March 2007


The Humblest Houseplant

Midwinter can be a soul-trying time for Maine gardeners. Fortunately, there is a spiritual aid at hand.

  • By: Richard Grant

The Care and Feeding of an Old Maine House

Owning an antique house should be a blessing, not a curse. Here are some tips on making your old home your dream home.

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

It’s a Small World

Maine dollhouse fans enjoy construction, renovation, and interior decoration – all at one-twelfth scale.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro
  • Photography by: Carl D. Walsh

Household Archaeology

Restoring an old house helped me discover the secrets of its past.

  • By: Judy Ostrow
  • Photography by: Todd Caverly

Dwelling in the Past

Herewith, a Field Guide to Maine Architecture

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Illustrations by: Judith A. Mitchell


Where in Maine?

Though it may look a bit like one, this isn’t a Down East cottage colony but rather a Greater Portland suburb. Arguably the Greater Portland suburb, complete with franchise stores and main drags. But this side of town — a vestige of the old Maine — seems a world away from the encroaching

A Grain of Salt

They just don’t make winter roads the way they used to — for which many Maine drivers are grateful. But some vehicle owners fear that in its zeal to keep the state’s highways clear, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using methods that might have a high cost in the long run. Several

  • By: Jeff Clark

Letters to the Editor

Where in Maine? Your January mystery photograph is clearly Lubec. The only clue needed is “the town perched on a hill with vistas of saltwater and islands in every direction.” My husband was a lighthouse keeper at West Quoddy Head and took in these beautiful vistas all in a day’s work. He remembers it

Editor’s Note

Iam engaged in a long-running battle with a cunning and ruthless foe. My enemy has so far outwitted me at every turn, but I remain steadfast and resolute. I call him Kim Jong Squirrel. My wife tells me I can’t possibly be dealing with the same squirrel each time — they all look alike, she says

  • By: Paul Doiron

Inside Maine

Dining The Protégés Fore Street-trained chefs get quietly creative at Back Street Bistro in Brunswick. In the late ’80s, Sam Hayward opened 22 Lincoln in Brunswick, a ground-breaking restaurant that brought together the bounty of local organic farmers, foragers, and fishermen with Hayward’s

A Wrong Message to Business

Editorial opinions from across the state


Art Back To The Land The land’s the thing in the work of Harrison Bird Brown, a Portland native who began his career painting signs on the city’s waterfront. But he quickly moved from commerce to nature, painting scenes of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the White Mountains, and the Alps. In Vividly

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