Letters to the Editor
What You Said
Thanks for selecting that stretch of Route 24 here in Harpswell for your cover. I call it conundrum corner because I never know which view is more beautiful. Our visitors think it’s the real name.
Maine Bucket List
Your September issue has outdone itself. The article by Deborah Weisgall on the Lunder Collection was so well written and articulate, it made me add visiting that museum to my bucket list. I then cruised though the state along the “Maine Road Trip” article and those, too, were added. You put out a fine magazine, issue after issue. It’s well written, inevitably interesting, and captivating.
Kim A. Mac Leod
Eat Maine Shrimp
A seafood recipe in the September issue of Down East that calls for gulf shrimp? When Maine offers such tasty shrimp harvested from our own waters? I know people claim that Maine shrimp do not hold up well in recipes, but the secret is not to overcook them. Stir-fried, grilled, or boiled, Maine shrimp are the sweetest, most tender shrimp available. The shrimp harvest keeps our Maine fishermen employed throughout the winter. It’s simple: friends don’t let friends eat imported shrimp.
Martha H. Peak
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
As a Down East subscriber and a longtime, part-time Orr’s Island resident, I was pleased to see the photo on the cover of the September issue. One of my favorite trips is the ride over the bridge from Great Island to Orr’s Island. However, something about the photo struck me as being too perfect. I was out that way today and stopped to take a photo. I realized the utility poles and power lines that are part of the landscape were removed from your cover photo. This injudicious use of Photoshop seems like an unacceptable bit of journalism to this career journalist. This pretty part of Maine needs no assistance in transmitting its inherent beauty.
I read your magazine frequently, and I was so happy to see the article you had on Bayside Bowl here in Portland, which is a wonderful addition to the Bayside neighborhood. I was not happy to see the photograph of the woman bending over to tie her bowling shoes. Keep it classy, Down East.
I love your magazine, but I am not a Facebook member, so I cannot “like” you on that social platform. I wanted you to know that there are people who love your magazine even though they cannot tell you on Facebook. Thanks for such great photography, articles, and information about local businesses, too!
Karen Eliza Farley
Due to captioning errors, two photographs were misidentified in the “Maine Road Trips” article in our September issue. The first, on page 74, is identified as “View from the Appalachian Trail in the Mahoosuc region.” The photo shows a view from Bigelow Mountain’s South Horn. The second, on pages 78–79, is identified as “Carrabasset Valley seen from Ira Mountain overlook.” The photo shows Natanis Pond, part of the Chain of Ponds on the Arnold Trail.
In our September issue, we shared eight recipes from Portland’s Harbor Fish Market. It got us wondering: what types of Maine seafood do Down East readers like best? Here’s how you answered:
September’s Where in Maine?
That has to be Corea. Over fifty years ago, my family spent a summer here. I learned how to drive a four-speed stick shift that my dad would let me drive to the end of the dirt road that led to the cottage. I have many fond memories: rowing in the harbor, clamming, blueberry picking, hikes to the end of the point, and a sky filled with stars.
While I sat in the back of my parents’ truck on our way to a new camp in Corea, I wondered how we would actually get to Korea by vehicle. I knew my dad was pretty handy with most things — but driving across the ocean? Six hours after leaving New Hampshire, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Gouldsboro Bay and not the East China Sea!
As a child in upstate New York, my brother got in trouble because he told his class he went to Corea every summer. The teacher sent a note home saying he was having trouble telling the truth because she knew we “did not go to Korea every summer.” Our family heritage is intertwined with the area, and we always feel like we are coming home when we return.
San Antonio, Texas
Our Favorite Letter
Recently my fiancée and I traveled to Millinocket to tell my in-laws that she and I are expecting a new addition to the family. While sitting around the kitchen table, I noticed the September issue of your magazine. It was opened to the “Where in Maine?” pages and there was Corea, my family’s hometown. The two-story, brown and white home on the right of the lobster trap stack was ours. That is the home my grandfather grew up in, the place I still find comfort in. Thank you for something you could have never known you created: the love sent through September’s “Where in Maine?”
Old Town, Maine
Each month Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” The winner receives a Down East wall calendar.