July 1998



North By East

Opinions and musings on Portland’s most famous moviemaker, Camden’s pedestrians, and Wiscasset’s lost schooners.

Ogunquit’s Shore Road

Ever twisting, bending, and tuming, it’s the slowest back road in Maine — and one of the most picturesque. By Paul Mann.

The Real John McPhee

The North Woods warden profiled twenty years ago by the celebrated author who shares his name still uses his woods smarts to make a living. By Andrew Vietze.

Stories Hidden in Glass

At the Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics, the objects on display are dazzling, but it’s what they tell us about ourselves that really matters. By Christine Carson.

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

If you go to the Westem Maine Frog Jumping Championships, you don’t want to get between the kids and their frogs. Photographs by Tonee Harbert.

An Oasis of Simplicity

Just minutes from Maine’s two largest cities, the Shaker settlement at Sabbathday Lake remains as uncomplicated as it was 150 years ago. By Caskie Stinnett.

Catching the Wind

Once each summer the great Maine windjammers stage a regatta more spectacular than any other on the coast. The exact day and race course, however, are anyone’s guess. Photographs by Benjamin Magro.

Aiming to Please

The Hiram Maxim Historical Society’s biggest — and noisiest — annual event draws thousands  of machine-gun buffs to Dover-Foxcroft. By Jason Stone.

Where in Maine?

Recognize this rock and the celebrated hillock it’s poised upon?

A Day on the Flats

Digging for clams hasn’t changed much over the last century, as a young friend of mine learned her first time out, but the Maine steamer has certainly seen its ups and downs. By Ken Textor.

Refreshing Bluntness

Nobody is at his or her best in the drypoint etchings of Peggy Bacon, which is one reason these little masterworks from the thirties and forties seem so fresh today. By Edgar Allen Beem.

Kennebunk’s Most Improbable Resort

Even though it’s been welcoming families for fifty years and boasts the least expensive rooms in town, most vacationers don’t even know it’s there. By Patrick Morris.

Manning the Outpost

A hundred-year-old photograph from Bucksport captures a little-known chapter  in the Spanish-American War. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.



Room With  A View

The two different classes of individuals are what are known as cat people and dog people, and the scratchy ferocity of the beliefs by either group that their pet is the classic household pet and damnation awaits all others. By Caskie Stinnett.

 The Talk of Maine

Neighborly Nonsense

The Maine Viewpoint

Lobster Experts

Inside  Maine

Film Feast

Dining Down East

Sarah’s Café

Down East Bookshelf

Only Yesterday

Along the Waterfront

Walking on Water

I Remember

Brewer Lake Road


Cover: The Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake, by Brian Vanden Brink.