Down East October 2013

October 2013

The table of contents from the October 2013 issue of Down East.


The Descent of Autumn

Fall’s magic starts with brilliant colors but doesn’t end there, especially on the midcoast, where a mix of mountain and sea vistas never fails to stir the spirit.



Joann Grohman, 85, has written daily on her blog since 1998 and published nine editions of her life’s work since 1970. That’s more than eighteen hundred pages and five thousand blog posts (so far) on the subject closest to her heart: her family cow.


Bite, Feed, Dine: Maine’s Dining Trends

62 Places to eat your way through Maine’s hottest dining trends


The River Wild

One of the most ambitious and creative river restorations ever undertaken in the United States is happening right here in Maine on the mighty Penobscot River. Beginning next spring, this iconic waterway and one thousand miles of streams, lakes, and ponds will start coming back to life.



Where in Maine?

Can you identify this lakeside locale?


Editor’s Note


The Mail

Letters to the editor


Kittery’s Catwalk

The new Memorial Bridge beckons Slim, the wandering feline of Badger’s Island.


Your Maine

How do you celebrate the arrival of fall in Maine?


Lakeside Living

From wiffle ball on the lawn to dinners on the deck, a family enjoys every part of their home on Thompson Lake.


Gardening for Good Health

The founder of Avena Botanicals shares her secrets on growing herbs and plants for medicinal uses.


An Eye for Detail

From her rural workshop in Jackson, Ottie Thomas-Smith handcrafts some of the nation’s finest prosthetic eyes, ears, cheeks, and noses.


Somewhere North of Me

Remembering my father’s stories — and his fondness for potatoes.


Maine Native, World Citizen

Garry Davis, born in Bar Harbor and the first citizen of the World, dies at age 91.


Of Mice and Musicians

Bar Harbor’s Jackson Laboratory might be science’s best gig.


The Run of the Mill

No-frills food and tasty beer make up the menu at this popular pub in a former textile mill.


Off to See the Wizard

Over forty-seven years, Willard Carroll amassed the world’s largest collection of Wizard of Oz merchandise. This October, it emerges from the boxes in the Camden home he shares with Tom Wilhite, and brings a bit of Technicolor to Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum.


Offshore Encyclopedia

An attractive new book showcases the many species of fish that dwell in the gulf of Maine.


Maine’s Songbird Highway

Scientists aim to unravel the mysteries of migration in the Gulf of Maine.


Serious Tunes

Serious Rooms recently released their debut album, Random Universe. There’s only one question: What would Jack Kerouac think?


Fright at the Fort

A new book by Liza Gardner Walsh shares the spooky side of Prospect’s Fort Knox, a place to see ghosts — if you believe in them.


October Calendar

Go Here. Do this. See That.


From Our Archives: October 1966

A Look Back at Down East Forty-Seven Years Ago