Down East May 2010

May 2010

The table of contents from the May 2010 issue of Down East.


It’s About the Beer

Master brewer Alan Pugsley has had a heady influence on Maine’s beer industry. By: Michaela Cavallaro. Photography by: Jeff Scher


Clown School

Celebration Barn in South Paris has trained a generation of mimes, vaudevillians, and actors. By: Kathleen Fleury


City of Surprises

Most visitors only glimpse the City of Ships as they zip past on the highway, assuming the signature Bath Iron Works tells them everything they need to know about the place. If only they knew what they were missing. By: Joshua F. Moore. Photography by: Mark Fleming


Big Rig Roadeo

At the Maine Professional Truck Driving Championships, everyone’s a winner. By: Monica Wood. Photography by: Mark Fleming


Lost and Found

For one maritime history buff, losing himself in the artifacts at the Maine Maritime Museum leads to a better understanding of both himself and his home state. By: Joshua F. Moore


Deckhand for a Day

What’s it really like to work as a mate on a Monhegan Island ferry? Down East Contributing Editor Elizabeth Peavey took on the challenge last summer and offers her own salty, sea-shaken account. By: Elizabeth Peavey. Photography by: Jeff Scher


City of Fun

From the first spring peepers to the first snows of Christmas, the City of Ships has more than enough concerts, tours, and exhibits to keep you busy all year long.


Maine Brewery Guide

Maine, it is rumored, has more breweries per capita than all but three other states. Some are actual brewpubs or large commercial companies — like Shipyard and Geary’s — with organized tours and tastings. But most are small operations with fairly limited distribution. If you’re a beer drinker in search of specific brews, call the breweries themselves — you’ll find most of them are happy to show you around and direct you toward the stores, restaurants, and bars that carry their products. Bottoms up to a true taste of Maine!


Casco Bay’s Forgotten Forts

The battlements that once guarded Portland Harbor still stand as silent sentinels. By: Colin Woodard. Photography by: Dean Abramson


Knitting a Life in Bath

A conversation with Halcyon Blake, owner and founder of Halcyon Yarn. By: Joshua F. Moore. Photography by: Benjamin Magro


The Indian Encampment

In this edited excerpt from a new book, Indians in Eden, Bunny McBride and Harald E.L. Prins uncover the forgotten history of Maine’s Wabanakis on Mount Desert Island and their relationship to wealthy summer rusticators.


Whose Woods These Are

A tiny land trust helps keep nature at the doorstep of quasi-urban Bath. By: Joshua F. Moore



Pasta Paradise

Paciarino on Fore Street is Portland’s own Little Italy. By: Michaela Cavallaro. Photography by: Hannah Welling


Where in Maine?

Can you identify the “Land of the Porcupine” where the spud is king?


A Case for Charity

Bestselling author Kate Braestrup ponders marriage as chaplain of the Maine Warden Service. By: Richard Grant


Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine. Photography by: Sara Gray


A Controversial Rx

A new law expands Mainers’ access to medical marijuana. By: Michaela Cavallaro


Making Scents

There’s not much sweeter than the smell of lavender in the air. And now a farm in Appleton is the first in the state to grow it commercially. Glendarragh Farm Lavender (151 Searsmont Rd., Appleton, comes from a twenty-six acre plot along the St. George River. The farm is open for special events during the summer months and grows more than fifteen varieties of the purple plant. Photography by: Jennifer Baum


The Swimmer

Grandpa Sid, who couldn’t even dog paddle, loved the water more than anyone I’ve ever known.


Editor’s Note

Vacation in Maine with a book. By: Paul Doiron


Briefly Noted

Maine’s Waterfalls (Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, Pennsylvania; paperback; 192 pages; $14.99) by Patricia Hughes is a comprehensive guide to the state’s waterfalls. Organized by county, the book provides interesting and informative details, including directions and tidbits of local lore and history, for all 177 significant falls found within Maine’s borders.


North by East

Why your clothes smell like spring, RIP Maine’s sardine industry, and more.


The Maine Viewpoint

Editorial opinions from across the state.


Got Maine Milk?

Moo-ve over Organic Valley, there’s a new organic milk on the shelf. Maine’s Own Organic Milk (207-242-5034, is a creamy 100 percent Maine milk available at grocery stores across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. When a significant number of Maine organic dairy farmers were dropped by H.P. Hood last year, ten of the farms banded together, fearful of going the way of the nearly two hundred dairy farmers in the state that have gone out of business in the last decade. Photography by: Jennifer Baum


Chicken Little

Even chicks had to deal with weight limits when flying in the 1960s. By: Joshua F. Moore