Down East July 2006

July 2006

The table of contents from the July 2006 issue of Down East.


Mary’s Maine

Why are Mary Bourke’s bright and summery paintings so popular? Because they remind us of our own family vacations.

  • By: Sara Donnelly
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Fine & Dandy

The Gym Dandies Children’s Circus teaches Scarborough kids perseverance, balance, and how to ride a six-foot unicycle.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro
  • Photography by: Chris Becker

Beyond Popham

After four centuries, Phippsburg – home to the first English settlement in New England – is finally being pulled into the present.

  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Lakeside Living

Delightful details and a moderate dose of Maine camp style keep this waterfront home in Bridgton comfortable and honest to its roots.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Backwoods Blast

For one weekend every July, the logging roads of western Maine turn into a grand prix, much to the delight of local spectators. But be prepared: this is most definitely not NASCAR.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore
  • Photography by: Jeff Scher

The Patient Gardeners

Growing clematis is a waiting game, say the owners of Hummingbird Farm in Turner.

  • By: Rebecca Martin Evarts
  • Photography by: Peggy McKenna

Your Own Private Island

Owning a Maine island is the stuff of dreams, but is being master of your domain all it’s cracked up to be?

  • By: Virginia Wright

This River is Rated R

The Saco is the second-most-popular river in the eastern U.S., visited by thousands of paddlers a weekend. But how do you police a 134-mile-long floating party?

  • By: Abby Zimet
  • Photography by: Dean Abramson


Where in Maine?

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find traces of old-time Maine in the southern reaches of the state. But the tradition is still here, as this working waterfront in one of our most famous communities attests. The great French explorer Champlain visited the cove in 1604, and he put the place on…

Route 1 Culprits

So it’s not the tourists’ fault after all. For decades, the conventional wisdom has held that summer tourists are the root of all evil when it comes to traffic congestion on Route 1 in midcoast Maine. Now comes heresy. A survey last summer of some eight-hundred drivers and passengers…


Storm Over Katahdin Lake

Expanding Baxter State Park was supposed to be a slam dunk.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Grand Lake Dream

On behalf of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, I extend thanks for the Down East 2006 Environmental Award. Your excellent May article by Wayne Curtis mentions that our organization went relatively unnoticed during the past six-and-a-half years. I attribute this to our overwhelming local support. We listened…


Editor’s Note

When I was growing up in Scarborough in the 1970s, I had the recurring sensation of living on haunted ground. More than most kids I was fascinated by New England history. And knowing that my hometown was one of the first places in Maine to be occupied by English colonists, and that settlers and Indians…

  • By: Paul Doiron

Westphal’s Downfall

Editorial opinions from across the state


Starting Over

Beloved Portland chef Abby Harmon and partner Lisa Vaccaro hit a home run at Caiola’s.


A Modest Proposal for Portland

Maine’s largest city should keep replacing its creepy open spaces with condos.

  • By: Agnes Bushell

Hail to the Queen

One of Maine’s biggest industries hatched a popular summer festival back in the 1940s.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore