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We hope you are all out enjoying this wonderful summer weather we are experiencing! When you are able, please take some time to peruse the incredible lineup we have to offer at our Spirit of Canada Celebration this October. We hope to see you there!




Now that our summer students have returned to school, members of the LMMSO have resumed to hosting tours of the site for the Labour Day weekend. Today, Barb Murphy and I had the pleasure of hosting Erma and Claude Richard of Ottawa who shared their P.E.I. “charity with braids” stories and photos with us. To listen to the CBC podcast explaining the Richard’s very creative Anne-inspired cottage guest book, please click here:  Charity with Braids




Thursday, August 24 Maud’s Island Dinner hosted two prominent MP’s. Jennifer O’Connell, MP for Pickering-Uxbridge and Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, P.E.I. graced our presence at the Blue Castle’s premiere and also took the time to join Maud and ourselves for a friendly photo in Maud’s garden in Leaskdale.




This evening, at Maud’s Island Dinner, attendees will be witness to the premiere of a very special play. The Blue Castle is a play based on the only “set-in-Ontario” novel of the same name, written by L. M. Montgomery. The Spirit of Maud Theatre Company will be premiering the play in Uxbridge at the Historic Leaskdale Church Thursday, August 24. The play will continue for the next 3 days, with performances Friday, Aug. 25 @ 7:30 pm & Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 @ 2:00 pm. Tickets are still available to purchase by calling 905-862-0808 or online for $20. Click here for online ticket purchases




A whimsical night reminiscent of warm summer evenings on Prince Edward Island. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Marion Abbott Theatre Co. with their acclaimed production of Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. Please visit our Calendar of Events page for online ticket purchases.




Melanie Fishbane joins us Wednesday, July 19 for our luncheon tea! The public is welcome to join us at 2:00.

Maud, a novel inspired by the life of L.M. Montgomery, is described as “a young novel about fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery – Maud to her friends – (who) has a dream to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott.” The book’s author, Melanie Fishbane holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in History from Concordia University. Maud is her first novel.







Happy Canada 150 to all! Since our site also celebrates Lucy Maud Montgomery, here are a few sesquicentennial Montgomery mentions:

CBC Millennium Poll
On New Year’s Eve 1999, CBC viewers were invited to submit their votes in six online surveys to determine the top Canadians and events of the twentieth century. L. M. Montgomery was voted the most influential Canadian writer in the Great Canadian Writers Poll, receiving almost a quarter of the 22,554 votes cast.

Top 5 Great Canadian Writers:
1. Lucy Maud Montgomery
 2. Farley Mowat
 3. Margaret Laurence
 4. Marshall McLuhan
 5. Margaret Atwood

Maclean’s Canadians Who Inspired the World
In 2000, L. M. Montgomery was chosen by Maclean’s magazine as one of twenty-five Canadians who inspired the world. The honour list was compiled by historians J. J. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer and based on suggestions by readers who were invited to name notable Canadians who have affected “the way the world lives or plays, works or thinks.” Montgomery was chosen because she is the creator of Anne Shirley, whose optimism has inspired people worldwide and has helped them overcome repression. The first four Canadians who inspired the world are Sir William Osler, Marshall McLuhan, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Sir Frederick Banting.

Have a safe, STRONG, AND FREE Canada 150 weekend!




This year marks the 21st edition of the Gardens of Uxbridge annual garden tour. Each summer up to 8 local residences open their garden gates to welcome the public to view their garden creations.

This community event raises important funds to benefit local charities. In 2017, proceeds will support these local organizations – The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and Community Care Durham-Uxbridge.

The Tour is a showcase of the wonderful gardens of local residences in and around Uxbridge and offers a beautiful day touring the countryside surrounding the Oak Ridges Moraine.  The self-guided tour takes visitors through hill and dale along the country roads surrounding the quaint town of Uxbridge and also features a number of in-town gardens.

During the event, guests are invited to walk the gardens outside of each home on the Tour between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, rain or shine. This self-guided tour typically includes 8 gardens throughout the Township of Uxbridge and volunteers are assigned to each home to greet guests.

Each year the Gardens of Uxbridge tour is a popular way to spend a day in the countryside north of Toronto. Gather some friends for a day of touring and dining; purchase tickets as a Mother’s Day gift; or simply gather great gardening ideas. Be sure to order your tickets soon! A limited number are available.

Visit www.gardensof




A day in the life ….it’s worth the drive to Uxbridge. On April 29th, plan to visit Blue Heron Books and have your picture taken with Anne of Green Gables or with Kate Macdonald-Butler, Montgomery’s grand-daughter who will be in the store from 1 – 3 pm helping them  celebrate Author for Indies Day. Complete your day with a visit to the Leaskdale site open from 1 – 5 pm.









When I asked the ladies who attended a Tea and Tour yesterday at the site the name of their book club, they replied, “We don’t have a name for our Book Club but we have been reading together for 14 years.” Pictured here at the Historic Leaskdale Church enjoying tea and scones, is Mary Donnelly, 2nd from the right, with her Book Club for 14 years members & friends…













I cannot remember the time when I was not writing, or when I did not mean to be an author image


~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

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