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Prince Edward Island : Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, 17. December 2009 0:36

Prince Edward Island is one of the 10 provinces of Canada. Located at the east side of Canada, PEI is a beautiful island with approximately 122 000 residents. PEI has a strong economy and especially culture. The island attracts thousands of tourists not only for the popularity of the green house, but also for the multiple activities and landscapes you can enjoy all through summer. Beaches, golf courses, eco-tourism, great seafood, lots of cultural events, great museums such as the Confederation Centre of the Arts and of course the fact that the island is home to Green Gables and all of Anne’s adventures are all reasons tourists come every year.


The lush landscape found it the island has drawn tourists from around the world and inspired many artists. One of them is our beloved author LM Montgomery who has found in the beauty of PEI of the late Victorian Era her inspiration for her well-known books. The settings of her classic novel, Anne of Green Gables, takes place in the Avonlea village, located at about a 40 minutes drive from Charlottetown PEI.

If you intend to visit PEI, make sure to also visit the Prince Edward Island Anne Green Gables House, which is located in Cavendish, in the Prince Edward Island National Park (where is the Avonlea village). This popular tourist destination attracts every years thousands of visitors who come from around the world to visit the house that has inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery. Moreover, the house and its surroundings features many other museums and other sites you ought to see, such as the the Haunted Woods and the Balsam Hollow trails.


Anne and Gilbert, The Musical at the Jubilee Theatre
Anne and Gilbert the musical is a musical play based on LM Montgomery’s books, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. This beautiful play explores the love story between the main characters of the Green Gables series, Anne and Gilbert. This musical offers an outstanding performance from all characters (from Anne Shirley, to Diana Barry, even Josie Pye!) and will bring laugh, strong friendship bonds, human complexity and of course love! This musical captures beautifully the confusions of becoming an adult, the complexity of love and the fun new experiences when becoming a young adult. But mostly, this play fully captures the essence of Anne of Green Gables : romantic and fun. You can catch this musical at the Jubilee Theatre.

Anne and Gilbert musical

Raspberry cordial
A recipe from Prince Edward Island made popular by the beloved book.
“Diana poured herself out a tumblerful, looked at it’s bright-red hue admiringly, and then sipped it daintily. “That’s awfully nice raspberry cordial, Anne,” she said. “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.” ” Anne of Green Gables chapter 26

You will need 1lb or 3ox of raspberries (frozen or fresh), 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 4 cups of boiling water and 2 lemons. Mix the sugar and the raspberries in a saucepan and let cook at low temperature for 20 min, until all the sugar has dissolved. Mash thoroughly then drain through a strainer. Discard the pulp and add the juice of the two lemons to the strained juice. Stir and slowly add the 4 cups of boiling water. Let it cool down then refrigerate for several hours. Enjoy!


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10 best Anne of Green Gables gift ideas

Wednesday, 9. December 2009 23:31

Are you a looking for a present for a fan of Anne Shirley or Lucy Maud Montgomery? Whether is it for yourself or as a present for a beloved friend or family member, these fun items are always a hit. And if you thought that books summarized it all, you are certainly in the wrong! There are tons of items available from anybody who loves Anne and her adorable house in P.E.I.

1) Anne of Green Gables DVD: The Collection
2) The Complete Anne of Green Gables: 8 Books Boxed Set
3) Anne of Green Gables, 100th Anniversary Edition in Hardcover
4) Anne of Green Gables DVD & The Sequel
5) Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings (Hardcover)
6) The Ultimate AoGG DVD Trivia Game
7) The Annotated Anne of Green Gables (Hardcover)
8) The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Vol. 1: 1889-1910 (Paperback)
9) AoGG – 2010 Mini Wall Calendar
10) Anne – Journey to Green Gables (2004)

Anne-of-Green-Gables-20th-Anniversary-Collectors-EditionIf you liked the Anne series from Lucy M. Montgomery, chances are that you will love the delightful Canadian miniseries from Kevin Sullivan. The series is amazing, especially the first movie of the trilogy which is worth 5 stars all by itself. This is a classic adaption of the beloved novel and every fan of AoGG should pick up the collectors edition. This collector’s edition includes not only the trilogy (AoGG, Anne… The Sequel, and Anne… The Continuing story), but two extra DVDs featuring 2 documentaries with cast and crew interviews, several missing scenes and lost footage, and the episode that was omitted from the original aired series (probably because it was too sad!!) “Marilla Cuthbert’s Death.” Even if you already have the AoGG version taped on VHS, it is worth buying the complete trilogy collector’s edition just because it is totally worth the additional expenditure.

