New Year’s Eve in Naptown (Annapolis)

I’ve been trying to figure out what I really want to do on New Year’s Eve. I wanted to go dancing, preferably to the sounds of a live band. (I’m not so keen on Disc Jockeys). But I keep changing my mind because I’m just recovering from a head cold. How long will I really want to party? Sitting in front of a cozy fire might be more what I have in mind.
There are a lot of things going on Friday night. All you have to do is check out our website for a listing of several concert, dinner, dancing events. And then I got an email from the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, which re-ignited my interest in possibly heading into downtown Annapolis.
Jan Scopel writes,” Staying local for New Years Eve by finding ways and places to share our music and dance is just plain fun!! As many of you know, this year, all of the scheduled Annapolis First Night activities are free and are happening around City Dock/Susan B Campbell Park. Kim and I have performed at a number of regional First Nights/new year eve celebrations including a couple here in Annapolis and the one thing we thought missing was jamming and dancing-crowd participation-getting folks involved. SOLVED

MUSIC/JAMMING/Dancin –join us, bring an instrument and/or your dance shoes and your family and friends

Jan goes on to say,” I plan to get there early- 3:30 or so- for a choice parking spot, scope out a spot and play some music near the Market House, the Harbor Square Mall(near the dock visitors center) or the Hard Bean Cafe depending on which place “feels” right. We’d break for dinner about 6 to 6:30 and then play til the early/kids fireworks start at 7:30. Thereafter, We’ll play (and dance) as long as folks want to.
So here is another New Year’s Eve option ie contra dancing downtown, if and this is a big if, it doesn’t get too cold!

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

4 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve in Naptown (Annapolis)

  1. Since Bob and I are both getting over very bad head/chest colds, we are staying home with hot tea or toddy, tuning into an all Tchaikovsky concert at 9 p.m. on WETA and heading for a good night’s sleep as soon as it’s over! New Year’s Eve is overrated!


  2. Happy New Year all – this is hardly a place to be nay-saying New Years Eve! Precisely the trouble w Naptown! What a downer!


  3. Not sure I follow your thought pattern… perhaps you don’t like the term Naptown? At any rate, Happy New Year’s, whether you celebrate in downtown historic Annapolis or in another location.


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