Tag Archives: Downeast

Smaller the town, the grander the celebration

“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high.” These lines are from the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian physician Lt. Col. John McCrae in 1915. The poem was part of a two-hour ceremony performed by students from the […]

Machiasport thinks big for Maine 200

“It just takes an idea to build something upon,” says Marcia Hayward, town clerk for the Machiasport. Her sentiment is the foundation of a plan to convert 27 acres of land, located behind the town office and fire department, into a recreational space affording activities for young and old in Machiasport. “We are just beginning, […]

Eastport, an ever-evolving city of brick, light and shadow

A friend of mine visiting Downeast for the first time mentioned shortly after arriving that he noticed a drastic change in the air and in the light. Paraphrasing, he commented, “The air is tinged with the scent of salt, and the light is brighter. Everything here seems so different, even the shadows appear out of […]

A warm hand of greeting to our friends in the “Great White North”

Pack the parka and the snowshoes and throw in a six-pack for good measure as we travel to Canada, a place many call the “Great White North” because of its vast expanse of snow and wilderness. The term was also used as the title for a Canadian comedy sketch about living in Canada in the […]

Finding island sheep and seeing the past

Downeast is known for its unspoiled and rugged coastline, but, in my mind, the islands that dot its waters bring an added luster to this place. They are like magical jewels hidden on a piece of bundled fabric. When unraveled, they spill out one by one, and finding them is like finding buried treasure. Anyone […]