Down East February 2001

February 2001

The table of contents from the February 2001 issue of Down East.


How to Win at High-Stakes Bingo

Like everyone else, I’d heard about the $25,000 jackpots on Indian Island. Why couldn’t I be a winner, I asked myself. Image subjects: inside Sockalexis Bingo Palace player with multiple bingo cards women with cash from bingo winnings souvenir of Indian women inside Sockalexis Bingo Palace – Bingo caller

  • By: Galen Winter
  • and Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Most Famous Smile In New England

For almost forty years Marty Engstrom has broadcast the weather conditions from atop Mount Washington – and concluded each report with a grin that is as unforgettable as it is genuine. Image subjects: Marty Engstrom at work Marty Engstrom at work Location: Mount Washington, Fryeburg, Mt. Washington

  • By: Jonathan Van Fleet
  • Photography by: Daryn Slover

Sledding the Moosehead Trail

This 160-mile loop is one of the most exciting – and least known – new wrinkles in the North Woods. Image subjects: snowmobiling on the Moosehead Trail with view of lake through trees snowmobiling on Moosehead Trail feeding deer snowmobilers outside the inn eating a meal at restaurant Location: Moosehead

  • By: Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton


Yankee Practicality

A tie in the Maine Senate inspires some common sense.


Are Any Broad Arrows Still Around?

Not a single Broad Arrow tree remains.

  • By: Charles Fergus

Street Art

A refurbished Eastland may sport a new mural.

  • By: Bruce Buck

Salty Solution

Sand is disappearing from Maine’s winter roads.


How Religious Are We?

Not very, if numbers matter; but ironically some churches still hold sway in the state. Image subjects: rows of church pews

  • By: Roger Sanger
  • Steve Helsley
  • and Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Martha’s Maine Ornaments

Thanks for the humorous salute to Martha Stewart.

  • By: Dave Crehore
  • and Lynn Wessel

Old Friend

The official title is Farmers’ Almanac. The “Old Farmers’ Almanac” is entirely different.

  • By: John Ian Gregson
  • and Sondra M. Duncan

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate”. “A Certain Slant of Light” by Cynthia Thayer, “I Was Content and Not Content: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry” by Alica Rouveral and “The Boat that Wouldn’t Sink” by Clinton Trowbridge.

  • By: Carol Brown
  • and Paul Doiron

Mainers of the 1870s

Sarah Orne Jewett’s “Deephaven” introduces us to the kind of characters she once actually knew.

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Richard Grant

Referendum Junkie

Sun Journal: Jonathan Carter will fail again to get his ideas to referendum.

  • By: Tom Huggler

Sandals Forever

Order your custom-made sandals now so you’ll have them in time for spring.

  • By: Gary Hubbell
  • and Andrew Vietze

Journalism’s Loss

Bangor Daily News: Journalism lost one of its last independent-minded editors when James Russel Wiggins died.


Brunswick’s Best Eats?

An exotic pizzeria in Brunswick. Location: Brunswick

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Free Battery

This jeweler will give you a free watch battery if you will make a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.

  • By: Bill Diers
  • and Andrew Vietze

Prescription Drug War

Portland Press Herald: Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire band together to buy prescription drugs at lower prices.


Cold Comfort

I couldn’t have been prouder of the fishing shack Dorothy and I built – until tragedy struck.

  • By: Paul Marin

Let Them Eat Cake?

Bakeries the length and breadth of Maine will cook you up a cake for the big day. Location: Rockport, Bangor, Saco, Lewiston

  • By: Tom Roster

Ultimate Cakes

The confections that come out of Owen Dyer’s kitchen in York can almost steal the show at a wedding. Location: York

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes
  • and Virginia L. Woodwell
  • Photography by: Amazeen

Essential Details

Everything you need to know to plan your Maine wedding. Image subjects: bride and groom walking down aisle groom with lobster bridal boutique wedding party outdoors along the coast bride and groom pose on rock shoreline. bride and groom pose under tree

  • By: Ralph P. Stuart
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton
  • Catherine Crockett
  • and Benjamin Magro

Oxford House Inn

Excellent food and genuine hospitality have turned this Fryeburg inn into a landmark. Image subjects: John and Phyllis Morris at table at the Oxford House Inn Location: Fryeburg

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Bridal Shops

Stores for Maine brides abound across the state. Image subjects: view of sea out of window

  • Photography by: J. Felice Boucher

February Highlights

Performances and festivals fill the midwinter schedule.