Media Advisory

For Immediate Release:

December 3, 2020

Grasonville Md. at Kent Narrows

The Crab Basket Holiday Tree at Fisherman's Inn will light up on Saturday, December 5 

The Basket Tree that was constructed by the Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association and community members will light up the Kent Narrows Waterfront on December 5, 2020. This year’s event will be broadcast live through Queen Anne’s County TV (qactv.com) and streamed live through the Queen Anne County Watermen’s Association’s Facebook page.

The live broadcast will begin at 4:45 and the Opening Ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. and last until about 5:30 p.m. 

The Opening Ceremony will include remarks from representatives of the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association, a reading of the names of those watermen and waterwomen who have passed in 2020, a blessing of the fleet and a sign off by a special visitor.  

Every basket has a story of remembrance, honor, celebration, history or holiday spirit.  The Watermen’s Association honored those watermen, past and active, who passed away this year with 12 baskets painted with a red heart for each of them.  There is a basket in honor of Capt. Warren Butler, the oldest, active watermen in Queen Anne’s County at the age of 91. There are baskets that represent the county’s history including the iconic white work boots, local families, historic family businesses, workboats, lighthouses, snowmen, waterfowl, crabs, fish, scenes from the Grinch and Charlie Brown and so much more.

The tree will remain up until the first week in January and be lit from dusk to dawn. The public is invited to visit the tree throughout the Holiday Season. Local shops,  hotels, restaurants and walking and cycling trails are within walking distance.

The tree is located on the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18 on Fishermen's Inn Property at 3116 Main Street, Grasonville, Md.

Due to COVID a large scale event is not planned for this year, but a larger event is in the planning stages for next year.

​Visitors are advised to practice social distancing and mask wearing guidelines when visiting the tree. 

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Media Contacts:

Troy and Christy Wilkins, Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association

410-924-2915

qawatermen@yahoo.com

 

Gigi Windley, Kent Narrows Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

For more information and updates on the tree visitors can visit the Queen Anne’s Watermen Facebook Page or go to Kentnarrowsmd.com. or Kent Narrows Waterfront Facebook page. Those who wish to receive more info on Queen Anne’s County may go to visitqueenannes.com

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 Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are our office.  Not only do the watermen work the waters, they also work to restore and maintain a sustainable industry.  The monies raised from this event and others allow the association to continue to fight to preserve their heritage and way of life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

November 30, 2020

Grasonville Md. at Kent Narrows

The Crab Basket Holiday Tree is Up at Fisherman's Inn

The Basket Tree was constructed by the Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association, its members and community members. It is located on the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18 on the Fishermen's Inn Property. 

 

This was truly a community event.  Individuals, families, businesses and organizations purchased and painted each basket in a nautical or holiday theme.  202 baskets were used to create the tree.   Every basket has a story of remembrance, honor, celebration, history or holiday spirit.  The Watermen’s Association honored those watermen, past and active, who passed away this year with 12 baskets painted with a red heart for each of them.  There is a basket in honor of Capt. Warren Butler, the oldest, active watermen in Queen Anne’s County at the age of 91. There are baskets with workboats, lighthouses, snowmen, waterfowl, crabs, fish, scenes from the Grinch and Charlie Brown and so much more.

 

​The tree will be officially light up on Saturday, December 5th around dusk. Stay tuned for details! The tree will remain up until the first week in January.  

 

Queen Anne's County TV will cover the tree lighting. Those who wish to participate are encouraged to view the lighting on QACTV. 

 

Due to COVID a large scale event is not planned for this year, but a larger event is in the works for next year. 

 

​Please practice social distancing when visiting the tree. 

 

​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 Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are our office.  Not only do the watermen work the waters, they also work to restore and maintain a sustainable industry.  The monies raised from this event and others allow the association to continue to fight to preserve their heritage and way of life.  

​The basket tree was organized and implemented by Brooke Horney, Christy Wilkins and Joey & Karen Sadler.  Assistance was provided by Gigi Windley, Kent Narrows Foundation and Heather Tinelli, Queen Anne's County Economic Development and Tourism. 

