Down East June 1999

June 1999

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


Where in Maine?

Recognize this official-looking edifice in all its spring glory? Image subjects: Raymond H. Folger Library Location: Orono


Where’s Walpole?

Most everyone who knows the midcoast village say it’s beautiful, but few can say exactly where it is. Image subjects: view of Damariscotta River house and fields with horses Old Walpole Meeting House stone wall and house view of Damariscotta River Location: WalpoleSouth Bristol


The Painter’s Eye

A recent discouvery reveals artist Eric Hudson was also a skilled photographer. Location: Monehgan


Buttercup Time!

What is it about these yellow blossoms that make little kids so happy. Image subjects: young girl holding a buttercup close up of yellow buttercup


Are Porcupines Friendly?

Not if you bark, growl, or nip at them. But they’re brighter than they look. Image subjects: porcupine on ground porcupine in tree


Amid the Pointed Firs

In a town immortalized by Sarah Orne Jewett, a bright new cottage helps preserve a landmark farmstead. Image subjects: view of exterior of house kitchen view living room porch dining table in enclosed porch sitting on window seat with three dogs bedroom Location: Martinsville


Stepping Out In Boothbay

In a time when the Grand March has all but disappeared everywhere else, the graduating class of Boothbay Regional High School keeps the elegant tradition alive. Image subjects: Grand March at graduation dancing at graduation dancing at graduation Grand March at graduation Grand March at graduation Location:


A Whale of a Treat

Savvy shoppers have learned that Maine’s museum shops have become a whale of a treat. Image subjects: shop of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath museum shop of the Portland Museum of Art shop at Maine Coast Artists Ann Clark in Center for Maine History Museum shop


Summer Colony

Tree with multiple blue heron nests. Image subjects: tree filled with nesting blue herons Location: Edinburg



Red Tide Expert

John Hurst, director of Biotoxin Monitoring for the state, is sometimes known as the “Grandfather of Red Tide


Camden Boat Auction

The Camden Area YMCA will raise funds again this year with a boat auction. Location: Camden


Learning the Marine Trade

Susan Swanton, now the executive director of the Maine Marine Trade Association, began learning the business working at a boat yard.


Twenty’s Plenty

The lobster boat races held annually are supposed to abide by a “twenty’s plenty” speed rule. Location: Boothbay Harbor


Making Whoopies

In search of the perfect whoopie pie. Image subjects: animals and whoopie pies


Doggie Heaven

Chris Dunn and his wife have opened Canine Country Club in Northport. Image subjects: dogs heaven – animals relaxing Location: Northport


Angus the Snowman

People come to Bethel just to see the huge pile of snow resulting from a publicity project. Location: Bethel


North Woods Irony

Despite warnings about mercury-laden trout, anglers are pouring into Maine sporting camps. Image subjects: Larry and Shannon LeRoy inside camp building Location: Second Roach Pond


Revisiting L-A

A reader adds some luminaries to the list of “L-A’s Claim to Fame Location: Lewiston – Auburn


No Dipping Here

Readers take offense at recommendation that people “skinny dip in Eagle Lake”, the Bar Harbor water supply. Location: Bar Harbor


Mapping Acadia

Identifies map in article about becoming a Registered Maine Guide as his guidebook.

Woods Roads

Here is a list of major woods roads. Image subjects: Golden Road



Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro may well be the most famous diner in the state, but it isn’t the only one. Image subjects: A-1 diner at night


Old Forts and Picnics

Any of these old forts make a great place for a picnic. Image subjects: Fort Edgecomb


Island Reverie

The coast of Maine is but one of the settings evoked by a dying woman in this new novel.


Briefly Noted

Books Reviewed here include: “Desire Lines” by Christina Baker Kline, and “Nude in Tub: Stories of Quillifarkeag, Maine” by G.K. Wuori.

Scenic Highways

Some years ago the state decided to label several beautiful roadways “designated scenic highways”


Finding Your Way

Here is a list of one essential guide to Maine and several helpful ones.


Water Taxis

A great way to get around – try one of these public or private ferry services. Image subjects: “Elizabeth Ann” service to Monhegan


Railways to Heaven

There are more than half a dozen tourist train operations in the state.


Bridges of Maine

There were once more than 100 covered bridges in Maine, however only a handful remain.


Car Collections

Vintage-car buffs can find a little bit of heaven Down East.


Scenic Alternate Routes

In Maine, getting there can be half the fun. From scenic detours to roadside attractions, motorists and bicyclists alike will find plenty of entertainments Down East to enliven their travels.


Maine Monuments

Some monuments have a secret or two that you won’t find in most guidebooks.


Fabulous Fried Clams

It may be in an old gas station, but this restaurant offers up some fine fried seafood. Location: Portland


Identifying Antiques

Kaja Vielleux has offered free antique appraisals for over sixteen years. Location: Newcastle & Thomaston


Protecting Wilderness

Kennebec Journal: Some in Augusta propose setting aside money to fund future purchase of land for preservation purposes.


Maine Med Expands

Portland Press Herald: Maine Medical Center plans to build a Center for Molecular Medicine in Scarborough. Location: Portland & Scarborough


Sanford’s Walkway

Journal Tribune: Location: Sanford & Springvale


Murdering Gram

I was only four at the time and I don’t recall what I was thinking, but I was guilty as charged. Location: Flagstaff Lake


The Thistle Inn

A former pub in Boothbay Harbor has blossomed into a very pleasant restaurant. Image subjects: Owners Daviedd Welch and Wendy Hayford in dining room of Thistle Inn Location: Boothbay Harbor


June Highlights

Art shows, canoe races, and festivals dot the early summer calendar.


Shipboard Smorgasbord

Circa 1905 photograph of women having a picnic meal aboard the yawl “Olwyn”.