2011 – L Street Brownie-style

Happy New Year, everyone!

I rang in 2011 the same way I rang in 2010, spending New Year’s morning in South Boston with the L Street Brownies as they jumped into Dorchester Bay for their annual Polar Bear swim. Granted, it was a little balmier this year with temperatures hovering near the 60-degree mark for most of the day, but that didn’t mean the water was warm.

This year, I brought some waders so I could get a little deeper into the water. Didn’t mean I stayed dry though! The 2011 Brownie Jump was just as fun as last year’s, and the people who do it are always a lot of fun to hang out with. And since the 2010 Brownie Jump was the first assignment of a very fruitful year for me, here’s hoping 2011 is even better!

Boston, Mass. -- A woman rings in 2011 with a dip in Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- A woman rings in 2011 with a dip in Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- L Street Brownies president Jack Dever pumps up the crowd at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- L Street Brownies president Jack Dever pumps up the crowd at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- Stephen McKenna, running in costume for the L Street Tavern charity, leads the charge into Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Stephen McKenna, running in costume for the L Street Tavern charity, leads the charge into Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- Meagan Johnson, 16, of Andover reacts to the cold water in Dorchester Bay as her grandfather, Tom Furey, and her sister and cousin, Kelly Johnson, 14, and Leah Hart, left, follow her out of Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Meagan Johnson, 16, of Andover reacts to the cold water in Dorchester Bay as her grandfather, Tom Furey, and her sister and cousin, Kelly Johnson, 14, and Leah Hart, left, follow her out of Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.

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