Down East http://www.downeast.com The Magazine of Maine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:23:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Vinland http://www.downeast.com/vinland/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/vinland/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:40:14 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16890 Vinland is a fine-dining restaurant in Portland that uses only local ingredients.

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By Michaela Cavallaro
Photographed by Séan Alonzo Harris

Your cocktail contains beet juice, and the wines are all organic (some are also biodynamic and wild-fermented). The broth for your mussels is composed partly of whey. The gluten-free components and provenance of every dish are described in minute detail. And at the end of your meal, the check arrives in an old book of poetry. There’s a fine line between a precisely executed meal intensely focused on local ingredients and a Portlandia sketch — and Vinland teeters right on the edge.

“I thought, here we are, a little bootstrap restaurant trying to make delicious food, and we happen to use all local ingredients,” says chef-owner David Levi, “but it turned out to be a trickier thing in terms of public perception than I ever would have guessed.” Vinland’s commitment to be 100 percent local — no olive oil, no lemons, no cane sugar, and few of the spices most restaurants count on to add depth and complexity to their cooking — is “our greatest trump card as well as the albatross around our neck,” Levi says. “It attracts a lot of people and repels a lot of others.”

Funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, Levi’s restaurant is very on-trend. It doesn’t hurt that Levi trained at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant run by René Redzepi that has been called the best restaurant in the world. He went to Noma because of his interest in foraged wild foods, but he left with Scandinavian influences that extend to Vinland’s décor: spare and streamlined, finished with blond wood and birch-branch art. Some early courses — including an amuse-bouche of chèvre and herbs on a house-made beet chip — are served on smooth rocks gathered from local beaches by Levi, his staff, and his landlord. “I recognize that serving on stones is a bit of a New Nordic cliché, but I think they’re really beautiful,” he says. “It’s an eating experience that fits in with the cuisine on a philosophical and aesthetic level, in terms of drawing us closer to the land, but it’s also playful and fun and unexpected.”

Levi’s vision for Vinland is lofty: In a 19-point manifesto published on the restaurant’s website that quotes both Che Guevara and Wendell Berry, he shares his thoughts on topics including food aesthetics (good), modern grain production methods (bad), the coming crash of the industrial food system (good and bad), and a restaurant kitchen culture that is defined by “negative reinforcement, shaming, misogyny, racism, homophobia, glorified substance abuse, callousness toward living beings, wastefulness, and disdain for ethics” (really bad).

That’s a lot of pressure to put on dinner — especially in the bleak midwinter, when the evening meal is as much a beacon of warmth and comfort as a source of essential calories. It’s also a challenge to serve an enticing meal sourced from local ingredients when the harvest is long past and root vegetables have lost their luster. Yet Levi finds the restrictions — which he says aren’t all that restrictive in the first place given the breadth of purveyors with whom he works — a source of creativity.

Levi’s dishes are clean and simple, sometimes to the point of austerity.

Indeed, Vinland’s kitchen manages to make even the most pedestrian ingredients appealing. Behold the lowly turnip, transformed into a luxurious, creamy soup topped with delicate edible flowers and herbs — a hint of the blooms to come as the days lengthen. In a warm winter salad, bitter radicchio mellows when roasted with potatoes and laced with melted cheddar.

Levi’s dishes are clean and simple, sometimes to the point of austerity. Our server alerts us to the fact that seafood and meats are served in roughly 2-ounce portions, allowing diners to take advantage of three-, five-, or ten-course tasting menus without having to surreptitiously unbutton their pants before dessert.

A cluster of mussels arrives in a clear, whey-based broth, along with garlic, ginger, and a take on that old New England staple, brown bread — this one made of oat flour, applesauce, maple sugar, and egg whites. Vinland’s version of beef tartare, simply labeled “Raw Beef” on the menu, is light and fresh, topped with strips of pickled onion, thin cranberry and horseradish shavings, and a scattering of micro greens.

Pork capocollo — one of Vinland’s signature dishes — is a sous-vide preparation, meaning it’s vacuum sealed in plastic and cooked at a lower-than-usual temperature. That process would normally be verboten at Vinland, where Levi eschews the use of plastic. But the cut, a deboned pork butt, arrives vacuum sealed by the purveyor, so Levi lets it slide. The long, low-temperature cooking time breaks down the meat’s connective tissue, resulting in a tender, medium-rare portion that is then smoked and served with cabbage and fennel.

