The Big Chill

ROCK HALL — The Evening Enterprise is ringing in the new year with a new offering, Photo of the Day.

We were at Ferry Park here on Monday, Jan. 1 for the annual Big Dip into the Chesapeake Bay that serves as a fundraiser for the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company. Because it was the first day of 2024, and because it was impossible to pick just one Photo of the Day on this auspicious occasion, we are offering three photographs.

Rock Hall Mayor James Cook was the first into the water, rushing from the beach as the crowd counted down from 10 at high noon and diving right in. 

Nearly 30 other hearty souls followed the mayor’s lead.

“Not bad at all,” bare-chested Cook said as he dried off with a commemorative Big Dip towel.

This was his first New Year’s Day plunge since 2019.

The air temperature was 44 degrees, according to The Peoples Bank clock  in town, the water temperature was about 45 degrees and the sun had decided to take the day off.

“My toes are freezing,” said Kiki Jones of Chestertown, who stoically walked into the water with neighbor Jamie Fleetwood and members of Fleetwood’s family.

Jones, who was taking her first Big Dip, good-naturedly said she had acquiesced to peer pressure.

Among the other Dippers were RHVFC President Andy Glenn; high school student Delaney Kimble, who is one of the younger fire company members; Kent County High School swim team member Bryce Jacobs; husband and wife Dale and Karen Lowman; and fire company supporter Kenny Sisco,  who was the last to walk out of the water.

About 10 minutes before the noon start, RHVFC went on a fire call. Some of the fire company members who would have participated, including KCHS junior Wyatt Toulson, were on the call and missed the Big Dip.





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