November 2009


Frugal Chef Tricks

Conversations with five Maine chefs reveal that during tough economic times, “eating low on the hog” can still pay delicious dividends. By: michael sanders Photography by: Russell French

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

There’s a revolution afoot to solve homelessness in America. Portland, Maine, is helping to lead the charge. By: Monica Wood Photography by: Melonie Bennett

Secret Lives of Mainers

Many things we think we know about Maine people aren’t true, and other truths may surprise you. By: Colin Woodard Illustrations by: Steve Meyers

The Cat Calendar

A Mainer can measure her life by all the felines she’s owned. By: Monica Wood Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

Untold Stories

The voices of Maine’s women have found an enduring home at the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. By: Kathleen Fleury

But Not Forgotten

Maine’s abandoned buildings have important lessons to teach us about the people we’ve become. Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink


Water Cops

Maine’s Marine Patrol is unique among law enforcers. By: Ken Textor

Headbands of a Different Color

The eighties are back, at least according to fall fashion authorities. But don’t worry, it’s not the return of shoulder pads but rather the colorful, fun elements of the funky decade. The headband was a star ’80s player — think Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” — and one Lewiston company has taken it upon itself to revive and reinvigorate it. The result is a functional and — we really mean it — fashionable accessory for all seasons. Bondi Bands (P.O. Photography by: Jennifer Baum

From Farm to Table

Blue Hill’s Table specializes in fresh, local food in a farmhouse bistro setting. By: Brooke Dojny Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo

Where in Maine?

Do you recognize this colorful knoll? Photography by: A. J. Somerset

Letters to the Editor

Where in Maine?
Anyone who’s driven Routes 6/15 north out of Greenville to Rockwood, a charming community in its own right with spectacular views of Mount Kineo and northern Moosehead Lake, will recognize the giant flying moose just before the cut-off to the Rockwood marina. The statue announces the home of the president of Manac, the North American (Canam = Manac) tractor-trailer manufacturer. The flying moose also serves as Manac’s corporate logo and can be seen on semis all over the world. But the best one is in Rockwood!

Stump Speech

Maine’s most famous senator wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. By: Joshua F. Moore

Editor’s Note

Mainers, like the state, have secret lives. By: Paul Doiron

North by East

Down East editors discuss the hidden costs of Maine’s bad roads, a roguish new designer, and more.

Legends of the Land Cruiser

This author’s adolescent dream car proved to be more than he bargained for. By: Avery Brott Photography by: Jennifer Baum

The Maine Viewpoint

Editorial opinions from across the state.

Down East Magazine

We're the Magazine of Maine.