The winter dessert menu at Vinland, meanwhile, may prompt flashbacks to 1970s natural food stores — think parsnip custard and buckwheat sandwich cookies, along with an apple crisp dutifully covered with a thick layer of granola.

As an intellectual exercise — is it possible to build a fine-dining restaurant in northern New England on local ingredients only? — Vinland succeeds wildly. But it remains to be seen whether Levi’s experiment can attract large numbers of diners in Portland, where options for a $200 dinner for two with a local emphasis (if not a manifesto) aren’t hard to come by. “I stand by it 100 percent,” Levi says confidently. “Some people love it; some people don’t. But I know it comes from a good place, and that’s what matters.”

Vinland
593 Congress St., Portland
207-653-8617
vinland.me

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Rigby the Westie in Old Orchard Beach

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While out for a ride we saw this eagle, about 10 miles from our home in Milbridge.

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Palace Playland amusement park enveloped in mist with the Old Orchard Beach pier in the foreground.

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Sun tones on Maine waters

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Portrait http://www.downeast.com/portrait/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/portrait/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:42:45 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16611 Foy Brown – part owner of Brown’s Boatyard in North Haven island. Shot on 35mm film (Kodak Portra ISO 160).

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Foy Brown – part owner of Brown’s Boatyard in North Haven island. Shot on 35mm film (Kodak Portra ISO 160).

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Ice seems to hold the image

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Mr. CMP http://www.downeast.com/mr-cmp/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/mr-cmp/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:59:16 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16832 Jim Wright is Maine’s most famous power-line worker — evah!

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Jim Wright is Maine’s most famous power-line worker — evah!

By Virginia M. Wright
Photographed by Mark Fleming
It may be the best known Maine-ism since “you can’t get there from here”: “No line is safe to touch — evah!”, the Central Maine Power safety message delivered in TV spots for more than two decades by a hard-hatted, mustachioed lineman named Jim Wright. Wright — not an actor but a real lineman — was recruited for the commercials after a chance meeting with a CMP marketing employee in 1992. Now, he’s a Maine household name. He even has an online fan club with more than 150 members.

Your accent sounds like the real deal. Did you grow up here?

I did, mostly along the coast. Later, we moved to the Skowhegan area, but we still kept a camp down in the Bristol-Bremen area. Growing up, I spent every day of my summers out on a lobsterboat.

Is it true that you were initially told to lose the accent?

It was more of a concern with my wife. She said, “Make sure you talk very clearly and pronounce all your Rs.” I said, “What do you mean? I do!” I was trying to make her proud. Well, those first three commercials took 128 takes! The director and the producer were like, “Something’s not right. Relax a little. Just say it the way you want.” That’s when I said, “Evah!” It came out as natural as could be, and that’s what they wanted. From that point on, whenever I’ve had an opportunity to do commercials and safety messages, it takes two or three takes and we’re there.

Do people recognize you when you’re out and about?

All the time. People say, “You’re the guy who says ‘evah’!” or “Have we met before?” I have a little fun with it. I say, “Do you watch much TV? Well, I’ve been in your living room.” It’s humbling, and it’s fun. I’ve gone to a few schools to show our gear to the kids, and they’ll say, “I told my father he’s not supposed to touch the lines ever.” That makes me feel really good.

Where’s the most unexpected place you’ve been recognized?

The airport in Puerto Rico. I was at the counter trying to change my flight, and the person in line behind me says, “Hey, you’re from Maine! You’re the guy from that TV commercial!” We turned around and asked, “How did you know?” They said, “We can tell by your voice.”

Describe your average workday.

I supervise transmission high-line crews. We’re out in the middle of the woods from Kittery to Houlton, checking whether transmission lines are energized or dead and working with equipment to keep things going. We start at 6 in the morning on a 10–12-hour day.

What is the most memorable workday of your career?

The ice storm of ’98. The amount of damage is burned into my memory, but more important was the generosity and patience of the Maine people. People had been without power for days, but they were looking out for us: “Can we get you coffee? Doughnuts? Hey, I just baked some muffins.” I never came across anyone who was disgruntled.

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Stonington http://www.downeast.com/stonington/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/stonington/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:09:45 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16368 A lobster fishing village.

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A lobster fishing village.

