From the Editor Archive

December 2012 Jamie Wyeth says he can hear the horn  from his house on Monhegan. “It constantly blows. It’s so funny. People ask, ‘Aren’t you bothered by this horn?’ You […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Dream for Sale: Foghorn Station, Manana Island

December 2012 Jamie Wyeth says he can hear the horn  from his house on Monhegan. “It constantly blows. It’s so funny. People ask, ‘Aren’t you bothered by this horn?’ You […]

November 2012 I don’t know this house, but I know this house. We love bringing you “extraordinary perspective” at Portland Magazine. Sometimes, it catches us by surprise, too. I was […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Strange Duet

November 2012 I don’t know this house, but I know this house. We love bringing you “extraordinary perspective” at Portland Magazine. Sometimes, it catches us by surprise, too. I was […]

October 2012 In the span of five days, two talented Mainers gave their final bows and went to that great sound stage in the sky. Aren’t they now playing wonderfully […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Phyllis & Fritzi–What a Pair!

October 2012 In the span of five days, two talented Mainers gave their final bows and went to that great sound stage in the sky. Aren’t they now playing wonderfully […]

September 2012 I’m driving on Route 1 in Falmouth behind a silver SUV with the vanity plate FUGAWE. Hello, 1920s vaudeville (look it up–that’s what the Internet is for). The […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Everyone in Maine is an artistslashcomedian

September 2012 I’m driving on Route 1 in Falmouth behind a silver SUV with the vanity plate FUGAWE. Hello, 1920s vaudeville (look it up–that’s what the Internet is for). The […]

  July/August 2012 It’s the latest pub talk in the Old Port. What would you do with House Island–if you could pony up the $4.85 million to buy it? John […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Some Modest Proposals for House Island

  July/August 2012 It’s the latest pub talk in the Old Port. What would you do with House Island–if you could pony up the $4.85 million to buy it? John […]

    Summerguide 2012 Portland, we hardly know the North, South, East, and West of you. At the eastern extreme of our city on Jewell Island (next stop, London) is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Faerie Ring

    Summerguide 2012 Portland, we hardly know the North, South, East, and West of you. At the eastern extreme of our city on Jewell Island (next stop, London) is […]

May 2012 Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt’s great-great grandparents owned and lived in the landmark brick townhouse that’s our magazine’s headquarters at 165 State Street. This came to light when Hunt […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Our Brush With Fame

May 2012 Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt’s great-great grandparents owned and lived in the landmark brick townhouse that’s our magazine’s headquarters at 165 State Street. This came to light when Hunt […]

April 2012 “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.’ –Bob Seger How could we have known that when Whitney Houston visited Portland in February, 1996, she was […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Chasing Whitney

April 2012 “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.’ –Bob Seger How could we have known that when Whitney Houston visited Portland in February, 1996, she was […]

February/March 2012 He’s an artistic gadfly and bohemian, engaging downtown denizens in animated discourse about politics and current events. But don’t look for him at Starbucks on Congress Square. Because […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Third Mural

February/March 2012 He’s an artistic gadfly and bohemian, engaging downtown denizens in animated discourse about politics and current events. But don’t look for him at Starbucks on Congress Square. Because […]

Winterguide 2012 I read an article in an AirTran inflight magazine over the holidays and came out of it with the distinct impression that 21st-century boosters and marketeers in Pennsylvania […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Just Desserts

Winterguide 2012 I read an article in an AirTran inflight magazine over the holidays and came out of it with the distinct impression that 21st-century boosters and marketeers in Pennsylvania […]

December 2011 Our surveillances are so sophisticated. Who’ll be the fly on the wall at your company Christmas party? Some things, perhaps, we shouldn’t be allowed to see. I’ve just […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Hook, Line, & Christmas

December 2011 Our surveillances are so sophisticated. Who’ll be the fly on the wall at your company Christmas party? Some things, perhaps, we shouldn’t be allowed to see. I’ve just […]

November 2011 If James Joyce defines a pier as “a disappointed bridge,” I wonder what he’d call the Megaberth–a disappointed pier? Hardly. The Megaberth is a fantastic success. Designed to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

OpSail 1860

November 2011 If James Joyce defines a pier as “a disappointed bridge,” I wonder what he’d call the Megaberth–a disappointed pier? Hardly. The Megaberth is a fantastic success. Designed to […]

