Opinions and musings on Portland street names, Maine snowdrifts in Florida, and December’s oddly refreshing openness.
Harrison for the Holidays
For this village in the foothills of the White Mountains, Christmas is a time for homecoming.
Marjorie Standish’s Maine Cooking
When her first collection of tried-and-true recipes was published thirty years ago, the food columnist for the Portland newspaper never expected they’d turn her into a food folk hero. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.
Star of Wonder
For the last twenty-five years motorists who happened to look up while passing through Camden during the holidays haven’t been able to believe their eyes. Photograph by Kevin Shields.
Skimming across Maranacook
For iceboater Bob Ifill, the few days he can sail on the frozen lake in Readfield are the height of winter. By John McPhedran.
Splendor in Winter
Houston Brook Falls, a little-known waterfall not far from Bingham, is one scenic wonder that’s even more splendid in winter. Photograph by Jennifer Stone.
The Music Maker
In Portland, a large part of the magic of Christmas resides in the mighty Kotzschmar pipe organ and Ray Cornils, the gifted musician who makes it sing. By Meadow Rue Merrill.
Clown Prince of the Icy Seas
For the intriguing little harlequin duck, Maine is a winter playground and the surf off Isle au Haut is the place to be. By Robert Moore.
An enterprising St. Albans man is successfully marketing strong, solid, curved pieces of hackmatack lumber prized by traditional boatbuilders and housewrights. By Ken Textor.
Mackworth Island Interlude
Just minutes by car from downtown Portland, Mackworth Island offers all the sights, sounds, and solitude of an island much farther offshore. By Elizabeth Peavey.
Although Annie Louise Cary looks like she’s dressed for a fancy Christmas ball in this 1874 portrait, the camera caught the Wayne native when she was the toast of opera houses on two continents and famous for her fashionable gowns. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.
Room With A View
I still mourn for a female brindle boxer I had for many years. By Caskie Stinnett.
The Talk of Maine
Learning to Focus
The Maine Viewpoint
Good News for Aroostook
Down East Bookshelf
Along the Waterfront
Hinckley Picnic Boats
Cover: West Rockport winterscape, by Kevin Shields.