September 2012


Maine’s 10 Prettiest Villages

Find out which villages Down East readers think are Maine’s prettiest.

The Troubadour

Don McLean, whose song “American Pie” topped the charts in 1972, continues to tour around the world. But for the past two decades he has called a Camden estate overlooking Lake Megunticook home. By Michael D. Burke

Homer’s Window

The newly restored Prouts Neck studio of Winslow Homer reveals secrets of the life and work of one of America’s greatest artists. By Deborah Weisgall

Rescue Me

Animal rehabilitators band together to care for the largest seal population on the east coast. By Cynthia Anderson


Where in Maine?

Can you identify this North Woods mountain?

Editor’s Note

When I was in high school and college, I spent my summers working in various capacities at the Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck. I started as a dishwasher, graduated the following year to the grounds crew, and even did a stint as a night watchman (a job that mostly involved chasing raccoons out of the hallways and local kids out of the pool) before I finally found my true calling as a bellman. I didn’t think much of the position at the time, but, in retrospect, I realize that working the bell desk was a pretty good gig.

The Mail

Your Maine

Readers describe their favorite place to explore Maine’s natural beauty.

Close Encounters

Those who dare to navigate the world’s second largest whirlpool are members of a fantastical fraternity.

Small Town

Discover this tiny village within a village

What’s in a Picture?

A Camden Tempest

No Cell Service, Please

Vinalhaven high schoolers call for a classroom ban on mobile phones.

Pass = Fail

Maine Maritime Academy begins their football season September 8. But will its team actually complete a pass?

Is This Fire Truck Heaven?

A retired Topsham fire truck starts serving tequila.

Hog Wild

A population of feral pigs remains at bay in New Hampshire, but what if they cross the Maine border?

Maine Islands and the Internet

Maine’s island communities have struggled for decades to survive, much less to thrive. By Jeff Clark

The Upside-Down House

Fred and Hope Angier make everything new old again in this modern barn. By Edgar Allen Beem

Sea Glass for Gardens

Spruce up your outdoor space with these easy and colorful sea glass projects. Excerpted from Sea Glass Crafts by C. S. Lambert (Down East Books, Camden, Maine; hardcover; 104 pages; $24.95)

Perfection is the Goal

Everyone expects Shaw & Tenney oars and paddles to be flawless — especially the owners. By Virginia M. Wright

The Tree That Shouldn’t Be

A bestselling author and biologist solves the mystery of an ancient apple tree in Weld. By Bernd Heinrich

2 Cats

Eat Bar Harbor’s best breakfast at 2 Cats. By Kim Ridley

Locally Sourced and Deeply Fried

For three days every September, the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity becomes one of the state’s finest food courts. By Will Bleakley

The Dead Cat Museum

How an island boy’s curious business came to be immortalized by painter Jamie Wyeth. By Diane Sternberg

Fellow Travelers

A writer and a painter chronicle the mountains, waters, and landscapes of Maine.

September Calendar

Go here. Do this. See that.

From Our Archives: September 1964

A look at Down East forty-eight years ago.