Culture

Tobey’s Grocery, South China

Ryan McCaskey’s Favorite Place

When Ryan McCaskey visits Maine — including on his annual staff trip, for which he shuts down his restaurant — his first stop upon exiting I-95 is unassuming Tobey’s Grocery, a Shell station and mini-market in South China, where he starts provisioning for the trip.

Addie Peet rug

Addie Peet Design

Peet is one of a handful of Maine designers making hand-painted floorcloths, common home accessories in the 18th and 19th centuries, until linoleum came along, and now enjoying renewed interest thanks to the maker movement and a growing awareness of indoor allergy triggers.

Deep Space

In his new book, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, the acclaimed essayist, novelist, and physicist Alan Lightman explores the relationships between science and religion, knowledge and transcendence — all from a quiet, wooded rock in Casco Bay.

Longfellow at Bowdoin

Longfellow at Bowdoin

From our March 1963 issue: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s years at Bowdoin, where he became one of America’s great poets, and the first important poet who would support his art by college teaching.