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Leon Gorman, L.L. Bean, Down East Magazine

Leon Gorman 1934–2015

Like many in Maine, we were saddened to read of the September passing of Leon Gorman, grandson of L.L.Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean and either president or chairman of the company for 46 years. Outside of L.L.Bean, Gorman was known for his charitable pursuits. For this remembrance, we turned to Gorman’s friend Mark Swann, executive director of Portland’s Preble Street resource center for homelessness, hunger, and poverty.

Ultimate Maine Thanksgiving, Recipes, Down East Magazine

The Ultimate Maine Thanksgiving Feast

Every family has their own Thanksgiving dinner traditions, but some common elements, like turkey, sweet potatoes, and a whole lot of butter, unite us all in mouthwatering anticipation. Larry Matthews, chef/owner of the iconic Back Bay Grill in Portland, likes to keep things simple and delicious, with dishes that allow for easy adjustment to accommodate a potentially increased guest list.


Winnegance Bay

Benjamin Benoit, a photographer who grew up in Bath, and who is now based out of Manhattan Beach, California, sent us several photos from…

Down East Magazine, Small Potatoers

What’s In a Picture

Harvest technology has advanced over the last 75 years. Adolescent styles have certainly changed. But the autumn objective for many kids across Aroostook County is the same in 2015 as for these boys in October 1940.

Down East, Oct. 2015

October 2015

The October issue is now on newsstands and in our store. The ultimate Maine fall foliage tour, Mill Town Millennials, Maine’s cold case squad, Portland’s Marshmallow Cart, Northwoods Gourmet Girl, and more.

Where in Maine?

Our Favorite Letter

Each month, Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” Here is our favorite letter from August’s, Cobbosseecontee Lake picture.