Down East May 2000

May 2000

The table of contents from the May 2000 issue of Down East.


Where in Maine?

There’s something very fishy about this location. Image subjects: Where in Maine Location: Damariscotta Mills

  • By: Neil Jennings
  • Photography by: Thomas Mark Szelog

Wayne’s World

Tucked between two gorgeous lakes in the middle of the state, the lovely old village of Wayne remains a mystery to most Mainers. Image subjects: lakeside homes in Wayne Wayne general store Androscoggin yacht club house on hill barn near lake apple orchard Location: Wayne

  • By: Stephen Bodio
  • and Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

The Art of Collecting

Freeport High School teacher Bruce Brown proves you don’t have to be wealthy to put together a notable art collection. Image subjects: Bruce Brown of Freeport High School Location: Freeport

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • and John Falk
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

A Watershed Event

Even the Mainers who voted in favor of spending $50 million for public lands last November were amazed at how resoundingly the measure won. Image subjects: river and woods field of wildflowers path in woods

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

Survival of the Fittest

Nurseryman Tom York specializes in rhododendrons of every hue that are hardy enough to withstand a Maine winter. Image subjects: Rhododendrons in Tom York’s garden Tom York in garden Rhododendron – Brown Eyes Rhododendron – Tom’s Unnamed Hybrid ‘Rhododendron hippophaeoides’ Edmond Amateis Rhododendron

  • By: Dave Carty
  • and Jane Lamb
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Maine’s One-Man ‘Antiques Roadshow’

Antique dealer, appraiser, and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux is on a mission to salve every last antique and collectible in the state. Image subjects: Kaja Veilleux appraising antiques in his office inside auction gallery Location: Thomaston, Newcastle

  • By: Rusty Ward
  • and Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

New Kits On the Block

People in West Bath never imagined how interesting it might be to have a family of foxes move in next door. Image subjects: fox kits fox kits fox kits Location: West Bath

  • By: Robert Hitt Neil
  • and Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Thomas Mark Szelog


Jet-Powered Picnics

Maine boatbuilders are trading inboards with propellers for jet engines.

  • By: David Wonderlich
  • and James P. Brown

Great Harbor Exhibit

The Great Harbor Maritime Museum puts on a new exhibit for the 2000 season. Location: Northeast Harbor

  • By: Tim Leary
  • and James P. Brown

Off to Camp

Bangor kids have been sent packing – to camp, that is. Location: Bangor

  • By: Michael McIntosh

News Hound

Unearthing 215 years of fish wrapping. Cataloging every newspaper ever published in Maine.

  • By: John Barsness

Blooming Heirlooms

Ancient apples still blossom in Aroostook.

  • By: Gary Zahm

Catch Phrase

Portland chooses a new slogan to live by. Location: Portland

  • By: David Simpson

Boon or Boondoggle?

Like all the hospitals in Maine, the giant veterans complex at Togus is feeling the pinch.

  • By: Brook Elliott
  • and Jeff Clark

Aroostook Eye-Opener

Letter discusses irony in Loring story about nuclear bunkers.

  • By: Timothy Hall
  • and John Falk

Retirement Benefits

Letter discusses high tax burden to retirees in Maine as compared to Florida.

  • By: Brook Elliott
  • and Douglas Smith

Mr. Bean and Me

A new outdoor guide from Maine’s foremost outfitter underscores the huge changes in the woods. Great comparison between the first Bean book “Hunting, Fishing, and Camping” and this new one, which reflects current views on camping and fishing – hunting isn’t even mentioned. Image subjects: man flyfishing

  • By: George Bird Evans
  • and Bob Noonan
  • Photography by: Richard Giguere

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed here include: “Nineteenth Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses by J. Candace Clifford and Mary Louise Clifford, “Beautiful in All Its Details: The Architecture of Maine’s Public Library Buildings, 1878-1942 by Kirk F. Mohney, “Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Maine Coast”

  • By: Worth Mathewson
  • and Paul Doiron

Free Lunch

Portland’s Natasha’s restaurant serves free meals to the homeless. Location: Portland

  • By: John Barsness
  • and Andrew Vietze

Sprawl Fighter

Times Record: CMP no longer subsidizes the cost of extending power to homes distant from power lines.

  • By: Vivian Kramer Francher

All-day Kindergarten

Portland Press Herald: Portland extends kindergarten to a full day. Location: Portland

  • By: Galen Winter

Leave No Trace

The phrase “Leave No Trace” has meaning as pressures increase on the remaining wilderness areas.

  • By: Richard Hall
  • and Andrew Vietze

One-Stop Shopping

The popularity of group shops and antique malls has spread across the state. Here is a list of some of the best.

  • By: John Brindle

Antique Shows Down East

Nearly every weekend all summer long, Maine antique dealers display their wares. Here is a list of many of the antique shows scheduled for the season.

  • By: Clair Kofoed

Launch of a Lifetime

Christening a graceful new schooner turned out to be more momentous than I expected. Location: Camden

  • By: Elizabeth Crockett Smith

Offbeat Places to Look

Clusters of antique shops appear in some unlikely Maine communities as well as in some obvious ones.

  • By: Tim Leary

Strolling through An Antique Village

Some of Maine’s finest antique shops are to be found in historic Wiscasset. Image subjects: front of “The Marston House” antique shop inside an antique shop Location: Wiscasset

  • By: Charles Nicholson
  • and Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

Maine’s Historic Homes

Some of the finest antiques in the state are on display in the historic-house museums that grace many towns and villages.


Guide to Maine Antiques

Over the years, Maine has earned an international reputation for fine antiques, great bargains, and endless collectibles.

  • By: Vivian Kramer Francher

May Highlights

Art shows, concerts, and May Day celebrations fill the merry month.

  • By: Jerry Wilber


Photo of a barber shop in Bethel circa 1897. Location: Bethel

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward
  • and David Wonderlich