New Year’s Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop

Join us for the 19th annual New Year’s Eve Great Sardine and Maple Leaf event on Sunday, December 31, 2023!   TIMA brings the community together to celebrate the New Year’s arrival in Canada and the US, including the traditional drops by the Great Sardine & Maple Leaf (watch online or in person!), online programming for those near and far, and take-home party and craft kits with free downloadable components.  We’re looking forward to this annual community celebration and hope you can join us! Happy New Year to all!

[There may be loud noises in celebration. All ages. Chem free.]

The Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drops will be live streamed through TIMA’s Facebook and Instagram pages a little before and after midnight Atlantic time and midnight Eastern time.

New Year’s Eve Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop 2019

The New Year’s Eve celebration is organized and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art. See New York Times article, There was a late-night delivery of a venerated sardine in Maine. by its New England bureau chief, Ellen Barry, on adjustments made to the December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve celebration in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

S P E C I A L    E V E N T S   –   N E W   Y E A R ‘ S   E V E   –  (FOR REFERENCE ONLY – hours/events marked * have not been confirmed for 2023)

Visit artsipelago.net/events/ for area events throughout the holiday season and year-round!

DECEMBER 30, 2023

7 am – 11 am, BREAKWATER BAGELS & MORE — Small batch bagel shop offering hand made, boiled & baked bagels, breads coffee & more.

7 am – 3 pm, THE LOBSTER CRATEServing traditional Downeast Maine favorites for breakfast and lunch.

7 am – 2 pm, WACO DINER — The oldest diner in Maine! Click to see the NYE special event menu.

10 am – 4 pm, EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — Fine arts in Downeast Maine, on the waterfront in historic downtown Eastport.

*10 am – 4 pm, THE COMMONS — Distinctive creations for artful living and new online shop! 20% Holiday Sale.

10 am – 4 pm, THE BAZAAR — Jewelry, wine and cheese, and gift shop something for everyone.

10 am – 4 pm, THE WHITE BIRCH EXCHANGEAffordable quality products for sprucing up the exterior/ interior of your home.

10 am – 5 pm, ENID’S CAULDRON OF CURIOSITIES — For whatever your witchy heart desires.

10 am – 3 pm, PEAVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY (closed 12/31 – 1/2; Saturday hours begin Jan. 7)

11 am – 4 pm, DOWNEAST CREATIONS — Gifts made from local driftwood and shells.

noon – 4 pm, SWEETIES DOWNEAST — A confectionery wonderland; homemade fudge, hand dipped chocolates, retro novelties, gourmet popcorn, nuts and sugar free delights.

noon – 9 pm, HORN RUN BREWING — Small microbrewery offering fresh craft beer from our charming downtown waterfront location.

2 pm – 8 pm, THE HAPPY CRAB — Enjoy good food and fun folks at the Happy Crab in downtown Eastport! Fish fry specials. Hours are valid for food service (bar hours will vary).

noon – 9 pm, PHOENIX FINE WINES – Experience handpicked wines and locally sourced foods against a backdrop of quiet conversation and the ever changing tide.

2 pm – 8 pm or close, THE OLD SOW GRILL — Family friendly, full-service restaurant and bar. Gift certificates available.

*TBD, THE CANNERY

DECEMBER 31, 2023

7 am – 11 am, BREAKWATER BAGELS & MORE — Small batch bagel shop offering hand made, boiled & baked bagels, breads coffee & more.

7 am – 2 pm, WACO DINER — The oldest diner in Maine! Click to see the NYE special event menu.

7 am – 3 pm, THE LOBSTER CRATEServing traditional Downeast Maine favorites for breakfast and lunch.

10 am – 4 pm, THE BAZAAR — Jewelry, wine and cheese, and gift shop something for everyone.

*10 am – 4 pm, THE COMMONS — Distinctive creations for artful living and new online shop! 20% Holiday Sale.

10 am – 4 pm, EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — Fine arts in Downeast Maine, on the waterfront in historic downtown Eastport. Special Holiday Savings will continue with discounts on everything in the gallery.

11 am – 6 pm, THE WHITE BIRCH EXCHANGEAffordable quality products for sprucing up the exterior/ interior of your home.

