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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 .

The Holiday Tree Lighting event and vendor fair is Saturday, December 2, 2023. 
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Interesting Facts:

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:

Sonny Hampton

Billy Darrell

Billy White

Charles Butch Lewis

Guy Edwards

Bill Joyce

2021 memorial baskets are in remembrance of: 

Carlton Austin

Snapper Thomas

Ken Phillips

Pat Lee

Warren Butler

Randy Timms

Arthur Jones

Rudolph "Bootie" Green

2020 memorial baskets are in remembrance of:

Eddie Hoxter

Norma Jean Ringgold

Brother Collier

Jimmy Timms

Don Tryan

Bobby Timms

Bobby Adron

Stephen Ruth

Ronnie Golt

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


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


click here to watch the 2021 tree lighting ceremony.



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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!

2:00-6:00 p.m.

The event features a holiday arts and crafts fair, hot beverages, and a visit from Santa.


Afternoon Program

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

Evening Program


QAC TV Live Broadcast



Opening Ceremony

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

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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 including info on hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the trees, 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 2023. So please visit throughout the holiday season.

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Trees built in  2021

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