The Magazine of Maine
Editor’s Note by Kathleen Fleury
This month, it was the latter scenario. The April Down East is traditionally a home and garden issue, and its arrival in your mailbox is a harbinger of spring. We aspire to fill our pages with domestic inspiration rooted in Maine life and to awaken your senses to the music of the land as winter relinquishes its frigid grip. In this issue, you’ll read about the songs of peepers on page 38. You’ll no doubt be inspired to downsize (or at least engage in some spring cleaning) when you see the gorgeous — and tiny — houses on page 40. The very concept of what home and gardening mean to one Mainer from Bucksport is explored on page 60. You’ll also find an uplifting story about the rebounding loon population on Maine’s lakes on page 50.
Which brings us back to the cover. We explored more than a dozen viable cover options this month — and we just couldn’t decide. About a week before we sent this to press, my daughter spent the morning in my office. I had a bunch of cover mockups on the wall, and I asked her which one she liked the most. She pointed to one with a loon and said, “This one.” Hey, kids love animals, I thought. Simple as that. Then, without prompting, she added, “It reminds me of being at Toddy Pond.”
Don’t worry, my 4-year-old doesn’t get a say in our cover selection every month. But I am hopeful that many of you look at our cover photo by Paul Tessier and feel what she felt: your feet in the water, the breeze and sun on your face, and that sense of peaceful, summer relaxation right around the corner. — Kathleen Fleury
Who needs more than 300 or 400 square feet, anyway? From rustic to mod, six dimunitive dwellings across the state show how a little creativity can yield big results. By Cynthia Anderson
Three decades ago, Maine’s loon population was in freefall. Now the birds are doing so well that we’re about to start exporting them. We went peenting to learn more. By Virginia M. Wright
Farming isn’t making a comeback on Whitefield’s Townhouse Road. It never went away. By Virginia M. Wright
How one returned Mainer learned to stop worrying and love the bulbs. By Naomi Graychase
Can you name this lustrous little waterfall and the city where it’s found?
North by East
Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine
Down East Dispatches
What’s in a Picture
Happy Maine Postcard Day!
Living the Maine Life
Making It in Maine
Room With a View
What to Do in Maine This Month
From Our Archives
Cover Photograph: Maine Loon by Paul Tessier
Additional photographs above: Irvin Serrano (house); Douglas Merriam (garden); Cait Bourgault (profile); Douglas Merriam (dining); Jason P. Smith (opera)