The Last Waltz

A much-loved vintage soda fountain
preserves memories of Damariscotta’s past,
but finds new purpose, too

by Todd Bross
photography by Sarah Morrill

Waltz Soda Fountain, Damariscotta

Just a week before she died in February 2013,
Jo-Ann Jacobs sat at the counter of the last remaining pharmacy soda fountain in Maine bearing her father’s name. At one time eight Waltz drug stores thrived from Wiscasset to Searsport. The 80-year-old matriarch, who had stopped working at the original, a Damariscotta landmark, just two years prior because illness, asked co-owner Mary Kate Reny if she planned to keep the original red and cream colors.

A year earlier, the question Reny was asking herself was not about the color scheme, but whether she should save the vintage soda fountain adjacent to the Reny’s Department Store.

“We had to keep it,” says Reny. “It’s such an integral part of Damariscotta, both physically and symbolically. From poodle skirt to mini skirt generations grew up here, brought their families in. Days spent shopping in town would end here with an egg cream or milk shake. It was a destination, something special to be shared, passed down to their kids like was passed onto them by their parents or grandparents. To simply throw that all away …”  More


Preserving Maine's Apple Heritage

At an orchard in Unity, John Bunker and a team of volunteers are replanting the past with the hopes of a more delicious, diverse future

by Todd Bross
photography by Mark McCall

John Bunker, Maine

“This is not a museum,” declares John Bunker (above) as he kneels next to an apple sapling planted two years prior. His comment is more testimony for than commentary on the Maine Heritage Orchard project. He stares intently at the young tree with twinkling eyes that seem far younger than the myriad wrinkles that surround them.  More

Sweet Heat

set Sandra Dwight-Barris’s jellies
apart from commonplace condiments

by Claire Jeffers
photography by Mark McCall

Grey Goose Gourmet, Maine

Until recently, the only jelly or marmalade in my fridge was usually a long-forgotten jar of something I received as a gift or an occasional impulse buy of expensive strawberry jam. Simply put, the sugary condiment was not in my regular rotation.

But that has changed.  More

The Gin Game

Back River Gin, Maine

by Todd Bross
photography by Sarah Morrill


“I can tell from the aroma coming from the still if Keith is using north-or south-facing blueberries,”says Constance Bodine with a laugh.

When pressed for how her nose knows whether those blueberries faced Canada or the ocean, she says, “The north slope blueberries from [North Union supplier] Mr. Noyes’ mountain have a menthol mintiness, whereas south slope ones smell like chocolate.”  More


Wonder Land

There’s something quite magical,
yet altogetherpractical, about
Emma and John Altman’s working farm
that also hosts beautiful, bucolic weddings

by Todd Bross
photography courtesy of David's Folly Farm

David's Folly Farm

One might not think the sound of nocturnal gravel shoveling would be part of the soundtrack for a time-stands-still romantic moment.

But for Emma and John Altman, who own David’s Folly Farm, it was. They were preparing to host a Fourth of July wedding at their circa-1819 Brooksville barn and the forecast now called for rain.  More


> What are women drinking? Craft beer and craft spirits.

[ Maine Wine Tasting ]

Fruit wines and French-American
hybrid grapes are
putting Maine on the map

by Chris Peterman, American Sommelier Association, Maine
photography by Erin Little

Many people don’t even know that there is any wine production happening in Maine today at all. Not only is wine being produced in Maine, but a healthy amount of it to boot.

In an effort to get a better grasp on what makes Maine wine unique, a panel of wine industry professionals was assembled for a tasting and evaluation.

Maine Wine Tasting Panel
Clockwise from the left: Tabitha Perry, Susan Grenier, Bryan Flewelling, John Myers, Arlin Smith, Stewart Moore, Stella Hernandez and Chris Peterman.

The panel:
Bryan Flewelling, wine director for each of Smith’s restaurants
Susan Grenier, director of wine buying at Leroux Kitchen in Portland
Stella Hernandez, proprietor of Lolita in Portland
Stewart Moore, of Central Provisions in Portland
John Myers, beverage director of The Honey Paw in Portland
Tabitha Perry, owner of Crush Distributors
Arlin Smith, proprietor of Hugos, Eventide and The Honey Paw in Portland

Maine wineries represented:
Oyster River
Prospect Hill

Read the results!