February 1992



For the Love of Old Houses

From Arundel to Saco to Standish and points east, saving the past is becoming a contemporary Maine passion. Down East examines four case histories: Saving a Standish Saltbox,  Collecting Classics in Arundel, Renovating a Saco Heirloom, and Rethinking a Coastal Victorian.

An Ideal Malne Garden

Landscape designer Parick Chassd shares his secrets for a classic Down East border that blooms dependably from May to October. By Jane Lamb.

Cottage for All Seasons

In Kennebunkport, the bold design of a weekend retreat allows for a changing decor, winter through fall. By Sarah Scott.

The Intruder

Just down the road from the one-room cabin where her family summered for thirty years, an enormous new “cottage” was going up. By Sherry Bunin.

A Hands-On Marriage

For the last twenty years, David and Susan Margonelli have made beautiful furniture together. By Beth Crichlow.

Retiring to Maine?

Yes, each year more retirees are eschewing the condo in Florida for a home in a community with four seasons — and much more. By Jeff Clark.



Room With a View

The quest of the new owner of Hendricks Head Light parallels  my own when twenty-five years ago I bought this tiny island in Casco Bay and moved into a house lit by kerosene lamps and warmed by driftwood burning in a  fireplace that threw flickering lights into dark corners and new hope into a heart numbed by the growing meanness and insensitivity of  the country’s largest city. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Maine Viewpoint

Throw the Rascals Out?

Down East Bookshelf

A Canoeist’s Sketchbook and Upcountry by Robert Kimber

Outdoor Maine

Flying Off Beam

Cooking Down East

Scallops — Southwest Harbor Style

Along the Waterfront

Out of the Ashes

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

I Remember

Life in the Snow Lane


Cover: Not far  from the ocean, on five acres  of field, ledge, and marshland in Kennebunkport, a busy couple have built an innovative, two-unit cottage retreat for all seasons. Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink.