January 1st, 2010
01:29 AM ET

Cold place, warm hearts, cool Sardine!

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John Dance
Senior Producer, CNN On-Air Promotion

2010 could not have started in a better way than with the people, and one very large sardine, of Eastport, Maine.

I joined 150 residents and tourists in downtown Eastport to ring in the New Year with the dropping of a Maple leaf at 11 p.m. and the dropping of a sardine at midnight.

They were both lowered from the third story window of the Tides Art Institute and Museum which puts on the event. The maple leaf is for the town's Canadian neighbors and the sardine represents the history of fishing and canning in Eastport.

Smiles and the sounds of "Oh Canada" and "Auld Lang Syne" filled the night air as families and neighbors filled the streets. This southerner was met with open arms and open hearts by the folks of Eastport.

For anyone looking for a unique experience to ring in 2011, put Eastport, Maine and The Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop at the top of your list.

To read more about the tradition, go here...

Filed under: New Year's Eve 2010
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  1. ploie

    Cool! Unique and engaging way of welcoming a new year; plus the coziness.
    Only because of me being a NYC denizen, I'd say that New York has it best; plus the magnitude of things (ball, spectators & the warm hearts, too

    I'd like to usher in a new year with a drop of a sardine, a big one at that – i love to eat sardines

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Anderson Cooper!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  2. Dr Rand Pink

    sounds fishy

    January 1, 2010 at 8:41 am |