First Night Talbot: A Celebration of the Arts

For more information contact:  Deena Kilmon


First Night Talbot, Inc. 

December 13, 2023 

For immediate release

Easton, MD– First Night Talbot, Inc. is thrilled to announce the 30th annual First Night Talbot, a community-wide celebration set to usher in the new year with a wide variety of artistic performances, family-friendly activities, and a festive, alcohol free atmosphere that promises to make this New Year’s Eve fun for everyone. Admission is free to all events. Buttons for participants are available for free at the Easton Visitor’s Center, 11 S. Harrison Street, Easton, MD. Hours of the center are 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, M-F, 10 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday. 

The world-famous drop of the eight-foot wide Maryland Blue Crab sculpture will occur at 9:00 PM and Midnight. The Maryland Crab Drop was the brainchild and creation of Rich and Suzanne Hood and is a crowd favorite. 

Scheduled for December 31, 2023, First Night Talbot aims to bring together residents and visitors alike in a celebration of creativity and community spirit. The event will take place at three venues on Harrison Street as follows: Town Hall, the Waterfowl Building and the Avalon Theatre. 

First Night Talbot Schedule: 

Venues and Performance Schedules

Waterfowl building, 40 S. Harrison St. 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM

Children’s crafts & games, Slim Harrison & Sunnyland Band, Boston Bacchert- magician, Cascading Carlos- juggler, Nana Poppins- face painter, The Photo Booth. All activities are free. 

Town Hall, 14 S. Harrison St. 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

6 – 8:45pm Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio – Student Showcase

9:15-10:30 3rd Annual Air Guitar Competition (with prizes!)

Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St. 6:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Main Stage:

6 – 6:45 Tinsmith 

7 – 7:45 Mid Shore Dance Academy – Student Showcase

8 – 8:45 Happenstance Theater performing “Preposterous”

9:30-10:30 Julie Parsons Project

10:45-11:45 OCEAN 

Stoltz Listening Room (2nd floor Avalon Theatre)

6:30-7:30 Paddy-O Players

7:45-8:45 Improv Easton

9:15-10:15 Allegra! Chorus

This annual community event is made possible through funding from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Town of Easton, Easton Utilities, St. John Foundation, Dock Street Foundation, Talbot Optimist Club, and the support of the Easton Economic Development Corporation, Soistman Dental, the Talbot County Free Library, The Waterfowl Festival, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, the  Easton Police Department and Carpe Diem Arts.

For more information about First Night Talbot, including the full schedule of events and information, please visit us on Facebook @FirstNightTalbot Inc. or on our website: Questions can also be directed to the Easton EDC, 410-690-7348 or Parking and admission to the event are free. Accessible restrooms and parking are available.