All About the Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association Basket Trees
A ceremonial tree lighting, hosted by the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association, will take place
the evening of December 2, 2023. This year, the trees will remain lit through mid- January, so
visitors and residents may take their photos with the tree throughout the holiday season.
A holiday-themed event will take place around the tree from
2 p.m.- 6 p.m. the December 2, the day of the lighting. The event
features a holiday arts and crafts fair, hot beverages, and a visit from Santa.
The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled the begin at 6:00 p.m. with the actual lighting taking place at 6:30 p.m.
event will be live streamed on QACTV.
For more information on next year's event, to become an event sponsor or vendor contact the QAC Watermen's Association at email@example.com .
The Holiday Tree Lighting event and vendor fair is Saturday, December 2, 2023.
202 baskets were used to make the first tree that was erected in Kent Narrows in 2020. That year QAC Watermen's Association thought it wa important to create an event that would provide for a safe outdoor holiday gathering space so people could still celebrate the holiday even through the pandemic.
Because there was so much interest in the project two trees were built in 2021 and an outdoor Arts and crafts fair was added.
In 2022 the event has grown and three trees were built.
The arts and crafts fair has grown and more community organizations are involved.
The event was moved to be closer to the Maryland Watermen's Monument, but it is still located in the Fisherman's Village Complex and visible form the Kent Narrows Bridges and Rt. 18.
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.
2022 memorial baskets are in remembrance of:
Charles Butch Lewis
2021 memorial baskets are in remembrance of:
Rudolph "Bootie" Green
2020 memorial baskets are in remembrance of:
Norma Jean Ringgold
Baskets were painted by local citizens, both adults and children.
Proceeds from the project go to help local watermen and families in need.
Preliminary Program for December 2, 2023
(subject to change)
Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Basket Tree
Afternoon Program: Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and More!
The event features a holiday arts and crafts fair, hot beverages, and a visit from Santa.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and More!
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
2:00-6:00 p.m. Arts and Crafts Fair Opens
Features locally made items
Performances by the Stevensville Middle School Choir
Cocoa and Hot Apple Cider – Donated by Fisherman’s Inn
Santa Selfies - Santa and Mrs. Clause will be available for photos..
Book Sale and Signings
QAC TV Live Broadcast
Pledge of Allegiance
Blessing of the Fleet
Bob Timms Captain Buck Lynch
Pastor, Community Outreach “Stephanie III” Head Boat
Kent Island United Methodist Church
Santa Arrives for the Tree Lighting
Countdown for the Tree Lighting
Fisherman's Inn/ Crab Deck, next to the Maryland Watermen's Monument
3032 Kent Narrows Way South, Main Street Grasonville, Md. 21338
Overflow parking available under the eastern span of the Rt. 50/301 bridge lot.
Lot located off of Kent Narrows Way North. Take Exit 42 to reach.
Park and take the boardwalk trail or foot path toward the Watermen's Monument.
A PDF copy of the program will be made available soon before the event.
Click on PDF icon to download the sponsorship registration form
For more information on the tree and the associated events visit Queen Anne's County Watermen on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For up-to-date visitor info in including info on hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the trees, visit Kent Narrows Waterfront on Facebook or stay on this website: Kentnarrowsmd.com. For info on Queen Anne's County attractions and events go to visitqueenannes.com.
The trees will be up until the end of January 2023. So please visit throughout the holiday season.
Trees built in 2021