June 2012


The Heart of Gardiner

Gardiner, a small city on the Kennebec, keeps making big plans — and this time they might even come true. By: Virginia M. Wright Photography by: Alan Lavallee

A Capacity to Astonish

Alex Katz reimagined the Maine landscape through his iconic paintings. Now, from behind the scenes and with a keen eye for collecting and curating, he’s doing the same for Maine’s museums.


Around Biddeford, the ancient but dying sport of pigeon racing continues to inspire passions.

Urban Oases

A group of Portland gardeners open the gates to their Munjoy Hill retreats.


Where in Maine?

Have you ever been to this idyllic island? Photography by: David Cleveland

The East-West Highway

The proposed East-West highway across Maine: Gateway to opportunity or toll on the environment? By: Edgar Allen Beem


Portland’s boom in south-of-the-border cuisine hits a high point with Mexican specialties at Zapoteca. By: Michaela Cavallaro Photography by: Mark Fleming

Saving Sails

Flowfold Wallets are made in Maine using real sailcloth.

Knights of the Sea

A key victory in the War of 1812 is less interesting than the stories of the men who fought over it. By: Ken Textor

Island Idyll

My grandparents’ cabin taught me to appreciate what is simple, sturdy, and beautiful. By: Elizabeth Tibbetts

Portland Paddle

A symbolic canoe trip celebrates Maine’s pre-colonial past. By: Will Bleakley

Letters to the Editor

Reactions to our April Route 1 Issue

Editor’s note

Looking towards the future of Maine. By: Paul Doiron

North By East

The world’s most famous sponge cake endures in Blue Hill.A Cutler sea captain’s deceased wife is remembered for her bizarre homecoming. Yes, Maine is great, but these superlatives are silly. How do you describe the odd taste of Moxie? An adult ed class gets paranormal. Subversive photography to fix Maine’s roads.

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