

This is a post by my husband Ian, who took my son to Tuckerton for a fun event.

Tuckerton Seaport is a quaint little town in Central New Jersey. We were invited to the Bluegrass and Barbeque festival at the seaport which emphasized the history and fun of the area. The festival kicks off the start of summer fun at Tuckerton Seaport.

100_3966The festival includes fun food, including American BBQ and Caribbean as well as good music. There was also a musical petting zoo which let kids of all ages touch and try musical instruments of all types. Drums, washboards, guitars, even dancing marionettes were involved filling the room with noise and laughter. There were crafts and educational segments. At one experience, we were able to hunt for water bugs to measure the amount of pollution in the water. It works like this: the more polluted a body of water is, the fewer animals and bugs can survive in it. So in order to find out how polluted the water is, we had to see how many of the tiny bugs we were able to find, which is not easy in the murky, muddy water. Little Man made it his personal mission to find as many bugs as possible and ended up not only being one of the few people able to find any bugs, but the one who found the most of the day!