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Swim for Life Volunteer Award presented to Zoe Lewis

She grew up in Rottingdean, a small fishing village on the south coast of England. “All the old ladies had poodles. In Provincetown it’s the young gentlemen with their tiny dogs,” Zoe Lewis explains. There are smugglers caves and tunnels under the town and the famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, lived there.

SwimZoeBanner2016It was music and wanderlust that lured her to travel the world and landed her in another fishing village across the Atlantic – twenty-seven years ago – called Provincetown. She and her gaggle of musicians will perform once again at the Mermaid Brunch at the 29th Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, where she will receive the David Asher Volunteer Award. The public is invited to greet the swimmers beginning at 11:30 am, followed by the brunch and awards ceremony on Saturday, September 10 at the Boatslip Beach Club.

“The Swim embraces everything I love about Provincetown: a sense of community, the giving, it’s out there, whacky,” she notes, having performed at the event for over ten years. Musicians Kate Wolf, Sylvia Richard and Roxanne Layton, and others will join her.

Zoe’s a musician and a songwriter, but an entertainer at heart, mashing up world beat with jazz, vaudeville with Latin grooves, winning festival awards in Texas, Colorado and New York. She and her mix of musicians and her Rubber Band cohorts have toured with Judy Collins and the Indigo Girls, while playing gigs across the country and as far away as Tahiti.

Her latest CD was released this year, The Sound of Wings.

Lead sponsor of the Swim for Life is Seamen’s Bank; media sponsor is the Provincetown Banner. Also, Fanizzi’s Restaurant, the Lobster Pot Restaurant, Far Land Provisions, the Boatslip Beach Club, Harbor Hotel, the Crown & Anchor, Mussel Beach Health Club and Berta Walker Gallery. The event also works cooperatively with the Provincetown Chamber and Business Guild and receives support from the Provincetown Visitor Services Board.

Please join us for the Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, a 1.4-mile swim across Provincetown Harbor, sponsored by the Provincetown Community Compact that has raised $4M for AIDS, women’s health and the community. Organic, 100% cotton t-shirts designed by Bill Evaul are available for sale at Seamen’s Bank, downtown.

If you have a motorized boat, we would welcome your assistance. For information for swimmers, kayakers, boaters and volunteers, contact:, and Take the Plunge!

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