Rockport — Scandal has rocked Maine’s premiere magazine about Maine, with investigative journalists discovering a dirty secret in plain sight.
While the name Down East has marked this iconic periodical has been telling the stories of the people of Maine and those from away who love it, it looks to be a massive lie: Down East’s offices are located in Rockport, far from the craggy shores and expansive woodlands that mark the Down East region of Maine.
“I’d say maybe if it were in Ellsworth, sure,” Dicky Ames of Cherryfield told us. “But even that’s stretching it. Ellsworth is just extreme East Midcoast.”
Other Washington County residents, proud Down Easters, had their own suggestions. Terry Mahar of East Machias suggested the magazine should move its headquarters to Jonesport at the very least.
“Still a little out west, though.”
Eastport resident Travis Pratt believes the magazine should move its offices to his town if it wants to continue using the name Down East.
“Can’t get much more down east than us, in spite of what those Lubec fellahs might tell you,” he said.
Down East did not return our request for it to change its name to Midcoast Magazine. However, we have uncovered even further, perhaps more damning evidence in favor of a name change: its sales offices are located in Portland.
“Jesus sufferin’ Christ,” Pratt said when we informed him. “Should call it Northern Massachusetts Magazine if that’s the case.”