Ringing in 2022

Photos by Rachel Lukas

Door County got in the New Year’s spirit with creative outdoor activities in Sister Bay, Jacksonport and Egg Harbor over the weekend. Photographer Rachel Lukas hopped around to capture the scenes as we said hello to 2022. 

Families gathered around the firepit and on the ice at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink to get some skating in to close out 2021 and enjoy the fireworks.
A large crowd formed between the Sister Bay Bowl and Husby’s as the cherry dropped at midnight.

A “Balmy” Day for a Polar Plunge

The 35th Jacksonport Polar Plunge drew a big crowd of swimmers to Lakeside Park on New Year’s Day. Nearly 600 people willingly chose to throw themselves into the “balmy,” 32-degree Lake Michigan water, emerging to sunbathe in the 19-degree air temperature. 

An estimated 1,500 people were there to cheer on, heckle and shake their heads at those who chose to dive in. The registered swimmers included people from 18 states and one foreign country.

Some emerged from the water with an immediate look of regret …
… while others looked like old pros.
As is customary, original plunger J.R. Jarosh (right, in the tux) and his brother Jon are the last to finish the swim.
Christine Tierney donned her Santa suit and twirled her way down the street as the leader of the Egg Harbor New Year’s Day parade for the 41st year.
A group of trucks and tractors joined the parade in tribute to Tony Polich, the owner of Polich Excavating and Septic Systems in Egg Harbor, who died in December at age 57.