An exciting New Year’s Day Tradition in Fairview has a new name this year.
The Fernvale Freeze, formerly known as the Fernvale Polar Plunge, is still the fun adventure families have come to love, kicking off the New Year by braving an icy plunge and at the same time, raising money for the Friends of the Fairview Public Library and the Fairview Family and Community (FCE) Club.
“This is the 8th year. It’s a really fun event that attracts dozens of families every year both for the Wrap around the Harpeth and the jump into Whippoorwill Pond,” Friends President Cheryl Hamilton said in a press release announcing the new name. “We invite everyone to come join us and make the Fernvale Freeze part of their holiday. It is a great family event.”
The event begins at 1 p.m. with the Wrap around the Harpeth, offering a choice of a 5-mile or 3-mile hike on the grounds at Camp Whippoorwill. At 3 p.m., all the brave participants in the Fernvale Freeze will literally go jump in the lake. There will be an after party with food and drinks where stories can be exchanged and of course, the jumpers all get bragging rights.
Every year, people of all ages come donning costumes and enjoy a fire, hot chocolate and photographs with mascot Wendall the Penguin. Jumpers are encouraged to get donations from friends and families as incentive. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Fairview Public Library and the Fairview Family and Community (FCE) Club.
“Even if you aren’t up for the Fernvale Freeze, we have many people who just come out to enjoy the hike and the atmosphere lake side during the jump. The energy is electric,” Hamilton said. “We’re so thankful to Sydney and Richard Wooten who provide us this wonderful location and all the accommodations for our jumpers; warm drinks, a big fire and a place to change into dry clothes after the fun. We are also grateful to the Fernvale Community Church for allowing us to use their facilities to host the after party.”
The Wrap around the Harpeth kicks off at 1 p.m. with the 5-mile hike at Camp Whippoorwill, 7840 Whippoorwill Lane in Fairview. The 3-mile hike will leave at 1:30.
The after party starts following the festivities at the Fernvale Community Church located at 7891 Fernvale Road.