September 2004


On the Foreside

Life in Maine’s most prestigious neighborhood is as laid-back as a late summer sail. Contrary to popular opinion, though, not everyone living here is rich. By Virginia Wright.

Magical Mystery Tour

It sounded bizane to set off in kayaks at night in search of a mystical-sounding phenomenon, but along the way I glimpsed a dimension of Maine I’d never encountered. By Elizabeth Peavey.

Beatrix Farrand’s Maine Masterpiece

The enchanting  little garden that one of America’s greatest landscape architects created just for herself is being turned into a horticultural study center on Mount Desert Island. By Jane Lamb.

Where in Maine?

More than one wayward mariner has wondered about the name of these two small islands, often just before going on the rocks here. Recognize the setting?

Disappearing Act

An architect charged with designing an oceanfront home across from his own summer retreat on Eggemoggin Reach learned firsthand that some of the best architecture in Maine is also the least noticeable. By Joshua F. Moore.

Field Guide to Maine Woods Officials

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between a Maine Game Warden and a Maine State Park Ranger? You’re not alone. Here’s how. By Powell Boyer.

Holding Down the Fort

Shirley and Ed Raymond have made an eminently satisfying career out of being the sole year-round residents of Northeast Carry, an outpost at the far end of Moosehead Lake. By Elizabeth Peavey.

A Beautiful Bounty

For the thousands of Mainers involved in a clever scheme called community-supported agriculture, a full season of fresh greens and other vegetables is all but guaranteed. By Patrick Morris.

The Rescuers

A dedicated group of 137 volunteers, the Casco Bay Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary helps lighten the load for post-9/11 Coast Guardsmen stationed in and around Portland. By Monica Wood.

Riding Through Time

Two friends and their unique contraption discover the rhythm of the days when locomotives set the pace of life Down East. By David Arnold.

Trips: A Guide to Maine in Autumn

To help you get the most out of autumn in Maine this year, we offer eight custom-tailored itineraries that will take you past virtually every brilliant leaf in the state — all within eight days. Or use these routes as eight memorable day trips. Plus a collection of dramatic hikes never more beautiful than in the fall.



North by East: Number, Please

Opinions and advisories on a couple of little-known Maine distinctions, a forward-hinking lady offering tours in Portland, and a proud old house in Wiscasset that is looking poorly.

The  Talk of Maine: Maine’s Newest River

Five years after the demolition of Edwards Dam, the Kennebec has rebounded. By Jeff Clark.

The Maine Viewpoint: Reliable Voting

Electronic balloting is quick and easy, but some back-up is needed, as an editorial from the Maine Sunday Telegram points out. Plus Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s growing monopoly in Maine, the rise and fall of some cabins at Daicey Pond, and some sneaky censorship in Rockland.

lnside Maine: Katahdin Cruise

A unique ride on Millinocket Lake offers great views of Maine’s favorite mountain. Plus tips on a beachfront B-and-B with sand up to its porch, Greater Portland Landmarks’ tips for your old house, meandering in unheard-of Montsweag, and a windjammer that spots whales. By Andrew Vietze.

Dining Down East: Old Port Sea Grill, Portland

Want to sample fresh Maine oysters on the half shell? This is the place. By Michael Sanders.

Down East Bookshelf: Tales from the Dry Dock

In Linda Greenlaw’s salty new book, two fishermen trade lies over beers. By Elizabeth Hand.

What’s in a Picture?: White Hate

Residents of Milo had no idea they’d make history when they turned out for the town’s centennial celebration on Labor Day back in 1923. By Joshua F. Moore.

I Remember: Fish Dreams

On family vacations at Damariscotta Lake my long-suffering father never caught a thing. By Maria Padian.

Calendar of Events: Fall Highlights

Top entertainment, new art shows, and the last fairs  of summer are what Mainers can look forward to as autumn deepens.


Cover: Town Landing Market, Falmouth Foreside, by Sara Gray.