 

 A special thank you goes to Rock Hall and to Beth Councell, Ziggy Carter and Sheila Lingerman who gave early advice on the project.  

 

​The Queen Anne's County Chamber helped with information distribution.

 

Other individuals and businesses that made this project possible include:

Bay Tree Service

Delmarva Fisheries Association, Inc.

Delmarva Power

John and Jean Duty

Fisherman's Inn

Fishergate Graphic Design

Harrison Yacht Sales' Inc.

TJ and Sherri Hunter

Kentmorr Marina

Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House

Kent Narrows Foundation

Queen Anne's County Tourism & Economic Development

QACTV

Queenstown Bank

Ruth Brothers Septic

Shore Lumber and Millwork

Shore Sign Company

Shore United Bank

Talbot Watermen's Association

VFW Post 7464

 

​Tree Builders and Helpers

Dennis Anthony

Billy Benton, QACWA Vice President 

Beverly Benton

John Coursey

Missy Coursey 

Phil Dumenil, QAC Commissioner

Brooke Horney 

​Joey Horney

Michael Ruth, QACWA Treasurer

Joey Sadler

Karen Sadler

James Thomas

George Thomas, Jr

Charles Thomas

Christy Wilkins​

Troy Wilkins, QACWA President

Gigi Windley

 

 

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release:

Grasonville, Md. at Kent Narrows Waterfront

 

Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association Holiday Basket Tree Built at Kent Narrows

 

Members and Friends of the  Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association joined together on Saturday, December 29, 2020  to construct the first-ever Crab Basket Tree in Queen Anne’s County.

 

The tree is located at the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18 on the Fisherman’s Inn property at 3116 Main Street in Grasonville. 

Visitors and friends are welcome to visit the tree prior to the lighting as long as there is no active construction happening to prepare for the lighting event.

 

The tree lighting will occur around dusk on Saturday December 5th. A small ceremony is being planned by the Watermen’s Association Members that evening. Queen Anne's County TV will cover the lighting. Those interested are encouraged to watch the lighting on Queen Anne's County TV or through QAV TV's live Facebook stream.

 

Due to COVID a large scale event is not planned for this year, but a larger event is in the planning stages for next year. 

 

The tree will remain up for visitors and residents to enjoy until the first week in January. 

 

Those who visit the tree are encouraged to practice social distancing and mask wearing.

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Media Contact:

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association

Christy Wilkins

410-924-2914

Facebook: Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:

November 3, 2020

 

Watermen Bring Holiday Basket Tree to Kent Narrows 

 

Kent Narrows, MD

 

Leave it to the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association to capture the spirit of the Holiday Season! 

 

People and groups are invited to purchase and paint a basket for the Holiday Basket Tree that will be erected at the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18 in Grasonville on the Fisherman’s Inn property.

 

The tree is scheduled light up on the evening of December 5th and remain in place through the first week in January. A virtual tree lighting ceremony will be aired on QAC TV and live streamed on Facebook on December 5. 

 

Visitors and residents may take their photos with the tree throughout the holiday season.

 

Each basket purchased will raise money for local watermen. Baskets are on sale now and cost $50.00 if you want to paint it yourself, or $65 if you want someone to paint it for you. Baskets should be in memory or in honor of a loved one and have either a nautical or holiday them. 

 

Baskets are on sale now and can be purchased through November 7.

 

They may be picked up at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center at 425 Piney Narrows Road from 10a.m. to 4:30 pm on weekdays, or at the VFW in Grasonville, on November 7, between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

 

November 7 is the last day for pick up. Painted baskets must be returned no later than November 21.  

 

To receive an information packet on how to obtain and paint your basket, email qawatermen@yahoo.com .You may also stop by the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center to pick up baskets and registration forms.

 

For additional questions, contact Karen Sadler at 443-262-6208 or Joey Sadler at 443-924-0151.

 

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2020

Updated April 6, 2020

 

Eateries in Kent Narrows Reinvent

Themselves to offer Carry Out,  Delivery and "Take and Bake" Menus 

In order to serve local populations and essential workers, Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House, Harris Crab House, The Narrows Restaurant and The Jetty are offering limited menus and taking carry-out orders. The Jetty is offering delivery service to nearby neighborhoods.  A selection of soups and crab cakes can be mail ordered and shipped to anywhere in the U.S. 

 

All restaurants are easily accessible from Rt.301/50. Take exit 41 or 42 to access all dining facilities. 

 

In these uncertain times, it's helpful to support your local small businesses. When you support the restaurants at Kent Narrows you also help to keep our local watermen and farmers employed.

Daily, holiday and weekend specials are posted on the Facebook@kentnarrowswaterfront.

Media Contact:

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

 

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Current Hours of Operation For Kent Narrows Eateries

current as of 4/6/20. 

Annie's Paramount Stake and Seafood House

Offering take out meals for four along with items from their regular menu.

Carry-out from 11-7

call 410-827-7103

Harris Crab House

Order on line at toast tab.com or call 410-827-9500

11:00 am--7:30 pm

The Jetty

Offering carry-out Items 

New specials every day

410-877-4959 press 0 to avoid the voicemail prompts

11:00 am-8pm

The Narrows Restaurant

Offering carry-out, 25% off Wine, and mail orders specials through Goldbelly.com

Open from 12-7pm daily

410-827-8113

Garden Bar and Grille at the 

Hilton Garden Inn is offering take out breakfast from

7 a.m.to 10 a.m.

Visit Kentnarrowsmd.com for links to all restaurants in Kent Narrows and Shoregrubtogo.com for a list of restaurants offering take-out in Downtown Centerville and Kent Narrows.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020

 

THE KENT NARROWS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OFFICE IN CHESTER DUE TO GROWING NATIONAL HEALTH CRISIS

In order to responsibly address the continuing health concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Kent Narrows Development Foundation has instituted a plan to reduce the risk of exposure for our staff and others.

 

The Foundation’s office located at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center has temporarily closed. Inquiries are still being answered and Foundation operations are being managed remotely. 

As a part of our greater Kent Narrows and Eastern Shore community, we feel great responsibility toward the health and welfare of our friends, neighbors and visitors.

 

The KNDF will continue to monitor local, state and federal health advisories and quickly follow any guidance they suggest. 

 

Please direct inquiries to info@kentnarrowsmd.com

For updates and visitor information visit our website at www.kentnarrowsmd.com.

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Media Contact:

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Chester, Md.— June 14, 2019

KENT NARROWS WATERFRONT DOCK AND DINE VENUES DOMINATE “BEST OF THE EASTERN SHORE” AWARDS!

What’s Up Media recently released its list of the Best Food and Dining Places on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Six of the award-winning restaurants are located on the scenic waterfront at Kent Narrows in Grasonville.

In January and February of this year, the popular magazine, What’s Up? Eastern Shore  called for readers to write-in recommendations for many food and dining categories. The results were recently announced last week. The comprehensive list is published in the June issue of What’s Up? Eastern Shore.

An awards ceremony will be held on the evening of June 19th at Prospect Bay Country Club also in Grasonville.

The “Best Of”  winners from the Kent Narrows Waterfront are:

Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House

Best Brunch

Bridges Restaurant

Best American Dining Waterfront Restaurant

Harris Crab House and Seafood Restaurant

Best Steamed Crabs

The Narrows Restaurant won in two categories

Best Crab Cake

Best Special Occasion Restaurant

Fisherman’s Crab Deck also took awards in two categories

Best Cream of Crab Soup

Best Appetizers

Fisherman’s Inn took the most awards, winning in three categories

Best Maryland Crab Soup

Best Seafood

Best Place to Take Out of Towners

Tickets for the Best of Eastern Shore Party can be reserved through whatsupmag.com.

More information about hotels, restaurants, dining and things to do in the Kent Narrows waterfront region, visit Kentnarrowsmd.com.

 

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Media Contact:

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Chester, Md.— September 1, 2017

 

KENT NARROWS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION PRODUCES WATERMEN’S WAY HERITAGE TRAIL MAP AND GUIDE

 

The Kent Narrows Development Foundation has published a new brochure and map that highlights heritage sites throughout the Kent Narrows Waterfront Region. The Watermen’s Heritage Trail map and visitors guide marks key sites throughout the Kent Narrows Waterfront area that have historic significance. The map shows attractions such as the Watermen’s Monument, the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center and Ferry Point Park.  It also makes note of the locations of the interpretative signs which line the many trails that connect the various heritage sites along the scenic Waterfront.

