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Down East Magazine, March 2024

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Welcome to Small Town, Maine

What small towns across the state lack in population, they more than make up for with community spirit — not to mention incredible old buildings, irrepressible creative energy, locally famous chowders, and a certain undeniable charm.
By Joel Crabtree, Will Grunewald, Nora Saks, and Sarah Stebbins

Shear Genius

When sheep need to be shorn, there’s a good chance Maine farmers are going to call Jeff Burchstead. Last shearing season, photographer Greta Rybus tagged along for Burchstead’s visits to far-flung flocks.
By Will Grunewald

Sovereign People

For more than 40 years, the Wabanaki tribes in Maine have had to play by different rules than other indigenous groups across the country. What would tribal sovereignty mean for the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq? And what do they need to overcome to achieve it?
By Rachel Slade


North by East

Death becomes a Scarborough artist’s lifelike birds, and a Kittery photographer unleashes a book of dog portraits.

Food and Drink

A new Buxton gastropub has already sparked a loyal following, and a Skowhegan ricotta takes home one of the dairy world’s top honors.

Good Things from Maine

These Maine-made wares are a chip off the old quilt block, and see how an old Portland train depot became an engine for the arts.

Maine Homes

The new owners of a banker’s home can’t believe their good fortune, and restoring this Kennebunk landmark hasn’t always been sweet.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


Editor’s note, responses to January's Where in Maine, the masthead, and more.


Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Illustrator Kevin Hawkes, on Grafton Notch State Park.


On Our Cover

Sunrise in Monson by Isaac Crabtree.

Customer Reviews

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Judith Hsiang

Down East Magazine, March 2024

janice Capano
Down East Magazine,March 2024

I purchased since the cover photo is my home town. I had been a subscriber for many years prior to moving back to NJ in 2020. I was disappointed to discover that the cover photo did not have editorial of the town. The size of the publication was disappointing also. You used to be better. Stay alive.

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