Maine Classics Archive

One man’s quest for his past leads him to the Portland of today. Story and photos by Mira Ptacin, Summerguide 2004 View this complete story as a PDF  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maine Classic: Portland’s First Family

One man’s quest for his past leads him to the Portland of today. Story and photos by Mira Ptacin, Summerguide 2004 View this complete story as a PDF  

Can Miss Deering High 1965 leave Portland, Maine---and find happiness with a dynamite career , a handsome, successful husband, two beautiful sons, and homes in Los Angeles and Toronto? The lady in question is dark-eyed, funny Andrea Martin, and the answer is a resounding "Yes!"<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Throwback Thursday: Andrea Martin, 1987

Can Miss Deering High 1965 leave Portland, Maine—and find happiness with a dynamite career , a handsome, successful husband, two beautiful sons, and homes in Los Angeles and Toronto? The lady in question is dark-eyed, funny Andrea Martin, and the answer is a resounding “Yes!”






Summerguide 2014
Leave it to Chansonetta Stanley to capture magical realism while her brothers were out back building cars.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Under Exposed

Summerguide 2014
Leave it to Chansonetta Stanley to capture magical realism while her brothers were out back building cars.






September 2012
At portland’s First Fridays, the art’s inside and out.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Shoe Music

September 2012
At portland’s First Fridays, the art’s inside and out.






View full story as a PDF Fiction By Barbara F. Lefcowitz I‘ve never told a soul before: you, reader, are the first to know that for over 25 years I, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Pink Suit

View full story as a PDF Fiction By Barbara F. Lefcowitz I‘ve never told a soul before: you, reader, are the first to know that for over 25 years I, […]

November 1996 Imagine growing up in Portland, Maine. It’s pretty easy for a lot of us. But then imagine walking down Exchange Street in the Old Port for some shopping […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine – Liv Tyler

November 1996 Imagine growing up in Portland, Maine. It’s pretty easy for a lot of us. But then imagine walking down Exchange Street in the Old Port for some shopping […]

A C_54A transport departs Newfoundland on the last leg of a mail flight from England to Washington, D.C. Around midnight, over New Brunswick, they transmit a signal to Washington, giving […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Cost of Freedom

A C_54A transport departs Newfoundland on the last leg of a mail flight from England to Washington, D.C. Around midnight, over New Brunswick, they transmit a signal to Washington, giving […]

One of every 100 people you pass by on the streets of Portland may be concealing a hand gun. Unless, of course, he isn’t concealing it. by Colin S. Sargent […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Guns & Lobsters

One of every 100 people you pass by on the streets of Portland may be concealing a hand gun. Unless, of course, he isn’t concealing it. by Colin S. Sargent […]

The cozy double front parlors complete with working fireplaces, hardwood floors, six- over-six windows, Federal woodwork, and Greek Revival moldings on the first floor of the two story white clapboard […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Across the Street from Cheverus… Portland’s Ante-Bellum Brady Bunch

The cozy double front parlors complete with working fireplaces, hardwood floors, six- over-six windows, Federal woodwork, and Greek Revival moldings on the first floor of the two story white clapboard […]

From the 2000 Summerguide Dave Brubeck & the First Annual Maine Jazz Festival Story By Farrah T. Giroux, Interview by Colin Sargent view this story as a .pdf Jazz great […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Dave Brubeck & the First Annual Maine Jazz Festival

From the 2000 Summerguide Dave Brubeck & the First Annual Maine Jazz Festival Story By Farrah T. Giroux, Interview by Colin Sargent view this story as a .pdf Jazz great […]

Summerguide 2008 If you live in Vacationland, where do you go to vacation? One wonders: With 3,478 miles of coastline and several thousand islands in their home state, do Mainers […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Island in the (Maine) Stream

Summerguide 2008 If you live in Vacationland, where do you go to vacation? One wonders: With 3,478 miles of coastline and several thousand islands in their home state, do Mainers […]

May 2003 Because the playwright Eugene 0 ‘ Neill, hailed by many as the best American dramatist of the 20th century, spent the summer of 1926 at Belgrade Lake, his life, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Maine Summer of Eugene O’Neill

May 2003 Because the playwright Eugene 0 ‘ Neill, hailed by many as the best American dramatist of the 20th century, spent the summer of 1926 at Belgrade Lake, his life, […]

Summerguide 2006 by Rick Moody download this story as a .pdf<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Lamoine

Summerguide 2006 by Rick Moody download this story as a .pdf

December 2007 download this story as a .pdf When two worlds collide after twilight on a hot sum­m­er night, the terrible result is blood in the water and a rift […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Night of the Shooting Stars

December 2007 download this story as a .pdf When two worlds collide after twilight on a hot sum­m­er night, the terrible result is blood in the water and a rift […]

Winterguide 1992 download this story as a .pdf Autum Aquino, 6, and her family face AIDS.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

One Family’s Autumn

Winterguide 1992 download this story as a .pdf Autum Aquino, 6, and her family face AIDS.