 

The colorful map reminds visitors that Kent Narrows is a walkable community, one that is crisscrossed by water, land and boardwalk trails.

 

The brochure will be distributed through the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, and at selected businesses, attractions and visitor information centers throughout the State.

 

The project was partially funded through the Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. as part of a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

 

Those who wish to receive copies of the Watermen’s Heritage Trail Map and Guide may stop in the Kent Narrows Development Foundation located at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center at 425 Piney Narrows Rd. or email info@kentnarrows.md.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

 

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 8, 2016

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

JAY FLEMING'S WORKING THE WATER BOOK SIGNING AND EXHIBIT

COMES TO THE KENT NARROWS

Chester, Md.-- (October 8, 2016): 

 

Residents and visitors to the Kent Narrows area will have the opportunity to meet photographer Jay Fleming as his exhibit opens at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center on October 27th. The Kent Narrows Foundation is hosting a book signing and reception from 5-9pm on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The public is invited.

 

Jay Fleming’s first book, “Working the Water,” is a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay — America’s largest estuary.

 

The book comprises photographs of seasoned watermen, scenic seascapes, weathered workboats and bay bounty — a true and complete depiction of Chesapeake Bay life. Jay’s flagship book, “Working the Water" includes several images of scenes and watermen from the Kent Narrows area.

 

The exhibit features select photos from the book displayed in large format. It will be on display Monday-Friday from 8:30pm-4:30 pm and from 10pm-4pm on weekends until November 10, 2016.

 

Local business and organization have come together to sponsor the book signing and to raise funds for Foundation activities. They include: Bridges Restaurant, Fisherman’s Inn, the Crab Deck, Harris Seafood, Harris Crab House, the Holiday Inn, the Jetty Dock Bar and Grill, the Narrows Restaurant, and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. The venue is provided courtesy of Queen Anne's County. 

 

A portion of the proceeds from the book sales go to support the Kent Narrows Development Foundation. The Foundation provides guidance and oversight for the formulation of a strategy to balance new economic growth, community redevelopment, support for the County’s fishing and seafood industries, and public access to waterfront activities and amenities.  The Foundation is also concerned that environmentally sensitive areas within the Kent Narrows be preserved and contributes to the character of this unique Eastern Shore community. 

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Media Contacts:

 

Gigi Windley, Executive Director, Kent Narrows Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

Kentnarrowsmd.com

Facebook: Kent Narrows Waterfront

 

Jay Fleming

http://www.jayflemingphotography

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

WTTG ZIP TRIPS VISITS KENT NARROWS THE MORNING OF JULY 1

 

Chester, Md.-- (June 24, 2016): Kick off the Holiday Weekend at the Kent Narrow the morning of Friday July 1st!

The public is invited to attend WTTG Fox 5 TV’s live broadcast and enter for a chance to win an all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 as part of the MAZDA ZipTrip Giveaway.

 

WTTG Fox 5tv from Washington DC will feature the Kent Narrows and Kent Island area as part of their live Zip Trip broadcast that day.

 

A series of live remote segments featuring various aspects of the area will be incorporated into their morning news broadcast from 7am to 11am.

 

The main staging area is on Kent Narrows Waterfront between the Bridges Restaurant and the Jetty at Wells Cove Public Landing. The public is welcomed attend the live broadcast. Local restaurants, attractions, businesses and public service agencies will be featured during the broadcast.  Dunkin Donuts will be offering free iced coffee and doughnuts.

 

Contacts:

 

Paul McGonagle, VP News 

paul.mcgonagle@foxtv.com

202-895-3000

 

 

Gigi Windley

Executive Director of Kent Narrow Development Foundation

302-242-9283

info@kentnarrowsmd.com

 

 

 

Queen Anne’s County Tourism Manager

410-604-2100 lsolomon@qac.org

 

 

http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/zip-trip/144133841-story

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