August 2016

August 2016

The table of contents from the August 2016 issue of Down East.

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Swim Pickings

You won’t find them in a tourism pamphlet, and no smartphone app will lead you there. Ready to take a dip in one (or more) of our 12 favorite Maine swimming holes?

Strange Pilgrimage

One hundred and fifty years ago, a group of sensible Down East farmers and their families packed their houses and sailed to the Holy Land to await the Second Coming. Within a year, it had all gone wrong. — By Virginia M. Wright

Portal to the Past

How and where to shop for antiques in Maine. Welcome to “the nation’s attic.” — By Catherine Burke

Clean Sweep

Elle Logan rowed in Beijing and London and won gold both times. This summer, she goes for her third. So why haven’t you heard of Maine’s baddest Olympian? — By Jesse Ellison

The Definitive Oral History of the Lobster Roll

It wasn’t always our marquee foodstuff. How a humble Maine treat became a culinary rockstar. — By Brian Kevin


Where in Maine?

Can you name the island and the peaceful cape where this boat is docked?


The Mail

North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

The Last Full Measure

A Middle-School Battlefield

What’s in a Picture

Squirrel Island’s Fete Week

Roadkill Follies

Your Map to Expired Critters

See Stuart Run

Can a new dog learn old tricks?


Living the Maine Life


An Artsy Westbrook Bungalow


A Floral Legacy in York

Making It in Maine

Next Generation Gifford’s


Summer Succotash

My Maine

Glow Babies

Room With a View


What to Do in Maine This Month


Portland’s Scales


Camden’s Pig + Poet


Summer Shakespeare


Robert Indiana Meets Dylan


On Steven Rowley’s Lily and the Octopus

From Our Archives

On the cover: The classic lobster roll, photographed by Nina Gallant and styled by Monica Mariano. Hand lettering by Angela Southern.

Additional photographs: Erin Little (home); Douglas Merriam (garden); Pat Piasecki (Giffords); Jared Kuzia (dining); Heather Perry (swimming)