Camden

Capture

Every summer my wife and I and our two pups camp at Camden Hills State Park. During our trip this past July, in the midst of a heat wave, we paddled for an hour before cooling off in the water. … 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

Starring Role

In an old barn in Rockland outfitted with screens, swivel chairs, and high-tech equipment, Sam Mateosian helps me adjust a virtual-reality viewer on my head. I see an artistic rendition of a classic Maine scene: island, lighthouse, lobster boat, kayak. Each element … Continue reading