Thursday April 24th 2014

5 Questions With...

Larry Matthews


How did you get here?

I was born here and never really left. That's the truth. I was born in Portland and I've lived in 12 different towns over the years. My family on both sides goes really far back - in fact, we can trace family to Campobello Island in the 1600s. I am a seventh generation Mainer on both sides. At some point we obviously crossed the bridge from Canada and came to Maine, and we stayed. My dad was a lobsterman, so was his dad.

Describe your Maine in three words:

Surfing, fishing, family.

If you had just 24 hours left in Maine, what would you do?

I would try to catch the surf at Kennebunk beach in the morning, go snow boarding with the family in the afternoon and then head out to dinner at Yosaku. We go there a lot together.

Is there anything about Maine you’d change?

People from away who live here and complain about Maine. That just doesn't make sense to me. Things like, "there are no good bakeries," or "the pizza is no good here."

What makes a true Mainer?

Family and tradition and a strong connection to the outdoors.