April 2011


Green Escapes

When Maine’s gardeners want to disappear, where do they go? Not to London, or Paris, but to their own backyards, where irresistible hideaways range from the clever to the romantic.

  • By: Rebecca Sawyer-Fay
  • Photography by: Lynn Karlin

The Sea Nurse

Sharon Daley is the only health-care provider caring regularly for residents of Maine’s most remote offshore islands.

  • By: Amy Sutherland
  • Photography by: Herb Swanson

The House of His Dreams

A radical lakeside home uses technology and bold design to reinvent the Maine camp experience.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

Finishing Touches

Details, details: handcrafted elements lend any home a custom look.

  • By: Virginia Wright

Fuzzy & Fierce

Contrary to popular belief, the pussy willow is one of the toughest plants in existence.

  • By: Richard Grant
  • Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo

Fire of Patriotism

While the north won the Civil War, Maine lost far more than we often realize. On the war’s 150th anniversary, we look back at its bitter legacy.

  • By: Colin Woodard

Ask an Architect

How to plan your dream home for a Maine retirement.

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Rusty Ward

Every Mainer’s Kitchen

Remodeling a 1949 cook space in Eastport became a history lesson for both the designers and the homeowner.

  • By: Virginia Wright


Where in Maine?

Have you ever checked out this underground library?

  • Photography by: Amy Wilton

Maven in Maine

Black Friday — the popular name for the Friday after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year — couldn’t have come soon enough for fans of the shopping blog Maine Maven. That’s the day blogger and former Bangor Daily Newsshopping guru Kristen Lainsbury, and her husband, Jason, opened their new retail store, also called Maine Maven, in Orono (31 Mill St., 207-866-3557, www.mainemaven.com). This isn’t your average Maine products store.

North by East

An all-season Santa in West Gardiner, Winslow Homer, fashion plate, and more.

The Tax Man Runneth

How my grandmother won a skirmish with the IRS.

A Plague of Pills

How prescription drugs became Mainers’ contraband of choice.

  • By: Virginia Wright

Hipster in a Strange Land

Crash Barry’s unexpurgated tale of love and poverty Down East.

  • By: Richard Grant

Sweet Smell of Spring

Spice up your spring with a new perfume made right in Portland. 2 note Perfumery (10 Moulton St., 207-838-2815,www.2noteperfumery.com) has an assortment of fifteen distinct scents. Made from pure botanical essences, these all-natural perfumes are named after musical terms, a nod to the professional music careers of co-owners Darcy Doniger and Carolyn Mix, who play cello and violin respectively.

Editor’s Note

One hundred and fifty years ago, Confederate batteries opened fire on U.S. Army forces stationed at Fort Sumter, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The date — April 12, 1861 — is widely recognized as the beginning of the American Civil War. This month, Down East marks the war’s sesquicentennial with a special report (page 56) by contributing editor and award-winning historian Colin Woodard, author of The Lobster Coast and The Republic of Pirates.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine.

Wonderfully Horrible

A Portland parade offered the chance to lighten up back in 1920.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

An Asian Oasis

Asian food shines at the midcoast’s newest dining mecca.

  • By: Kathleen Fleury
  • Photography by: Amy Wilton

Briefly Noted

Sarah Graves’ “Home Repair is Homicide” series continues this month with the release of her newest mystery,  Knockdown (Bantam, New York, NY; hardcover; 288 pages; $25). Heroine Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree becomes the one in peril as her past as a financial manager puts her in harms way when a former client’s son seeks vengeance. And, of course, there’s the home repair, too, based on Graves’ real-life 1823 Federal-style home in Eastport.

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