But temperatures warmed into the uppers 20s on Sunday, drawing folks to the village for the numerous “British Invasion”-themed events.
This is a wonderful tradition for Cooperstown, and we look forward to the 48th edition.
To the 2013 Polar Bear Jump.
It is a testament to the worthiness of the causes put together by Brenda and Jamie Waters that people were literally lining up at Goodyear Lake on Saturday for the privilege of jumping into the frigid water.
The “polar bears” help collect money to go to a number of local individuals as well as charitable organizations. Each year, different recipients are chosen, usually young people, often with rare illnesses or conditions that require expensive medical treatment. Those people and their stories are powerful enough to compel people to brave the cold for this annual event.
“I’ve been to the end ceremony (where a check is given out to recipients) and it just touched me, so I said I am going to continue on,” jumper Victor Erway told The Daily Star on Saturday.
This home-grown event is a labor of love on the part of the Waterses, and the participation each year is ample proof of the generosity that abounds in the area. We’re pleased to see another successful year on the books.