Signature Fundraising Events

To raise money in support of our work, PWA puts on several fundraising events.

Events are wicked fun. Find out for yourself by participating in one (or all) of them this year!

Party and cruise tickets can be purchased online via our Merchandise page. For Rubber Ducky River Race tickets, call us at 207-563-2196 to pick your lucky ducky numbers.


Party to Preserve at Laurel Hall                                                              Thursday August 10, 2017 4-6 PM

The Pemaquid Watershed Association’s first ever Party to Preserve will feature guided walks in the La Verna Preserve, as well as delicious local foods prepared by Laura Cabot catering, and music by Celtic harpist Barbara Wright. The event is being held Thursday, August 10 from 4 to 6 PM at historic Laurel Hall in Chamberlain, adjacent to the preserve off Route 32.

PWA’s La Verna Preserve offers stunning views of Muscongus Bay from it 3,600 feet of rocky shoreline. The expansive preserve features two and a half miles of hiking trails through a diverse range of wildlife habitat, including mixed hardwoods, coniferous forests, forested wetlands, freshwater marsh, and gently sloping overgrown farmland. Attendees of the event, if interested, can experience the preserve and its shoreline on a guided walk with Preserve Steward Bill Claflin.

Proceeds from this not-to-be missed event will benefit the Pemaquid Watershed Association’s ongoing mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. Tickets are $75 per person or $150 for a Patron, who will be acknowledged at the event, and are available at the PWA office and by clicking HERE. For more information send an email to jenn@pemaquidwatershed.org, call the office at 563-2196, or stop by the PWA office at 584 Main St in Damariscotta.


Rubber Ducky River Race

events - rubber duckSATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017    LAUNCH AT 2:00 P.M.+/-

Since 2004, PWA has had the pleasure of hosting an annual Rubber Ducky River Race around the Independence Day holiday. Rain or shine, 700 rubber duckies are dumped into the Damariscotta River just upriver from the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge to compete for the coveted title of Champion Ducky. Each ducky is numbered, and each ticket sold corresponds to one ducky entry in the race.

Tickets & Prizes

Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or $25.00 for a ‘6-Quack’ and are sold at the PWA office, at Yellowfront Grocery, during the Round Pond Parade on July 4, and at the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge on race day. Prizes, including $100 cash, are awarded to the top finishers, and one need not be present to win. A special Pokey Ducky Prize is bestowed to the last place finisher.

events - Yellowfront logoPWA thanks Yellowfront Grocery for sponsoring this fun-filled event and making the cash grand prize possible.

“Pemaquacky,” PWA’s 4-foot tall foam duck, serves as Pace Ducky for the race, and Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck is often at the event in the parking lot next to the bridge giving away free ice cream, with 100% of donations going to PWA.

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“Pemaquacky,” PWA’s 4-foot-tall foam ducky, is the Official Pace Ducky for the race.

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Get your quack on!

The PWA Ducky Crew, led by our Chief Quack and race originator, Peter Lawrence, encourages spectators to plan ahead to join in the quacky revelry by gathering bright yellow attire and all things ‘ducky’ to bring to the race.

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Pirate Duckies

Of the 636 rubber duckies in the race, three dozen are special pirate duckies. events - pirate duckieTickets to sponsor a pirate ducky are available only on the Saturday in June of the Pirate Rendezvous, with proceeds for those race entries split with the charity the Rendezvous benefits, Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.

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Jan Marie Bacon, Ducky Minstrel, performs a repertoire of ducky song parodies to entertain the crowd.

Viewing the Race

The best view for the race is the finish line, which is the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge. Spectators should plan to gather for the event prepared with patience, as the launch is contingent on the turning of the tide and may be up to 30 minutes later than the planned launch time.  The distance from the launch site to the bridge is a mere 1/10th of a mile, but some times it takes the duckies a bit of time to catch the current. To keep things lively, spectators will be treated to ducky-related live music and other ducky-based antics at the bridge.

Ducky Race videos

  • Enjoy this Boston news video  that features an overview of the Ducky Race.
  • See the race in action by viewing this video of the 2013 Ducky Race.  It’s all just too much fun! Come out and see for yourself this July!

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Party on the Pier

Thursday, June 22, 2017  5:00-7:30 P.M.

Since 2004, PWA has kicked off the summer season with a Party on the Pier at The Contented Sole restaurant on Pemaquid Harbor. The event is held in June and new this year we will feature a RAFFLE instead of the usual auction. Additionally, there will be signature hors d’oeuvres, a light supper sampler, delightful desserts, and a cash bar. Live music will be provided once again by the Dam Jam Fiddlers band playing traditional music. The Party on the Pier is the major annual fundraiser for PWA and is made possible by the donation of venue, food, and waitstaff by The Contented Sole, and with financial sponsorship from H.M. Payson.

Tickets to the party as well as raffle tickets can be purchased at the PWA office (584 Main St, Damariscotta), or over the phone (207-563-2196), or online via our MERCHANDISE PAGE.  See descriptions of the  RAFFLE ITEMS.

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Puffin Sunset Cruise

NO PUFFIN CRUISE IN 2017

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  • people looking out for puffins on the cruise

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Sunset Cruise for a Cause, 12th Annual

Friday, September 8, 2017, 5-7 PM

Since 2006, PWA has hosted a cruise in early September that we call our “Sunset Cruise for a Cause.” Sailing out of New Harbor, we will cruise along the Maine coast and watch the sunset. There are three routes that are rotated among over the years depending on the seas: Muscongus Sound, the South Bristol Gut, and circumnavigation of Damariscove Island. The cruise departs from Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor with Hardy Boat Cruises. Lighthouses, harbor seals, porpoises, gorgeous Maine coastal scenery, and a spectacular sunset are always in store. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts are served, and there is a cash bar. Bring binoculars!

We will meet at 4:45 at Shaw’s Wharf. All vehicles must park in ball field. Parking fee of $4.00 per vehicle. In the event of rough seas, the cruise will be rescheduled; no refunds for no shows. FMI on directions, parking or the Hardy Boat, see www.hardyboat.com.

Cruise tickets can be purchased online via our Merchandise page.

Sponsored by Mid-coast Energy Systems.

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  • enjoying the cruise

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Bi-annual Birdseed Sale

redpoll at feederIn the fall and winter, PWA offers for sale several types of birdseed: black oil sunflower seeds, sunflower “meaties,” grey stripe sunflower, melody mix, thistle seed, and high-energy suet. All proceeds benefit PWA. Attract lovely songbirds to your yard all year long, and raise money for a wonderful cause at the same time!

Winter 2017 orders are due by January 26, and seed pickup is Saturday, February 11. Simply download an order form and mail or drop it off with your check, made payable to Pemaquid Watershed Association.

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