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Brown’s Boatyard – 126 years young. North Haven, Maine.

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HDR photo of Monhegan Island Lighthouse

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Wintry view from Perkins Cove on the ocean side in Ogunquit.

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Beach roses along the marginal way in Ogunquit.

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A field on Islesboro taken in early June.

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Maine’s newest communal island retreat may be a gag, but its 250,000 owners still wish they were here.
By Brian Kevin
Photographed by Mark Fleming
An arctic front had just blown in on the January day that Portland bartender Leon Samson set out with his girlfriend, Charlotte Burgess, to inspect his newly acquired island property. As the pair tromped across Liberty’s frozen Lake St. George, the wind chill was around 13 degrees, with gusts of up to 48 mph. The only thing even vaguely Hawaiian about their destination — a 6-acre whaleback island, thick with white pines — was its newly bestowed name: Hawaii 2.

Samson cinched the hood of his sweatshirt tight around his ballcap and zipped his black leather jacket to the neck. When they reached shore, the 34-year-old adjusted his orange plastic sunglasses, whipped out an iPhone, and posed with Burgess for a selfie.

“All this for 15 bucks!” he yelled, as the fake shutter clicked.

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Leon Samson of Portland poses on a snow-covered parcel of Hawaii 2.

If Samson doesn’t fit your image of a tony private-island landowner, that’s maybe because he lays claim to just a single square foot of Hawaii 2’s wooly interior. The other 250,000ish square feet are owned, respectively, by a quarter-million folks who donated to a holiday fundraising campaign by a Chicago-based game company called Cards Against Humanity. Not for the easily offended, Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players match cards containing absurd and often salacious phrases to cards containing provocative prompts — think Mad Libs meets Apples to Apples meets a Friars Club Roast. The game has a cult following, and last November, many fans leapt at the chance to pay $15 in exchange for 10 surprise gifts — a promotional event dubbed “Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa.” Cards Against Humanity donated $250,000 of the proceeds to a national transparency-in-government foundation. The company mailed small daily prizes like personalized cards and packs of stickers. Then it bought Birch Island in Waldo County for $200,000, renamed it, and mailed every contributor an “exclusive license” to a square foot of it, complete with GPS coordinates for each parcel.

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The Cards Against Humanity team managed to transport this shed and enormous safe to the island — and filled it with limited-edition cards for the CAH game. The combination was revealed to the CAH faithful in a series of clues on promotional materials. Here, Samson, Burgess, and the author inspect some cards a previous visitor left out.

A Down East straw poll of friends and colleagues who own a piece of Hawaii 2 revealed sundry plans among the island’s new barons. Casey McClure of Las Vegas, Nevada, says she laughed “incredibly hard” upon receiving her deed and hopes to send a friend to plant a sapling on her plot. Dan Geislinger of St. Paul, Minnesota, muses that the island seems like “a nice place to meditate.” Between the two of them, Brad and Darcy Cripe of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, own three square feet of Hawaii 2 and say they are considering retiring there.

As for Samson, he set out in January to build a cabin on his plot, but the cold must have addled his brain — he forgot the Lincoln Logs back in the car.

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Aloha, Hawaii 2.

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On a year-round road. Three-season, 2-bedroom cottage on 3.5 acres with 200′ of
frontage on an ocean bluff. Private, safe, beautiful ocean views from all
rooms. Partially furnished. Small barn. Walk to warm-water beaches. Low taxes.
Close to Maine. $130,000.
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Features

Best Places to Live in Maine

Looking to relocate? Or maybe just like to daydream about it? We’ve picked eight of Maine’s most welcoming towns and cities.

Seeds He’s Sown

It’s been 40 years since “Garden Song” made David Mallett’s reputation as a songwriter. After 16 albums, an identity crisis or two, and a decade in a changing Nashville, Maine’s earnest balladeer is digging deeper than ever. By Brian Kevin.

Kelp: It’s What’s for Dinner

From lobstermen to food-truck vendors, more and more Mainers are betting that seaweed will soon become a staple of the American diet. Dulse grilled cheese, anyone? By Rob Sneddon.

 

Departments

Where in Maine?

Can you identify this North Woods hideaway?

Editor’s Note

Living in Camden

Letters to the Editor

What You Said

Your Maine

What’s the best part about living in Maine?

 

North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

Aloha 2!

