Ground Hog Day was more than Punxsutawney Phil predicting the weather, or guessing who was going to win the Super Bowl to the Buckeye Lake Historical Society this year; it was a history-making day. The Polar Bear Plunge held at the Buckeye Lake Winery was the best winter event our lake has seen in years.
Americans are well known for their charitable giving and this event was proof that locally that still rings true. Three hundred people packed the Buckeye Lake Winery to cheer on close to 100 people who jumped in the icy waters.
On behalf of the Buckeye Lake Historical Society Board, I want to send out a great big thank you to Buckeye Lake Winery owners Tracy and Laurie Higginbotham for hosting this event; to winery manager Carol Thress for her tireless promotion and assistance to the Museum; and to the winery staff for all their hard work serving and caring for the guests and joining in the jump.
The Museum would not be able to function without our faithful volunteers, so special thanks to Lois Holler, Kaye Hartman, Marianne Perine, Brenda Bellis, Emil Bogden, Judge Luanne Cooperider, Bill and Mary Muryn and Jim and Jo Fedor.
Our monetary goal was achieved! These donations enable the Historical Society and Museum to continue to keep its doors open during the long winter months when funds are very limited.
Thank you to everyone that participated and to the Buckeye Lake Winery for their partnership with the Historical Society. I look forward to this event for many years to come.
Director, Buckeye Lake Museum