Gary Sredzienski will be swimming five miles in frigid water to raise funds for Whaleback Lighthouse on December 7th. Photo / Portsmouth Harbor & Whaleback Lighthouses

Gary Sredzienski will be swimming five miles in frigid water to raise funds for Whaleback Lighthouse on December 7th. Photo / Portsmouth Harbor & Whaleback Lighthouses

On December 7, 2013, Gary Sredzienski will swim 5 miles in frigid waters (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit) to raise funds and awareness for the restoration of Whaleback Lighthouse, on the border of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

Sredzienski is a a world-renowned accordionist who is also known as “Creekman” because of his amazing swimming exploits in the waterways around Portsmouth and Kittery. Each winter, he chooses a charity to benefit. To date, his 6 charity swims have raised more than $60,000 total.

Gary will begin his swim from the edge of the parking lot at the Kittery Trading Post on Spruce Creek at 2:00 p.m. People are encouraged to cheer Gary on at the start of the swim. He will continue in the Piscataqua River all the way to Whaleback Lighthouse. The projected finish time is 4:30 p.m. at Whaleback Lighthouse.

Gary and his band, The Serfs, will then perform at an evening “Holiday Beach Party” after the swim, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine. Admission to the party is $10.

For more information, visit the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses website or call 603-431-9155.

 

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