Fairhaven’s Got Pride
As we close out national Pride Month join your friends and neighbors on Sunday June 27th at 9:30 a.m. in a peaceful gathering to celebrate Fairhaven’s Pride in being an inclusive accepting and welcoming community.
This will be a brief gathering on the sidewalk in front of Town Hall, 40 Center Street, with just a few folks saying a few words in recognition of those who strive to bring out the best in our Town’s citizens, and that includes you!
Bring your sunniest disposition and an umbrella if needed and join us to share in Fairhaven’s Pride!
28th Buzzards Bay Swim
The Buzzards Bay Coalition will hold its 28th annual Buzzards Bay Swim, a 1.2 mile open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor on Saturday, 6/26. The swim is a signature outdoor event held by the Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay region. In the past 28 years, the Buzzards Bay Swim has raised more than a million dollars for clean water.
This year’s swim will follow the traditional route from the South End of New Bedford to Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven, but the field of participants has been kept intentionally small, reflecting public health precautions in place when the event was planned. In 2019, the swim drew 278 swimmers who raised more than $170,000 for Bay protection efforts; this year, it will be limited to 50 swimmers who have participated in the past and have agreed to raise at least $1,000.
The first wave of swimmers will leave New Bedford at 7:15 a.m. Finish Line Celebration on the beach at Fort Phoenix is from 7i:30 a.m.–10 a.m., where there will be a pancake breakfast to-go, music, and Coalition merchandise for sale. Our beach party will be back in full swing in 2022! Awards ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m.
Rob Thieler, a swimmer who participates with his fellow Chappy Swimmers group members, said he is looking forward to the event.
“We are long-time supporters of the Coalition and its mission. Water quality, conservation, and public access are all vitally important to how we enjoy the Bay. And honestly, we also love a good race! The Swim is one of the most fun and best-run events in New England,” Thieler said.
During the event, swimmers pass the iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse and the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, one of the largest stone structures on the East Coast, assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol. The participants are welcomed to the finish line by cheering supporters and a beach party breakfast complete with steel drum music and beverages by Buzzards Bay Brewing of Westport.
The 2021 Buzzards Bay Swim is sponsored by BayCoast Bank, BETA Group, Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, Amica Insurance, Bristol County Savings Bank, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Cisco Brewers and the Fiber Optic Center.
Visit savebuzzardsbay.org/swim for more information.
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