From: Friday, Sep 10th, 2021
To: Sunday, Sep 12th, 2021
Provincetown Swim for Life Weekend 2021
The Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla essence embodies Provincetown as a place of healing and compassion.
The Provincetown Swim for Life celebrates our community as one that not only cares about our local health and well-being, but also about Planet Earth, which faces unparalleled environmental challenges. Provincetown is a spiritual home to people across the globe. A place of hope and promise. Swimmers have come from France, Bulgaria, Australia, Mexico, Spain, UK, Canada and beyond.
In the summer of 1988, artist Jay Critchley and dancer Walter McLean wanted to test their swimming ability by swimming across Provincetown Harbor. The two made the swim and two weeks later organized the first Swim for Life, which continues to celebrate the healing waters and ecology of the harbor, while raising money for local health services.
The event has grown to attract swimmers, kayakers, volunteers and friends from throughout the country and abroad. With the assistance of 150 volunteers,400 swimmers and thousands of spectators, this annual fall ritual has become an event that defines the best of the Provincetown spirit.
The Mermaid Brunch
In 1991, Helen Roczcewski, a local gourmet chef, produced the first legendary Mermaid Brunch at the home of iconic Provincetown artist Hans Hofmann, which immediately followed the Swim. The Mermaid Brunch has since been held at the Crown & Anchor pool, Bas Relief Park and the Boston Ferry. The free meal is attended by hundreds of participants and is open to the community. It now has a home on the spectacular Boatslip Resort deck following the Swim, catered by Far Land Provisions.
Celebration of Life Concert
This euphoric community songfest at the UU Meeting House was created by John Thomas and Jim Vincent in 1994 in association with the Swim for Life. John Thomas has directed this free concert since, offering a rousing prelude to the next day’s Swim. The Mermaid Brunch, along with the Celebration of Life Concert, has propelled the Swim for Life into a weekend long celebration
The Prayer Ribbons
From the lofty ceiling of the Meeting House to the deck of the Boatslip, from across Commercial Street to the State House in Boston, these five-foot long, inscribed colored ribbons are a dominant visual presence at the Swim for Life weekend.
Prayer Ribbons were initiated in 1993 to provide a visual witness to the swimmers as they crossed the harbor from Long Point to the Boatslip, each swimmer with his or her own personal images, hopes and fears. All are invited to inscribe the names of those they love – and personal messages – to those they wish to celebrate in their lives, both living and deceased.The ribbons commemorate the devastation that AIDS has done to our community, but they also challenge us to live our lives more fully and joyfully. They create a visual statement about Provincetown as a community, its contradictions, its conflicts, its possibilities.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Provincetown
Provincetown itself has two main drags, Commercial Street and Bradford Street. P’town can be divided into three sections, the quiet and peaceful West End, the bustling downtown center, and the East End, which has a number of galleries and guesthouses.
Recommended Apartments in Provincetown
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Video Of Provincetown Swim for Life Weekend
Swim4Life 2020 – 90 Second Bumper
Recommended Hotels in Provincetown
Provincetown has more than 25+ upscale gay owned and operated guest houses and hotels that offer a unique New England welcome, warm hospitality and great breakfasts and amenities. Here are our top recommendations. Book early as space is limited!
Gabriel’s, 4 Star
This historic Provincetown hotel, located in the heart of Provincetown, boasts a large courtyard and gardens as well as free WiFi access.
Anchor Inn, 4 Star
Great Irish Breakfast
Rooms are uniquely decorated and with large windows and balconies at the Anchor Inn Beach House. The rooms have antique-style furnishings
Beaconlight, 4 Star
Central Guest House
The Beaconlight Guest House features rooms with an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV with DVD player, & a refrigerator.
Inn at Cook Street
Tranquil, 4 Star
In the heart of Provincetown’s art gallery district, originally built in 1836. It features unique, individually decorated guest rooms