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

Consider the Apple

With his gazetteer by his side, in the fall of 2016 farmer David Buchanan put over a thousand miles on his car in search of hidden fruit. It was a difficult year for apples, and he had to head north … Continue reading

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

50 Mainers Balancing Heritage and Progress

Much of what makes Maine so appealing—its outdoor recreational opportunities, dramatic coastline, and independent spirit—hasn’t changed for centuries. Yet, there’s a lot of Maine that needs to change. Ask residents of towns with shuttered mills. Or someone who doesn’t fit … Continue reading


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48 Hours in York + Kittery

Friday Evening My husband and I are off to York and Kittery to visit some of the places we’ve had on our to-do list for over 15 years. My in-laws live in York, and they have graciously agreed to host … Continue reading

Farm Feats on the Fairway

“Get in there and grab your bacon!” “You’ve got to dive!” The fans are standing now, clapping and yelling from the bleachers in the Pulling Arena. Eight young pigs have just been let loose onto the dusty floor, and they’re … Continue reading

Ferry, Harbor, Quarry, Love

I keep finding myself looking for the little black cat—the one written about by author Margaret Wise Brown, who spent more than a dozen summers on Vinalhaven and who penned The Little Fisherman, Goodnight Moon, and dozens of other classic … Continue reading