The complete box set of AoGG is a MUST-HAVE. It is imperative for any Anne fan to own one of these. The 8 volumes series is an unforgettable is probably one of the most enjoyable children’s literature of all time available. This series of books goes through the life of Anne Shirley, an imaginative red-haired orphan adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert from Green Gables, in Avonlea. You will live her adventures from her early teens, when she first arrives in Avonlea, goes through her adult life and the last book tells the story of her daughter, Rilla. The complete collection include the 8 popular volumes “Anne of Green Gables”, “Anne of the Island”, “Anne of Avonlea”, “Anne of Windy Poplars”, “Anne’s House of Dreams”, “Anne of Ingleside”, “Rainbow Valley”, “Rilla of Ingleside.

If you are looking for a real classic, the 100th Anniversary Edition is what you are looking for : the republished original work, including the original cover art of the beloved book from LMM. Interestingly, this original republished version also contains the typos and the obvious lack of proofreading the book suffered from the fact that publishers did not expect in any way the book to do so well. However, this is not a book for kids (you probably don’t want them to read the typos!), but rather a great book for a fan or a collector. So maybe this Christmas, treat yourself or someone you love with this glimpse of the real Anne’s first publication from 100 years ago!

dvd 1 and 2.
Because some people did not care for the last movie of the trilogy (Anne… The Continuing Story), which received mixed reviews. AoGG DVD (1986) & its Sequel are, however, two must-have DVDs in you DVD collection.


Lucy Maud Montgomery- The Gift of WingsIf you are a big fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her novels, make sure to buy a copy of “Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings” by Mary Rubio. This biography is probably one of the best biography written about LLM, including Lucy’s own journal. And this is no surprise as Mary Rubio, a well-known scholar, has spent over two decades researching Montgomery’s life. “Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings” is a comprehensive and penetrating picture of the Canadian literary icon.

Anne of Green Gables triviaIf you think you know all about AoGG, why don’t you test your knowledge with the The Ultimate AoGG DVD Trivia Game challenge? This video game trivia is a fun game to own and to share over a get together with some girlfriends or with your kids. All you need to play is a DVD player, a pen and great spirit!

AoGG – 2010 Mini Wall Calendar. Fun with amazing PEI photographies.

annotedIf you are contemplating the idea of visiting Prince-Edward-Island, “The Annotated AoGG” is a must read. This great books features tons of interesting footnotes depicting pretty much all of the literary reference and allusion, including the people and different places. Songs, stories, poems, geography, pretty much everything is referred to in the book is annotated. The book is not only about scholarly demonstration, but is also great to bring the understanding of PEI to a new level. Learn where you can find the “Lovers Lane” or the “Lake of Shinning Waters” and make your trip to PEI and unforgettable trip.

The Selected Journals of LMMLooking for a fascinating look into Lucy Maud Montgomery’s early years? Then pick up “The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery”. This book is followed by two other great volumes. As an Anne fan, LMM’s journal will give even more depth to the character of AoGG as well as the author herself. The book gives an insightful journey into the author’s life and her work. Love life, her feelings about her books, you will simply no be able to put the book down until you read the very last page.

Anne of Green Gables the animated vol.3The cartoon Anne – Journey to Green Gables is a prequel to the so well-known movies from Kevin Sulllivan. In this movie, Anne Shirley dreams of a real family. You will find out what lead to Anne moving to Green Gables. This movie was made mainly for kids, but adults will love it just as much!

And oh, a last gift idea but certainly not the least, a trip to P.E.I. to visit Green Gables!

Happy shopping! – The Authors of

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