Eastern Shore’s unique New Year’s traditions adapting to pandemic

MARYLAND – With the New Year right around the corner, some beloved Delmarva traditions have been canceled all together because of the pandemic. However, many towns and cities are doing everything they can to continue their unique traditions.

The town of Princess Anne is hosting a virtual “Muskrat Drop” this year, which will be streamed live on the Main Street Princess Anne Facebook page.

“2020 has been a super weird year, a super challenging year for all of us. We still wanted to be able to do this,” says Carrie Samis, the manager of Princess Anne Main Street. “Now no matter where you are, in the world really, you can tune in if you’d like to and see a muskrat drop. Because, why not?”

“The Washington Inn & Tavern is having dinner until 8 PM and folks can still call and make reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner. The special menu for the evening is available online on the Washington Inn’s website. If you have your dinner there, you can take a selfie with Marshall if you’d like to and then he will be whisked away promptly after the Inn closes and taken to his secret location.”

Meanwhile, according to the Downtown Cambridge website, the annual New Year’s Eve “Boat Drop” is still planned as an in person event with masks required outdoors if people can’t social distance.

As for the “Crab Drop” in Easton, a tradition that usually draws hundreds if not a thousand people, First Night Talbot will be hosting that event virtually this year.

“There will also be a lot of musicians and performers that have been part of the celebration in year’s past but also mainstays of the community that are going to record some performances and some messages of hope that will be broadcast during the virtual event,” says Jeff Lankford, the EEDC Director of Downtown Development.

“The fact that it’s been 27 years. People really do look forward to the crab drop and they look forward to the arts and entertainment focus of the event itself and really it’s the last “First Night” event in the state of Maryland so it’s really important for our committee to be able to provide this for the community.”

Lankford says the organizers of that event are actually looking for people to be featured in the virtual video that will air online. “By visiting FirstNightTalbot.org you can actually submit your own photos, your own videos and actually be part of the virtual broadcast which I think is so unique this year and it’s really going to make it one that will want to live on for years to come.”

Meanwhile the town of Ocean City says their New Year’s Eve plans are still under discussion. As for Berlin, officials say the town has no New Years Eve plans but each restaurant will have dinner specials. The Downtown Salisbury NYE Ball Drop has been cancelled for this year.

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