Sunday, May 18, 2008


Anne of Green Gables is the queen of Prince Edward Island

My wife has dolls all over our house, with many in each room. This started years ago as I traveled to various countries of the world. These became the most requested souvenir by her in those days. Then as the children grew up and left home she began to travel with me so she picked out the ones she wanted. Perhaps the two dolls she remembers best were those of Anne of Green Gables which she selected on a trip to Prince Edward Island.
After getting off the Northumberland Ferry, which departed from Caribou, Nova Scotia, we docked at Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island. The 75-minute trip was spent enjoying a chat and a snack, lounging on the deck and soaking up the sunshine and sea air and even some traditional "music on deck” After getting on land again, we were greeted by two young ladies promoting a presentation about Anne. Well, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for the evening, but my wife and another couple traveling with us, out-voted me. I went hoping not to enjoy myself, but to my amazement the cast got my attention right away. It was not long until my laughter erased what resentment I had and before I knew it I was even rotating between laughter and weeping. When it was over I told my wife I was sorry and how much I enjoyed the play. The musical of Anne and Gilbert is presented at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria–By-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island. Based on the sequel novels to Anne of Green Gables, this new Canadian musical tells the story of Anne Shirley’s journey into young adulthood and her romance with Gilbert Blythe. Forty-four shows and forty-four sold-out houses later, Anne and Gilbert was hailed in the Toronto Star as "a marvel"; the Halifax Chronicle Herald called it "heartwarming, tear-inducing, thoroughly satisfying."
The next day my wife saw two different dolls of Anne and expressed an interest in one,, and then both. They are still in the foyer of our house along with an old edition of a book of Anne absorbed by my wife years ago.
There is now a 13-kilometer engineering marvel called the Confederation Bridge which is a very quick, convenient and dramatic way to arrive or depart the Island. Connecting from New Brunswick, the Bridge brings you to the town of Borden-Carleton and the visitor center/shopping complex at Gateway Village. The Bridge is open 24 hours a day and takes approximately 12 minutes to cross. Tolls are collected only when leaving the Island.
There are many things about the island worth seeing, but for us the stories of a minister’s wife, Lucy Montgomery, who authored the universally beloved Anne of Green Gables, and who was born on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, that prompted our trip. Anne of Green Gables has been translated into 15 different languages and put on film.
The story was inspired by the land, the sea and the people around her. It in turn has imparted an image of the Island that draws 350,000 visitors annually from around the world to Green Gables House.
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” --Romans 3:22

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