Down East December 1992

December 1992

The table of contents from the December 1992 issue of Down East.


Going Native with ‘The Nutcracker’

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Christmas classic, the Portland Ballet Company moves the action to Victoria Mansion in 1892, where Portland notables of the day are feted with a splendid Christmas Eve party.

Maine’s Prime Mime

Performing in the Portland Ballet Company’s Nutcracker is only the latest project for master mime Tony Montanaro, who at sixty-five remains one of Maine’s busiest — and most engaging — artists. By Jeff Clark.

Icy Thrills and Spills

Rebuilding the Camden toboggan chute brought the community together, added a new outlet for winter fun, and spawned an unlikely event called the National Toboggan Championships.

Winter Dramas

Sunrise and sunset are rarely so spectacular as in winter along the Down East shore. Color photographs by Thomas Mark Szelog.

Candlemas Day Massacre

Duped by French intrigue, the Abenakis wiped out the unsuspecting frontier village of York in a single wintry day  in 1692. By Clifford Beal.

Making It In Maine

Chocolates, lace, dainty dresses, and miniature tree houses — four more success stories from the Pine Tree State. By Sarah Scott.

Miracle off Matinicus

The faint gleam from a drowning man’s flashlight was the only ray of hope for the crew of the sunken tug Harkness. By Margot McWilliams.


Room  With A View

My credentials as a redneck are sound. I don’t care for the high stress and high-tech lives that are now linked to ambition and success, and I go out of my way to be unfashionable. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Bath

Bath’s Favorite Sorceress

The Maine Viewpoint

A Bold New Idea

Down East Bookshelf

Saltwater Seasonings by Sarah Leah Chase

Along the Waterfront

Oceangoing Trailerboat

North by East

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

I Remember

Bringing Home the Tree

Cover: Day after the snowstorm, Camden H arbor. Photograph by Kevin Shields.