Down East July 2000

July 2000

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


Make Way for the Jet Skis

The little jerks who were churning up Kezar Lake reminded me of nothing so much as the bully in a certain classic from my childhood. But it wasn’t just my tranquillity they were violating. Image subjects: photo of page from book Location: Lovell, Kezsar Lake

  • By: John Haviland
  • and David Morine
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Whitecaps and Animal Tracks

With a unique way of capturing Maine, Robert Eric Moore has spent the last fifty years becoming one of the most popular artists in the state – and one of the happiest. Image subjects: Artist Robert Eric Moore with his paintings watercolor “Chicory Mink Tracks” watercolor Crashing Seas” watercolor

  • By: Nancy Loftis
  • and Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Amazeen

The Quarry Garden

In an abandoned granite quarry, Sharon and Phid Lawless have built a uniquely beautiful garden, home, and business. Image subjects: Quarry garden Sharon and Phid Lawless at their garden view of flowers in garden stone and cement planters flowers in urn lily pond house and pond Location: West Sullivan

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Jane Lamb
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Life in the Slow Lane

Two Swans Island businesses measure their success by the quality and pace of their enterprises. Image subjects: view of dock at Swans Island folded blankets John and Carolyn Grace walking in field – she with blanket on shoulder hand made greeting cards Jane L. Goodrich and James van Pernis in their door

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Mermaids of Ogunquit

About the only time mermaids are seen on this renowned beach is during the annual sand sculpture contest. Image subjects: people building sand sculptures people building sand sculptures people building sand sculptures people building sand sculptures Location: Ogunquit

  • By: Vic Venters
  • and Paul Guernsey
  • Photography by: Tonee Harbert

Eastport’s Incomparable Fourth

In Maine’s easternmost city, the Independence Day celebration goes on for days and invariably includes a few surprising new twists. Location: Eastport

  • By: Ann Brandon
  • and Wayne Curtis

Maine’s Best Fried Clams

The best fried clams – what to look for and where to find them. Image subjects: plate of fried clams on rail overlooking bay

  • By: Vivian Kramer Francher
  • and Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Amazeen

Reclaiming a Namesake

Kerrwood, a grand old Blue Hill cottage, has been brilliantly renovated by a family that just happens to be named Kerr. Image subjects: Kerrwood cottage looking out bay window at Kerrwood kitchen at Kerrwood bed room at kerrwood bathroom at Kerrwood looking from porch at Kerrwood cottage out to bay Kerrwood

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • and Ron Forsyth
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Private Paintings

Fifty-five years after N.C. Wyeth’s death, the Portland Museum of Art honors the master with a blockbuster show of his personal works.

  • By: Vivian Kramer Francher

Away From It All

Better known today as a center for winter fun, Bethel has been famous as a summer resort even longer – and the cool mountain air is only one reason. Image subjects: view of main street White Mountains in distance shingle style house farm house and fields barn Androscoggin River corn field and barn

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • and Stephen Bodio
  • Photography by: Sara Gray


Moorings Controversy

Moorings for rent by Boston owner cause fuss.

  • By: Richard Hall
  • and James P. Brown

Lightkeeping Camp

Young women needed for lightkeepers program. Location: Whitehead island

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and James P. Brown

Water Logging

Getting to the bottom of Moosehead.

  • By: Chris Dorsey

Loony Tunes

The curious cacophony at Belgrade Lakes. Location: Belgrade Lakes

  • By: Galen Winter

Ants Alive

The Maine version of killer bees. Location: Mount Desert Island

  • By: Galen Winter

Cruising the Gulf

Everything you ever wanted to know about the ‘Scotia Prince’.

  • By: Warner Shedd

In Land We Trust

Local land trusts have spread across Maine faster than almost anyplace else in the nation. Image subjects: Thorne Head on the Kennebec River Location: Thorne Head

  • By: Dave Carty
  • and Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Anne W. Hammond

May ‘Where in Maine?’

Identifies May ‘Where in Maine?’ as Damariscotta Mills. Location: Damariscotta Mills

  • By: David Wonderlich
  • and Sally Woolf-Wade

Lumbermen’s Plea

More background on the Lumbermen’s Museum in Patten. Location: Patten

  • By: Elliott Hersey

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed here include: “Windows on the Past” Four Centuries of New England Homes” by Jane C. Nylander and Diane Viera, “The Maine Coast Guide for Small Boats: Casco Bay” by Curtis Rindlaub, “The Disappearance of Amy Cave: A True Account of Murder and Justice on the Maine Coast” by Pat Flagg

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Paul Doiron

Portland’s Parks

A handsome new history of the city’s greenspaces ignores their current conditions. Location: Portland

  • By: Al Diamon

Gay Rights Again

Maine Sunday Telegram: Gay Rights is again on the ballot.

  • By: Bill Wise

Conservation Coup

Kennebec Journal: A $3.7 million conservation easement will protect Nicatous Lake and about 20,000 acres for recreational use. Location: Nicatous Lake

  • By: Norm Strung

Shipping News

OpSail Maine 2000 will attract more than two dozen tall ships from all over the world. Location: Portland

  • By: T. Donald Kuhns
  • and Andrew Vietze

Our Ax Murderer

The summer Unity was stalked by a killer is one I’ll never forget. Location: Unity

  • By: Tom Davis
  • and Albert O. Porter

Le Garage

Local folks still flock to this Wiscasset landmark – for the food, the spirit, and the view. Image subjects: Cheryl Rust and Alan Dodge at Le Garage restaurant Location: Wiscasset

  • By: Tim Jones
  • and Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

July Highlights

You name it – it’s happening somewhere in Maine this month.


Colossus of Hallowell

This granite statue stands today in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Location: Hallowell

  • By: John Barsness
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward