L.M.M. Day was a huge success.  Kate Macdonald Butler, Maud’s granddaughter, opened the morning with her own personal Reflections of Growing up in the Macdonald Family.  Dr. Edith Smith followed Kate with a talk on the Hundredth Anniversary of Maud’s book, The Golden Road, written in Leaskdale, in 1913. Nina, of the LMMSO, completed the morning with a fitting (pardon the pun) tribute to Family Fashions in the 1910’s and 1920’s.  Nina never ceases to amaze us with her vintage clothing collections!

Journalists Stevie Cameron and Arlene Perly Rae gave talks linking the theme of Montgomery’s lasting influence on writers and readers. Ms Cameron told her own childhood story, relating it to that of Montgomery’s and of Anne’s. Perly Rae described the influence the Emily books have had on Canadian writers such as Val Ross, Jane Urquhart and Alice Munro.

The Cat’s Meow Gala in the evening was so much fun. The downstairs of the church was decorated on a cat theme. The food, the music, the lighthearted talk by Wynn Walters on representational sculpture, were enjoyed by a large audience. The cats, created from aluminum cutouts, were amazing in their variety and originality, thanks to the more than fifty artists who took on the project.  There was some hot bidding going on during the evening. No cat fights, though. The evening netted over $3000 for our statue of Maud in the Garden.

As well as placing bids, guests were asked to submit votes for their favourite felines.  The results were as follows:

Most Original Cat – Mr. Grayson by Gretel Boose










Fan Favourite – Copper Cat by Bonnie Thomson








Maud’s Favourite Cat – Tabby Cat by Denise Frechette











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