Join us for the 13th 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.” The Pitch Black Ribbons will play “down home distillery with the soul of rock n’roll” music 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 Bay of Fundy Starts Here.
See link below for the schedule of events and a list of local eateries, businesses and accommodations.
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 29-31, 2017
DECEMBER 29, 2017
3-8:30 pm, MOVEABLE FEAST—Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, dinner and dessert buffet at four historic homes. Visit artsipelago.net/event/moveable-feast for details and artsipelago.net/events/ for other area events.
DECEMBER 31, 2017
1-3 pm, TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART —Open studio craft time to make party hats and noisemakers. Or use the photo booth to take your picture with the sardine, maple leaf and other great photo props. Open to all ages, free of charge. Donations welcome.
1-6 pm, SEASIDE SALTS—Special festive hot beverage, cool stuff on sale and new products available.
1-7 pm, EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY— End-of-the-year specials, hot cider and good cheer.
2 pm-close, THE HAPPY CRAB— Serving food until 9 pm, dinner specials, DJ and dancing from 8:30 pm until close.
3-11 pm, EASTERN MAINE IMAGES— Stop in for hot cider and view photography by Don Dunbar.
3 pm-close, LANDMARK 1887 GRILL & ALE HOUSE— Dinner specials, by reservation or walk-in. Music with Lost Cat and the River City Rats at 8 pm.
6 pm-midnight, PORT O’ CALL—Hot Wassail (spiced cider) and refreshments.
7 and 9 pm, EASTPORT ARTS CENTER— Stage East presents: MISMATCHED PAIRS a collection of comedies. Tickets available at Eastportartscenter.org.
8 pm-midnight, MOOSE ISLAND BAKERY— Free coffee for designated drivers.
9 pm-midnight, THE COMMONS—13th Annual New Year’s Eve Open House, refreshments.
9 pm-midnight, EASTPORT FABRIC EMPORIUM— Light refreshments.
9 pm-midnight, STUDIOWORKS—Dancing and music by Pitch Black Ribbons. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light refreshments.
9 pm-midnight, TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART— Photo booth with props, New Year’s-themed craft activities and more for all ages; children accompanied by an adult. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate 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— 2-9 pm serving food; special dinner menu, DJ and dancing from 8:30 until close.
LANDMARK 1887 GRILL & ALE HOUSE— 3 pm-close: dinner specials, by reservation or walk-in, 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.
MOOSE ISLAND BAKERY— 7 am-2 pm and 8 pm-midnight: sweets, treats, baked goods and coffee.
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 FABRIC EMPORIUM — 9-midnight
EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY — 1-7 pm
PORT O’ CALL — 10 am-midnight
SEASIDE SALTS — 1-6 pm
STUDIOWORKS – 9 pm-midnight
THE TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART— 1-3 pm; 9 pm-midnight
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