Archive for the ‘The Manse’ Category



















Jennifer Carroll returns to the stage as Lucy Maud Montgomery for one show only at the Heliconian Club in Toronto – women supporting, championing and providing inspiration in the arts. This special event begins at 6:15 p.m. with refreshments and a cash bar. The performance starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Paul at 416.708.7668 or visit their website by clicking on the following:

We hope to see you there!




Saturday, October 29 is the date for this year’s L.M.M. Day, celebrating poetry in honour of the 100th anniversary of The Watchmen and Other Poems. Please visit our Calendar of Events for this year’s agenda and registration information. We hope to see you there!




The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and The Friend’s Circle Quilt Group presents Maud’s Circle Of Friends Biennial Quilt Show the weekend of September 3 and 4, from 10:00 am to 4pm at the Historic Leaskdale Church.The weekend will bring a wonderful show of quilts from York, Durham and the Kawarthas. Admission is $5. Enjoy a lunch in our tearoom consisting of sandwiches and homemade pie!




Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30, the play Maud of Leaskdale opened at the Historic Leaskdale Church and exited with a thunderous applause! There are only 5 shows remaining for this season, so please book your tickets now @ 905-862-0808 or visit our Calendar of Events page for show dates and other ticket purchase options.

Thursday, August 25, a special dinner theatre has been added with an authentic P.E.I. dinner available for your enjoyment prior to the evening’s performance.












Bonnie Thomson of Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery in Port Perry hosted an inspirational luncheon July 13 discussing her artistic endeavours throughout her career. Through the Looking Glass, one such endeavour, has brought Bonnie to the Historic Leaskdale Church to renew its historic stained glass windows. In the photo, Bonnie speaks to a captive luncheon audience, explaining the painstaking process involved in the stained glass restoration.











Members of the LMMSO attended the 12th Biennial L. M. Montgomery Institute International Conference entitled, L.M. Montgomery and Gender at the University of Prince Edward Island June 23 – 26. Such an incredible collection of Montgomery research from around the globe. For a complete rundown of the days’ events, please follow this link:









This year’s presenter, Gwen Layton, with L. M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald-Butler, the Lieutenant Governor of P.E. I., the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, and his wife Dorothy.












On Saturday June 18, one of the hardest-working non-profit organizations in Uxbridge Township will launch its very first book at a ceremony at an old country church in Leaskdale.

Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the enduringly popular Anne of Green Gables, is often associated with the setting of that and most of her other novels, her native Prince Edward Island. But Montgomery in fact spent almost half of her life in Ontario. In the village of Leaskdale, as the wife of a Presbyterian minister from 1911 to 1926, she knew the joy of motherhood, of friendship, of creating her own garden, of ongoing literary success (11 of her 22 books were written there). But she also knew the anguish of the Great War, of her husband’s mental illness, of the loss of a stillborn son, and of her closest friend to the Spanish flu epidemic. The Leaskdale Manse was declared a National Historic Site in 1997; the book, entitled A Home of Her Own, tells of its restoration to the period when Maud dwelt there, and using her own powerful words, of the life she lived there.

The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (LMMSO) is charged with caring for the Manse and nearby Historic Church, and interpreting the significance of the site within the story of Montgomery’s overall career. The Society has teamed with author/editor Conrad Boyce, photographer Stuart Blower and graphic designer Holly Myers to create a beautiful telling of the LMM/Leaskdale story.

“Books were very important to Lucy Maud Montgomery,” says LMMSO President Melanie Whitfield, “so we’re proud and excited to offer this one as a tribute to her presence in our community. It’s full of lovely photographs, not just those of Stuart Blower showing the restored Manse and its artifacts, but those of Maud herself, capturing the building’s rooms and the life her family lived within them.”

The book will launch Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Church in Leaskdale. The public is welcome to attend.


















Christy Woster  1955-2016

“We are brought together in the most generous of spirits with our common love for an author and her places. The LM Montgomery communities have lost a vital steadfast friend in Christy Woster: happy memories, heavy hearts.”


Mary Beth Cavert









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