Down East April 1997

April 1997

The table of contents from the April 1997 issue of Down East.


North by East

Opinions and advisories on Fort Kent’s foreign students, Great Chebeague’s sole cabbie, and the imminent disappearance of the Portland Observatory.

Discovering the Real Kennebunkport

The well-known resort town has more going for it than most guidebooks point out. Three veteran Maine travelers share their take on this special place.

Relics of the Log Drives

At remote Ambajejus Lake, riverman Chuck Harris has made  it his mission to create a museum of North Woods lore. By Elizabeth Peavey.

Lane’s Island

One of the most beautiful islands on the coast of Maine is fairly easy for day-trippers to reach.

Big-Time Treasure Hunting

More and more rock hounds are heading to Maine each year to prospect for rare gems and minerals. By Edgar Allen Beem.

Fashion Maven of Island Falls

Frances Stratton’s world-class collection of antique finery is on display in an unlikely village up north. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Where in Maine?

This upcountry suspension bridge is historic, but no one can agree on its exact history. Photograph by Kevin Shields.

lnside Bar Harbor

From award-winning local brews to guaranteed whale watches, here’s a collection of handy tips for visitors planning a trip to Mount Desert Island.

Katahdin in Bloom

Rare alpine plants thrive atop Maine’s highest mountain.

Paper Giants

Ever wonder what goes on inside Maine’s $3-billion papermaking industry? Sign up for a  mill tour and find out. Photograph by Tilman Crane.

Natural Born Innkeeper

Cooking food that people rave about and creating an easygoing atmosphere that people write home about are two talents that come naturally to Richard Malaby. By Elizabeth Peavey.

Portrait of a Lady

A southern Maine museum suspected it might be in for a surprise when it sent a valuable painting off for cleaning.


Reinhard Zollitsch has canoed more of Maine than just about anyone else — most of  it alone. By Jeff Shula.

Knitting Lesson

One of North Haven’s wealthiest rusticators was also among its most jovial, as an antique photograph reveals. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.


Room With A View

I am fond of The New York Times and I often think its attitude toward Maine is, on the whole, beneficial and even paternal. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Maine

Lobsterman’s Worst Nightmare

The Maine Viewpoint

Waterboro Novelty

Inside Maine

Camping Amid the Pines

Down East Bookshelf

Birder’s Baedeker

Along the Waterfront

In the Wake of Leif

I Remember

Pirate Gold in Brooklin

Cover: The Nott House and the Village Baptist Church on Maine Street, Kennebunkport, by Jeffrey Stevensen.