Down East July 1999

July 1999

The table of contents from the July 1999 issue of Down East.


Summering at Prouts Neck

If Winslow Homer were to return today, he’d certainly recognize his corner of Maine – and perhaps even a few of the people living there. Image subjects: granite cliffs on coast Winslow Homer’s studio House and old car shingle cottage at Prouts Neck beach at Prouts Neck picnic on the rocks granite rocks


A Thousand Points of Light

Fireflies add magic to a midsummer night in Maine, but do you have any ideay why they flash their beacons? Image subjects: fireflies over a lake at night


Why Is This Woman Smiling?

Marilyn Moss has seen her state-of-the-art display-making business grow at 50 percent a year and expand from the coast of Maine to the heart of Germany. Image subjects: Marilyn Moss Marilyn Moss employees at Moss working on displays Location: Belfast


The Land Called Whitefield

Astride the rolling plains between Waldoboro and Augusta is a farming community quite unlike any other. Image subjects: Tibbetts farm in Whitefield Dairy cows at the Tibbetts farm in Whitefield cows crossing road Barry Tibbitts and wife Elaine with their four kids tractor next to barn Natasha Mayers


Cascades of Color

In creating a showy garden that echoes the hues of a nearby meadow, a Brunswick gardener has mastered two challenges: bright colors and a steep hillside. Image subjects: hillside garden of flowers flower garden flower garden Location: Brunswick


The Case of the Vanishing Room

Recognize this historic Maine room? Thousands of visited last year while attending the MADA Antiques Show. Image subjects: Dealer’s booth at the MADA Antiques Show Dealer’s booth at the MADA Antiques Show Dealer’s booth at the MADA Antiques Show Dealer’s booth at the MADA Antiques Show


Going Whole Hog on Hog Island

At the famous nature camp, I thought I’d just find out about birds and wildflowers, but I ended up learning a thing or two about Maine and myself. Image subjects: camp from the water studying plant life in the woods arriving at the dock outdoor lecture at the camp attending a bird lecture canoeing on


Miss Dillon’s Dream

Although building a summer theater in the woods was the brainchild of a long-gone Lake Region cottager, it’s a notion that has been embraced by the surrounding towns. Image subjects: The Deertree Theater Inside the Deertree Theater Location: Harrison


Petite Plaisance

In a simple house she dubbed “a small pleasure” in Northeast Harbor, one of the century’s most brilliant writers lived in almost complete obscurity for thirty-seven years. Image subjects: house of Marguerite Yourcenar Marguerite Yourcenar’s desk Marguerite Yourcenar’s kitchen Marguerite Yourcenar’s bedroom



Twig’s Bigger Boat

Nigel “Twig” Bower and his wife Bonnie will replace their sloop ‘Shantih II’ with a 52 foot Alden to be named ‘Elissa’.


Out of Arundel

Rich Woodman’s new boat will be from the same form as Herreshoff’s famous ‘Mobjack’.

A Vision of Maine

Gifted Maine author Gladys Hasty Carroll died at ninety-one.


How Dry We Aren’t

Hard pressed to name a town in Maine that is still dry.


Loon Lovers

When it comes to fishing, Maine’s loons would like to get the lead (sinkers) out.


Vox Populi

A little radio station Down East both reflects its community and creates it. Location: Orland


Oh, Henry

It is no picnic living with Henry after your article.


May ‘Where in Maine?’

Identify the May ‘Where in Maine?’ photo as a view of the Livermore Falls across the Androscoggin River from Jay. Location: Jay, Livermore Falls


Mountains Made Easy

List of ten peaks that reward fairly easy climbs with fantastic vistas.


Nature Preserve Trails

Some top nature preserves in the state where you’ll find top spots for seeing birds.


Mountain Biking

Many snowmobile trails are suitable for mountain biking.


Flight Seeing

Here are some air services that offer the sightseeing public flights-seeing trips.


Public Reserve Lands

If Maine’s state parks get too crowded, try visiting one of these public lands.


Maine Island Trail

Some of Maine’s best wilderness trails are on the islands off the coast.


Reversing Falls

Maine’s high tides produce some interesting reversing falls.


Pick A Park

Maine’s state parks offer some outstanding scenery. Image subjects: Mount Blue State Park swimming area


Can You Canoe?

Following canoe trips offer some of the best paddling Maine has to offer.


Make Your Own Postcards

List of favorite Maine subjects for all visiting shutterbugs.


Scenic Waterfalls

List of Maine waterfalls. Image subjects: Poplar Stream Falls


Maine Guides

Call a local chamber of commerce to find a Maine Guide in a particular region.


White-Water Rafting

Maine’s white-water rafting business has grown into a multi-million dollar business.


A Wealth of Riches

A Maine classic and its two sequels by Louise Dickinson Rich are back in print.


Sand and Sun

All of Maine’s sandy beaches aren’t in Southern Maine. They can be found all along the coast if you know where to look.


Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “The National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England” by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie, “Maine Amphibians and Reptiles” by Malcolm L. Hunter Jr.; Aram J.K. Calhoun and Mark McCollough and “Roadside Geology of Maine” by D.W. Caldwell.


Moose Spotting

Where to go to improve your odds of seeing a moose in the wild. Image subjects: moose standing in shallow water


Light on Litigation

Times Record: Maine rates second from the bottom when it comes to it’s citizens filing civil law suits.


Smoke-Free Meals

Kennebec Journal: There is no need to stop at restaurants. The dangers of smoking are well-known as is the fact that second-hand smoking is a significant public health hazard.


Biddeford Market

Journal Tribune: The Biddeford Downtown Development Commission proposes establishing an open air market on weekends. Location: Biddeford


Climate Conference

Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine ahead of other states when it comes to interest in global climate change.


Preserving Camden

Merryspring Park is a horticultural delight that sits just off Route 1 in Camden. Location: Camden


Learning the Good Life

The Good Life Center carries on the tradition of hosting interesting speakers to talk with friends and neighbors during the summer at the Nearing farm. Location: Harborside


Grandad’s Shenanigans

Whether impersonating FDR or skinny-dipping in the bay, my grandfather was a charmer. Location: Hendricks Bay & Blue Hill


Porcupine Grill

In the height of summer some Mainers nip into Bar Harbor just to dine at this restaurant. Image subjects: Tom Karinke at bar of Porcupine Grill. Location: Bar Harbor


July Highlights

Art shows and garden tours make for a lively month in the Pine Tree State.

Wiscasset Bower

Early photograph of Mrs. Alvin F. Sortwell, her son Edward and a friend. Location: Wiscasset