Fine beer and live music to flow New Year’s Eve

ELLSWORTH — Raise a jar of Second Thought or another of Fogtown Brewing Co.’s finely crafted beers to kick off a special New Year’s Eve celebration starting outdoors at the brewery’s beer garden at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, and capping with the Winter Harbor Music Festival’s traditional “lobster drop” from Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

Festival director Deiran Manning and Fogtown Brewmeister Jon Stein have partnered to offer a literal taste — Fogtown’s fine IPAs and other brews — as well as a sampling of the later live musical program being offered at 7 p.m. at Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall on Main Street in Winter Harbor.

Manning has designed a rich musical program including opera, Broadway musical tunes, folk and classical favorites.

Flutist Deirdre McArdle, Rome School of Music faculty member and soprano Celine Mogielnecki, Greylock Opera Collective co-founder and tenor Josh Gurwitz, soprano Celeste Mittlehauser, pianist Jessica Mehre and violinist Anatole Wieck will perform.

Besides classical music, Manning has invited former Tough End String Band member Ryu Mitsuhashi and Grammy-balloted folk singer/songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward to play. The traditional singing of “Auld Lang Syne” will take place. A complimentary beer toast will be offered courtesy of Fogtown Brewing.

Throughout the evening, concert-goers are required to wear masks in Hammond Hall where windows will be slightly open to improve air circulation. To reserve seats, visit

For more info, contact Deiran Manning at (917) 238-0819 or email [email protected]


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