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Yankee’s July/August 2014 Issue | Summer Off the Beaten Path

Yankee’s July/August 2014 Issue | Summer Off the Beaten Path
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YK0714_CoverDUBLIN, New Hampshire (June 11, 2014)—Yankee Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue, on newsstands June 24, explores small towns, secret places, and summer off the beaten path.

“Visitors from ‘away’ often ask me about the ‘best way’ to see New England. If they come by car, my answer rarely changes: ‘Get lost, but carry a good map.’ My advice holds for all of us who live here, because there are always surprises to be found when we follow our curiosity down narrow roads, often of dirt and stone, that lead to … well, that’s the point: We don’t know where they lead,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “All of these stories—and others—speak to the thrill of setting off and finding something.”

Inside Yankee’s July/August Issue

Feature stories:

“We Are Still Here”— by Justin Shatwell (p. 66): The people of far northern Maine celebrate their Acadian unity with a joyful, boisterous festival that also honors the legacy of their ancestors.

“House for Sale: A Special Place Called Liberty Street”— by Judson D. Hale Sr. (p. 76): In this special “House for Sale,” Yankee’s own Moseyer prepares to say goodbye to his family’s longtime summer house on Lake Winnipesaukee.

“The Big Question”— by Julia Shipley (p. 82): Steeplejack Jay Southgate explains what it’s like to preserve a treasured piece of New England’s architectural heritage.

“The Town Is Gone”— by Geoffrey Douglas (p. 90): When an oil train derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec—just over the Maine border—last July, it ignited a horrific inferno that took 47 lives and decimated the heart of the community and its people.

“Photo Essay: Swab Summer”— photos by Markham Starr; text by Ian Aldrich (p. 84): In New London, Connecticut, Coast Guard Academy recruits test their mettle at one of the toughest boot camps in the country.

The Guide:
The Home section’s “Flower Power,” written by Tovah Martin, visits the Fantastic Umbrella Factory Gardens in Charlestown, Rhode Island, where horticulturist Patrick Shellman specializes in designing container arrangements of hardy plants (page 44). “New England’s Finest” features durable and ingenious pet products created by regional designers (page 50).

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for

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2 Responses to Yankee’s July/August 2014 Issue | Summer Off the Beaten Path

  1. Marguerite McLeod June 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Tremendous article on Lac-Megantic,Quebec. There are not enough adjectives to describe this outstanding article. How did you happen to write this? Daughter and husband live in Piopolis, Quebec. Shop in Lac-Megantic, husband works there, have friends there, go to dentist and more. We have spent much time on the Main Street and their beautiful park and at the Ice
    Cream Stand. Tears came down my face as I read the article. So well done.
    Daughter owns WSKI-TV at Sugarloaf Mt. in Maine.

    Thank you for doing such a great job and to let people know what those “beautiful” people have gone through and will continue to go through with such a tragic train accident.

  2. Heather June 24, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Marguerite: Thanks for your comment. This story came to us as a pitch from one of our longtime contributors, Geoffrey Douglas. Due to the magnitude of its impact on the community, he felt the devastation of this tragedy needed to be shared.

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