October 2012


A Ride to Remember

At Popham Beach, miles of sand make it a stunning place to go horseback riding. By Meadow Rue Merrill

Her Grandpa’s Words

Martha White — granddaughter of E.B. — has become the kind of literary executor every author wishes they could have. By Charlotte Albright

Oyster Land

Maine oysters are prized by chefs and gourmets around the country. Now Mainers are discovering them, too. By Virginia M. Wright

A Field Guide to Maine Oysters

A guide to a dozen oyster varieties, two inventions for shucking, and two notable accompaniments.

Smugglers & Spies

The War of 1812 was especially cruel to the state of Maine, but some found opportunity and wealth amid the chaos. by Joshua M. Smith

On the Road to 1812

Maine’s coast saw sustained action during the War of 1812, and forts and batteries were thrown up to defend against British attack. The following sites are both historically important and easily accessible. They also are among the most interesting and scenic destinations in the state. By Larry Glatz


Where in Maine?

Can you identify this barge and the harbor it calls home?

Editor’s Note

E.B. White is the greatest “Maine” writer of all time.

The Mail

Letters from our readers.

Your Maine

Readers share their favorite spot to view fall foliage.

Lobsters Aplenty

The Red Lobster chain continues to confound and confuse.

One Stimulating Novel

How 50 Shades of Grey lowered East Millinocket’s unemployment rate by 2 percent.

Great Spuds of Fire

Using a flamethrower to harvest potatoes in Aroostook

Acrostic Protest

PETA protests the Maine Lobster Festival in an unusual way.


A photographer captures two rare mammals in a single shot.

A Piece of Maine

Why does the state own a building in West Springfield, Massachusetts?

Coffins for the Living (Room)

A Waterville woodworker outdoes even L.L.Bean by guaranteeing his products for more than a lifetime.

Splitting Firewood

How to chop logs like a lumberjack.

Party Poopers

Are Maine voters declaring their independence?

The Mystery Guests

A tussle over the farmer’s market’s last rabbit leads to a dinner invitation — and mounting anxiety over who’s coming to supper.

Carmen at the Danforth

A look at Portland’s latest fine dining restaurant.

One Scary Good Cause

The Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival lights up Freeport with thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns for one of the season’s most heart-warming events.

William Wegman’s Ode to Maine

The Bowdoin exhibition “William Wegman: Hello Nature” focuses on the work the famed artist produced in Rangeley over the past three decades. Don’t be afraid to laugh along.

October Calendar

What to do this month

Death in Portland

Author Agnes Bushell pens a whodunit with a local spin.

A Camp for All Ages

Three generations coexist under one roof in this central Maine lakehouse.

From Our Archives: October 1976

A Look Back at Down East Thirty-Six Years Ago