The Old Brewery Bay
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BeschreibungHere we have the personal account of the misadventures that preceded the opening to the public of the Leacock home in 1958.
Forty years ago, in October 1954, a committee was formed, chaired by Pete McGarvey, to acquire and preserve Stephen Leacock's summer home, known as The Old Brewery Bay. Four years later a golden key opened the front door of the home, allowing Leacock fans to pay homage to the humorist in a setting he had prized above every other. As the years have passed, appreciation of Leacock's genius has grown and today the Leacock Museum is open year-round to visitors from all parts of the globe.
The Old Brewery Bay is a Leacockian yarn full of ironies, the greatest one being that the salvation of Leacock's home was accomplished not by a national campaign involving governments, philanthropists, McGill alumni, and foundations (all of whom were approached in a spirit of urgency and all of whom backed away), but by a gang of naive and stubborn Orillians, using old-fashioned political moxie. Leacock would have loved that - his Mariposans showing the big sophisticated world how to get things done.
PortraitJames A. "Pete" McGarvey has spent nearly half a century in Ontario radio. In the 70s and 80s he was a commentator on Toronto's CKEY. When in 1957 McGarvey was named Orillia's Citizen of the Year for his efforts to preserve The Old Brewery Bay, the Orillia Packet and Times wrote "[He] patiently persevered in the long and difficult negotiations with a host of lawyers, owners, potential owners, advisers and hangers-on ... The lion's share of the credit must go to Pete McGarvey."
Untertitel: A Leacockian Tale. EPUB. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2012
Seitenanzahl: 120 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM