Plunge at North Beach
On New Year’s Day, weather-defying swimmers plunge into 2013 and earn a certificate for braving the elements at North Beach’s Polar Bear Swim. Go as far as you can whether knee-deep or all the way under. Wear a bathing suit or a Santa suit in (G-strings banned) and bring a towel, blanket and dry clothes so you can stay to drink hot cidar and roast marshmallows at the bonfire. New this year: Official (and controversial) registration fee of $25 in advance or day of, includes T-shirt, certificate and exempts town from damages. Benefits the North Beach Boys and Girls Club. Will refuseniks plunge for free? 12:30pm sign up; 1pm plunge at North Beach waterfront, by the pier: 301-855-6681; www.northbeachmd.org.