New Year’s Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop

Join us for the 12th 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 Freemont Street String Band will play their unique blend of folk and bluegrass music from 9 pm until just before midnight. Don’t forget to kiss the sardine for luck in the year ahead!

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The Eastport New Year’s Eve celebration is organized and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art; additional funding comes from Emera Maine and the Bay of Fundy Starts Here.

See below for the schedule of events and a list of local eateries, businesses and accommodations.  Click on the poster below to enlarge (and even print) the schedule.

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 30-31, 2016

DECEMBER 30, 2016

4-8 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, 2016

EAT LOCAL EASTPORT: 9 am-Noon – Pre-order pick-ups and a la carte sales.

THE HAPPY CRAB: 11:30 am-close; dining from 11:30 am-9 pm; dinner specials; dancing from 8:30 pm-close.

JOHN MELBY ANTIQUES: Noon-Midnight (5 Dana Street) Refreshments and beverages.

STUDIOWORKS: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Open Studio Craft Time, make a hat & noisemaker, take a photo with the sardine, add your wish or resolution to the wishing wall.  For all ages, free of charge, donations welcome.

EASTPORT BREAKWATER GALLERY: 1-7 pm, End-of-year specials, Hot cider & good cheer.

LANDMARK 1887 GRILL & ALE HOUSE: 4 pm-close; dinner specials by reservation or walk-in.

PORT O’ CALL: 6 pm-midnight, Hot Wassail (spiced cider) and munchies.

EASTERN MAINE IMAGES:  7-10 pm Music by Art Lindemanis and hot cider.  Gallery open from 12-10 pm.

EASTPORT ARTS CENTER: Stage East presents LAST CALL: Three Comedies by Stage East, Saturday, December 31, 7 and 9 pm seatings, Featuring Speakeasy, Big Mistake, and Drinking Problem, by Theresa Rebeck. Tickets at eastportartscenter.org or at the door.

EASTPORT GALLERY: 8:00 pm – midnight, Hot cider & cookies.

THE COMMONS: 9 pm-midnight, 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Open House; refreshments.

MOOSE ISLAND BAKERY: 9 pm-midnight, New Year’s treats

STUDIOWORKS: 8:00 pm-midnight. New Year’s themed craft activities and more for all ages; children accompanied by an adult. At 9:00 pm, Dancing and music with the Freemont Street String Band. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART: 10-11:30 pm, Coffee, tea & light refreshments.

TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART: 11 pm (midnight AT), New Year’s Eve Maple Leaf Drop & O Canada with the New Year’s Eve Brass Band, Bank Square.

TIDES INSTITUTE & MUSEUM OF ART: Midnight (ET) New Year’s Eve Great Sardine Drop & 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: 11:30 am-close; dining from 11:30 am-8 pm; special dinner menu starts at 4:30 pm.

LANDMARK 1887 GRILL & ALE HOUSE: 4 pm-close; dinner specials by reservation or walk-in.

R&M IGA: 7 am-7 pm, brick oven pizza from 10:30 am-6:30 pm; full line of festive spirits.

WACO DINER: 6 am-2 pm for breakfast and lunch; 5-9 pm for dinner (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?

Visit these and other Eastport venues open for New Year’s Eve:

THE COMMONS: 10 am-midnight.

EASTERN MAINE IMAGES: Noon-10 pm.

EASTPORT GALLERY: 8 pm-midnight.

EASTPORT PETS: 10 am-4 pm; Come see Sally, the original New Year’s sardine!

EASTPORT PHARMACY: 9 am-3 pm.

EAT LOCAL EASTPORT: 9 am-Noon.

JOHN MELBY ANTIQUES: Noon-Midnight.

MOOSE ISLAND BAKERY: 6:30 am- 4:00 pm, then 9 pm-midnight

PORT O’ CALL: 10 am-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

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