Thursday, February 05, 2009

Who Knew Shopping Could Be Philanthropic?

Introducing the new Squamscott Community Commons Pendant . . .

The Commons' vision for a community center and YMCA has long been inspiring community members to offer their support. From architects to environmentalists calling to offer their expertise, to local residents interested in hosting a house party, community members are just plain excited about this project. Now, jewelers and artists Lisa Cochran, of Lily Designs in Exeter, and Laurie Farrell, of Keith O'Connor Pottery Beads, have collaborated to design and produce a necklace featuring the Squamscott Community Commons logo.

"I can't wait until the new community center and YMCA is open," said Lisa Cochran. "Creating a unique piece of jewelry to benefit the project is a way I can share my excitement and offer my support."

The porcelain pendant, handcrafted by Laurie Farrell, is finished with a hand-died silk cord. All profits will be donated to Squamscott Community Commons to benefit the campaign to build a Seacoast community center and YMCA. The necklace retails for $28.

"It feels good to give a gift and get a gift, knowing that there's meaning behind it," said Lisa. "Not all of us can write a big check, but we can buy a pendant and support this great cause."

Limited quantities will be available at Water Street Books and at the Squamscott Community Commons office at 56 Linden Street in Exeter. Please call 778-4722 or email for more information.