Where in Maine?
This summer village on a lake is well disguised by a blanket of snow. Can you identify it?
This time of year, the population of this central Maine village is about half of what it is during the summer. Maybe even less than that. Sporting camps like these are boarded-up ghost towns, and the fishermen who come to troll for salmon are long gone. The family camps on the shore of this long lake are likewise closed for the season, and tourists disappear like Judge Crater, the New York Supreme Court associate justice who had a summer home around here and mysteriously vanished one day in the 1930s, becoming one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in U.. history. These twelve camps are on a tiny island surrounded by communities with European names, underneath the shadow of "The Mountain" and just around the corner from Elizabeth Arden Road. They were constructed in the late 1920s by a local gentleman who actually built the island on which they sit, hand-filling an acre of water. Finding guests to fill the camps was never a problem. People have been summering in this area since before the turn of the century. A 1981 movie, set here but filmed in New Hampshire, introduced the nation to this land of lakes. Nowadays, kayak and canoe outfitters do a brisk business here, and in recent years a golf course has opened that has been rated one of "America's Greatest Public Courses" by Golf Digest and continues to draw big crowds. But not in January. Send us a note if you can identify this wintry scene.