Down East December 1997

December 1997

The table of contents from the December 1997 issue of Down East.


North by East

Opinions and musings on Aroostook’s love affair with the snowmobile and Rockland’s infatuation  with a certain hand lotion.

Winter on the Western Prom

Portland’s toniest old neighborhood is never lovelier than after a fresh dusting of snow. By Elizabeth Peavey.

Living in a House of Glass

One of the nation’s largest collections of antique stained glass dazzles visitors at a little-known shop in Canaan. By Christine Carson.


Everyone’s favorite ninety-four year old still wields considerable clout in the Forest City. By Sarah Goodyear.

The Mystery of the Winterberry

Mainers see the bright red berries every December, but not many know what they are — and that’s only part of the mystery. By Richard Grant.

Goodnight Maine

The author of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, which turns fifty this year, found her greatest happiness on Vinalhaven Island. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Better than Ever

Already the envy of most communities in New England, the Bangor Public Library is poised to open a grand new $8.5-million addition. By Jeff Clark.

The Macaroon Man

A Rockport pastry chef has everyone in town eating out of his hand. By Amy Rawe.

The Nutcracker

Whether you smile at his antics or curse his impudence, you’ll have to admit the gray squirrel is one of the liveliest denizens  of the Maine winter. By John Cole.

Tinkering with Time

Clockwinder Oakie McCabe’s makes sure Bath’s 142-year-old clock doesn’t cause a municipal time warp. By Meadow Rue Merrill.

Northern Bound

A portrait of a freight train at Presque Isle recalls the days when hundreds of Mainers worked at keeping the rails clear all winter long. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.


Room With A View

I made so many pleasant discoveries along the way to my speaking engagement that the wonder is that I got there in time to hear the eloquent introduction. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Maine

Aging Churches

The Maine Viewpoint

Swiping Acadia

Inside Maine

Maine Movies

Down East Bookshelf

One Man’s Meat by E. B. White

Along the Waterfront

Stormy Seas

I Remember

Terror at Popham

Cover: Marshall Point Light, Port Clyde, by Kevin Shields.