Down East January 1985

January 1985

The table of contents from the January 1985 issue of Down East.


York County: On Top of the World and Riding High

After twenty years of unprecedented growth, Maine’s southernmost county is beginning to experience some growing pains. But most residents — old-timers and newcomers alike — are quick to say, “I wouldn’t want to live anyplace else in the world.” Jeff Clark explains why.

Maine Pragmatism on the Firing Line

Winner of the 1985 Down East Environmental Award is the Natural Resources Council of Maine, a broad-based citizens’ advocacy group that can look back on a string of impressive environmental victories during twenty-five years of tackling the big issues in a style that is uniquely Maine’s. By Cynthia Bourgeault.

Up the Down Staircase at Kents Hill

A diverse community of students on a stately campus sets the scene at Maine’s oldest coed prep school. By Tony Glavin.

At Home in Maine: On a Bangor Hill

A premier example of Italianate architecture in Maine, this ornate and elegant house, lovingly refurbished by the current owners, has served a growing family very well indeed. Photographs by Brian Vanden Brink.

The Incredible Voyage of “WoodenBoat”

Experts predicted WoodenBoat magazine would never float when a scruffy young boatbuilder single-handedly put together the first issue in a shack in the Maine woods back in 1974. But last fall, Jon Wilson and a crew of thirty-one sent a 192-page tenth-anniversary issue to 100,000 readers around the world from their new quarters, a sixty-five-acre waterfront estate in Brooklin. By James P. Brown.


A sampling of evocative images along the coast and inland reveals the Down East vision of potter and photographer Joe Devenney.

Two Faces of Maine

Excerpts from new books by John Gould (A Stitch in Time) and Carolyn Chute (The Beans of Egypt, Maine) present different views of the “real” Maine.

Making It In Maine

Small businesses are big business in the Pine Tree State. A karate instructor, two chimney sweeps, a lampshade lady, and two marine-fittings specialists are heroes and heroines in their own success stories.

Kudos for Colby

Determination — and some generous patrons — have enabled a small liberal arts college to create an outsized and splendid art collection.


Room With A View

If I can’t keep the comings and goings of one garter snake in mind, I shouldn’t be living alone on an island. By Caskie Stinnett.

For the Record

Taking a Calculated Chance on Maine

Portland Today

Dining Out Is Undeniably In

Cover: Nubble Light, Cape Neddick, by F. Stephen Ward.