Eco-minded Christmas shoppers might like to give a gift that supports an organization that has worked to protect and preserve the local environment since 1966 — the Pemaquid Watershed Association. PWA gift ideas start at prices as low as 75 cents for a postcard of the PWA preserves. The PWA has logo items such as jewelry by Lovell Designs, hooded and crew-neck sweatshirts, long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, tote bags, ball caps, magnets, pins, and ornaments. Also available are six-pack wildlife- and beach-themed notecards with envelopes featuring drawings by local artist Julie Babb for $5. There are maps of Pemaquid Pond and of the entire Pemaquid Peninsula.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the PWA offers the books “On the Trail” ($15), “Midcoast Trails” ($10), and “Maine Coastal Public Access Guide” ($8). And there are handmade walking sticks in varnished maple or cherry, made from fallen branches on PWA nature preserves and custom-cut to fit the height of the hiker ($20). Another meaningful gesture in the spirit of the season is to give the gift of a PWA membership.
For the friend or family member who enjoys original art, check out the current art exhibit at the PWA office, located at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The exhibit, titled “Floral Feast,” is by local artist Judy Nixon. Nixon is donating 40 percent of her art sales to the PWA.
To see and/or purchase PWA merchandise, visit the PWA office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or go to the PWA website, pemaquidwatershed.org/merchandise. For more information about the Pemaquid Watershed Association, call 563-2196.