Down East April 2002

April 2002

The table of contents from the April 2002 issue of Down East.


A Day At the Races

Only in Maine can you thrill to the sight of half a dozen turbocharged lobster boats racing in Harpswell Sound. Location: Harpswell

  • By: Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

The Quiet Beauty of Bridgton

For thousands of vacationers and would-be residents, this fun and funky little town is the center of western Maine’s lakes region, an area that’s as much a state of mind as a particular locale. Image subjects: downtown Bridgton Kezar Lake sun through trees and fog map of Bridgton area downtown – main

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

The House at Standish Corner

At the Marrett House, everything has been preserved exactly as it was left by the family who lived there for 150 years. Image subjects: Front of the Marrett House barn and flower gardens at the Marrett House looking out bedroom window at the flower gardens below interior view of the Marrett House interior

  • By: Jennie Pfander
  • Photography by: Sandy Agrafiotis

Masters in the Making

For the fifty gifted young musicians accepted each year at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the biggest lesson is learning to play well with others. Image subjects: Music students at Kneisel Hall Music students at Kneisel Hall Music students at Kneisel Hall Music students at Kneisel Hall Music

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

A Scintillating Shore Path

Who would believe that the prettiest new walk in midcoast Maine is located in Rockland? Image subjects: shore path along harbor Location: Rockland

  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Maine Summer Almanac

Here’s your summer forecast, accurate and dependable – maybe. Image subjects: summer tourists enjoying Maine’s coast

  • Photography by: Trevor Paul Roberson

It’s All in The Details

It’s not just the doorknobs that are beautiful at the Danforth. The decor, the service, and the atmosphere all make it one of Portland’s most discreet pleasures. Image subjects: The Danforth Hotel – glass doorknob The Danforth Hotel – bedroom and fireplace The Danforth Hotel – front door and hallway

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Amazeen

The Ultimate Moose Safari

Going on a moose safari in the Moosehead Lake region. Image subjects: Moose in water floating in camo covered float tubes to see moose Location: Greenville, Moosehead Lake Area

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

The Toughest Mile

The most challenging single stretch on the entire 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail just happens to be in Maine. Image subjects: view of Mahoosuc Notch Appalachian Trail trail through boulders almost like a cave hikers confronting the Notch hikers confronting the Notch hikers confronting the Notch hikers

  • By: Jonathan Van Fleet
  • Photography by: Marcy Monkman

Top Maine Videos

The only way to find out if any of these widely touted videotapes about the Pine Tree State is worth watching – or buying is to sit down and watch them all. Some are reviewed here. Image subjects: pile of video tape boxes on table top

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro


A Bigger Carousel

The Carousel Marina adds a restaurant this spring.

  • By: Ken Textor

Maine Stage Craft

The word “stage” has a nautical history.

  • By: Ken Textor

September 11 Changes

As a result of September 11, the Coast Guard will increase its patrols in Portland’s harbor. Location: Portland

  • By: Ken Textor

Stranded Piano

Needed: one very large skyhook. Location: Great Duck Island


Fish Story

It’s not every white perch that leaves officials red-faced. Location: Messalonskee Lake


Rewriting History

The old story never did pass the straight-faced test. The sinking of the USS Eagle 56 subchaser was from a torpedo, not mechanical failure.


Imported Water

Calais is about to break one of its closest bonds with Canada. Location: Calais


Baxter by the Numbers

List of facts and information about Baxter State Park.


Maine Sox

Opening day will be very different this year.


Find of a Lifetime

They don’t call Maine the nation’s attic for nothing. Location: Camden


Proud Mainiac

A Mainer by any other name sometimes just sounds foolish.


Wintry Friend

Pleasure of watching an otter play on the ice along the banks of the Sebec River near Milo.

  • By: Margaret Dean

Maine’sw Nursing Shortage

Article on nursing shortage failed to mention the Maine Technical College System’s lead in the health care taskforce.

  • By: Alice Kirkpatrick

Memorable Gravesite

Information on Governor Baxter’s pet dog cemetery on Mackworth Island. Location: Mackworth Island

  • By: Kavid Klinger

Getting Outdoors

Maine’s widespread state parks are bargains for everyone. Image subjects: Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – view of rocky coastline

  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: Pineland’s Past: The First One “Hundred Years” by Richard S. Kimball, “Other Stories from Down East” by Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan, “Wreck the Halls” by Sarah Graves, and “Angel Gabriel: The Elusive English Galleon” by Warren Riess.

  • By: Paul Doiron

History by Committee

A new Maine history is more likely to put folks to sleep than illuminate the state’s heritage.

  • By: Jim Brunelle

Ski Free

Ski free at Sunday River on Ski Free Days.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Slowing Turnpike Traffic

Portland Press Herald: The Maine Turnpike Authority plans to use pace cars to slow the traffic in construction zones.


State House Security

Maine Sunday Telegram: Security needs to be weighed against public accessibility.


Saving Land in Harpswell

Times Record: Support grows to preserve Merrucoonegan Farm as well as other wildlife habitat in the Midcoast area. Location: Harpswell


Ellsworth Bypass

Ellsworth American: Public survey identifies growth management as top concern. Support grows for bypass to downtown.


Take the Train

That’s what passengers on the new Downeaster are telling their friends – and for many good reasons. Image subjects: map of train’s route from Boston to Portland

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Clover McAllister

Demolishing Thomaston

Kennebec Journal: Stanley Gerzofsky wants the state to delay demolition of the prison. Location: Thomaston


Scarborough Fare

Scarborough, Maine’s largest city, is also home to Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest marsh. Location: Scarborough

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Old Orchard’s Ballpark

Less than twenty years ago, baseball, real baseball, reigned in the beachside resort. Location: Old Orchard Beach

  • By: Chad Finn

The Black Point Inn

Open year-around now, this Prouts Neck landmark offers meals to remember. Image subjects: inside the Black Point Inn dining room Location: Prouts Neck

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Summer Highlights

Festivals and performances make the warm months lively. Image subjects: view of church from harbor during windjammer days

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Post from the Past

Early postcard view of the Louisburg Hotel in Bar Harbor. Location: Bar Harbor

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward