October 2018

Autumnal Oasis

Visitors to Grafton Notch State Park in October are greeted with canopies of red, orange, and yellow, signaling the beauty that lies farther up the mountains. The 3,100-acre park, located in Grafton Township in western Maine, is home to some … Continue reading

The Virtually Invisible

When Daniel Quintanilla tells a story, his audience isn’t on the outside looking in. They are fully immersed. For the filmmaker’s latest project, At the Periphery, the sense of being in someone else’s shoes is especially important. This virtual reality … Continue reading

Organically Grown Career

When Sarah Alexander learned about factory farming, industrialized agriculture, and the chemicals used in growing crops, she became “fired up.” As a college student, she started researching organic farming and realized it was a way to change the food industry … Continue reading

Beautiful Imperfections

“Nothing is too precious,” says Heidi Lachapelle. We’re sitting at her kitchen island drinking cups of bitter, nutty coffee, and she has just explained the ethos of her home. She is referring specifically to the Carrara marble countertops. “They have … Continue reading

Long Grain

In early August, Bon Appetit magazine named Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year. It’s a big accolade for Maine’s largest city, which is small by national standards. But, as Mainers and food writers from well beyond the state … Continue reading

Ducks, Dogs, and Decoys

Sawdust on the floor, dozens of painted test-spots in variations of the color green, the charred smells of a woodburning tool—that’s only a fraction of what’s to be noticed here. This is Frank Middleton’s workshop in a converted barn in … Continue reading

48 Hours in Saco + Biddeford

Friday Evening Finding the way When my roommate Anna and I arrive in Saco, our first stop is for dinner at The Run of the Mill. The pub’s atmosphere is laid-back. We opt for outside seating and split some dishes: … Continue reading

A Maine Export Returns Home

On a hot July afternoon at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, cousins Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis stand on a sharply sloped boulder at the water’s edge, arms outstretched and wide smiles on their faces. Veterans of many television … Continue reading