Members of the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society gathered for winter swimming at North Beach, December 19th, 2021.

Members of the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society from Boston and Newport, gathered for some winter swimming at North Beach on Lake Willoughby on Sunday morning, December 19th, 2021. Water temperature was about 34 F; air temperature about 18 F. Elaine Kornbau Howley, Polly Madding, Laurie Craig, Charlotte Brynn, Pam Ladds, and Lynton Moore are all in training for the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival coming up on the last weekend in February. Kingdom Games, The EastSide Restaurant, and Barr Hill at Caledonia Spirits host the two-day Festival with the only two-lane, 25-meter pool cut in the ice in all of the Americas. The Roster of 135 winter swimmers is now full. But, spectators to this high-spirited event are always welcome.  The Newport pod, known as Shark Bait Sheilas, will be swimming at Willoughby again on Sunday morning, December 26th at 11 am, as long as the beach remains clear of ice.