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Help Wanted

December 31, 2018 6 pm - Midnight!


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We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of Carolyn Jaffe, the First Night Chairman, BUT volunteers are still needed for many chores before NYE, and for First Night Talbot 2018 itself. First Night Talbot 2018 would not be possible without the volunteers who make it happen! Community service hours available. All volunteers earn Buttons for Free admission!


Contact us if you are able to help:

Call or text Carolyn:  410-822-5732

Leave word at the Tourism Office:  410-770-8000

Message us on Facebook: First Night Talbot, Inc.


Online Button Sales will be Available Soon!


Advance price thru December 30: $8 adults, $4 students (through college), kids under 5 FREE.

Price on December 31 at all venues: $10 adults, $5 students, kids under 5 FREE.






First Night Talbot 2019 will Celebrate its 25th Anniversary of

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Festivities in Easton, Maryland


EASTON, MD.  – First Night Talbot 2019 will present its 25th annual celebration of the arts by

welcoming in the New Year in historic downtown Easton. First Night Talbot follows the traditions

of the inaugural First Night event that began in Boston in 1976. In recognition of the value of

healthy family alternatives to traditionally alcohol-related events, First Night Talbot is alcohol

and drug free and the only First Night celebration in the State of Maryland. First Night Talbot

2019 is pleased to echo the message of the Talbot Goes Purple initiative for the second year in

continuing to address the need for strong and healthy families and communities.


“ We are able to provide this event due to strong support each year from many folks who have

volunteered or attended numerous times in the past.” First Night Talbot 2019 Program Chair

Carolyn Jaffe said. “Some performers willingly ask for less than they could make playing in bars

and other events due to their commitment to our cause.” The six-hour evening festivities are

funded by community non-profit organizations and foundations, the Talbot County Arts Council,

Easton Utilities Commission and the Town of Easton.


Festivities take place in five indoor venues, all hosting a variety of performers: choral and gospel

music, dance, instrumental performances, live theatre, juggling, face painting, a photo booth,

children’s crafts, and more. There are extra events planned for this anniversary, so keep an eye

out for announcements as those arrangements are finalized.


Beginning at 6 p.m., the celebrations include the famous “Maryland Crab Drop” which happens

twice during the evening. The 9 p.m. “ Midnight in the Mid-Atlantic”  drop features a community

parade of sea creatures and fish hats led by a bagpiper. To close the evening is the traditional

midnight countdown with fire juggling.


These outdoor Crab Drops are always a very popular photo-op for families and friends.

Admission into every event for the entire evening can be made by purchasing an artful,

collectible “Crab Button” for $10/adult, $5/student (through college), and children under 5 are

free. Buttons may also be purchased in advance at


“ New Year’s Eve has always been about reflection and moving forward.” Easton Business

Alliance Marketing and Events Coordinator Jeff Lankford said. “The 25 th  anniversary of First

Night Talbot will do just that as we recall the impact the celebration has had on our town and

look forward to the festivities still to come.”