19
Aug

Swim25: 2,500 Prayer Ribbons

Like a migration of birds, once a year in the fall, brightly colored ribbons appear, at first unexpectedly. They flutter silently in the breeze, like birds on a wing, responding to the fluctuations of the wind – shiny and reflective. They are the Prayer Ribbons. Like the Swim for Life itself, the idea of the […]

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04
Aug

Swim25: After the Tsunami

State Troopers and their horses had left a couple of weeks before the 1989 Swim, invited to Town after an unmentionable sign in a quiet march for AIDS awareness sparked a tsunami in the community. The Carnival Parade was cancelled, but ACT UP members marched anyway. People were dying of AIDS. The fishing industry was […]

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20
Jul

Eighteen Swimmers, Sept 11, 1988

Twenty-five years ago eighteen swimmers responded to an idea – swim across Provincetown Harbor to celebrate the heart of Provincetown and raise funds to fight a virulent virus called HIV. Sure there were stories of a couple of guys who had braved the crossing years ago, but there wasn’t much encouragement in 1988. Beaches along […]

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