BANGOR, Maine — Bangor-area subscribers and casual readers of Down East Magazine will be pleased to read in the June issue the 32-page spread all about the Queen City. Covering topics from the revitalization of the Bangor Waterfront to downtown’s eclectic dining scene, the story shines a light on what Bangor residents already know: The city is on the move.
“Bangor has been on our radar for a long time, and when we really looked at it, it seemed like something was coming to fruition,” said Joshua F. Moore, who wrote the story on the Waterfront and is deputy editor for the magazine. “It’s clear something really remarkable is going on, and this was the perfect time to write about it.”
Moore and his colleague Kathleen Fleury amassed information on Bangor’s ongoing revitalization, including all the aforementioned stories, a calendar of events, a spotlight on the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, and a fun story on history and legends from the Queen City. This feature is the magazine’s first large-scale story on Bangor in nearly 20 years, so the time was ripe for some major attention.
In his research, Moore was struck by the optimism present in all his Bangor interview subjects.
“I’m continually struck about how awesome Bangor is, and how happy and optimistic everyone in Bangor is about Bangor itself,” he said. “Some communities are maybe less positive about the place they live in, but my sense was that everyone in Bangor is excited about the things that are happening and about being here and living here. Almost every single person said the same thing. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true.”
Down East Magazine was founded in 1954, currently has 105,000 paid subscribers, many of whom are from out of state and who travel to Maine during the summer. A large, prominent feature such as this one will be helpful for tourists visiting the region and folks closer to home, according to Kerrie Tripp, director of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
“We worked really hard with them to make this happen,” said Tripp. “They’re a national publication, and we know that some of our most prevalent visitors come from areas where they have subscribers. It makes us visible in people’s mind and shows what a complete area we are, and how much there is to do and see. Whether you’re coming from in state or out of state, it’s all about discovering new things.”