Each year in the village of Norval, Ontario, Kathy Gastle and the Norval Community Association pull out all the stops to hold an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the spirit of author LM Montgomery. There are bazaars at local churches, author signings, the LM Montgomery museum at Crawford’s Village Bakery (the Crawfords are relatives of Maud’s), and other significant events. This year Montgomery Christmas is pleased to have A Kindred Spirit Christmas, created and performed by The Spirit of Maud Theatre Company, performed in the Anglican Parish Hall where Maud used to act and recite with local residents. Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30 performances take place at 3:30pm; tickets are $20 or two for $35. The play also continues December 5, 6 and 7.
This year we’re also delighted to have Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, whose most recent books are The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (2014), the first two of three critical anthologies of rediscovered materials that resituate Montgomery’s critical legacy throughout her lifetime and in the decades after her death. Benjamin will be at Crawford’s Village Bakery for his book signing.
You may want to sample some of Aunt Maud’s Christmas cake at Crawford’s – made from Maud’s treasured recipe – or search for handmade holiday gifts at the local bazaars. Perhaps best of all is the opportunity for you to walk around to view the Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden, the manse where she lived while Ewan was minister to Norval Presbyterian Church, the church itself, and the Credit River that tumbles through the village. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the late autumn atmosphere in a village that treasures Maud.