October 2011 News travels faster than a snow leopard in the Information Age, but if you are culturally relaxed enough to consider Portland’s fortunate geography in relative terms, it traveled […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Crowding Canvas

October 2011 News travels faster than a snow leopard in the Information Age, but if you are culturally relaxed enough to consider Portland’s fortunate geography in relative terms, it traveled […]

September 2011 On a dazzling fall day, it’s hard not to be thoughtful about the evil that flew out of Portland Jetport 10 years ago, on September 11, 2001. The […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Get a Room

September 2011 On a dazzling fall day, it’s hard not to be thoughtful about the evil that flew out of Portland Jetport 10 years ago, on September 11, 2001. The […]

July/August 2011 To celebrate Portland Magazine’s first 25 years, and to get ready for the next 25, I deep-cleaned my desk. Until I reached my lower left-hand drawer, that is, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Lower-Left Drawer

July/August 2011 To celebrate Portland Magazine’s first 25 years, and to get ready for the next 25, I deep-cleaned my desk. Until I reached my lower left-hand drawer, that is, […]

Summerguide 2011 I’m driving behind a New Mexico license plate–yellow with red letters in celebration of how much sunshine they enjoy in the great American Southwest. “If you love your […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Tailgating Sunshine

Summerguide 2011 I’m driving behind a New Mexico license plate–yellow with red letters in celebration of how much sunshine they enjoy in the great American Southwest. “If you love your […]

May 2011 I love Thursdays. You can see the weekend ahead through your windshield. The world is at your doorstep. Thursday is that hush before the curtain rises. The starter’s […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Window Seat

May 2011 I love Thursdays. You can see the weekend ahead through your windshield. The world is at your doorstep. Thursday is that hush before the curtain rises. The starter’s […]

April 2011 “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”*   “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”**   To celebrate the silver anniversary of Portland […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Silver Linings

April 2011 “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”*   “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”**   To celebrate the silver anniversary of Portland […]

February/March 2011 What a blast to crack open the Washington Post’s Metro section and run into breathless posturing (even lecturing!) about how the Sidecar should properly be served. The cocktail […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Shaking Up the Sidecar

February/March 2011 What a blast to crack open the Washington Post’s Metro section and run into breathless posturing (even lecturing!) about how the Sidecar should properly be served. The cocktail […]

Winterguide 2011 By Colin W. Sargent We’re eating crab cakes in Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Norfolk, Virginia, when the waiter drops us with, “These are made with fresh crab from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

You Go, Peekytoe!

Winterguide 2011 By Colin W. Sargent We’re eating crab cakes in Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Norfolk, Virginia, when the waiter drops us with, “These are made with fresh crab from […]

December 2010 By Colin W. Sargent “Lady Gaga, meet the ghost of Lucky Lindy” ran like quicksilver through my brain when I heard the lady in question had chosen Deering […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Of Ghosts & Guests

December 2010 By Colin W. Sargent “Lady Gaga, meet the ghost of Lucky Lindy” ran like quicksilver through my brain when I heard the lady in question had chosen Deering […]

November 2010 During the holidays we often catch ourselves looking in the mirror, but if you happen to bump into your reflection in a Federal gilt and eglomise mirror with […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Through the Looking Glass

November 2010 During the holidays we often catch ourselves looking in the mirror, but if you happen to bump into your reflection in a Federal gilt and eglomise mirror with […]

October 2010 Standing in line at San Francisco Airport, I was asked by an attendant, “What is your destination, sir?” “Portland,” I said proudly. “Oregon?” he asked. “Maine!” “Oh,” he […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

When Exactly Did We Become 
The “Other Portland”?

