Down East 2013 ©
Thanks for featuring New England Music Camp in your July issue. My husband and I met there and we just celebrated our fifty-third anniversary. Needless to say, it holds a very special place in our hearts.
Jane Henderson, Auburn, Alabama
The Best of Maine
As I was one of the noisy people who complained about your April cover featuring a Maine cottage that I considered “not really Maine,” I must now let you know how consistently good your magazine is. Finding my copy of Down East in my mailbox is always a satisfying moment. The articles are well written and interesting, the photography is beautiful, and even the advertising makes for good reading. Here’s to high standards.
While reading Kristen Lindquist’s piece on slugs in your July issue, I was reminded of my own battle with the little devils in our strawberry patch years ago. I tried the dish-of-beer method and was getting a slug or two per can of beer. I quickly determined that there was no profit in that method and gave it up. However, I inadvertently left an empty beer can in the garden. I would look at it now and then and remind myself to remove it but I always became sidetracked, as any gardener would understand. It was several days before I got around to that beer can, and when I picked it up, it seemed to weigh a ton. It was packed full of slugs. You couldn’t have stuffed another one in that can. I can’t say it would work every time, but even if you got one slug per empty can you’re ahead of the game. But then what about the five-cent deposit?
Ronald Van Orden
I am the manager at Cherrystones Restaurant in Bar Harbor. While reading your July 2013 issue, I noticed you did a piece on the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor. You stated in the article that they are the only restaurant in Bar Harbor with falafel on their menu. This is not true: We have had an amazing falafel sandwich on our menu for two years now.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Maine at Gettysburg
Congratulations on publishing Jerry Desmond’s article about Maine units engaged at Gettysburg. Maine never had a problem filling volunteer quotas to preserve the Union. Mainers should be aware and proud of their state’s Civil War service.
East Moriches Island, New York
Thank you for the article about the Maine units at Gettysburg. It was most interesting, and helped bring to life those brave men who fought to preserve the Union. Their sacrifice put the word united back into the United States. I would like to mention one unit that was overlooked in your fine article. The unit is the Seventh Maine Volunteer Infantry, in which my second-great grandfather and my second-great uncle were participants. The Seventh Maine was mustered in on August 21, 1861.
Fleming Island, Florida
Your observance of the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is noted with thanks. However, I am dismayed that there was no mention of the Fifth Maine Volunteer Infantry, mustered out of Portland. I mention this as a tribute to the memory of three relatives of mine who were members of the Fifth Maine. Thank you for your attention to this omission.
There were five Maine units not included in our July article “Mantled in Fire and Smoke”: Dow’s Sixth Maine Battery, the Tenth Maine Battalion, and the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Maine regiments. They all contributed to the Union victory but played smaller roles than the units mentioned in the article. Regrettably, due to limited space, it was not possible to include them all.
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July’s where in Maine?
Photo by Paul Cyr
I was so excited to see this mural by Darren Connors in your July issue. I saw it for the first time when I was driving on Market Street in Fort Kent this past Father’s Day! It so accurately portrays memories of my childhood in the potato fields of northern Maine. It reminds me of a simpler time when you worked hard to earn the money for your winter clothes or your ski pass. We had a great time with our friends working together to help the farmers get their potatoes out of the ground before the snow fell.
Debi Daigle Miller
I was thrilled to see this artwork in Down East magazine! I am a flight attendant for a commuter airline, and we carry your magazine on board, so you can imagine that I was bragging about it — my brother-in-law’s father raised the money for that project. My passengers and I thoroughly enjoy your articles and pictures.
Presque Isle, Maine
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the building where this colorful mural is now situated. Driving to Maine on a whirlwind adventure from New Jersey, I was greeted by the quiet streets and snowy landscape of March in northern Maine — a place coated with gray and white. Now, whenever I drive by this extraordinary work of art, I’m reminded of the region’s true colors regardless of the time of year.
Our Favorite Letter
This mural is on Market Street in Fort Kent. The artwork is a wonderful testament to the industrious and hard-working people of the town. My father-in-law, Zenon Daigle, is one of the many farmers listed on this adjoining sign. Many people who grew up working on those farms have gone on to success because of the work ethic instilled during harvest. It’s a fitting depiction for such a great town.
Each month Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” The winner receives a Down East wall calendar.