Down East April 1999

April 1999

The table of contents from the April 1999 issue of Down East.


36 Little Adventures in Bar Harbor

You can laze about all you want, but this is one Maine resort town where you can always find something fun to do. Image subjects: waterfront with schooner and tour boat at dock playing golf climbing on rocky coast dancing at Carmen Verandah Schooner “Margaret Todd shopping at Sherman’s book store Aboard


Stalking the Northern Spring Salamander

Keeping tabs on wildlife is all in a day’s work for Baxter State Park’s chief naturalist. Image subjects: Jean Hoekwater beside stream in Baxter State Park doe and fawn beside river insect on branch salamander in stream frog falls and stream Location: Baxter State Park


Portland’s New Public Market

Local shoppers are raving about it and tourists are already flocking to it. Image subjects: view of selling area of Portland Public Market fish stall at Portland Public Market bread stall at Portland Public Market flower stall at Portland Public Market Location: Portland


My Little Chickadee

Even W.C. Fields would probably argue that the new Maine plate is a big improvement over the one featuring a dead lobster.


Once More to The Onawa Trestle

The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad is offering a schedule of excursions this summer through parts of Maine passengers haven’t seen in years. Image subjects: Onawa trestle train crossing lake (Bangor & Aroostook Railroad) interior of vintage rail car (Bangor & Aroostook Railroad) passangers leaning out


Babes in The Woods

Innocents that we were, we thought we’d have a restful time at a North Woods lodge even with a toddler and an infant son in tow. Image subjects: Attean Lake Lodge Attean Lake Lodge cabin owners of Attean Lake Lodge (Andrea and Brad Holden) relaxing overlooking lake Attean Lake shoreline Location: Attean


Lubec’s Bounty of Beach Glass

So many desperate rum-runners once dumped their cases of hooch into the waters off Maine’s easternmost town that today an enterprising couple is making a living from sea glass. Location: Lubec


Boaters Guide to the Coast

Maine’s most complete list of marinas and boating facilities.


Keepers of the Lights

For Kathy Finnegan and Tim Harrison, selling lighthouse books and souvenirs in Wells is but on way to fund their single-minded crusade to save lighthouses. Image subjects: Kathy Finnegan along side merchandise in Lighthouse Depot lighthouse souvenirs Tim Harrison and bookshelf of books on lighthouses


Through the Garden Gate

Peeking at private gardens has become a popular warm-weather pastime all across Maine. Here’s a sampling of this summer’s garden tours, plus a couple of late-spring flower shows. Image subjects: Garden trellis in flower beds of Muriel Krakar


The Enduring Pleasures of Camden’s Whitehall Inn

Amid a seaside village bent on reinventing itself, a stately inn still prospers by purveying the comforts and hospitality of an earlier day. Image subjects: front of the Whitehall Inn bedroom in Whitehall Inn Dewing family at Whitehall Inn dining room in Whitehall Inn with chef Don Chambers lobby area



‘Bowdoin’ to Labrador

The schooner ‘Bowdoin’, sailing under the flag of the Maine Maritime Academy, is so busy with charters that it will forego its annual two-week training cruise.


Paddling the Penobscot

The seventh Paddle to the Sea event gets underway.


Reed Weed

A common European reed already taking hold in southern Maine can grow to such a density that it will choke out native plants.


Fabled Lands

Many people want to add an ‘R’ to the Micmac Indian name for Maine turning it into “Arcadia”, a region of ancient Greece.


Tool Time

Clarence Blanchard publisher of the countries only antique tool collectors magazine also operates an successful antique tool auction.


Colby Loan Fund

Kennebec Journal: Colby College has created a $1 million fund for loans to those ventures designed to improve downtown Waterville’s appearance and employment opportunities. Location: Waterville


Maine’s Top Tourist

The man who now runs the state’s tourism office doesn’t pull any punches – but he’s getting results. Image subjects: town circle or square with flowers in bloom


Bending the Aisle

Reader notes that Washington’s National Cathedral has a bend in the aisle similar to Lewiston’s Saints Peter and Paul Church. Location: Lewiston


More Farewells

More letters about the passing of Caskie Stinnett.


Misguided Moose Effort

Disagrees with proposal to increase the number of moose killed by hunters in order to reduce accidents between moose and automobiles.


Vacation Hot Spots

Sightseers from all over flock to Maine’s lighthouses, beaches, covered bridges, and white water Image subjects: Portland Head Lighthouse


Maine’s Sporting Camps

A revised guide introduces many of the North Woods lodges for which the state is famous.


Losing Bet

Sun Journal: The Passamaquoddy lose their bid for a bingo parlor in Albany Township. Location: Albany


Seaside Sites

Mount Desert Campground sits almost in the center of Mount Desert Island, but is less crowded and noisy than other campsites on MDI. Location: Mount Desert Island


Island Picnics

Captain Nat Goodale offers island picnics that include a trip by boat to an island and just about anything from a lobster bake to hot dogs and hamburgers. Location: Lincolnville Beach


Losing in the House

Bangor Daily News: It is forecast that Maine will lose a seat in the House of Representatives in Washington due to a population shift.


Canoe by Moonlight

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center offers full-moon canoe tours to view and listen to the birds. Location: Scarborough


Opening the Cottage

I had no idea what this rite of spring entailed until I joined a cleaning crew on Islesboro. Location: Islesboro


Star Fish Grill

At a new restaurant in Brunswick, the joy of cooking is unmistakable. Image subjects: Alyson Cummings and waiter beside table at Star Fish Grill Location: Brunswick


Summer Highlights

Here’s a sneak preview of this summer’s festivals and events. Image subjects: coat designed and woven by Cynthia McGuirl


Bethel Soiree

Circa 1920 photo of guests on the lawn of The Howard, a tourist home in Bethel. Location: Bethel