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June 2015

The table of contents from the June 2015 issue of Down East.

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SoPo So Good

A town once known for its car culture is enjoying a pedestrian renaissance — and with it a burst of fresh energy. Is South Portland the Brooklyn to Portland’s Manhattan? By Edgar Allen Beem.

50 Shades of Chambray

How Saco-Biddeford’s textile mills launched a titillating 19th-century paperback phenomenon. Prepare to be scandalized. By Elizabeth De Wolfe.

Becoming Wild

A young family of tenderfoots finds a gentle introduction to the North Woods at a cozy backcountry lodge. By Lewis Robinson.

Let’s Drink Maine Beer!

Maine’s craft beer scene is buzzing like never before. Join us for a couple of cold ones? By Brian Kevin.




Where in Maine?

Do you recognize this dining spot with the brilliantly straightforward name?

Editor’s Note

Women’s Rights

Letters to the Editor

What You Said

Your Maine

What’s you favorite Maine libation?



North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

Peonies in Bloom

Falmouth’s Gilsland Farm Shows Its Colors in June

What’s in a Picture

Portland’s Humble Expo at 100

Sole Man

A Cobbler at Work

Small World

The Nation’s Miniaturists Gather in Castine




Living the Maine Life


Passive Solar in Parsonsfield

Making It in Maine

The Bag Ladies of Erda


A Summer Frittata

Room With a View

Once Bitten




What to Do in Maine This Month


Bao Bao Dumpling House, Portland


Woodworking Behind Bars


Tom Luther Quintet


New Hiking Guidebooks


Excerpt from Paul Doiron’s The Precipice


Go here. Do this. See that.

From Our Archives

Adventure at Sea — June 1985


Cover: Western Maine campfire by Michael Wilson.