Rainbow Valley Tourism Site Reopens!

From CBC News:

The site of the Rainbow Valley amusement park, now a new entrance to P.E.I. National Park, reopens Friday at 10 a.m.

The property is now called Cavendish Grove and will include walking and cycling trails as well as access to Cavendish Beach.

Barb MacDonald of Parks Canada told CBC News that while the amusement park rides are gone from the land, the feeling in the park is still the same.

“The highlight of the property is still there,” said MacDonald.

“The trees are beautiful and very prominent. It will be a wonderful place for people to relax and maybe have a picnic and just enjoy the natural beauty.”

The 16-hectare amusement park was sold to Parks Canada two years ago.

Last summer, some tourism operators in the area complained it was taking Parks Canada too long to reopen the site.

Eventually, Parks Canada intends to make Cavendish Grove the main entrance to this section of the national park, meaning a longer walk to Cavendish Beach.

Thanks to Beth C. for bringing this news to our attention.

New Journal Article on Arthurian Legend in Anne of Green Gables

Howey, Ann F. “Reading Elaine: Marjorie Richardson’s and L.M. Montgomery’s Red-Haired Lily Maids.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32.2 (Summer 2007): 86–109.

The full text of this journal article is available through ProjectMuse to subscribing libraries.

The Story Continues—Again

Sullivan Entertainment has issued a press release announcing that Kevin Sullivan will write, produce, and direct Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a prequel to their 1985 miniseries. They are launching a search for a new actor to play Anne. The project should be released sometime in 2008. To find out more, visit http://www.sullivanmovies.com/.

It’s not clear whether the movie or miniseries will coincide with the *other* Anne prequel, written by Budge Wilson and scheduled for publication next March by Penguin Canada.

New LMM biography for children

Elizabeth MacLeod, author of L.M. Montgomery: A Writer’s Life, a biography for eight- to twelve-year-olds, has announced that her new biography for beginning readers, Lucy Maud Montgomery (illustrated by John Mantha), will be published in 2008 by Kids Can Press.

We will post further information about this new book as it becomes available.

New Book by Irene Gammel

The following announcement is from the Quill and Quire website:

Key Porter Books publisher Jordan Fenn has acquired Irene Gammel’s non-fiction work Looking for Anne: The Life and Times of Anne of Green Gables. Gammel will show how the international classic came to be written, and what the feisty heroine’s character reveals about author L.M. Montgomery. Publication is scheduled for spring 2008, to coincide with the centenary of Anne’s publication. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal.

Six String Nation Guitar and LMM

Yuka got a GOOGLE alert about the Six String Nation Guitar and LMM, and asked me to get more info.

For those of you who don’t know about the guitar (from Six String Nation):

The Six String Nation is a movement to connect people from all regions of Canada through music and by sharing our icons, images and stories.

The Six String Nation guitar is at the heart of the movement. The guitar is made of more than 60 pieces that are significant aspects of history or culture from across the country.

The media kit adds:

PEI – Cavendish Wood from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s family house & post office. Many “Green Gables” pilgrims to PEI confuse the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, with her fictional “Anne”. Lucy Maud was born on the same day as Winston Churchill and raised by her maternal grandparents, Alexander Marquis Macneill and Lucy Woolner Macneill in Cavendish. They were postmasters of the town. Maud as she was known worked in the office – often intercepting her own publishers rejection notices of her early pre-Anne of Green Gables stories before the town got wind. This is a piece of wood from that house/post office.

Of course, Yuka wonders where the wood came from, since the house was taken down around 1920:

I had a letter from Cavendish to-day in which the writer said that Uncle John was tearing down the old house. It gave me a nasty pang. yet it might as well be–it was falling into ruin. Yet–that dear, old beloved spot–my old room–to go into nothingness. (Friday April 23, 1920; Selected Journals, Vol. II)

So, it has NOT gone into nothingness after all! Anyone know who might have donated the bit of the house itself?