May 1989



Secrets of the Good Life

According to Jerry Stelmok they include building canoes, raising kids, fishing, hunting — and writing books. By Robert Kimber.

Ordeal on Hedgehog Hill

Camping in the mountains of Grafton Notch State Park, three teenage backpackers were hit by a powerful lightning bolt — and lived to tell the tale. By Paul Doiron.

Portland’s Modest Medici

Tycoon, author, civic visionary, and philanthropist, James Phinney Baxter endowed his city with a lasting legacy. By Wayne Curtis.


Quickening activity along the coast is reflected in shimmering harbor waters. Color photographs by Daniel Rossborough.

Last Dive of the ‘Squalus’

Attempts to rescue the crew of a sunken submarine off Kittery fifty years ago this month captured the attention of the world. By Carl La Vo.

Resurrecting the Past

David Weiss and Karan Sheldon are crazy about old movies, old movie projectors, old movie posters — old movie anything. By Jane Lamb.

Wall-to-Wall Maine

Landscape murals from an 1811 house in Winthrop are treasured by the Maine State Museum. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Making It In Maine

Milling mustard, farming herbs, and testing houses for radon gas — three more success stories from the Pine Tree State.

Boating Down East

A Guide to Summer Pleasures Afloat, an annual thirty-two-page supplement by the Editors of Down East.



Room With A View

When I step out of the boat on my island, after an absence of a few months, I have returned home because I live in Maine and this spot is the central core of my entire existence. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Portland

‘Moratorium’ on the Waterfront

The Maine Viewpoint

Snagging Scallopers

Outdoor Maine

Mallards Galore!

Down East Bookshelf

Veteran’s Park, From the Point, and A Soldier’s Disgrace by Don Snyder

Top of the  Month

The Easting of the Greens

North by East

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

I Remember

Learning to Drive at Harp School


Cover: A Friendship sloop catches the breeze off Mount Desert Island, by Benjamin Mendlowitz.