Down East February 1997

February 1997

The table of contents from the February 1997 issue of Down East.


Maine Homes and Gardening

Whether your idea of a Maine dream house is a stately old sea captain’s manse on the coast or a smart contemporary home in the woods, this special issue brims with ideas — while celebrating the independent-minded spirit that draws people here in the  first place.

North by East

Opinions and advisories on Pownal’s pay-as-you-go town hall, Castine’s post office brouhaha, and Mr. Reny’s luscious lemons.

Decorating Secrets of the Searsport B&Bs

Half the fun of owning a bed-and-breakfast is figuring out how to decorate a great old house in proper style. Six innkeepers open their doors and share what they’ve done to make their guests comfortable. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

She Took to the Woods

To artist Marguerite Robichaux’s way of thinking, making a home in the North Woods doesn’t mean camping out or going without. By Elizabeth Peavey.

Crazy over Cupolas

Trying to find out how to build a proper cupola led to a wide-ranging tour of the Maine countryside and some interesting discoveries. By Ken Textor.

Do-lt-Yourself Delphiniums

The profusion of blossoms in Debbie Deal’s dooryard slows traffic to a halt in Friendship, and it’s all the result of seat-of-the-pants learning. By Jane Lamb.

Back to the Future

Like a 1970s creation designed for the next century, a new house in Cape Porpoise is powered by the sun and works like a charm. By Jeff Clark.

Bangor Tigers

Arriving in the Queen City to sample its pleasures, a pair of log drivers straight  off the Penobscot sit for a formal portrait.


Room With A View

There was something radiant about her, and the sheer exuberance of her presence always lifted my spirit. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Maine

Heartening News

The Maine Viewpoint

Snowmobile Safety

Inside Maine

Admirable Quarters

Down East Bookshelf

Lost at Sea

Along the Waterfront

Ocean Pursuits

I Remember

Learning to Fly

Cover:  Marguerite Robichaux and her upcountry house, by Brian Vanden Brink.