Down East December 2014 Cover

December 2014

The table of contents from the December 2014 issue of Down East.


Alone Together

Bound by geography, history, and friendship, Islesford and Great Cranberry Island face the Atlantic — and an uncertain future — side by side. By Virginia M. Wright

Maine-Made Gifts

From jewelry to jelly, baby booties to beard wax, we have 50 inspired gift ideas for everyone on your list — all of them made locally. All you need now is wrapping paper. By Laura Serino. Photographed by Irvin Serrano. Styled by Emily Hricko.

All Lit Up

A holiday tradition that lights up the night: we take to the water with the Portland Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. By Caroline Praderio.

The Great Escape from Spencer Lake

At the height of World War II, thousands of German POWs were held in internment camps across Maine. In the winter of 1945, three of them got away. By Ron Joseph.



Where in Maine?

Can you identify this wintry walkway?

Editor’s Note

Great Room

Letters to the Editor

What You Said

Your Maine

What is your favorite Maine-made gift?


North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

What’s in a Picture

Prepping for Hanukkah, 1952


Ray Cornils on Physics, Caroling, and the Kotzschmar Organ

Other Views

Commentary from around Maine

Talk of Maine

Beyond Paper or Plastic: Maine’s Grocery Options Swell



Living the Maine Life


Decked Halls in Camden

Making It in Maine

Wooden Toys in Wytopitlock

My Maine

An Acadia Ski Trip Tradition

Room With a View

Embracing the Dark of Winter



What to Do in Maine This Month


Lolita, Portland

The Menu

Henry and Marty, Brunswick


The Boy Who Drew Monsters


Kurt Baker’s Power Pop


Town Holiday Celebrations

From Our Archives

December 1985. A look back at Down East twenty-nine years ago.


Cover: Main Street Ogunquit by Sue Anne Hodges.