Down East January 2000

January 2000

The table of contents from the January 2000 issue of Down East.


Ten Towns Made for Walking

While virtually every community in Maine is walkable, these ten are especially worth exploring on foot. Image subjects: walking up the hill from the ferry dock Location: Monhegan, Castine, Portland

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes
  • and Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Feeling Good

Taking responsibility for your own well-being is at the root of all the new wellness programs that are springing up across Maine. One in Farmington has been a trailblazer. Image subjects: girl skipping down path Location: Farmington

  • By: Ron Spomer
  • and Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Joe Devenney

Feeding the Fitness Frenzy

Marianne and Stu Smith have built a giant outfitting business in the heart of midcoast Maine by capitalizing on the baby boomers’ mania for staying in shape and having fun. Image subjects: Inside Maine Sport Stu Smith and Marianne Smith kayaking off coastal Maine kayak lessons on land at Maine Sport

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • and John Brindle
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

Brunswick’s Amazing Bike Path

It’s not just for biking, and in the year since it opened it’s changed the way thousands of people see their community – and each other. Image subjects: Brunswick Bike Path – people walking Brunswick Bike path – woman jogging bikers and walkers on the Brunswick Bike Path woman and dog sitting near Brunswick

  • By: Patrick Morris
  • and Bill Buckley
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance

In the forties and fifties, some of the most famous and glamorous women on the planet came to Mount Vernon, Maine to exercise and diet at a health spa unlike any other. Presiding over this establishment was a woman who called herself Elizabeth Arden. Location: Mount Vernon

  • By: S.G.B. Tennant Jr
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward
  • Photography by: Geneveve Naylor

Evangelist With a Smile

Nancy Dail believes massage can change the world, and she’s founded a school to spread the word – and the technique. Image subjects: Nancy Dail at her school – sitting on ball students at Downeast School of Massage students at Downeast School of Massage Location: Waldoboro

  • By: John Barsness
  • and Sarah Goodyear
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

The Maine Workout

Annoyed at your growing girth and increasing sluggishness but not ready to join the Y or learn to paddle a kayak? Here are thirteen ways to lose weight and get in shape without leaving your house. Image subjects: cartoons of animals exercising

  • By: David Brown
  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Looking For a Little Adventure

Want to explore the best Maine has to offer? A uniquely upbeat outing club based in Portland welcomes hikers, walkers, and wallyballers of all ages. Image subjects: hiking along the coast kayaking cross country skiing in the woods. skiers looking out over woods below bikers riding beside ocean hikers

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Andrew Vietze
  • Photography by: Alan LaVallee


The Y Explosion

All over the state, towns are expanding their YMCAs to meet a soaring new demand. Image subjects: Dave Thompson seated next to the Y pool. Location: Freeport

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • and Worth Mathewson
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Getting Started

All sorts of info and tips are available for Mainers thinking about getting off their duffs. List of ways and places to exercise. Image subjects: hands climbing up over rocks

  • By: John Falk
  • and Andrew Vietze
  • Photography by: Bill Silliker Jr

Hog on Ice

On my first foray to a frozen pond in thirty years, I learned what it means to be in shape.

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Elizabeth Peavey

Good Sports

Every month in Maine you can find some aerobically correct event to take part in – or to watch. Here is a month-to-month list of such events. Image subjects: Kenduskeag Canoe Race

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • Photography by: Dean Abramson