December 1998



North By East

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.

Newman’s Knees

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.

Stylish Diva

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

Inside Maine

Mickey’s Museum

Down East Bookshelf

Turn-of-the-Century Maine

Along the Waterfront

Hinckley Picnic Boats

I Remember

The Yearning


Cover: West Rockport winterscape, by Kevin Shields.