A Visit to Maine’s Newest Communal Island Retreat

What’s in a Picture

Rescue at Sea

Q+A

Jim Wright is Evah Vigilant

Talk of Maine

The Down East Environmental Award: Ogunquit Leads the Way

 

Dooryard

Living the Maine Life

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My Maine

Cardinal

Room With a View

Fit to Be Tied

 

Guide

What to Do in Maine This Month

Dining

Vinland, Portland

Art

Metamorphoses

Music

Rustic Overtones’ Mood Box

Film

Maine Jewish Film Festival

Calendar

Go here. Do this. See that.

From Our Archives

March 1958. A look back at Down East fifty-seven years ago.

 

Cover: Cape Porpoise by Cara Slifka.

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Go here. Do this. See that.
March 2015

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 “Of all the things that get us through a long Maine winter, meeting friends for a meal on the town is numero uno.”
— Kathleen Pierce, Bangor Daily News

The inadequately named Maine Restaurant Week has swelled to two weeks of special menus and special events across a state increasingly known for its prodigious, inventive, and locally focused restaurant scene. Some of Maine’s best chefs dream up prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for this multi-week restaurant crawl. The feast of feasts kicks off with a breakfast cook-off on Feb. 27, gets zany with a costumed pancake race on March 4, and hosts a gala cocktail party on March 8 (among other events). Special menus March 1–14. 207-775-2126. mainerestaurantweek.com

The Good People of Southie
March 13-22

Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire grew up in South Boston, and his Tony-nominated Good People considers whether a person can ever leave humble roots behind. Frances McDormand won a Tony for playing the lead on Broadway. Aqua City Actors Theatre tackles this raw dramedy. $12. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St., Waterville. 207-873-7000. acattheatre.org

State Function
March 21

8a673aae-f921-4dab-a750-ca413f95d8f0The third annual State of the State concert is an omni-genre odyssey of Maine popular music, hosted by the State Theatre. There’s a roots vibe to the day show, with string outfits Tumbling Bones and Tricky Britches and folk troubadour David Mallett. Veteran Mallet hosts a songwriter’s Q+A in the afternoon, then the night show launches and all bets are off: Five bands include the electro-pop of Crusoe, the driving rock of When Particles Collide, and the nu-metal of 6gig. March 21. 1 p.m. day show, 7 p.m. night show. $35 for all events; individual event tickets available. 609 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000. statetheatreportland.com

Freeskiing Hijinks at Sunday River
March 27-28

Ever marveled at the freeskiers during the X Games or Olympics? Then grab a patch of snow among the spectators at the Dumont Cup. Maine-bred freeskiing champ Simon Dumont hosts his pro-skier pals as they get airborne at Sunday River’s T72 terrain park. Sunday River Resort, Newry. 207-824-3000. dumontcup.com

Feeling Puckish
March 28

Portland’s old pro-hockey team, the Maine Mariners, moved away in 1992, becoming the Providence Bruins. The Portland Pirates came to town the next year, and a hockey rivalry was born. Catch an old-school New England clash on ice when the Pirates host the Bruins at the Cross Insurance Arena. March 28. 7 p.m. $22–$29. 1 Civic Center Sq., Portland. 207-747-2837. portlandpirates.com

 

Kid Stuff

Kids, Kartoons & Kotzschmar
March 1

Sailing is the theme for a sing-along-friendly performance of the grand Kotzschmar organ (with tours to follow). 3 p.m. $18. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-842-0800. foko.org

Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby
March 7

Can your son or daughter pull in a lunker? The first 500 kids to show up before 10 a.m. get set up with free ice-fishing gear. 8 a.m. Range Ponds State Park, Poland Spring. icefishingderby.com

Creatures of the Night
March 11

Head to the planetarium at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine for an eye-opening demonstration of how bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals go about their nightly business. 10:30 a.m. 142 Free St., Portland. 207-828-1234. kitetails.org

Maine Science Festival
March 20–22

Want to learn about forensics at a simulated crime scene? See how Pixar works its magic? Hear children’s authors dish on science for kids? These and other egghead events fill the schedule at Bangor’s citywide science fair. $15 for keynote, other events free. Locations across Bangor. mainesciencefestival.org

Portland Children’s Film Festival
March 25–29

Cool stop-motion animation and short films by K–12 students are among the highlights of this kid-centric cinema spree. Some films free; others $5–$10. Venues across Portland. portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com

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Cadillac Mountian~Acadia National Park http://www.downeast.com/cadillac-mountianacadia-national-park/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/cadillac-mountianacadia-national-park/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:55:00 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16525 My roundtrip snowshoe up Cadillac Mountain last month is something I like to do,in the winter, at least a dozen times a year. The...

