Down East May 2014

May 2014

The table of contents from the May 2014 issue of Down East.


The Last of the Monhegans

Monhegan Island remains a magical place for all who visit. But is the island in danger of losing its soul?

Bangor Rock City

Why the Queen City should never have become the live music capital of Northern New England. And why it did anyway.

Making Waves

Grain Surfboards in York has carved a nice in the surfing industry.

Island Getaway

There’s a little slice of heaven on Mooselookmeguntic Lake.

Special Section

92 Days of Summer

Our no-recess guide to summer happenings in Vacationland.


Where in Maine?

Can you identify this summer hideaway?

Editor’s Note

The Mail

Letters to the Editor

Your Maine

How do you kick off summer in Maine?

A Reverberating Question

A Down East fishing community weighs whether to trust the Canadians with a beloved artifact.

What’s in a Picture

Mother of the Year

The Lost Tribe

A sophisticated prehistoric culture lived in Maine thousands of years ago. Then they suddenly vanished.

The Things They Carry

Hikers honor fallen veterans at the summit of Maine’s tallest mountain.

Other Views

Commentary from around Maine

Drawing the Line

FEMA stirs up a flood of controversy along the coast.

Island Love Song

A brand-new cottage is built with memories and turn-of-the-century charm.

A Popping Success

Best known for its addictive (and healthy) popcorn, Little Lad’s aims to change the way America snacks.

A Signature Summer

A tip from a movie star wasn’t the only highlight of my summer waitressing job.

Resting Place

Old-fashioned funeral rituals bring comfort to family and friends.


Dining at the Cape Arundel Inn blends fine French cuisine with luxurious atmosphere.

The Menu


Humor by the Boatload

Silly poetry, unnecessary speed, and 19th-century selfies at Maine Maritime Museum.

The Great Outdoorsman

A collection by columnist George Smith explores family, faith, and rural living in Maine.

The Real Deal

A new show on the History Channel brings dickering pros to the nation’s attention.

May Calendar

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