Down East August 2002

August 2002

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


Mike Stiler’s Whimsies

Mike Stiler captures the ethos of Monhegan with his slightly skewed, untraditional approach. Location: Monhegan

  • By: Amy Sutherland
  • Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo


  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Hillside Tapestry

A garden in Auburn makes a remarkable show as it spills down a steep backyard. Location: Auburn

  • By: Jane Lamb
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields


Cushing is a quiet peninsular town that s stretches along the west bank of the St. George River south of Thomaston. Location: Cushing, Gaunt Neck, Meduncook River

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Dog Days in Maine

Several dogs who get to go to work with their owners.

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Toll Taker For A Day

Author Liz Peavey, regales us with another of her true to life adventures after having spent a day as a Maine Turnpike toll taker.

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Trevor Paul Roberson

10 Towns You’d Never Find on Your Own

Brief looks at ten out of the way places that are well worth visiting.

  • By: Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Inside Winslow Homer’s Studio

The reclusive artist, Winslow Homer, worked and died in this renovated carriage house. Location: Prouts Neck

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Grand Old Cottage or Brand-New House

An 1880s Gothic Style cottage in Camden takes on a new life with an addition that replicates the older structure. Location: Camden

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

International Harvesters

Each summer, Maine farms welcome migrant and guest workers from all over the world

  • By: Patrick Morris
  • Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo


Sailing Stories

A new collection of sea yarns, brief enough for a quiet evening on the mooring.

  • By: Ken Textor

A Free “Yacht Club”

A group of Belfast citizens has started a boating club that is free and open to anyone. Location: Belfast

  • By: Ken Textor

Salt Marsh Secrets

Maine’s tidal backwaters offer wild beauty and quiet anchorages for boaters in the know.

  • By: Ken Textor

Silenced Signals

New electronic communications are undoubtedly more efficient, but lots of folks still miss the old fire horns that sounded all over town.

  • Photography by: Dean Abramson

Blame Canada

The town of Bethel has another name that very few people recognize. Location: Bethel, Sudbury Canada


Runaway Restrooms

Earl Archer rents portable toilets, and he knows exactly where each one has been and where it will be going. Location: Ellsworth


Driving Range

Mainers are spending more time in their vehicles getting to and from work.


Upcountry Mystery

About 1873, Mrs. P. Lane donated a bell for her church but noone knows who she was. Location: Bingham, Brighton Plantation


Homegrown Diesel

Peter Arnold is making a clean fuel out of french fry grease. Location: Wiscasset


Pinup Wanted

A Maine Correctional Center inmate tries to chisel his way to freedom in the same manner that a character in the movie Shawshank Redemption did. Location: Windham


10 Ways Maine is Like a Southern State

A list of 10 comparisons between Maine and southern states.


Island Maine

The impact of camping, hiking, and picnicking on our Maine Islands shows that we are “loving them to death”.

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

Wind Power Woes

Reader decries the proposed wind power plant on two of Maine’s mountains. Location: Redington Mountain, Black Nubble

  • By: Dain Trafton

Real Stinker

Reader relates a childhood memory about the common name for trillium.

  • By: Mary Tibbetts Kelly

Great Pizza

Reader points out that a 14 inch pizza cannot be “twice as big” as a ten inch pizza. Location: Waterville

  • By: Pat McGovern
  • and Joan McGovern

Briefly Noted

Brief reviews of several new books


Happy Trails

A collection of trails you won’t find anywhere else. These guides will allow you to take a self-guided tour by linking similar attractions in the form of an “official trail”, be it boating, gardening, movies, art, bird watching or almost anything.

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields
  • Randy Ury
  • Benjamin Magro
  • Michele Stapleton
  • and Jeffrey Stevensen

No Vacationland Here

Elizabeth Hand reviews two new works of fiction that explore workaday life well off Maine’s tourist track.

  • By: Elizabeth Hand

Electricity Price Scam

Ellsworth American article about unethical and illegal ways that energy suppliers exert market power.


Hiking Holidays

A tour guide service that leads trips to Acadia including hikes of varying difficulty on Mount Desert’s famed peaks and carriage paths. Location: Northeast Harbor, Bar Harbor

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Bike Rides

The Coalition will give you information about group bike rides all over the state.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Maine’s Unique Taxes

Portland Press Herald article about the concrete set of recommendations for a strong Maine economy as set out in the document “No Place To Hide”


Master Photographers

The Maine Photo Workshop features lectures by world-famous photographers as part of the curriculum. Evening lectures are open to the public Location: Rockport

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Old Blue Eyes in Boothbay

Boothbay cops throw one of Frank Sinatra’s companions in jail during an ill-planned attempt to film “Carousel” there. Location: Boothbay

  • By: Tony Conssiglio

The Castine Inn

Now more than ever, the Castine Inn has become a destination for people who appreciate fine food. Location: Castine

  • By: Bruce D. Snider
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

August Highlights

Fairs, festivals, plays and concerts to keep Maine hopping this month.

  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Summer Fun in Shapleigh

Stilted vintage photograph of the Stiles family engaged in various necessary activities at their woodland camp. Location: Shapleigh, Acton

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward