September 2009


Creature Feature

Joseph McCarthy, of Kennebunk, is an author and naturalist who has spent years documenting Maine animals that do not actually exist — but should. By: Joseph McCarthy. Illustrations by: Dean MacAdam

Dazzling Dahlias

At the Endless Summer Flower Farm in Camden, a couple has made a specialty of nurturing 230 varieties of late-season showstoppers. By: Rebecca Martin Evarts. Photography by: Greg Currier

Night (and Day) at the Museums

The leadership at virtually all of Maine’s major art institutions has changed in the past few years. Do these new faces signal a shift in the direction of Maine art? By: Edgar Allen Beem

After Plum Creek: A Provocation

Change has already come to the Maine North Woods. According to acclaimed environmental author and activist Robert Kimber, it’s about to come a whole lot faster. By: Robert Kimber. Photography by: Douglas Merriam

Maine’s 10 Prettiest Harbors

When we, the editors of Down East, tried to winnow scores of stunning Maine harbors down to just ten, we knew we had to call in the experts — you. Thousands voted on Here are your picks, in your words.

Late Shift

Small-town police work is 99 percent tedium and 1 percent terror. Good cops love it all. By: Monica Wood

A Writer’s Island Escape

Complete with a writing tower overlooking Somes Sound, this house is where Roxana Robinson, acclaimed author of Cost and a half dozen other literary works, perfects her craft. By: Anna Kasabian Photography by: Benjamin Magro


An Empire of Sail

One family from Bath and their boats. By: Colin Woodard

Moon Socks

When David Quinn, the founder of Acorn (2 Cedar St., 800-872-2676,, a footwear company based in Lewiston, landed a deal with NASA in 1982, the company gave new meaning to its slogan “Comfort on Earth.” That year, astronauts were sent on their shuttle missions wearing Acorn’s signature Slipper Socks. Since then, astronauts have logged more than five hundred million miles in their comfy Acorns, and one pair has been placed on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Photography by: Acorn Products

Strolling for the Mail

In Lakeville, the walk to town is better than the drive. By: Kay Hardy Campbell

Electronic Itinerary

Navigating Maine in a new age. By: Paul Doiron

North by East

Trashcan mail, Mainers and their teeth (or lack thereof), some Vinalhaven fossils, and other random musings from Maine.

The Maine Viewpoint

Editorial opinions from across the state.

Buns of Stickiness

There’s nothing much better than a sticky bun in the morning — or really any time of day. And you’ll have a hard time finding a sweeter one than the pastry served at Home Kitchen Café (650 Main St., 207-596-2449) in Rockland. The breakfast and lunch joint features delectable buns, with or without nuts, that are buttery blocks of sugar and spice. At nearly four bucks a piece (and worth every penny), these buns make a great appetizer to split, or a veritable meal for one. Photography by: Jennifer Baum

Stonington Standout

Lily’s Café and Wine Bar offers gourmet food and friendly faces on Deer Isle. By: Brooke Dojny. Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo

Dramatic Driftwood

The hopes of Goose Rocks floated with this “houseboat” in 1951. By: Joshua F. Moore Photography by: Yale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Where in Maine?

Have you ever seen this flying moose? Photography by: Jennifer Baum

Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine. Photography by: Dean Abramson

The FairPoint Fiasco

Who’s to blame for the FairPoint telephone and broadband fiasco? More parties than you might think. By: Joshua F. Moore

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