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May 2016

The table of contents from the May 2016 issue of Down East.

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Into the Wild(ish)

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Fifty years since the designation of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway — one of the country’s more remarkable experiments in wilderness preservation — a trip along the river is as sublime as ever. By Brian Kevin

Feast on the Beach

Several millennia ago, someone had the bright idea to cook seafood by the shore. Time has only improved upon this briny, buttery blast. Photographed by Michael Piazza, Styled by Catrine Kelty

He is Not the Champion, My Friend

Wolfing whoopie pies, toting dead fish, and flinging manure: our man valiantly chases blue ribbons during Maine’s contest season. By Brian Kevin

Summer in Vacationland

Our gonzo, overstuffed, something-for-everybody guide to summer in Maine. By Caroline Praderio


Where in Maine?

Can you name this lustrous little waterfall and the city where it’s found?


The Mail

North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

A Farewell to Scales

Preserving Papa’s Marlin

What’s in a Picture

Basket Case

Paper Trails

Lost Without Our Gazetteer


Living the Maine Life


Thrifty but Nifty

Making It in Maine

’Skeeter Skidaddler


Rhubarb Hand Pies

Room With a View

We Want to Believe


What to Do in Maine This Month


Fort Fairfield’s Canterbury Royale


Jonathan Borofsky

Rockland’s Game Changer


Celeste! Green


American Character

From Our Archives

Burn, Barrens, Burn!

Cover Photograph: Popham Beach Clambake by Michael Piazza, Styled by Catrine Kelty

Additional photographs: Dom Casserly and Jarrod McCabe (Allagash); Megan Jones (Home); Mark Fleming (Dining); Michael Wilson (Art); Michael Wilson (Dance)