Down East November 2000

November 2000

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


Blithe Spirit

By insisting on entertainment of the finest kind, the Public Theatre of Lewiston-Auburn has reached its tenth anniversary with a dedicated audience and a theater of its own. Location: Lewiston-Auburn

  • By: Paul Doiron

Inside Thomaston

A rare glimpse behind the walls of Maine’s landmark penitentiary – just a year before it is slated to be demolished. Image subjects: behind the walls of Maine State Prison front view of prison entrance exercise yard of the Maine State Prison inside prison dining room of Maine State Prison East wing of

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Climbing Clarry Hill

No guidebook will tell you about this locally renowned eminence, but anyone who lives in Union will. Image subjects: Blueberry fields on Clarry Hill Blueberry fields on Clarry Hill Blueberry fields on Clarry Hill and stone wall Blueberry fields on Clarry Hill Location: Union

  • By: Stuart Williams
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Starkly November

The rock-ribbed village of Stonington is so spare and sere, its beauty only deepens in autumn. Image subjects: view of homes and bay view of house from porch street scene harbor and granite shoreline granite outcropping and yellow house Location: Stonington, Deer Isle

  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Mr. B’s Marching Miracle

Everyone in Westbrook knows why their high-school band wins so many honors: tireless bandleader George Bookataub. Image subjects: marching band marching down main street Mr. Bookataub marching band marching band Location: Westbrook

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Tonee Harbert

The Tide That Binds

The spirited newsletter that Billie Todd puts together six times a year invariably becomes the talk of Georgetown island. Image subjects: desk top Billie Todd Location: Georgetown

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Red Oaks To the Rescue

Answering an urgent from the U.S. Navy right after Pearl Harbor, the towns of Freeport and Yarmouth rallied to build five huge wooden barges. Image subjects: A Red Oaks barge after launch A Red Oaks barge in ways in preparation for launch logs arriving on truck lumber being hoisted workmen on Red Oaks

  • By: William David Barry
  • Photography by: Marion Knight Reed

Whats in a Picture?

Photo of Mary Balassee, aka Molly Molasses, taken in mid 1800’s.

  • By: David Wonderlich
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward

Maine’s Prison System

Besides the Maine State Prison at Thomaston, the Dept. of corrections manages a number of other facilities.

  • By: Jeff Clark


Southport Shop

What’s happening at Southport Island Marine. Location: South Port Island

  • By: James P. Brown

A Racing Yacht

Mike Casey has his new racing sailboat ready for the circuit.

  • By: James P. Brown

Woodland Creatures

List of questions and answers about Bigfoot.


Valle’s Valedictory

Decline and fall of a steak house.


State House Stone

Don’t ask where the new granite came from.

  • By: Vic Venters

Deer, Oh Deer

Maine faces a curious predicament. Location: Peaks Island


Disruptive Thinking

The governor’s proposal to give computers to kids has sparked a hot debate on Maine education. Image subjects: Gov. Angus King with young student with computer

  • By: Jeff Clark

Breakwater Romance

Example of one of the many romances that got their beginning at the Rockland Breakwater.

  • By: Susan Worley Thacher

Break of Day

America’s day really begins in Guam.

  • By: Alison Hoar

Winter Fun

Where to go for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or winter trekking.


Lobstering Tales

Two novelists spin stories around Maine lobstermen – with notably different results.

  • By: Agnes Bushell

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed: DeLorme’s “Central Maine Street Atlas”, “Women of the Dawn” by Bunny McBride, and “An American Outrage: A Novel of Quillifarkeag, Maine” by G.K. Wuori.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Web Hunting

Now you can get hunting information off the internet.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Referendum Limits

Bangor Daily News: Changes needed to make placing questions on the referendum more difficult.

  • By: Stuart Williams

Martha’s Manners

Maine Sunday Telegram: Martha Stewart lacks human courtesy.


Trash Vote

Journal Tribune: Pay-per-bag trash disposal does not lead to dumping in the woods.


It’s Pie Time

Pumpkin pies are the most popular item at the Camden Deli at Thanksgiving time. Location: Camden

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Hauling Out

There’s more than one way, I learned, to get your boat ashore for winter.

  • By: Ken Textor


Until recently, Rockland was the last place in Maine you’d look for fine Mediterranean fare. Image subjects: Amalfi owner, David Cooke inside restaurant Location: Rockland

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

November Highlights

Music, drama, and several interesting museum shows fill the month.