WINTER HARBOR – The Winter Harbor community is hosting a New Year’s Eve party, and they are hoping to make it an annual tradition.
And while New York has the ball drop, Bangor has the beach ball drop, and Eastport has the sardine drop – Winter Harbor will be having a lobster drop.
The folks at Schoodic Arts for All came up with the twist.
“Times Square has nothing up on us,” said Mary Laury, the executive director of Schoodic Arts for All.
December 31st, they’ll lower a crafted lobster off the balcony of Hammond Hall on Main Street.
Monday, Schoodic Art members were testing out the pulley system.
No real lobsters were harmed. It’s made out of building foam and recycled laundry detergent caps. Kids aged six to thirteen worked on it during after school art programs.
“It’s a gigantic lobster,” said Isaac Moshier, one of the kids who made it. “We made it with Styrofoam and like we cut the tail fins out with plastic.”
Some of these kids already go out on lobster boats themselves.
The director said this is a way to further tie them to the community.
“The festivities start early enough so that it’s family friendly. We wanted to make sure that the kids who worked on this lobster were able to be here when this lobster dropped,” said Laury.
For Winter Harbor’s first New Year’s Eve bash, a potluck starts off the night at 7.
The lobster drops at 8, and right after there will be performances from the Winter Harbor Music Festival group.
“The value of getting children involved in the arts is they’re invested in the community because the whole community is going to come out and see this …just creates this lifetime satisfaction in creating something,” said Laury.
Even if that something has claws.