UXBRIDGE: Lucy Maud Montgomery will be coming back to Leaskdale this June, when a new life-size bronze statue of the renowned author is officially unveiled at the Historic Church.
Members of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (LMMSO) announced the unveiling at council’s meeting on the evening of Monday, April 27.
The statue, which has been crafted by local sculptor Wynn Walters, depicts the famous author sitting on a bench, with an open book on her lap, at the time in her life when she lived in the hamlet of Leaskdale, as the new bride of Presbyterian Minister Ewan Macdonald. The couple lived in the Leaskdale Manse from 1911 until 1926, and while there Montgomery published 11 of 22 her books.
Mr. Walters noted that the model for the statue was actress Jennifer Carroll, who has portrayed Montgomery in the one-woman play ‘Maud of Leaskdale’ which has been performed the past three summers at the Historic Leaskdale Church.
“Nationally, this of great significance. It is the only statue of Montgomery, not only in Canada, but the world,” long-time LMMSO member Kathy Wasylenky explained. “The Society will continue to do our part to make Uxbridge Township a tourist destination for people from around the world.”
The unveiling is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 20, as part of a special ceremony in the garden of the Historic Leaskdale Church, from 2 to 5 p.m.
“Public art enriches the life of any community,” added Mr. Walters. “This sculpture of our best-loved writer no only enhances this historic site, but is a significant addition to Canada’s recognition of its heroes.”
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor praised the LMMSO for their tireless work in promoting the community and restoring the historic sites in Leaskdale.
“It’s been an amazing transformation,” said Mayor O’Connor. “And even more meaningful when we have people like Wynn Walters that are so artistically inclined.”