Portland Monthly was founded in 1985 by Colin and Nancy Sargent. The monthly magazine has won numerous awards for its design. Their web site’s “about us” page provides the following description:

“Portland Magazine celebrates the region’s native appeal with award-winning columns on the waterfront; profiles of the region’s business and people; and features on the area’s arts, getaways, maritime history, geography, and cuisine.”

Portland Public Library’s collection of Portland Monthly is complete, and begins with the first issue, October 1985. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 1993

Review of the Comedy Club, held downstairs at The Baker's Table in the Old Port., Colin Sargent

Saigon Sandwich is owned and run by Lynn Bogolawski, a Saigon native who left th, Colin Sargent

The building that houses Erasmo's Cafe near Bath Iron Works in Portland has been, Colin Sargent

Submissions from 1992

Night skiing is on the rise in southern Maine, at Lost Valley and Shawnee Peak,, Scott Andrews

Actor Brian Finch of Gorham kept a diary throughout his several weeks as a stand, Brian Finch

With the Scrap City Pack Rats, Mainers Mark Medford and Jay Piscopo might have a, Liz Hancock

Theresa Dannemiller, her daughter Autum Aquino, and her former husband, Tim, all, Kevin LeDuc

The great parade of foreign sailing ships which once carried cargoes to Maine al, Ernest W. Marshall

A plethora of "under appreciated" things in Portland contains descriptions of th, Elizabeth Peavey

Should Portland pay $2.5 million in May to repair several city parking garages?, Elizabeth Peavey

Mystery writer Janwillem van de Wetering, who lives on the Maine coast near Ells, Sanford Phippen

Submissions from 1991

In the "Not-So-Gay '90's" there are many opportunities in the Portland area free

Long-ago summers at Northeast Harbor are recalled in a nostalgic account by a fo, Meredith Hutchins

The new USS Maine, a Trident submarine, is under construction at Groton, Conn., George Nanos

Ships that sail into Portland might be "vessels, tankers, barges, freighters, li, Elizabeth Peavey

Maine is a rich hunting ground for 18th- and 19th-century china, brought to this, Colin Sargent

Humorist Robert Skoglund pokes fun at fellow Mainers in an amusing article on sk, Robert Skoglund

Submissions from 1990

The stories of the vessels Hind, Milo, Angela, and Helen, all caught in a feroci, Randolph Dominic and William David Barry

Night sights, including comets and northern lights are discussed in an article b, Roy A. Gallant

Wendell P. Sargent, a 19-year-old Kennebunk Beach resident when World War II bro, Wendell P. Sargent

The Casco Shipbuilding Company Inc. of South Freeport built curious wooden ships, Elizabeth S. Warner

Submissions from 1989

An "Indian Village at Deering Oaks" was a popular attraction at the Maine Centen

Bebe Buell of The Gargoyles came to Portland in 1980 because it was "someplace g

Brief history of the wedge-shaped H. H. Hay Building in Portland's Congress Squa

Founder Leszlie Hoffman of Fortuna believes that business or corporate decision

Profile article about Nancy Grayson Ames, Kennebunk's "best photographer."

With the invention of snowmaking, skiing in Maine has become big business. Long, Charlie Brown

Schoenbrod Racing Shells, U.S.A., is the biggest producer in this country of rac, Jason Brown

Maine's Kennebec River is one of the first in the nation to support a native, re, John N. Cole

The very busy period before a Portland Stage Company production opens is describ, Jake Jacobson

The Kennebec River's Swan Island has its own mysteries as related by Maine poet, Kendall Merriam

Porlanders who work by night are generally nocturals by choice. Includes interv, W Kirke Reynolds

The Carnaval de Quebec has been called "the world's biggest winter celebration,", Jonathan White

Submissions from 1988

Both Brenda Humphrey and Kevin Grenise edit a Portland neighborhood newspaper.

Portland Harbor was once home to an original Civil War ironclad, the monitor Mon

Portland's Center for Community Dental Health was founded in 1918 as the Red Cro

Prominent Hollywood film director John Ford began as Sean O'Feeney Jr. in Cape E

The Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island breeds three million mice a year f

The Kenneth Roberts Centennial Commission is trying to establish a permanent col

Tongue-in-cheek article projects the future of Maine's now-graying Baby Boomers.

