Plans for the December 31, 2020 Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop have not yet been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates or contact us for more information.
Below is information about the December 2019 event for reference only.
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.”
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 Fundy 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