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New glimpses of “Witch Way,” the Cape Elizabeth oceanfront estate shared by actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill… View story as a PDF<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maine Classic: Bette’s Maine Interlude

New glimpses of “Witch Way,” the Cape Elizabeth oceanfront estate shared by actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill… View story as a PDF

February/March 2017
Next Stop Chengdu - Sichuan Kitchen brings the heat to Congress Street.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Sichuan Kitchen

February/March 2017
Next Stop Chengdu – Sichuan Kitchen brings the heat to Congress Street.






December 2016
Society chronicler Annie Adams Fields played muse and Tory lover for Sarah Orne Jewett, author of Country of the Pointed Firs.
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Desire Under the Firs

December 2016
Society chronicler Annie Adams Fields played muse and Tory lover for Sarah Orne Jewett, author of Country of the Pointed Firs.






November 2016
Interviews by Michael Schoch, Sarah Moore, Olivia Gunn, and Benjamin Rybeck<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Most Intriguing

November 2016
Interviews by Michael Schoch, Sarah Moore, Olivia Gunn, and Benjamin Rybeck






Summerguide 2016
The best-selling Mount Desert Island author takes us inside her stories 
and her process as no one else can.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Writing Acadia: A Personal Memoir

Summerguide 2016
The best-selling Mount Desert Island author takes us inside her stories
and her process as no one else can.






May 2016
Determination, a big heart–and 
one little yellow kayak–carry 
Dr. Deborah Walters 2,500 
miles to complete her fund-
raising goal for Safe Passage 
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Fantastic Voyage

May 2016
Determination, a big heart–and
one little yellow kayak–carry
Dr. Deborah Walters 2,500
miles to complete her fund-
raising goal for Safe Passage
in Guatemala City.






April 2016
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Dancing Around The Fire

April 2016
With Christiane Northrup






February/March 2016
We know their voices. Here are the stories & faces of the women on local airwaves.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Radio Heads

February/March 2016
We know their voices. Here are the stories & faces of the women on local airwaves.






November 2015 
These Mainers dared to be different.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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10 Most Intriguing 2015

November 2015
These Mainers dared to be different.






October 2015
Georgia O'Keeffe's extraordinary York Beach paintings spanning 1922-1928 are part of her tumultuous love affair with life.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Georgia O’Keeffe, Maine Artist

October 2015
Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary York Beach paintings spanning 1922-1928 are part of her tumultuous love affair with life.






April 2015
Anytime, anywhere. In an arts town like Portland, look over your shoulder and we’ll be there.

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Down To Earth

April 2015
Anytime, anywhere. In an arts town like Portland, look over your shoulder and we’ll be there.






February/March 2015
Natalie DiBenedetto unveils a  new gourmet takeout venue.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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The 50-Foot Journey

February/March 2015
Natalie DiBenedetto unveils a new gourmet takeout venue.






October 2014
She catches superyachts: Not many slip past Jill Blackwood without being snapped.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Gotcha!

October 2014
She catches superyachts: Not many slip past Jill Blackwood without being snapped.






September 2014
Artist Meghan Howland stalks wildness in nature, human and otherwise.
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Taking Flight

September 2014
Artist Meghan Howland stalks wildness in nature, human and otherwise.






September 2014
Her grandfather almost smoked Fidel Castro. Her father smoked seafood as founder of Ducktrap River. Now Caitlin FitzGerald is smoking hot in front of the cameras.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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FitzWonderful

September 2014
Her grandfather almost smoked Fidel Castro. Her father smoked seafood as founder of Ducktrap River. Now Caitlin FitzGerald is smoking hot in front of the cameras.






September 2014
Artist and USM professor Raphael DiLuzio juices the creative process from the studio to the world.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Live Wire

September 2014
Artist and USM professor Raphael DiLuzio juices the creative process from the studio to the world.






July/August 2014
Lily King's latest novel is the page-turner of the summer.
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Lily King, Euphoric

July/August 2014
Lily King’s latest novel is the page-turner of the summer.