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My roundtrip snowshoe up Cadillac Mountain last month is something I like to do,in the winter, at least a dozen times a year. The weather condition that day was perfect, with minimal wind gusts, sun blazing hot in the sky, and temps in the 20’s. Life is best, on the rock :)

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Beachcomber Wells Beach http://www.downeast.com/beachcomber-wells-beach/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/beachcomber-wells-beach/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:36:28 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16490 February 2015 Beachcomber at Wells beach snowed in. Hopefully this now will be melted by summer!

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February 2015 Beachcomber at Wells beach snowed in. Hopefully this now will be melted by summer!

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Ice Sculptures at Old Orchard Pier http://www.downeast.com/ice-sculptures-old-orchard-pier/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/ice-sculptures-old-orchard-pier/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:22:40 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16621 Icy pilings under the Pier at Old Orchard Beach, February 18. Taken with the automatic setting, Kodak EasyShare Z981.

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Icy pilings under the Pier at Old Orchard Beach, February 18. Taken with the automatic setting, Kodak EasyShare Z981.

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Maine Snow in Winter 1 http://www.downeast.com/maine-snow-winter-1/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/maine-snow-winter-1/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:48:22 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16498 I remembered I had this photo I took on February 9 of 2013. I couldn’t get out the front door and the worst part...

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I remembered I had this photo I took on February 9 of 2013. I couldn’t get out the front door and the worst part was that all my shovels were there. My deck door opens inward, luckily, so I could grope my way to my garage and snow blower. To think years ago I’d shovel this by hand!!

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Almost a Traffic Jam http://www.downeast.com/almost-traffic-jam/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/almost-traffic-jam/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:21:26 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16577 Washington, Maine

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Washington, Maine

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Blue Jay http://www.downeast.com/blue-jay/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/blue-jay/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:12:43 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16505 A handsome blue jay enjoying the sunshine and blue skies in between the fierce snowstorms of 2015! Taken in Parsonsfield, February 2015

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A handsome blue jay enjoying the sunshine and blue skies in between the fierce snowstorms of 2015! Taken in Parsonsfield, February 2015

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Wells Jetty in Winter http://www.downeast.com/wells-jetty-winter/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/wells-jetty-winter/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:08:03 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16488 This is the view at the end of our path in February at the Wells jetty at Wells Harbor.

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This is the view at the end of our path in February at the Wells jetty at Wells Harbor.

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Bath, Maine http://www.downeast.com/bath-maine/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/bath-maine/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:03:16 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16483 This was taken in July 2014 as we were returning from Canada and traveling the Maine Coast. Diane Dellomo

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This was taken in July 2014 as we were returning from Canada and traveling the Maine Coast. Diane Dellomo

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Sabbathday Lake Shaker village http://www.downeast.com/sabbathday-lake-shaker-village/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/sabbathday-lake-shaker-village/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:57:40 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16485 The buildings at Sabbathday Lake Shaker village can withstand any kind of winter weather. Taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z981, February 14, 2015.

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The buildings at Sabbathday Lake Shaker village can withstand any kind of winter weather. Taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z981, February 14, 2015.

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Raven Town Hall Meeting http://www.downeast.com/raven-town-hall-meeting/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/raven-town-hall-meeting/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:31:25 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16478 Ravens having a discussion in northern Maine

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Ravens having a discussion in northern Maine

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Plum Crazi Snowing http://www.downeast.com/plum-crazi-snowing/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=flipboard_rss&utm_campaign=down+east http://www.downeast.com/plum-crazi-snowing/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:27:35 +0000 http://www.downeast.com/?p=16467 The fishing boats “Plum Crazi” (foreground) and “Late Starter” (background) at mooring just off the island of Pope’s Folly on Johnson Bay during a...

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The fishing boats “Plum Crazi” (foreground) and “Late Starter” (background) at mooring just off the island of Pope’s Folly on Johnson Bay during a falling snow, Lubec, Maine

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