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Swimmers and Spectators Invited to Join the "L Street Brownies" Annual New Year's Day Swim

December 16, 2015

One of Boston's oldest traditions will continue with an estimated 600 swimmers plunging into Boston Harbor for the annual “L Street Brownies” New Year’s Day Swim.

Hosted by the BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road in South Boston, the swim takes place at the “K” Street entrance of the center.  Due to the tide schedule, the swim starts at 8:15 a.m. this year.  Doors open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 a.m.  Swimmers should arrive dressed to swim as the men’s and women’s locker and shower rooms will not be available until after the swim. Water shoes are suggested due to shells and rocks left by the tide. 

This event has taken place for over 100 years.  The Brownies are the oldest “polar bear” swimming club in America.  The Brownies promote health, fun and friendship.  Each year, the swim is dedicated to past and recently deceased Brownies. 

Both swimmers and spectators are welcome and creative costumes are encouraged.  For more information, please contact Fred Ahern, Administrative Coordinator of the BCYF Curley Community Center or Jack Dever, President of the “L” Street Brownies at 617-635-5104.