Down East May 1980

May 1980

The table of contents from the May 1980 issue of Down East.


The Trouts of Maine

Watercolor paintings of the state’s magnificent eight illustrate why fly fishing is a time-honored art in Maine. By Peter Thompson.

For Sale: The Green, Green Taste of Spring

Most gardeners detest dandelions, but at a small cannery in Wilton, they are cultivated by the acre. By Robert Deis.

Gadfly? Eccentric? Visionary?

Charles MacArthur, of Dover-Foxcroft, sounds the alarm loud and clear about an impending energy crisis. By Bernard Huebner.


A noted author recalls her childhood with a strong-willed Blue Hill grandmother. By Virginia Chase.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Gulf of Maine

Bigelow Lab, in Boothbay Harbor, seeks answers to marine mysteries vital to the state’s fisheries. By Bill Prosser.

Gardening on the Maine Coast

Nowhere in Maine is the glory of spring — and summer — so enchanting as in gardens close to the sea. By Brian Vanden Brink.


Room With A View

I possess an admiration for the man of coastal Maine but of all of his talents the one I admire the most is his understanding of that seventy-five-pound package of inert metal,  tubes, wire, and general mischief known as an outboard motor. By Caskie Stinnett.

Traveling Down East

Poland Spring — A Spring Tonic

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

Outdoor Maine

Smuggled Fish Bait Endangers Maine Species

Down East Bookshelf

The Game Fishes of New England and Southeastern Canada by Peter Thompson

I Remember

Launching Ships at Thomaston

Cover: “Punt on a Pond” (20″ x 28″), oil on canvas by Roger Gilson, whose work is exhibited at Maine’s Massachusetts House in Lincolnville. Mr. Gilson, for forty years a member of the art department of the Boston Herald American, spends his summers on the coast of Maine.