Mission Completed as Creekman Swims to Whaleback Lighthouse

  On a cold but fair afternoon yesterday (Dec. 7), Gary Sredzienski, a local musician and athlete also known as “Creekman,” completed his seventh annual winter swim for charities by […]

 

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One of the support boats waits near Whaleback Lighthouse during the pre-swim preparations

On a cold but fair afternoon yesterday (Dec. 7), Gary Sredzienski, a local musician and athlete also known as “Creekman,” completed his seventh annual winter swim for charities by swimming five miles on Spruce Creek and the Piscataqua River. The “Swim to Save Whaleback Lighthouse” was designed to raise awareness and funds for the installation of a dock and restoration at the 1872 lighthouse on an offshore ledge at the mouth of the river. Temperatures in Spruce Creek during the swim were in the mid-30s, and it was just slightly warmer  in the Piscataqua River.

Gary was strong at the finish of the swim, so strong that he didn’t stop after he climbed onto the rocks at Whaleback Lighthouse — he proceeded to climb the stairs to the top of the 70-foot tower.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT VIDEO OF THE SWIM

After a brief rest at his Kittery, Maine, home, Gary then played accordion at an evening “Holiday Beach Party” with his band, the Serfs. More than 70 people attended the party.

As of December 8, the Swim to Save Whaleback Lighthouse had raised more than $4000. We thank everyone who has donated for the event — your support is greatly valued and appreciated!

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Gary on Spruce Creek during the early part of the swim

You can still make a donation in honor of Gary’s amazing achievement – click here. 

You can also click here for a printable PDF form, which you may mail with your check.

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Gary Sredzienski (left) and the Serfs during the Holiday Beach Party after the swim

A big thank you to the crew that provided the support boats for Gary’s swims — Jim Leslie of J.B. Leslie Masonry, Brian Johnson of Johnson Interiors, Buck Johnson, Dr. Mike McCarten, and Bob Trapani, Jr.

Thanks also the individuals and companies that donated food for the party, including Serenity Café, the Wellington Room, Joe’s New York Pizza, Jitto’s Supersteak, and Beach Pea Baking Co.

We will be posting more photos and videos from the event on this site and on our Facebook page.