Interesting Facts:

202 baskets were used to make the first tree that wa erected in Kent Narrows in 2020.


Because there was so much interest in the project two trees were built in 2021. 

Every basket has a story of remembrance, honor, celebration, history or holiday spirit. Each year the Watermen’s Association honor those watermen, past and active, and those who have passed away this year with baskets painted with a red heart for each of them.  

This year's memorial baskets are in remembrance of:

Carlton Austin

Snapper Thomas

Kent Phillips

Pat Lee

Warren Butler

Randy Timms

Baskets were painted by local citizens, both adults and children.


Proceeds from the project go to help local watermen and families in need.  

The 2021 Tree was erected on Saturday, November 27. The trees were officially lit on the evening of Saturday, December 4th.


click here to watch the tree lighting ceremony



Click on PDF ICON to print program for December 4th Craft Fair and Tree Lighting Event
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Leave it to the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association to capture the spirit of the Holiday Season!


Last year’s watermen’s basket tree display at Kent Narrows was so popular, the project returned to Kent Narrows this year with two trees!


A ceremonial tree lighting, hosted by the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association, was held the evening of December 4, 2021.

This year the trees, made from painted crab baskets, will remain in place through the last week in January.


The trees are in located on the Grasonville side of the Kent Narrows waterway at Fisherman’s Inn, 3116 Main Street. (At the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18)


To view the full program schedule and local dining specials and hotel options visit or visit the Kent Narrows Waterfront on Facebook.


To see photos of the baskets and to learn more about the stories behind them, visit the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Facebook Page.


The Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association benefits from the baskets sold on this tree. The Watermen’s Association consists of local commercial watermen who make their living harvesting seafood from local waterways. The monies raised from this event and others allow the association to continue to to preserve their heritage and way of life.  

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For more information on the tree and the associated events visit Queen Anne's County Watermen on Facebook or email


For up to date visitor info in the area visit Kent Narrows Waterfront on Facebook or stay on this website: For info on Queen Anne's County attractions and events go to

The trees will be up until the end of January 2022. So please visit throughout the holiday season.



The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021. It will be hosted through QAC TV and will be aired live through the QAC Channel and through Facebook. 


Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4

-Vendor Fair with Local Arts and Crafts 3-7

-Santa Selfies 3-5

-QAC TV Broadcast 6-7

Pledge of Allegiance 6;15

Blessing of The Fleet  6:15

 Santa Arrives to Light the Tree  6:25

-Countdown to Lighting 6:30

The formal program begins at 6 p.m.

With remarks by representative of the Watermen's Association followed by a blessing of the fleet and reading of the names of the watermen and women who passed in 2021.  

When visiting the tree please be sure to follow social distancing and mask wearing guidelines.

Program for December 4, 2021

Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Basket Tree 

Afternoon Program: Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and More!

3:00-6:00 p.m.


3:00                 Arts and Crafts Fair Opens

                        Features locally made items


3:00-5:00        Santa Selfies

                        Santa will be available for photos   


3:00-5:00       Book Sale and Signings          

Photographer Jay Fleming will exhibit and sign books and scenic calendars, including his most recent book, “Island Life”. He will also have his first book “Working the Water” available.


Local writer Brent Lewis will be on hand to celebrate the publishing of his new book “Stardust by the Bushel: Hollywood on the Eastern Shore”. The 400+ page hardcover book features stories of filmmaking on the Shore.


Vicki Paulas, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center will be on hand with her Children’s Book “A Foxy Way to Learn Your ABC’s”.



Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Basket Tree Lighting

Evening Program


6:00     QAC TV Live Broadcast


6:15     Opening Ceremony

Pledge of Allegiance

Cub Pack 129 Centreville


Blessing of the Fleet

            Bob Timms

Pastor, Community Outreach

Kent Island United Methodist Church

Captain Buck Lynch, Stephanie III


6:25     Santa Arrives for the Tree Lighting


6:30     Countdown for the Tree Lighting 

             Event ends at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Fisherman's Inn Property 

3116 Main Street  Grasonville, Md. 21338

At the corner of Wells Cove Rd and Rt. 18

Overflow parking available under the eastern span of the Rt. 50/301 bridge lot.

Lot located off of Kent Narrows Way North.

Park and take the boardwalk trail or foot path toward the Watermen's Monument.