Down East December 1985

December 1985

The table of contents from the December 1985 issue of Down East.


Christmas at Henry’s

Longfellow’s childhood home is the scene of a Victorian Yuletide celebration with all the trimmings. G.W. Helfrich recounts tales of Christmases through the years with Portland’s most highly esteemed poet. Color photographs by Brian Vanden Brink.

Making It In Maine

Three more success stories from the Pine Tree State.

A Light Keeper’s Christmas

Santa Claus never failed to come to Libby Island, two miles off the Down East coast — regardless of the weather. By Philmore B. Wass.

A Winter’s Tale

A beguiling landscape suggests that portraiture was not the only talent of Portland painter Charles Octavius Cole.

Reserve Now for Halley’s Comet

The University of Maine planetarium offers the best seat in the house for this once-in-a-lifetime event. By Robert Deis.

Calling L.L. Bean

A legion of satisfied clients — and some, not-so-satisfied — place more than 2 million calls a year to the famed Freeport mail-order house. By Norah Deakin Davis.

Case of the Missing Portrait

After 140 years, members of the Hampden Congregational Church close the files on the elusive Reverend Loper. By Wayne Reilly.


Room With A View

The dustjacket of my copy of One Man’s Meat is in tatters, but when I smooth out what is left of it I see that it was awarded a gold medal of some sort “as the book which is considered most nearly to attain the stature of a classic.” By Caskie Stinnett.

For the Record

Maine’s Rising Oil Consumption Alarms Energy Office

Along the Waterfront

Baltic Trader ‘Windameer’ to Sail from Rockland

Outdoor Maine

New Regulations Handicap Waterfowl Hunters

Down East Bookshelf

A Bevy of Books for a Maine-Minded Christmas

Calendar of Events

Holiday Season Fare

North by East

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

I Remember

War Work at Woolworth’s

Cover: Wadsworth-Longfellow House. By Brian Vanden Brink.