Down East January 1987

January 1987

The table of contents from the January 1987 issue of Down East.


Will Success Spoil Camden?

Once considered “the best-kept secret in Maine,” this small mid-coast community and its next-door neighbor, Rockport, are threatened with headlong development. James P. Brown assesses the impact of the local real estate boom and the  influx of new residents to determine what the future might hold for the area.

Saving a Saltwater Farm For a Nature Sanctuary

Winner of the 1987 Down East Environmental Award is Mort Mather, of Wells, who spearheaded the effort to raise over $1 million to purchase one of the largest remaining parcels of seaside meadows and woods in southern Maine. By Jeff Clark.

Maine’s State-of-the-Art School for Boatbuilders

The Marine Trades Center way down the coast at Eastport just may be the best educational bargain in the state today. By Robert Baldwin.

The Great Outdoors

Despite logging pressures and more recreational use,  it’s still possible to come close to a true wilderness experience in the Maine woods. Whether this situation will remain, however, is in doubt. Twelve pages of photographs and tips precede a not-so-modest proposal by Robert Kimber for ensuring the future of our wilderness.

Orono’s New Center for the Arts

An outspoken architect defends his controversial masterpiece. Color photographs by Brian Vanden Brink.

On the Waterfront with Michael Liberty & Co.

Backed by an unflappable partner, a country boy from Gray is making things happen on Portland harbor — and elsewhere. By Jeff Clark.

The Ruth Moore Revival

A voice from the past tells it like  it was — and is — down east. By David Philips. An excerpt from Miss Moore’s soon-to-be-reprinted Spoonhandle.

The Maine Edge

A special 24-page section exploring Maine’s unique back-to-basics environment for small-business growth.


Room With A View

The walk had reinforced my belief in the majesty of nature and the possibilities of life, a life full of purpose and wonder, but I could only speculate on what it had meant to the dog, other than a pleasant romp in the woods. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Maine

A Tale of Two Galleries

Cover: Allagash ecstasy, by Michael Plunkett/Mountain Lion