Down East 2013 ©
Dusk is falling on the snow-covered common of this riverside hamlet, but a lighted Christmas tree and garlands are warmth against the chill. The park is the scene of occasions both solemn and festive throughout the year, and the annual tree lighting, when residents gather to sing carols and exchange good cheer, is a particularly joyous one. Best known for its breathtaking views of coastal mountains, this town, named for a quarryman, was once one of the state’s largest suppliers of granite paving blocks, and one quarry remains active to this day. A 1,080-foot mountain with panoramic views is a favorite of hikers but otherwise the community is not a major destination, even though thousands of tourists zip along its eastern border each summer on a National Scenic Byway as they explore one of Maine’s premier attractions.
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Photographed by Susan Cole Kelly