December 1999



The Miracle of ‘The Old Peabody Pew’

When Kate Douglas Wiggin penned her winsome little drama, she had no idea it would become the longest-running play in Maine history. Image subjects: Tory Hill Meeting House some of the cast of “The Old Peabody Pew some of the cast of “The Old Peabody Pew Location: Buxton Lower Corner

  • By: Ron Spomer
  • and Marcia Berntson Anderson
  • Photography by: Amazeen

Going to The Dogs

It’s called skijoring and it’s gaining popularity across Maine. Image subjects: Labrador retriever pulling skier Husky with skier Labs and skiers two huskies getting ready to pul a skier

  • By: Datus Proper
  • and Paul Dest
  • Photography by: Bill Curtsinger

The Knowing Smile

Until my father came down with Alzheimer’s disease, I don’t think we ever really talked. Now we speak by just being together. Image subjects: collage of salesman in traveling in Maine

  • By: J.B. Sterns
  • and Bob Noonan
  • Photography by: Gay Kempton

The Magic Of Christmas

Portland’s most popular holiday concert offers more than just beautiful music. Location: Portland

  • By: Barry G. Davis

Crazy For Candy Canes

Twenty little-known facts about the only store in Maine that rolls its own. Image subjects: display of candy canes workers at Haven’s Candies pouring candy from vat hand twisting candy Location: Westbrook

  • By: Robert Post
  • and mikeb
  • Photography by: Amazeen

Where in Maine?

Many a Yuletide fete filled this now-empty house. Location: Portland

  • By: Galen Winter
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Tuba Supreme

It’s noisy, it’s kitschy, and it’s unique, but it’s also the happiest band you could hope to encounter in Maine this holiday season. Image subjects: TubaChristmas – some of the tuba players TubaChristmas – some of the tuba players TubaChristmas – some of the tuba players TubaChristmas – some of the tuba

  • By: Priscilla Buckley
  • Photography by: Tonee Harbert

The Art Of Giving

A shoemaker’s son who made a fortune, Harold Alfond is now using his capital – and his canniness – to give young Mainers an even break. Location: DexterNorridgewock

  • By: J.H. Hall
  • and Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Ron Maxwell


Sailor’s Delight

Holiday gift ideas abound when there’s a mariner in the family.

  • By: John Barsness
  • and James P. Brown

Boatbuilder’s Dream

Paul Rollins is a boatbuilder who makes time to own and sail his own boat.

  • By: Bill Buckley
  • and James P. Brown

Spruced-up Roofs

Santa isn’t alone in caring about Bridgton’s rooftops. Location: Bridgton

  • By: C.F. Waterman

Millennial Snowmen

Bethel has come up with another colossal idea. Location: Bethel

  • By: Michael McIntosh

New Look

Neither Y2K nor the millennium inspired it.

  • By: John Brindle

First Light

The new millennium will dawn in Maine, somewhere.

  • By: Bill Buckley

Buying Frenzy

Suddenly it seems every major Maine company is being gobbled up by corporate giants. Image subjects: map showing who is buying Maine companies

  • By: Charles Waterman
  • and Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Lisa Baker

October ‘Where in Maine?’

Identifying the October “Where in Maine?” at Thomaston. Location: Thomaston

  • By: Stuart Williams
  • Vic Venters
  • and Jan Faulstich

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Portland & Vicinity Street Atlas” published by DeLorme, “The Maine Poems” by Leo Connellan, and “Russian Voices on the Kennebec: The Story of Maine’s Unlikely Colony” by Robert S. Jaster.

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas Jr
  • and Paul Doiron

Maine’s Poet Laureate

Kate Barnes takes her appointment seriously but doesn’t expect to be paid.

  • By: Steve Grooms
  • and Meadow Rue Merrill

Fruity Juice

Fresh Samantha offers Christmas gift boxes.

  • By: Robert Hitt Neil
  • and Andrew Vietze

Snow Picnic

The Maine Market restaurant opens in Bethel. Location: Bethel

  • By: Andrew Vietze
  • and John Brindle

Tops in Charity

Kennebec Journal: Maine had the lowest income level in New England, but ranked the highest on the Generosity Index.

  • By: John Falk

Too-Easy Test

Sun Journal: Has the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) test been dumbed-down.

  • By: John Rosenburg

Hodgdon’s Big Encore

Tim Hodgdon of Hodgdon Yachts is at work on a new 151-foot ketch designed by Bruce King. Location: Boothbay

  • By: Charles Waterman
  • and James P. Brown

Extending I-95

Bangor Daily News: Debate over extending Route 95 beyond Houlton and the effect it might have. Location: Houlton

  • By: Barry G. Davis

Saving the Bowdoin Mill

Times Record: Sea Dog Brewing Company restaurant opens at the Great Bowdoin Mill. Location: Topsham

  • By: Tom Huggler

A Joyful Noise

The first time I went caroling in Bath, I was so self-conscious I could barely appreciate the merriment. Location: Bath

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes
  • and Ken Textor

Gifts For Maine Millionairs

Expensive gift ideas (humor, maybe) for those with no concern about the cost.

  • By: Jim Bashline

Big Sales

Savvy shoppers know when and where to find things on sale. Here is a list of shops and towns that have special winter or Christmas sales.

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes

Maine Gifts Just for Dad

What and where to buy for dad for Christmas. Maine gift ideas.

  • By: Tim Leary

Nifty Gifts For Junior

Shopping ideas for the young man at Christmas. Image subjects: shop at Christmas time

  • By: S.G.B. Tennant Jr
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Treat Yourself to the Season’s Top Shows

Christmas concerts are a great way to spend an evening in December.

  • By: Michael McIntosh

Maine Books Worth Giving

Maine books worth giving at Christmas time.

  • By: Datus Proper

Admire Some Festive Open Houses

Visit one of these historic homes decorated for the holidays.

  • By: Dave Carty

Winter Weekend Vacation Packages

Want to get away for the weekend. You can save money with these weekend get-away vacation packages.

  • By: Bill Baines

Christmas GIfts From Maine for Mom

Some Christmas gift ideas for mom and where in Maine to find them.

  • By: Michael McIntosh

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Finding and cutting your own Christmas tree on a wood lot is much more fun than going to the shopping mall for one. Here is a list of places offering cut-your-own trees. Image subjects: close up view of a branch of a decorated Christmas tree

  • By: John Falk
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Great Stocking Stuffers

Some stocking stuffers from Maine Image subjects: holiday goods inside a shop

  • By: Galen Winter
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Maine for the Holidays

Tips to make your holidays easier – and merrier.

  • By: Tom Davis
  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy
  • and Sara Gray

New Year’s Extravaganzas

This list represents the sort of events several Maine communities are offering on New Year’s Eve.

  • By: Michael McIntosh

Presents for Sis

Christmas gift ideas for your daughter or sister. Image subjects: woman standing in front of shop window in winter

  • By: Vic Venters
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Outdoor Skating Rinks

When any local pond won’t do, try one of these skating rinks.

  • By: Ron Spomer

Community Celebrations

For information on holiday events from York to Madawaska, just call a the local chamber of commerce.

  • By: Vic Venters

Holiday Dining

Here are some of the best restaurants in Maine and they are open for your holiday enjoyment.

  • By: Dave Carty

One-Stop Shopping

Circa 1960’s photo of Daniel Winchenbaugh from Waldoboro buying a Christmas tree in Florida.

  • By: Randy Lawrence
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward

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