Down East October 2000

October 2000

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


A Triumph of Truth

Erected as a tribute to the shipbuilders of Bath, William Zorach’s ‘Spirit of the Sea’ stands today as a monument to the sculptor’s generosity and to the unwavering fortitude of the good ladies of the Bath Garden Club. Image subjects: statue of Spirit of the Sea by Zorach artist William Zorach in his

  • By: David Wonderlich
  • and Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Stretching The Season

By renovating their upcountry lodge, a family from away has been able to add several months to their annual stay in Maine. Image subjects: view of front of cottage view inside great room and of fireplace kitchen of cottage dining area of cottage upstairs room porch looking out into sunny fall setting

  • By: Richard Grozik
  • and Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

What’s in a Picture?

He doesn’t look happy, but Harry M. Mones, Maine’s first aerial policeman looks official in this 1930 photograph.

  • By: Tom Huggler
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward

Sitting Pretty

Chances are, you’ve already sat in a Bradco Chair – at your local library, at your favorite restaurant, or at the new pub in town. Location: Lisbon

  • By: George Bird Evans
  • and Murray Carpenter

Other Maine Pickles To Try

Here is a list of people and places to get pickles.

  • By: John Falk
  • and Ken Textor

Flow Blue

Flow blue china, the distinctively colored dinnerware favored in Maine households 150 years ago, is prized by today’s antique collectors. Image subjects: examples of Flow Blue China

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Amazeen

It’s Not Beefcake, It’s Not Cheesecake, It’s Lobstercake!

An improbable new calendar has become a runaway best-seller.


Good Neighbors

Community spirit still flourishes in Farmington, though only the lucky folks who live there seem to notice. Image subjects: tree-lined neighborhood in autumn U. of Maine campus main street in downtown Farmington house surounded by trees in fall colors old farmstead in autumn barn house and tree-lined

  • By: Ron Forsyth
  • and Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Antique Picture Show

Showing how Maine was viewed from the 1840’s to the 1940’s, the second part of Maine Coast Artists’ epic photography exhibition opens this month in Rockport. Location: Rockport


Passion for Pickles

Wilma Stanchfield, of Milo, seems to have cornered the market on flavorful, old-fashioned Maine pickles. Image subjects: row of jars of pickles Wilma Stanchfield with pickles making pickles 4 steps of pickle making Location: Milo

  • By: Steve Smith
  • and Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton


Brother-Sister Act

  • By: James P. Brown

Pram Man

Marshall Dohaime builds classic prams and his time has come.

  • By: Stuart Williams
  • and James P. Brown

Owning Portland

The early worm catches the city. Location: Portland

  • By: Stephen Bodio

Gawky Talkies

Yesterday’s newscast is tomorrow’s archive.

  • By: Bobby George jr

Home Comfort

Thrifty Mainers are dusting off their plant stands to prepare for the winter heating season.

  • By: Tim Jones

Ticket Central

A small office in Lewiston handles a high-traffic business.

  • By: The Editors

Crashing Parties

What if you had a party and nobody came? Maine’s Republicans and Democrats know the feeling.

  • By: John Falk
  • and Jeff Clark

Getting Spleeny

Clarifying the derivation and meaning of the word “spleeny”.

  • By: Winifred Poole Sherman

August “Where in Maine?

Identifying the August “Where in Maine?” as the theater in Monmouth. Image subjects: lakefront lodge in autumn Location: Monmouth

  • By: Gene Hill
  • and Claudia Carroll

Saga of Southern Maine

A compelling new history chronicles 100 ears of uncontrolled change south of Portland. Location: York County

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed here include: “Tower: Faith, Vertigo, and Amateur Construction” by Bill Henderson, “Handy to Home: A Lifetime in the Maine Outdoors” by Tom Henessey, and “Portland Undercover: How to Visit New England’s Hippest City Without Looking Like a Tourist” by Chris Barry.

  • By: George Bird Evans
  • and Paul Doiron

Historic Homes and Antique Shows

Most Maine museums are open at least until Columbus Day. Here is a useful list of museums, historic homes and antique shows.

  • By: Galen Winter

Lobster Stew to Go

The Sea Basket restaurant will ship lobster stew via FedEx even if it’s doors are closed for the winter. Location: Wiscasset

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Andrew Vietze

Sickly Health Insurance

Maine Sunday Telegram: Bold moves needed to repair the health care situation in Maine.

  • By: Kenneth Peterson

Eastport in Style

Tour the Passamaquoddy Bay area in style. Location: Eastport

  • By: Stephen Bodio
  • and Andrew Vietze

Gift with a Future

Bangor Daily News: An important gift to the University of Maine System and earning statistics combine to indicate the importance of both.

  • By: Charles Waterman

Falmouth’s Mistake

Portland Press Herald: Location: Falmouth


Lack of Charity

Ellsworth American: Many of the state’s small businesses and corporations are being gobbled up by large, and often foreign, companies that do not contribute to local charities.

  • By: Robert Elman

My Moment of Fame

I just couldn’t believe I was actually going to be appearing on my favorite TV show.

  • By: Tom Huggler
  • and Michael Reagan

Back Bay Grill

Traditional fare with unusual flair has turned this restaurant into one of Portland’s hottest (and finest). Image subjects: Chef Larry Matthews and sous chef Gordon Cameron at the Back Bay Grill Location: Portland

  • By: Galen Winter
  • and Paul Mann
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

October Highlights

Maine’s museums and concert halls are filled with enticements this fall.

  • By: Tom Davis