TYBEE POLAR PLUNGE 2018
Don donated all of the funds received to a variety of charities throughout the years, until it was time for something new for him. Calling on Friends of Tybee Theater, they took over in 2012 and have been doing great things and continuing to improve upon this fun and invigorating charitable event that has people from all over the world traveling to our bit of paradise to participate and claim their T-shirt!
Each year makes progress towards getting bigger and better, but I have to hand it to 2012 when the Tybee Post Theater won a GUINESS WORLD RECORD for the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps with a total of 2,049 people! That is epic! What a fun and great way to get people together!
The Tybee Post Theater has been a work in progress for a long time. Originally built in the 1930’s, it was designed to be a movie house for the soldiers at Fort Screven. In the 1960’s, the building fell into disrepair and was mainly used by teenagers behaving badly (ah, the good old days). It’s been in and out of pockets since then, but when the Friends of Tybee took over in 2001, a real concerted effort was made to get this shell of a shack back into working order and get it going for people on Tybee. Well, the time is nigh and the Post Theater is rocking with the help of a lot of people and charity events such as the Polar Plunge.
Now a true Performing Arts Center/Community Center, the Post Theater offers so many fun and entertaining things to do year round: From live music to plays, both children and adult, touring musicians, Family Feud (Steve Harvey would be jealous), and movies from old screen to new. I have to say my favorite times at the Post involve shows of movies filmed on Tybee. You get to sit with your neighbors and family, friends and residents who know the specifics on each part and maybe got lucky enough to be in a feature film! While you are laughing or groaning out loud, drink your beer or wine and have some popcorn! Very few places in the world offer such a relaxing atmosphere to hang with your community.
If you haven’t been to the Post Theater yet, you gotta go! There is truly always something going on and a little bit of something for everybody. Check out their Facebook page or their website for details, show times, prices, etc.
The Tybee Polar Plunge returns to Tybee Island on Jan.1, 2018. Join thousands of brave souls and friends willing to take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic Ocean at 12 noon on New Year’s Day. It’s a great way for the ENTIRE FAMILY to start off the New Year! Registration comes with a souvenir long-sleeve 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge T-shirt. $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. Support this worthy cause and make the leap!
The fun kicks off with the legendary Gang of Goofs Costume Contest and Parade on the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion at 11am. So gather up your gang of goofy friends and family, dream up your wackiest costumes and compete for great cash prizes and your team’s name inscribed on the Le Gang of Goofs Trophy!
In the meantime, I will see you in the water!!! Well, actually I will see YOU in the water as I look from behind the safety of my Mimosa! Happy New Year Everyone!!