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2022 Watermen's Basket Tree Returns to Kent Narrows

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 3, 2022. This year the tree will remain lit through the last week in January so visitors and residents may take their photos with the tree throughout the holiday season.

A holiday-themed event will also take place around the tree from

2 p.m.- 6 p.m. the day of the lighting. The event will feature a holiday arts and crafts fair, hot beverages, and a visit from Santa.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the actual lighting taking place at 6:30 p.m. The event will be live streamed on QACTV. For more information email .

To download a copy of the program for December 3rd visit

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. This year there are over 300 baskets distributed amongst three trees.

Because there was so much interest in the project two trees were built in 2021 and an outdoor arts and crafts fair was added.

This year, in 2022 the event has grown and three trees were built.

The arts and crafts fair has grown and more community organizations are involved. This year the Shore Update has photos of every basket available on their website for people to see. 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.

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