Through the looking glass: inside a fish shack

Ice house, fish shack

The tiny houses dotted along a frozen surface are irresistible to any one with a camera in hand. Their simple shapes in the middle of a field of ice, surrounded by forest and mountain, have inspired coffee table books and appeared on the covers of magazines. They represent a culture, a world, and, for those […]

Groundhog’s Day Maine-style

Vodka infused with Candlemas symbols: round peppercorns, sun yellow lemons.

Maine does not have a famous resident rodent to predict winter’s length, but February 2 was the day to see what Mother Nature has in store long before Punxsutawney Phil was a gleam in his mom and dad’s eye. Whether or not Phil sees his shadow on February 2 is believed to be an indicator […]

Mrs. Peel gets a tree

Tree lashed to car

Wild Maine Christmas trees have uneven branches, irregular shapes, bare spots, gaps, and are not dense and lush. They are simply trees cut from the woods, where they grew and adapted to what was happening around them. We are large in number who love these true and honest trees. Some call them Charlie Brown’s, but […]

Meet the Bar Man

Galyn's Loungs

“Do you know what that is?” Ernie Haskell Brooks asks, stroking his hand over a thick butcher-block counter top. “Cutting board” I respond, wondering if it is a trick question. He is pleased as he shakes his head. “A queen-size head board,” he answers. The massive slab of wood, now mellowed with oil and cut […]