Quirky Delmarva traditions on display this New Year’s Eve
47 ABC – If you can believe it, the decade will be over in just a few days. There are countless places you can go to celebrate, enjoy some food, drinks and of course watch the ball drop. But it wouldn’t be Delmarva without some very unique traditions, ones you can’t find anywhere else.
“I think that’s why people like it because it is super weird. It’s definitely very quirky,” says Carrie Samis, the Main Street Princess Anne Manager. “This year we have our Midnight Muskrat Dive for New Year’s eve. It’s a fantastic quirky little event sure to make your New Year’s memorable.”
Marshall, the very well dressed taxidermy muskrat, is at the center of Princess Anne’s celebration. “As he’s lowered, there will be a new LED light display that sort of highlights him and he descends at midnight,” says Samis.
Meanwhile in Crisfield, residents celebrate with an oyster drop. “We’ll hang it up about 20 feet up off the ground and we’ll release it slowly at midnight and as it opens up, you’ll see a crystal ball inside and the new year will be displayed on LED lights,” says Jim Neal, a board member with the Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District Project.
Organizers tell 47 ABC these kinds of celebrations are just as unique as the towns that host them. “Well Crisfield is not the typical town. It’s got a great history, a watermen’s history. So we’re always looking for things that would unite the community,” says Neal.
These annual events help bring people together while also showcasing the place we call home and the things that make the Eastern Shore so special. “I think just sort of really focusing on local culture and heritage is a cool thing to do, something that makes our town unique for sure and helps make the event even more memorable for folks,” says Samis.
If you’re interested or feeling brave, the Princess Anne celebration will also have a muskrat tasting where you can try the local delicacy.
Most of the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Delmarva are free to the public and family friendly. See a list of a few below:
- Ocean City
- The town is hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show at Northside Park.
- The city is hosting a New Years Eve Ball Drop on Main Street in downtown from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- The town is hosting two New Years Eve Celebrations & Ball Drops. One is for kids from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the second is at 10 p.m. with music, beer, wine and more.
- The city is hosting a New Year’s Eve Oyster Drop from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Princess Anne
- The town is hosting a New Year’s Eve Midnight Muskrat Dive from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Bethany Beach
- Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn is hosting its 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop on Hollywood Street and the Boardwalk from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.