From a giant squid to a mysterious team from Australia to a Shelter Island Christmas tree and a great showing from the Carey family, Shelter Islanders in costume made a mad dash for the icy waters off of Crescent Beach Nov 24 for the ninth annual Friends of the Shelter Island Library Turkey Plunge. 

Balmy temperatures in the high 40s made it a relatively pleasant day for a dip, after record low temperatures on Thanksgiving and continued chill on Black Friday. The plunge, which is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, benefits the Friends of the Shelter Island Library’s programs on behalf of the library.

 

A small portion of Team Carey (the Huge Turkeys)
A small portion of Team Carey (the Huge Turkeys)
Team Australia (Skye Wilkins and Lachlan McCall)
Team Australia (Skye Wilkins and Lachlan McCall)
Daniel Nachumi as a Giant Squid, and a member of Team Carey
Daniel Nachumi as a Giant Squid, and a member of Team Carey
Heather Brownlie as a Shelter Island Christmas Tree
Heather Brownlie as a Shelter Island Christmas Tree
Brandon Werner, Zara Findlay-Shirras and Alasdair Findlay-Shirras pose with the Plunge's mascots
Brandon Werner, Zara Findlay-Shirras and Alasdair Findlay-Shirras pose with the Plunge’s mascots
Esther Hunt judges the competition.
Esther Hunt judges the competition.

Julie Fanelli-Denny and JoAnn Kirkland serve up turkey chili.
Julie Fanelli-Denny and JoAnn Kirkland serve up turkey chili.
Taking the Plunge
The Shelter Island Ambulance crew stands by
Taking the Plunge
Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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