Frances Peabody is an 84-year-old Good Samaritan who tries to ease the suffering, Vicki Adams

The first Armenians arrived in Portland in 1896. Today more than 200 Armenian f, Jack Barnes

Biographical sketch of William Wallace Gilchrist Jr., Maine painter, known prima, William David Barry

A large number of condos on Chandler's Wharf are still unsold as the demand curv, John N. Cole

Portland has been at the center of actor Gary Merrill's life for so long that hi, John N. Cole

Old Orchard Beach's honky-tonk reputation poses some frustrating economic realiz, David Cook

The art of Maine homebuilding, including problems, is outlined in two articles., Amy Demers and John Taylor

Traditional Maine lobstermen are not seeing eye-to-eye with Maine draggers. Shor, John N. Glass

As property values rise there are still some Maine islands up for sale. Article, John S. Glass

Kennebunkport's "Christmas Prelude," started as an event for "locals," has bloss, Judith Hansen

Famous Maine architects and some of their buildings are discussed in pictures an, Christon S. Kellogg

Michael Kilgore, the "Catman of Long Island," buys 50 pounds of Meow Mix a week, Andrew Knowles

Brief article about spruce gum and the man who popularized it, John B. Curtis Jr, J Donald MacWilliams

In 1912 three Maine runners, Harden Holden and Vaughn Blanchard of Bates College, J Donald MacWilliams

Short, humorous article on Maine people who have caught spies., Eric Moody

Short profile article about World War II's notorious "Axis Sally," born Mildred, Eric Moody

The Maine Association of Handicapped Persons (MAHP) is largely responsible for P, Bonnie C. Moore and Nina Schwartz

The Dave Astor show was "a lot of things to a lot of people." Portland Monthly, Derek Nelson

The Maine Historical Society is trying to alert Mainers to how important some of, Derek Nelson

David Brooks, painter, sculptor, carpenter, also is responsible for the South Ha, Stephen Petroff

After 16 years, Cathy Moulton, a Deering High School student in 1971, is still m, Grantland S Rice

Burnham and Morrill, noted for its baked beans, didn't begin with that product., Andrea Ronning

Erebus, the now defunct avant-guard store on Portland's Center Street, had a ric, Andrea Ronning

Article about the Maine-built "Wendameen," the oldest Alden-designed auxiliary s, Colin Sargent

Gary Lawless of "New Age" fame is one of very few practicing poets in Maine. An, Colin Sargent

In 1948, Bobby Lofman, a Rockville schoolboy, appreared on the cover of Life mag, Colin Sargent

The frigate USS Samuel B. Gates, damaged by a submerged mine in the Persian Gulf, Colin Sargent

The Kennebunk River Indians are a breed of sloop created in the 1920s for young, Colin Sargent

Colby College, backed up by a Maine Supreme Court ruling, has outlawed fraternit, Margarete C. Schnauck

Maine is the Mecca for 1,800 photographers every summer and many of them study a, Margarete C. Schnauck

Martin Jones, playwright-in-residence for Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company,, J P. Standish

Bill and Jayne Overton have come to Maine to start a cottage industry--movie-mak, Jonathan White

It was the building of the Grand Trunk Railroad which caused the filling-in of P, Jonathan White

Patsy Wiggins, Channel 6 anchorwoman, and her husband, Ted O'Meara, a candidate, Jonathan White

The dining area is small but as many as 500 patrons a day come into Raffles, the, Hank Whittemore

Submissions from 1987

Description of Portland's changing skyline from several vantage points., M Reed Bergstein

The remnants of Portland's participation in World War II, including military ins, Joel W Eastman

The seamanship of women is evidenced in the careers of LtJG June E. Ryan of the, Colin Sargent

A Kfoury-Weinschenk housing development including 44 houses, a meadow, nature wa, Margarete C. Scnauck

Submissions from 1986

Portland Monthly names "The 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine" and presents sho

The colorful history of Portland's "Gorham Corner" is traced by city councilor a, J Donald MacWilliams