October 2010 Standing in line at San Francisco Airport, I was asked by an attendant, “What is your destination, sir?” “Portland,” I said proudly. “Oregon?” he asked. “Maine!” “Oh,” he […]

September 2010 If you discover a painting in your attic with strikingly remote human figures in it, don’t throw it away. It might be a Fairfield Porter (1907-1975). As Time […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sensuous “Presences”

September 2010 If you discover a painting in your attic with strikingly remote human figures in it, don’t throw it away. It might be a Fairfield Porter (1907-1975). As Time […]

July / August 2010 If Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! ever treated us to the lore and legends of the Kennebunk River, they’d lead with the strange case of the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Not So Lucky Star

July / August 2010 If Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! ever treated us to the lore and legends of the Kennebunk River, they’d lead with the strange case of the […]

  Summerguide 2012 The unconsidered state is not worth visiting. Looking for a post-midnight cocktail? Hit up Grace for their five-alarm, jalapeño-infused tequila concoction (aptly named the “Heated Affair”). Or […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

MAINE: We’re the App For That

  Summerguide 2012 The unconsidered state is not worth visiting. Looking for a post-midnight cocktail? Hit up Grace for their five-alarm, jalapeño-infused tequila concoction (aptly named the “Heated Affair”). Or […]

May 2010 Remember this summer? The one that hasn’t happened yet? We do, thanks to the new Zoltar fortune-telling machine we’ve just purchased (wishful thinking) for our Portland Magazine headquarters […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Forget last summer. “I know what you did this summer.”

May 2010 Remember this summer? The one that hasn’t happened yet? We do, thanks to the new Zoltar fortune-telling machine we’ve just purchased (wishful thinking) for our Portland Magazine headquarters […]

April 2010 In Charlotte, North Carolina, iconic examples of urban signage aren’t simply pointed to and admired–they’re being registered as historic landmarks. “We feel like protecting things that make Charlotte […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Save Our Signs

April 2010 In Charlotte, North Carolina, iconic examples of urban signage aren’t simply pointed to and admired–they’re being registered as historic landmarks. “We feel like protecting things that make Charlotte […]

February / March 2010 Out of the ashes, new ideas bloom. Here in Portland, we’re famous for rising like a phoenix after being burned by the British in 1775 and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sunny Side of Our Streets

February / March 2010 Out of the ashes, new ideas bloom. Here in Portland, we’re famous for rising like a phoenix after being burned by the British in 1775 and […]

WinterGuide 2010 If you want to see stars, really see stars, you need a place of enchantment “with no stray man-made light,” according to the star-gazing site allroutes.to/thestars. No “light […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Looking to Volume 25, No.1

WinterGuide 2010 If you want to see stars, really see stars, you need a place of enchantment “with no stray man-made light,” according to the star-gazing site allroutes.to/thestars. No “light […]

December 2009 I love the story of the People of the Dawn mooning Giovanni da Verrazzano’s ships as they first sailed down our wild coast in 1524 to document their […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

From Away

December 2009 I love the story of the People of the Dawn mooning Giovanni da Verrazzano’s ships as they first sailed down our wild coast in 1524 to document their […]

November 2009 The amazing thing about this issue featuring the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine, which we at Portland Magazine nickname the “People” issue, is what happened this year […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maybe It Should Be “Certain Women for
 the Age”

November 2009 The amazing thing about this issue featuring the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine, which we at Portland Magazine nickname the “People” issue, is what happened this year […]

October 2009 “I remember that autumn when the fallen epileptic maple shuddered in pain by the road. My world died then with the maple’s first convulsion.” The world-class author of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Foliage – Without a Sell – by Date

October 2009 “I remember that autumn when the fallen epileptic maple shuddered in pain by the road. My world died then with the maple’s first convulsion.” The world-class author of […]

September 2009 At certain glittering moments in its history, Portland steps into the spotlight and presents her best face worldwide. Like the time Lucky Lindy addressed thousands at Deering Oaks […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Harvest on the 
Harbor Experience

September 2009 At certain glittering moments in its history, Portland steps into the spotlight and presents her best face worldwide. Like the time Lucky Lindy addressed thousands at Deering Oaks […]

July / August 2009 On September 12, 52 select lighthouses in Maine will fling open their doors to visitors, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. No word if they’ll be […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Eye of the Needle

July / August 2009 On September 12, 52 select lighthouses in Maine will fling open their doors to visitors, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. No word if they’ll be […]

Summerguide 2009 So many of us return to places in Maine in search of a childhood lost. But if we’re lucky enough to find these precious spots, are the experiences […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Your Summer is Very Important to Us

Summerguide 2009 So many of us return to places in Maine in search of a childhood lost. But if we’re lucky enough to find these precious spots, are the experiences […]