A Christmas tree made from re-purposed crab baskets and buoys? Oh yes! A busy corner in downtown Cambridge is home to a 20-foot high tree made from 170 bushel baskets that have been used to harvest Maryland blue crabs — and probably will be put back to work when crab season starts again in April. The one-of-a-kind tree — which celebrates Dorchester County’s waterman culture —  is drawing folks from near and far who are eager to take a selfie at the spot. The tree is the brainchild of Brandon Hesson, executive director of the nonprofit Cambridge Main Street, who has experience in theater set design. This is the second year for the tree, which brought together various local businesses and volunteers to make it happen. Local seafood companies donated the crab basket. Jack Helgeson of Choptank Charlie’s created ornaments out of buoys, RAMS was the lead sponsor, and various others joined in to help out. Then volunteers came together to construct it and make sure it can withstand the elements. Check out the tree at the corner of Race and Gay Streets in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. We love our Crab Basket Tree!

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