Here’s Who Was Behind the Crab Pot Drop

Dropping of the Crab Pot promises to become a Cape Charles New Year's Eve tradition, thanks to a lot of hard work. (Photo: Cape Charles Gazette)

Dropping of the Crab Pot promises to become a Cape Charles New Year’s Eve tradition, thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers. (Photo: Cape Charles Gazette)

Reprinted from the Cape Charles Gazette

January 12, 2015

The Cape Charles Town Harbor hosted the first Cape Charles Dropping of the Crab Pot on December 31, 2014, at 10 p.m. on Mason Avenue. What started as an idea for a small gathering for New Year’s Eve evolved into an exciting event with over 500 residents and visitors braving the cold temperatures for this inaugural event! The attendees enjoyed live music by Loaded Goat, a local band on the Eastern Shore, along with hot apple cider and hot chocolate served by the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Company to bring in 2015 with a bang!

The preparations began a week prior to the event with the construction of a 6’x6’ “crab
pot.” The crab was illustrated by Rachael Taylor, cut out of metal by Sheldon Williams,
and painted by Kristin Lewis to give the crab a lifelike feel in dedication to our local
watermen. The pot was wrapped in fencing and Christmas lights with a “2015” sign made by Andy
Buchholz/Eastern Shore Signs, and built to light up Mason Avenue with full effect. The
crab pot also featured laser lights and a smoke machine to add to the effect,
compliments of Shane Hayward.


Sheldon Williams placed his crane on Mason Avenue to lift the crab pot 90 feet into the air and timed the dropping to begin once the countdown commenced. The evening ended with a memorable fireworks display which began after the crab pot was dropped.

A great effort by everyone involved made this New Year’s event one to remember by all who attended. It was a great event to bring in 2015, and plans are already underway to make next year’s event even better!



3 Responses to “Here’s Who Was Behind the Crab Pot Drop”

  1. Andy Zahn on January 12th, 2015 6:07 am

    Best thing I have heard of in years! Congratulations for a great idea and for doing a great job.

  2. Purnell Powell on January 12th, 2015 9:35 pm

    Now that’s CLASS! Congrats to all involved.

  3. Krissy Thornbrugh on January 13th, 2015 11:30 am

    The Crab Pot drop was awesome!! Thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen. We were visiting in town to ring in the New Year, and loved being able to be a part of it. Kudos also to the timing of the drop – 10:00 p.m. was such a great family friendly time and the fireworks following were amazing. Bravo!! :)