CRISFIELD — It was midnight somewhere at noon on New Year’s Eve 2021 and it was a time for children at the Crisfield Library to celebrate.
A balloon drop both here, and at the Princess Anne Library, was just for kids with food, crafts and party favors included.
Next up at 11 p.m. is the celebration for families and adults who will gather behind the Crisfield Library at Crisfield Municipal Park for the annual New Year’s Eve Oyster Drop at midnight.
This free celebration was originally scheduled to take place with an indoor celebration starting at 9 p.m., but due to rising COVID-19 rates and the unusually warm outdoor weather, the event has been moved entirely outdoors with a start time of 11.
Complimentary refreshments will still be served at this event hosted by the Crisfield Library and the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project. Light fare will be served, along with a limited amount of beer and wine for those with proper identification. Attendees will have access to the restrooms at the Crisfield Library.
Celebrate with a party playlist by DJ Buddy Ward. A sparkling juice champagne toast for all ages will take place at midnight.
At midnight, a large oyster will drop from the library’s deck and open up to reveal the pearl (a mirrored disco ball) inside. Built to represent the importance of Crisfield’s maritime heritage, the oyster stands about five feet tall. The fiberglass work to create the giant mollusk was done by the local boat building company Chesapeake Boats.
In Princess Anne the annual Muskrat Dive will be downtown, with Marshall Muskrat being lowered to the street at midnight. There will also be food and party favors for this outdoor event, first held in 2011. The party starts at 10 p.m.