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.






April 2014
Catch Maine vocalist Tess Collins as she sets China’s stages on fire with the hot stylings so frowned upon during the Cultural Revolution.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Big Banned Music

April 2014
Catch Maine vocalist Tess Collins as she sets China’s stages on fire with the hot stylings so frowned upon during the Cultural Revolution.






February/March 2014
Not only did Marguerite Yourcenar enchant Mt. Desert, her <em>Memoirs of Hadrian</em> has made it to the World Library's pantheon of "The 100 Best Books of All Time."<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Mémoire des Mémoires

February/March 2014
Not only did Marguerite Yourcenar enchant Mt. Desert, her Memoirs of Hadrian has made it to the World Library’s pantheon of “The 100 Best Books of All Time.”






February/March 2014
Well before the Academy Awards touted Deering High alumna Anna Kendrick, she lit up the cover of our February/March 2008 issue. <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Indie Anna

February/March 2014
Well before the Academy Awards touted Deering High alumna Anna Kendrick, she lit up the cover of our February/March 2008 issue.






November 2013
These Mainers have a gallimaufry of accomplishments but retain a remarkable humility.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Ten Most Intriguing 2013

November 2013
These Mainers have a gallimaufry of accomplishments but retain a remarkable humility.






September 2013
A talented artist sets up her studio in <em>another </em>artist’s Old Port gallery!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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The Secret Sharer

September 2013
A talented artist sets up her studio in another artist’s Old Port gallery!






December 2012
Augusta native Rachel Nichols continues revamping her career as it starts to take off.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Rachel, Rachel

December 2012
Augusta native Rachel Nichols continues revamping her career as it starts to take off.






November 2012
Everything about this year’s list of Mainers shows just how captivating we can be–from concepts embraced around the world to shaking up the city’s status quo.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Ten Most Intriguing

November 2012
Everything about this year’s list of Mainers shows just how captivating we can be–from concepts embraced around the world to shaking up the city’s status quo.






September 2012
So much for lobsters and whoopie pies. Elizabeth Arden broke new ground when she made Maine the cradle of the <em>day spa</em>.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Ahead of the Curves

September 2012
So much for lobsters and whoopie pies. Elizabeth Arden broke new ground when she made Maine the cradle of the day spa.






February/March 2012
When one Mainer spins a thread, the world wears the dress.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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Some Like It Haute

February/March 2012
When one Mainer spins a thread, the world wears the dress.






Winterguide 2012
Morgan Callan Rogers’s <em>Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea</em> may have crisscrossed the Atlantic, but her debut novel roots us on our rocky coast.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->
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A Stone’s Throw from the Heart

Winterguide 2012
Morgan Callan Rogers’s Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea may have crisscrossed the Atlantic, but her debut novel roots us on our rocky coast.






April 2011
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Leading Lady

April 2011
Rachel Nichols is Sooo…in The Loop






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.






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
 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.






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 […]

September 2009   Before we had Martha at Skylands, we had Julia at Blue Hill Bay. “Julia Child’s Maine” By Judith Gaines She stayed in Maine periodically for more than […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

[Maine] itself is a Binge!

September 2009   Before we had Martha at Skylands, we had Julia at Blue Hill Bay. “Julia Child’s Maine” By Judith Gaines She stayed in Maine periodically for more than […]

2009 Josephine Peary was hardly amused when her husband, polar explorer Robert Peary, confessed he’d fallen in with an Inuit woman at the dome of the world. Undaunted, she courageously kept […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

A Woman in Full

2009 Josephine Peary was hardly amused when her husband, polar explorer Robert Peary, confessed he’d fallen in with an Inuit woman at the dome of the world. Undaunted, she courageously kept […]

July/August 2004 The Wicked Witch of the West found comfort downeast. By Ian Crouch and Amy Louise Barnett   Start at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Continue north on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below --><!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

No Place Like Home

July/August 2004 The Wicked Witch of the West found comfort downeast. By Ian Crouch and Amy Louise Barnett   Start at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Continue north on […]