11 am to Maple Leaf Drop, DOWNEAST CREATIONS — Gifts made from local driftwood and shells.

noon – 4 pm, SWEETIES DOWNEAST — A confectionery wonderland; homemade fudge, hand dipped chocolates, retro novelties, gourmet popcorn, nuts and sugar free delights.

noon – 7 pm, PHOENIX FINE WINES, shop opens at noon, bar opens at 5 pm. Special dinners by reservation at 7 pm and 9 pm.

noon to midnight, HORN RUN BREWING — Small microbrewery offering fresh craft beer from our charming downtown waterfront location. Full pub food menu from noon to 10 pm, and a special “Hoppy Hour” from 10 to 11 pm, with complimentary snacks and specials! 

2 – close, THE HAPPY CRAB — Enjoy good food and fun folks at the Happy Crab in downtown Eastport! New Year’s Eve menu served to 8 pm; dance party from 9 pm to close. 

1 – 4 pm, STUDIOWORKS — Curbside or walk-by pickup of take-home celebration and craft kits, including a paper sardine hat. The Traveling Rainbow will be on-site. Donations welcome. For those in the nearby area who are in quarantine, isolation or otherwise unable to travel, please contact the Tides Institute for drop off arrangements: call 207-853-4047 or email tides (AT) tidesinstitute.org. Download a PDF set of coloring pages:  herring, maple leaf and happy new year: coloring pages for NYE

3 pm, MUSIC AND THE MOVIES —  Join Stage East to celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend in Eastport with a salute to Music and the Movies.

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, WACO DINER —  Bar open ’til midnight with hot and cold drink specials. Click to see the NYE special event menu.

7 pm, MUSIC AND THE MOVIES —  Join Stage East to celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend in Eastport with a salute to Music and the Movies.

9 pm, CIPELAHQ EHPICIK (Thunder Women) —  The CIPELAHQ EHPICIK of the Passamaquoddy tribe will perform an end-of-year ceremony at the Port Authority building. All are welcome.

9 pm – midnight; STUDIOWORKS, all ages, drop-in craft making time. Hot chocolate and coffee to go by donation. 

11 pm (midnight AT), TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART — ‘O Canada,’ online and in-person.

12 midnight (ET), TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART —  ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ online and in-person.

 

JANUARY 1, 2023

7 am to 2 pm WACO DINER — Breakfast and lunch service

3 pm opening (tentative) OLE HOOKERS EAST

F O O D     A N D     E A T E R I E S

BREAKWATER BAGELS & MORE — Dec 30 and 31: 7 am to 11 am

HORN RUN BREWING  — Dec 30: noon – 9 pm; Dec 31: noon to midnight

OLE HOOKERS EAST — Jan 1: opening at 3 pm (tentative)

PHOENIX FINE WINES — Dec 30: 12 – 9 pm; Dec 31: shop opens at noon, bar opens at 5 pm; two dinner seatings (reservations only) at 7 and 9 pm

R&M IGA — Dec 30: 7 am – 7 pm; Dec 31 and Jan 1: 8 am – 5 pm

SWEETIES DOWNEAST  — Dec 30 and Dec 31: noon – 4 pm

THE HAPPY CRAB — Dec 30: 2 pm – 8 pm; Dec 31: 2 pm – close

THE LOBSTER CRATE — Dec 30 and 31: 7 am – 3 pm

THE OLD SOW GRILL — Dec 30: 2 pm – 8 pm or close

WACO DINER — Dec 31: 7 am to 2 pm; Schooner Room 5 – 9 pm; bar until midnight; click for NYE special menu; Jan 1: 7 am to 2 pm (breakfast and lunch only)

W H E R E   T O   G O?    W H A T   T O   D O?

CIPELAHQ EHPICIK (Thunder Women) — Dec 31: 9 pm (Port Authority building)

DOWNEAST CREATIONS — Dec 30: 11 am to 4 pm; Dec 31: 11 am until Maple Leaf Drop

EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — Dec 31: 10 am – 4pm

ENID’S CAULDRON OF CURIOSITIES — Dec 30: 10 am – 5pm

PEAVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY — Dec 30: 10 am to 3 pm

MUSIC AND THE MOVIES — Dec 31: 3 pm and 7 pm

STUDIOWORKS — Dec 31: 1 pm – 4 pm; 9 – midnight

THE BAZAAR — Dec 30 and 31: 10 am – 4 pm

*THE COMMONS — Dec 30 and Dec 31: 10 am – 4 pm

THE WHITE BIRCH EXCHANGE — Dec 30: 10 am – 4 pm; Dec 31: 11 am – 6 pm

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