Down East magazine, has been publishing since August 1954, and continues as one of Maine's most prominent monthly magazines. Their web site's history page provides the following description:

"The goal of Down East has always been to hold a mirror up to Maine — its storied past and lively present — and to celebrate its flinty, independent character and unhurried way of life. As Maine has changed with the times, however, so has Down East. Today the state has come to embrace its future as well as its past. Accordingly, the magazine now focuses more on contemporary Maine life and what the future might bring and less on historical background and quaint rusticity. Booming circulation and advertising gains demonstrate the wisdom of this editorial shift."

Portland Public Library's collection of Down East is complete, and begins with the first issue, August 1954. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 2019

Food and Drink: Shrub Hub, The Editors

Food and Drink; Spirits: Still Life, Joel Crabtree

Food and Drink: Standing O's, Will Grunewald

Food and Drink: Taco Tuesdays, Malcolm Bedell

Food and Drink: Taste the River, Brian Kevin

Food and drink: True Beer Bro, Joel Crabtree

Foodways: Wild Ride, Amber Kapiloff

Forest Ave Food Crawl, W. G.

Free the Udders!, Virginia M. Wright

Friday Night Lite, Joel Crabtree

Full Plates, Genevieve Beaudoin

Garden: Nana Knows Best, Anna Bolton

George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, various authors

Getting Tipsy, W. G.

Going Public, Will Grunewald

Good Things From Maine: Beach Baubles, Maggie Nevens

Good things from Maine: Big Foot, Virginia Wright

Good Things from Maine: Carry On, Virginia M. Wright

Good Things From Maine; Craft; Glass Act, Molly Haley Photographer and Jesse Ellison

Good things from Maine : Marilyn Robertson, Caitlin Gilmet

Good Things from Maine: Opening Day, Virginia M. Wright

Good Things from Maine: Sprig Woodwork, Virginia M. Wright

Good Things From Maine: Stone Designs & Granite Garden Gallery, Virginia M. Wright

Good Things From Maine: Studio 412 & fourTWELVE, Jesse Ellison

Good Things From Maine: The Cat's Meow, The Editors

Good Things from Maine: The Shape of Light, Tina Fischer

Good Things from Maine: Van der Ven Studios, Arielle Greenberg

Good Things from Maine: Waxing Romantic, Jesse Ellison

Good Things From Maine: Wilcox Bows, Joyce Kryzak

Gravy Train, Katy Kelleher

Handle with Care, Brian Kevin

Healthy Foundation, Bridget M. Burns

Home to Roost, The Editors

Homeward Bound, Kathryn Miles

House Tour: A Storied Home, Virginia M. Wright

House Tour: Country Ways, Virginia M. Wright

House Tour: Home, On a Lark, Joyce Kryszak

House Tour: It's Not Complicated, Sara Ann Donnelly

House Tour: Long Time Coming, Jesse Ellison

House Tour: Stylishly Sensible, Virginia M. Wright

House Tour: This Old (Mod) House, Virginia M. Wright

How I Made This: Music from the Woods, Sara Ann Donnelly

Instant Classic, Michaela Cavallaro

It's Alive, Sara Ann Donnelly and Virginia M. Wright

Keeping Time, Joel Crabtree

Legends of the Fall, Suzanne Rico

Maine Classics: Of All the Winds That Blow, Brian Kevin

Maine Dispatches

Maine Gives Back: "Being Able to See Somebody Have a House -- It's So Fulfilling", Michaela Cavallaro

Maine Gives Back: "Eating a Meal with People Seems to be a Barrier Breaker", Frances Killea