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150th birthday celebration of L.M. Montgomery

PEI is celebrating the 150th birthday of its most beloved literary icon and the top-selling children’s author of all time, L.M. Montgomery. Join the festivities and delve into the life of the creator of Anne of Green Gables.

Tourism Cavendish Beach and the Central Coastal Tourism Partnership have teamed up with local individuals and businesses to present activities continuing into the fall. This collaboration honours Montgomery’s legacy through a series of special events and activities showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Live Art events inspired by Montgomery’s quotes and the PEI Photography Club’s exhibit showcasing photos inspired by her work. Harmony House will present a show inspired by her poetry, and Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge recounts Montgomery’s connection to the sinking of the Marco Polo.

Montgomery’s lesser-known talent as a photographer will be explored through exhibits of her photos. Join Ian Carter for photo tours of her favourite spots, or participate in cyanotype workshops with Julia Purcell. Little Dutch Flowers is offering flower arranging workshops, garden walks, and literary corners for journaling and reflection. Songs, stories, readings, and deli cakes and teas will be presented at PEI Preserve Company, the Barachois Inn, and the Bideford Parsonage. Kids can enjoy programs at Bedeque Museum and the MacPhail Homestead, reflecting Montgomery’s experiences as a rural teacher. 

Macphail Homestead honours Montgomery’s 150th birthday with a L.M. Montgomery Children’s Day Camp and a For the Love of Maud Afternoon Tea. The Homestead has a special connection to Montgomery who was at the Homestead when Governor General Earl Grey visited the Island in 1910 expressly to meet her. At the time, Sir Andrew was actually far more prominent than Montgomery and since the Governor General’s admiration for her was not well-known, the publicity of the visit focused on Earl Grey’s connection to Sir Andrew. LMM wrote about the visit in her diary and Mary Rubio’s biography of LMM, The Gift of Wings, provides new details.

Celebrations kick off June 29 at Avonlea Village with Raising Her Voice: Celebrating 150 Years of L.M. Montgomery, featuring live art, live music, a Cavendish inspired food hike and more.

For a complete list of events, visit lmmontgomeryliterarytour.com.