Down East August 1993

August 1993

The table of contents from the August 1993 issue of Down East.


Melmania Hits Maine!

Mel Gibson’s summer of moviemaking down east turned many a town on its ear — including Camden, Rockport, Brunswick, and Deer Isle. By Peter Spectre.

The Ultimate Lighthouse

Towering tides, whale watching, and world-class fogs are among the fascinations of West Quoddy Head Light. By Davis Thomas.

Bar Harbor’s Prize Pulitzer

Among the most eccentric of the plutocrats and highbrows who kept summer palaces on Mount Desert Island was publisher Joseph Pulitzer. By G W. Helfrich.

York: Where History Lives

Few other Maine towns boast such an illustrious colonial past — or have so much fun taking it all so very seriously. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Man of a Thousand Menus

At the Osprey restaurant in Georgetown, good food and a splendid view are just two of the ingredients in chef Michael Gagné’s recipe for ‘the perfect moment.’ By Beth Crichlow.


They capture the eternal essence of a summer spent ‘away at camp.’ Photographs by Tonee Harbert.

The House that Axes Built

Sales of Snow and Nealley axes and garden tools have soared since the three Nealley brothers took over the family firm. By James P. Brown.

There Goes the Neighborhood

When the great reservoir atop Munjoy Hill failed on a sunny Sunday morning a century ago,  it unleashed a flood that lasted fifteen horrendous minutes. By William D. Barry.

Island Textures

On Baker Island, granite, fir, and barrens frame a glorious view of Mount Desert. Photographs by Jack Ledbetter.

Cowabunga on the Kennebec

Every summer, 55,000 thrill seekers go whitewater rafting at breakneck speeds down rock-infested Maine rivers and they pay for the privilege. By Beth Crichlow. 

Mr. Sunshine

The sunny, impressionist paintings of Carroll Tyson capture the Maine of an earlier day. By Beth Crichlow. 


Room With A View

Another thing I have learned is that a man living on an island develops, or allows to develop, a contempt for main land laws and  the bureaucracy that supports them. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Weld

The Uproar at Mount Blue

The Maine Viewpoint

Moose Politics

Down East Bookshelf

The Martini Effect by B.J. Morison

Along the Waterfront

Booming Boatyard

Outdoor Maine

Prime Time

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

I Remember

The Bull and the Berries

Cover: West Quoddy Head Light, by Jack Ledbetter.