Down East July 2001

July 2001

The table of contents from the July 2001 issue of Down East.


Tenants Harbor Landmark

On a quiet cove off the beaten path, the East Wind Inn has been offering cozy rooms, pleasant meals, and a taste of tranquillity. Location: Tenants Harbor

  • By: Dana Lincoln
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

An Heirloom Garden

On her ancestral farmstead in Kezar Falls, Rhonda Wedgewood and Rick Sanborn cultivate a colorful assortment of plants. Image subjects: garden Rhonda Wedgewood and Rick Sanborn garden pond garden path garden and distant views. bird house Location: Kezar Falls

  • By: Jane Lamb
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Where in Maine?

Where in Maine is this summer resort? Image subjects: where in Maine – resort on lake Location: Naples

  • Photography by: Dean Abramson

Best Show in Town (and Most Improbable)

Who would expect to find grand opera in Portland in July? Image subjects: opera on stage Bruce Hangen, director of Portland Opera Repertory Theatre Location: Portland

  • By: Morgan Hamilton
  • Photography by: Martha Mickles

Rediscovering Merrymeeting Bay

Thousands of motorists pass within a few miles of this amazing body of water each day without having a clue that it even exists. Image subjects: view of Bay from shore at sunset boat tied to dock along bay. Map of area around Merrymeeting Bay flowers Bay shoreline Location: Bath, Bowdoinham, Brunswick

  • By: John Cole
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

The Milfoil Menace

Camp owners on every Maine lake and pond are organizing to ward off the introduction of the highly invasive plant into their waters. Image subjects: pleasure boat being launched into a lake Location: Cushman Pond

  • By: Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

‘It Can’t Happen Here’

On one of the loveliest summer days imaginable, it seemed impossible that the village of Brooks could lose five of the nicest kids who ever grew up there. Image subjects: display of mementos photo of display Location: Brooks

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • and Benjamin Magro
  • Photography by: Chris Van Dusen

Ten Shops Worth Finding

Forget the mall, some of the most interesting stores in Maine are located in places you might not expect. Here are ten shops not to miss. Image subjects: interior of quilt shop L’Antiquaire inside the Well Tempered Kitchen inside Downshire House Clocks & Barometers and Freeport Knife Co. inside the Harbor

  • Photography by: Amazeen

Honey, I Shrunk the Cottage

Although Rock Caivano drastically downsized their plans for a place on Mount Desert, he still gave them a spacious house. Image subjects: exterior of shingle house with many windows – contemporary open living area of new home foyer or new home living room of new home exterior view of rear of home kitchen

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

A New Way of Seeing the Sea

With a naturalist’s eye and an artist’s sensitivity, Wendy Turner explores the beauty of the Atlantic shore. Image subjects: photo of Wendy Turner photo of painting by Turner photo of painting by Turner photo of painting by Turner photo of painting by Turner Location: Kittery Point

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro


Tight Squeeze

Casco Bay has several bottle-tight havens that few sailors visit. Location: Casco Bay

  • By: Ken Textor

Camden Rally

There’s a great sense of accomplishment with you complete your first offshore passage. Location: Camden

  • By: Ken Textor

What’s in a Name?

Lewiston-Auburn Arts remains master of its own (website) domain. Location: Lewiston – Auburn


A Good Deed

The title to Maine is finally where it belongs. The 1678 deed to land between the Piscataqua and Kennebec rivers found in attic 50 years ago. Location: Kittery


Water, Water Everywhere

MacMahan Island became the first Maine community to use a desalination plant. Location: MacMahan Island


The Real Thing

Recent Coca-Cola ad showing surfers at a Maine (California) beach.


Road Rules

Driving tips for folks from away. Image subjects: downtown street at night

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Counting Heads

Census 2000 has revealed a few surprises about the Pine Tree State – some pleasant, some not.

  • By: Jeff Clark

May ‘Where in Maine?’

Photo recognized as Lobster Cove on Monhegan. Location: Monhegan Island

  • By: Jessie Hill Mayer

One or Two?

Comment on tennis balls shown in photo titled “Lawn Tennis, Anyone?”.

  • By: Robert L. Poor

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed: ‘End Over End’ by Kate Kennedy; ‘The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite’ by Tom Wessels and ‘The Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine: The Best Day Trips and Tours from Casco Bay to Machias’ by Shelley Johnson and Vaughan Smith.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Making Trails

From moose to museums, there are “trails” to interest everyone in Maine. These where-to-see and what-to-do lists include: lighthouses, golf courses, microbreweries, gardens and arboretums, beaches, art and art museums, biking, hiking, diners, drive-in movies, ice cream places, railroad museums…


Stephen King’s Maine

Stephen King has changed the way the world sees the Pine Tree State. Books reviewed: “Stephen King Country” by George Beahm and Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’.

  • By: Richard Grant

An Audubon Evening

Maine Audubon will sponsor a boat tour out of Portland Harbor in search of beaks and fins. Location: Portland

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Faith-Based Energy

Maine Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit organization, is committed to improving the environment. Times Record, Brunswick.


Reappraising Term Limits

Revisiting Maine’s term limits law. -Courrier-Gazette, Rockland


A Landmark Closes

The fear of foot-and-mouth disease has meant closing Smiling Hill Farm to the public this year. Portland Press Herald


Insurance Disaster

Faced with more restrictions and exploding costs, some insurers simply left the state. Sun Journal, Lewiston.


Maine Goes Medieval

Muntable is a medieval town near the New Hampshire border-at least in July it is.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Why Ellsworth Sprawls

Ellsworth is often held up to the rest of the state as an example of uncontrolled development. Ellsworth American. Location: Ellsworth


Subsidizing Ice Hockey

What’s more important – subsidizing a public ice rink or all-day kindergarten? Casco Bay Weekly, Portland Location: Portland


A Case for a North Woods Park

An avid outdoorsman reluctantly argues the need for some kind of wilderness preserve. Image subjects: cutting tree with mechanized tree harvester

  • By: Robert Kimber
  • Photography by: Douglas Merriam

How I Nearly Killed Ted Williams

I didn’t really mean to do it. Location: Greenville

  • By: John Knowlton


In less than a year; this Rockland restaurant has become a nationally recognized sensation. Image subjects: Owners inside Primo Restaurant Location: Rockland

  • By: Bruce D. Snider
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

Maine Garden Tours

Taking in the sights and scents of private Maine gardens has become a summer tradition across the state.


July Highlights

Maine sparkles this month with garden tours, outdoor concerts, festivals and, of course, fireworks. Image subjects: Canoe along river

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Bangor Tea Party

Women’s garden party in 1910 Bangor. Location: Bangor

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward