Simplicity of a Downeast Christmas, where focus is clearly on the day

The holidays are fast approaching, and this year the days have come even more quickly than in the past. Families will begin preparations for gatherings and gift giving, and traditions will be celebrated from household to household. Festive decorations will come out of musty basements and attics and be displayed for all to see in […]

Adding a little Downeast Zip to the Morning Coffee

One by one the fishermen arrive. With no sound, perhaps a nod, they quietly take their seats. A cup of coffee arrives shortly after, silently and without any prompting. Then another fisherman enters, quickly followed by two more. Nods in greeting are exchanged with no words spoken, as this is clearly the non-verbal portion of […]

Liking the nuances and beauty of small town government, the Downeast way

There are two things people generally have a hard time talking about, religion and politics. For some reason these two subjects often create controversy, heated discussions and a high risk of bad feelings among friends, acquaintances, and even family members. Government, too, can cause some trepidation to one wanting to talk about it or possibly […]

History, food and community is what a Downeast bean supper is all about

Everyone likes a good meal and an opportunity for great conversation. Here in Downeast, Maine and pretty much across the state, it is easy to get both at the same time. You may even find yourself impacting a community by funding a cause, or supporting a family in need. The Maine bean supper is a […]