December 2005


The Merry Midcoast

You might just want to spend the whole season shopping in Thomaston, Rockland, Camden, and Belfast.

Where in Maine?

This wintry island is famed for its summer people. Do you recognize it?

Christmas on Casco Bay

Portland and Freeport offer enough gifts to satisfy even the longest shopping list.

Starting from Zero

With almost 400 foreign-born workers from 54 countries, Portland?s Barber Foods has assembled Maine?s most diverse workforce. For these refugees, the start of the American Dream is cold, loud, and full of promise.

  • By: Abby Zimet
  • Photography by: David A. Rodgers

Delightful Down East

You?ll find the real deal in Bangor, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and farther Down East.

Letters to the Editor

Where in Maine? The location shown in your October mystery photo is Dodge Point, on the Damariscotta River. I have worked on some of the hiking trails there as a volunteer, and hope the western part across River Road will be opened up so we can also hike there. Two springs ago I was working on the Ravine


Lucinda Yates went from homelessness to head of a company that has earned $24 million for charities across the nation. No wonder she?s a star.

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Down East Traveler

Southern Spectacular

From Kittery to the Kennebunks, shopping provides just one of the joys of this special season.

The Other Freeport

Three miles south of L.L. Bean is a soulful little village that has retained much of its historic character. But the preservation of South Freeport has come at a cost.

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

A Hometown Holiday

Maine?s holiday celebrations are sure to make you merry and bright this year.

Mover and Shaker

The executive director of political powerhouse MoveOn may still be wet behind the ears, but he?s full of ideas on preserving his home state of Maine and protecting America.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

A Joyful Noise

Can’t sing? Who cares. Having fun is all that matters when Marion Gray conducts Handrel’s Messiah.

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Dean MacAdam

Good Wood

Candlepin bowling is cheap, fun, and a Maine sports tradition. So why haven’t you bowled a string lately?

  • By: Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Carl D. Walsh


Christmas in a Box

Christmas in a Box Do they ship the tinsel, too? As much as we may complain about shelling out $30 for a Christmas tree from the Rotary Club lot down by the supermarket, there are folks for whom a genuine Maine holiday tree is worth any price. And Jim Corliss has met some of them. Corliss owns and operates

Online Investigators

Independent reporters are pioneering a new kind of Web-based journalism in Maine.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Maine for the Holidays

Savvy shoppers know that the Pine Tree State is the place to find the best holiday gifts, whether it’s that pine dollhouse that little Ashley’s been longing for or the brass barometer that will remind grandpa of his days in the navy. And guess how Mr. Claus got so jolly? By sampling the food at Maine’s

What Do You Know?

A new reference book aims to sum up the history and cultural life of the Northeast.

  • By: Rosemary Herbert

Growth Caps

Proper planning is a better answer to development pressures in York County.

A Sleigh Ride Together

A farm in Harrison provides horse-drawn jaunts over the meadows and through the woods.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

A Yuletide Yarn

My aunt?s fianc? got more than he bargained for on Christmas Eve back in 1959.

  • By: Frederick Findlen

SeaGrass Bistro, Yarmouth

The chef at one of Greater Portland?s best new restaurants considers her kitchen to be yours.

  • By: Andy King

December Highlights

From a naughty Nutcracker to craft shows, Maine is bustling with things to do this month.