Krumpe’s Do-Nut Drop to kick off new year, celebrate Maryland Theatre remodel
It’s not every day that a giant baked good drops from the sky.
But in Hagerstown, it not only is a tradition, but the symbol of a new year for the area as Krumpe’s Do-Nut Shop lowers a giant doughnut on New Year’s Eve in front of thousands of people in the downtown square.
“It brings people from all over together to celebrate in a fun way,” said Jessica Green, executive director of The Maryland Theatre.
For the first time, The Maryland Theatre is partnering with Krumpe’s to spearhead the free event and bring people to the newly constructed areas of the historic performing arts venue.
The Maryland Theatre reached an agreement with HighRock Studios to take over for them and join in sponsoring the event with Krumpe’s.
Krumpe’s Do-Nut Drop was created by HighRock and Krumpe’s Do-Nuts in 2013 as a way to bring people into the downtown Hagerstown area on New Year’s Eve, which is generally a quiet night for local restaurants and shops.
The doughnut shop, which was founded in 1934, gives away 5,000 free doughnuts prior to the biggest doughnut of all descending onto the square.
Spectators watch as the doughnut drops at Krumpe’s Do-nut Drop in Hagerstown’s Public Square. (Herald-Mail file photo)
The event, which attracts more than 6,000 people each year, kicks off on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. with a kid’s zone featuring games, crafts, coloring, balloons and other activities. At 5:30 p.m., Staff Infection will perform music on the square. At 6 p.m., the family festivities begin with more live music, kids activities, as well as free offerings of AC&T coffee, hot chocolate and Krumpe’s doughnuts.
At 6:59 p.m., the giant Krumpe’s doughnut begins to drop and at 7 p.m. the party continues with fireworks and live music.
In addition to the annual activities, Green says that they hope to expand the offerings at The Maryland Theatre each year during the event with more performances and some shelter from the cold inside the venue.
“We want to bring the community inside and show them more aspects of the performing arts center,” Green said. “There is so much to see and explore when it comes to the arts in Hagerstown.”
The Maryland Theatre, which was built in 1915, underwent a major renovation and expansion project this year. Green said that the number of performances, conferences, parties, business meetings and other events has doubled since opening the newly renovated space in October.
“It’s really exciting to see the wide range of events and performances that we’re now able to put on and host in the community,” Green said. “We’re looking forward to adding the Krumpe’s Do-Nut Drop to our list of events and highlight all of the great arts programs in the area.”
Top photo: Fireworks go off as 2017 is brought in at Krumpe’s Do-Nut Drop in downtown Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail file photo)