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
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
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
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, mainelavenderstore.com) 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
Grandpa Sid, who couldn’t even dog paddle, loved the water more than anyone I’ve ever known.
Vacation in Maine with a book. By: Paul Doiron
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, moomilkco.com) 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
Even chicks had to deal with weight limits when flying in the 1960s. By: Joshua F. Moore