New Year In the New World will return to downtown Manteo

By on October 22, 2018

It won’t be long before its New Year’s Eve and the Town of Manteo is ready to reprise New Year In the New World.

Last year marked the inaugural event, and even though Old Man Winter brought record lows and unusual amounts of snow to the Outer Banks, the event was a success and organizers are eager to ring in 2019 at the historic waterfront.

Organizer Tod Clissold believes this year’s event will be so popular he’s urging attendees to book accommodations at hotels, bed and breakfasts and even Airbnb now, before its too late.

Last year, the Tranquil House Inn, located in the heart of the waterfront and at ground zero for the celebration, was completely booked for a wedding.

This year, the facility is ready for revelers, as are all of the historic downtown bed and breakfasts.

Clissold said it will be the state’s largest fireworks display, another enticement for locals and visitors to celebrate 2019’s arrival the “Manteo way.”

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in Shallowbag Bay.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and is designed to be a family-friendly event. There is no admission fee and the early hours are all about the children.

The Coastal Church is providing a Children’s Fun Zone and there will be an early “ball drop” at 8:30 p.m. for the younger crowd.

A DJ will start spinning up the tunes at 5 p.m., followed by the bluegrass band Songs from the Road at 7:30 p.m.

Next up will be The Rhondels, the well-known beach music band from Virginia Beach known for playing many of the songs made famous by Bill Deal & The Rhondels, the predecessor to the headline act.

Attendees will be able to shag-dance from 8:30 until just before midnight, when it will be time for Manteo’s twist on the New Year’s ball drop amid a dazzling fireworks display.

Vendors committed so far include Basnight’s Lone Cedar, Big Daddy’s Pizza and Lachine. Clissold said there is room for one more food vendor to be part of the celebration.

In addition, Ortega’z, 1587, Poor Richard’s and most downtown Manteo retailers will be open extended hours for the event.

More information is available on the event’s Facebook page: and website:

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