May 2011


Maine Art in Season

Presenting eight southern Maine venues to see contemporary art at its best.

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Horseshoes of Taunton Bay

By the light of a full moon at midnight, Elizabeth Peavey gets a firsthand look at what is believed to be the horseshoes’ northernmost breeding spot.

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Chris Becker

Back to the Beach

A day at the shore is always an occasion for introspection and delight.

  • By: Kim Ridley
  • Photography by: Alan Lavallee

Ready? Set! Eat!

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft is the sweetest day of the summer.

  • By: Kathleen Fleury
  • Illustrations by: Dean MacAdam

A Town in Repose

The last village on the U.S. Atlantic coast does everything quietly, including celebrating its bicentennial.

  • By: Virginia M. Wright
  • Photography by: Herb Swanson

Séances & Sunburns

For 128 years, a rustic oceanfront resort in Northport has served as a spiritual retreat for summer folk, living and dead.

  • By: Charlotte Albright
  • Photography by: Herb Swanson


Where in Maine?

Have you ever hiked to this mountain and its unique pond?

Spring Cleaning

There’s nothing like shedding winter skin and facing spring with a fresh, clean scent — especially one that is inspired by the smells of Maine. Portland textile designer Angela Adams (273 Congress St., Portland, 800-255-9454, has introduced a new line of gift soaps. They are encased in chic packaging, but more importantly smell and feel great.

Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine.

Blue Hill Buffalo

My friend and I weren’t the only ones out of place on Long Island.

The Great Rollback

Governor LePage’s effort to dismantle Maine’s environmental protections meets strong resistance.

  • By: Colin Woodard

Exile in Cancer-land

A Maine woman’s trip to China became a greater journey.

Seafood for your Garden

‘Tis the season for getting your garden ready. Whether you’re planting your seedlings or tilling your vegetable patch, you can add a touch of Maine to really make your garden grow. Coast of Maine Organic Products (145 Newbury St., Portland, 800-345-9315,”> makes a line of organic soils, composts, and mulches from Maine materials.

Editor’s Note

The whoopie pie craze.

You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Rock Hound

In the mountains near Bethel, any day is right for a treasure hunt.

  • By: Virginia M. Wright
  • Photography by: Virginia M. Wright

North by East

Two Down East towns declare “food independence,” Vinalhaven’s awesome autograph, and more.

Speed on Sand

Auto racing roared onto Old Orchard Beach in 1911.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

The Spice Route

A chef’s travels bring exotic flavors and farm-fresh ingredients to Portland’s food universe.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro

Briefly Noted

Author Lea Wait’s books staring antique print dealer Maggie Summer have been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Award and have entertained readers for years as good old-fashioned murder mysteries. The latest installment, Shadows of a Down East Summer (Perseverance Press, McKinleyville, California; paperback; 240 pages; $14.95), takes Maggie to Maine for vacation, where she plans on antiquing and relaxing. But old documents about two women who posed for artist Winslow Homer in 1890 resurface and shed light on a modern-day murder.

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