Winterguide 2005 download this story as a .pdf by Stacey Chase “The Horsey Set” takes on a whole new meaning at this farm in Biddeford All the pretty horses that dot the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maine’s Misfits

Winterguide 2005 download this story as a .pdf by Stacey Chase “The Horsey Set” takes on a whole new meaning at this farm in Biddeford All the pretty horses that dot the […]

Summerguide 2001 By Leigh Donaldson For decades, the FBI tailed him. But every summer for two weeks in July the African-American intellectual leader disappeared…to a lake in Maine. When the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The W.E.B. DuBois Files

Summerguide 2001 By Leigh Donaldson For decades, the FBI tailed him. But every summer for two weeks in July the African-American intellectual leader disappeared…to a lake in Maine. When the […]

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Autum in Spring

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October 2004 download this story as a .pdf By Jan Grieco Just offshore from where posh Sebasco Estates in Phippsburg sits today, 41-acre Malanga Island was home to a black […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Shudder Island

October 2004 download this story as a .pdf By Jan Grieco Just offshore from where posh Sebasco Estates in Phippsburg sits today, 41-acre Malanga Island was home to a black […]

November 1990 download this story as a .pdf by Kevin LeDuc SHALKAV, a 31-year-old sailor, tells me, “My son is 4, my daughter is 8,” indicating with gestures his son’s […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Pizza Diplomacy, Life on a Soviet Freighter

November 1990 download this story as a .pdf by Kevin LeDuc SHALKAV, a 31-year-old sailor, tells me, “My son is 4, my daughter is 8,” indicating with gestures his son’s […]

July 1986 download this story as a .pdf By Collin Sargent Whatever happened to that woman who got kicked out of Maine Maritime Academy for not wearing her uniform? Carelessly […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Whatever Happened To Barbara DiNinno

July 1986 download this story as a .pdf By Collin Sargent Whatever happened to that woman who got kicked out of Maine Maritime Academy for not wearing her uniform? Carelessly […]

February/March 2011
LightHawk aviation, a Maine-based consortium of ‘knights  of the sky,’ is thinking and acting globally as they commit startling, environmentally good deeds.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Watcher in the Clouds

February/March 2011
LightHawk aviation, a Maine-based consortium of ‘knights of the sky,’ is thinking and acting globally as they commit startling, environmentally good deeds.






Winterguide 2011
The two family legacies of polar explorer Robert E. Peary reunite.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Meet the Other Pearys

Winterguide 2011
The two family legacies of polar explorer Robert E. Peary reunite.






December 2010
With a sheaf of summers in Bar Harbor as his inspiration, Wall Street 2 heartthrob John Buffalo Mailer, 32, is daring to live on the knife’s edge, taking on the world as actor, playwright, screenwriter, editor, blogger, and scene-stealer.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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When Your Name Is Mailer, You Cannot Phone It In

December 2010
With a sheaf of summers in Bar Harbor as his inspiration, Wall Street 2 heartthrob John Buffalo Mailer, 32, is daring to live on the knife’s edge, taking on the world as actor, playwright, screenwriter, editor, blogger, and scene-stealer.






October 2010
All of Maine’s a treasure hunt!  And Leigh Keno is the ultimate guide 
to help you score pieces with personality and a past.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Kenocaching

October 2010
All of Maine’s a treasure hunt! And Leigh Keno is the ultimate guide 
to help you score pieces with personality and a past.






October 2010
Off sea-swept Kennebunk Beach, a marvel of architectural salvage…<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Kenneth Roberts & His Beloved Money Pit

October 2010
Off sea-swept Kennebunk Beach, a marvel of architectural salvage…






Summerguide 2010
The actress who voiced Pocahontas is out to rescue Native Americana from Hollywood’s cliches by putting the story of Maine’s silent-film star–who danced for royalty and took Paris by fire–up on the silver screen.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Chasing Molly

Summerguide 2010
The actress who voiced Pocahontas is out to rescue Native Americana from Hollywood’s cliches by putting the story of Maine’s silent-film star–who danced for royalty and took Paris by fire–up on the silver screen.






Summerguide 2010
Painter Clara Fargo Thomas created canvases to get lost in. Architect George Howe set out to build her a masterpiece to live in. The result was Fortune Rock.
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Finding Fortune

Summerguide 2010
Painter Clara Fargo Thomas created canvases to get lost in. Architect George Howe set out to build her a masterpiece to live in. The result was Fortune Rock.






Summerguide 2010
Emeril Lagasse–one of us? Ayuh, it's true–and he's not alone. Louisiana's best Cajun chefs have Acadia in their roots–and on 
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Acadia’s Cajuns

Summerguide 2010
Emeril Lagasse–one of us? Ayuh, it’s true–and he’s not alone. Louisiana’s best Cajun chefs have Acadia in their roots–and on
their plates.






May 2010
The audience is sure to go wild when Carson Kressley takes Ogunquit Playhouse by storm June 9-26 to kick off a fantastic summer theater season across the state.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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The Beautiful & Tanned

May 2010
The audience is sure to go wild when Carson Kressley takes Ogunquit Playhouse by storm June 9-26 to kick off a fantastic summer theater season across the state.






May 2010
She had incredible
 resources and graceful race horses. But young Joan Whitney Payson’s true talent was unearthing overlooked masterworks by the likes of Picasso, Monet, and Cézanne. <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Good Eye

May 2010
She had incredible
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April 2010
Like many of us, Dan Fogelberg came up here to look for something. His wife, Jean Fogelberg, shares what he found...<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Wild Child

April 2010
Like many of us, Dan Fogelberg came up here to look for something. His wife, Jean Fogelberg, shares what he found…






February/March 2010 On the eve of Anita Shreve’s April 9 opening-night stop in Portland to kick off the Maine Festival of the Book, the Oprah Book Club novelist speaks candidly […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Page Surfer

February/March 2010 On the eve of Anita Shreve’s April 9 opening-night stop in Portland to kick off the Maine Festival of the Book, the Oprah Book Club novelist speaks candidly […]

December 2009 New York Times reporter David Rohde reveals his feelings about captivity in Afghanistan and inspiration from his Maine roots. By Donna Stuart On June 19, 2009, New York […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The (Not So) Quiet American

December 2009 New York Times reporter David Rohde reveals his feelings about captivity in Afghanistan and inspiration from his Maine roots. By Donna Stuart On June 19, 2009, New York […]