Join us for the 15th annual New Year’s Eve Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop in Bank Square, downtown Eastport. From the third story of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, a giant red maple leaf will be lowered to commemorate the Canadian new year at midnight, Atlantic time (11 pm ET), while the New Year’s Eve Brass Band will play a rousing “O Canada,” (singing along is encouraged). At midnight Eastern time, an 8-foot sardine will take the plunge, as the brass band plays “Auld Lang Syne.” For entertainment, the jazz duet Sanchez & Squibb will play at StudioWorks from 9 pm until just before midnight. Don’t forget to kiss the sardine for luck in the year ahead!
The Eastport New Year’s Eve celebration is organized and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art; additional funding comes from The Dead River Company and Bay of Funday Starts Here.
See link below for the poster schedule of 2019 events and a list of local eateries, businesses and accommodations:
NYE Poster Schedule 2019
S P E C I A L E V E N T S – N E W Y E A R ‘ S E V E
DECEMBER 31, 2019
Visit artsipelago.net/events/ for area events.
DECEMBER 31, 2019
6 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm, WACO DINER — 5-9 pm (special menu); after midnight: steak & eggs, omelets, etc.
10 am-midnight, THE COMMONS — 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Open House: 20% off entire store. Refreshments served from 9 pm ‘til midnight.
noon-5 pm; 10-11:30 pm, SEASIDE STONES — Special after Christmas sale.
noon-5 pm, SWEETIES DOWNEAST – All Monica’s Chocolates will be 50% off.
1-3 pm, STUDIOWORKS — Open studio craft time to make party hats, noisemakers and other New Years-themed items. Take your picture with the sardine, or use the photo booth with props. Open to all ages, free of charge. Donations welcome.
1-6 pm, EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — End-of-the-year specials, hot cider and good cheer.
3 pm – close, THE OLD SOW GRILL — dinner specials by reservation, live music with Old Skool at 8 pm.
3 pm – close, THE HAPPY CRAB — Serving food until 9 pm with dinner specials. Dancing from 8:30 pm until close.
3-11 pm, EASTERN MAINE IMAGES — Stop in for hot cider. View photography by Don Dunbar.
7 and 9:30 pm, EASTPORT ARTS CENTER — Stage East presents: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, featuring a cast of 20. Tickets $8; 17 and under admitted free. Purchase tickets at the door or at eastportartscenter.org.
9 pm-midnight, STUDIOWORKS — All ages, family friendly event: dancing and music by Sanchez & Squibb, photo booth with props, New Year’s-themed craft activities, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Coffee, tea and light refreshments.
9 pm-midnight, TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART — Coffee, tea and light refreshments.
11 pm (midnight AT), TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART — New Year’s Eve Maple Leaf Drop and ‘O Canada’ with the
New Year’s Eve Brass Band, Bank Square.
Midnight (ET), TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART — New Year’s Eve Great Sardine Drop and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with
the New Year’s Eve Brass Band, Bank Square.
F O O D A N D E A T E R I E S
THE HAPPY CRAB — 3-9 pm serving food; special dinner menu, and dancing from 8:30 until close.
THE OLD SOW GRILL — 3 pm – close; dinner specials by reservation, live band.
R&M IGA — 7 am-7 pm, full line of festive spirits, brick oven pizza from 9:30 am-6:30 pm,
WACO DINER — 6 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm (special menu); after midnight: steak & eggs, omelets, etc.
W H E R E T O G O? W H A T T O D O?
THE COMMONS — 10 am-1 am
EASTERN MAINE IMAGES — 3-11 pm
EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — 1-6 pm
SEASIDE STONES — noon-5 pm; 10-11:30 pm
STUDIOWORKS — 1-3 pm, 9 pm-midnight
TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART — 9 pm-midnightThis
A C C O M M O D A T I O N S
Eastport Area: Eastport Chamber
Lubec Area: Visit Lubec
Calais Area: Visit Calais
Machias Area: Machias Chamber
St. Stephen Area: St. Stephen Chamber
St. Andrews Area: St. Andrews By The Sea