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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 www.discovereaston.com/fnt
“ 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.”