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Watch the Sardine/Lobster/Maple Leaf Drop This New Year's Eve....

Published on September 25, 2016 by Maria Lamb

So, you’re not going to have a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Times Square?  But you want to do something more than put on your jammies and watch the ball drop on television.  Never fear —here are some events here in Washington County on New Year’s Eve.

--Eastport — 11th annual Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop.   A maple leaf is lowered at 11pm to celebrate the start of the new year in neighboring Canada.  a New Year’s Eve Brass Band will play O Canada.  Then at midnight (EST), the sardine is lowered as the band plays the traditional Auld Lang Syne.   Events and specials abound around town all day long.  This year, the event even got a mention in Coastal Living’s 13 Awesome New Year’s Parties on the Coast (And What They Drop!). Sponsored by the Tides Institute.

--Machias — Tacky Sweater Run.  This fun-run is 2.3 miles and runners are encouraged to run in their tackiest, ugliest sweaters.  Prizes are awarded for the tackiest sweater, tackiest hairstyle and tackiest facial hair.  More info can be found at www.healthyacadia.org

Downeast Lobsta Drop - The lobster will hold blueberries in one claw and a blueberry rake in the other and will drop at midnight near Pat’s Pizza.  Other events around town on New Year’s Eve include a magic show and a comedy show, a bonfire and a ‘hat’ parade. This is the first year for this even and we hope it will become a yearly tradition. 

Meet The Author
Maria received degrees in both business and psychology and had worked as both a travel professional and a real estate agent when she realized that she could combine both of her passions — travel and residential real estate and design. Managing vacation rental properties since 2003, she has spent countless hours obsessively networking with other vacation rental professionals. Her love for residential architecture and beautiful landscapes has led Maria to collect houses around the globe, including one purchased sight unseen on the Bay of Fundy in Canada. She’s also been lucky to live in some really cool locales – an 18th century carriage house on Beacon Hill in Boston, a medieval castle in Europe, several resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, and a historic Spanish-eclectic Pacific view home in southern California. Maria currently divides her time between an artsy farmhouse in Machiasport, Maine, a quintessential cape house on Cape Cod and a beach cottage in tiny Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia. Oh, and her, oh-so-chaotic, home life consists of a musician hubby, two teenagers, four cats, two dogs and a diaper-wearing house-chicken.
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