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In what year was “The Blue Castle”

Who brought music into the Trapp family?
George Ritter
Father Wasner
Maria Kutschera

How many live Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States?
15-20 million
25-30 million
35-40 million

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green GablesThe L.M. Montgomery Institute presents Kindred Spaces, kindredspaces.ca, a collection of periodicals, books and reference works associated with the author of “Anne of Green Gables,” a novel about an 11-year-old orphan mistakenly sent to work on a farm whose owners had really wanted a boy. Read more of Montgomery’s vast work in the Periodicals Guide in Collections. Select Short Stories to see pieces such as the amusing tale of “Miss Marietta’s Jersey.” In the Books’ Guide, with nearly 700 books written by or about Montgomery, discover “Pat of Silver Bush” or “Jane of Lantern Hill” in Novels.

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The Hills Are Alive

Salzburg“The Sound of Music,” sound-of-music.com, is an Oscar-winning musical. Did you know that it is based on a real family whose members performed all over the world? Explore The Real Story and see photos of Captain Georg von Trapp and his family. Learn how Maria Kutschera came into their lives. Unlike the movie, the real family did not escape to Switzerland before World War II; find out where they ended up. Maria’s story of the family’s experiences was published in 1949. Read how “The Sound of Music” musical came to be, then Experience Salzburg, where the movie was filmed.

Recycle Your Tree

Christmas TreeChoosing a Christmas tree is a popular tradition for many families. The National Christmas Tree Association Education Center, christmastree.org/Education, shares the history, environmental benefits, varieties and safety tips about holiday trees. Follow the timeline of events that led to the time-honored tradition of decorating trees. In the 1600s, Germans trimmed their trees with a popular fruit — can you guess which one? There are many options for Recycling Your Tree. Learn how recycled Christmas trees benefit the environment in Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable. Find out ways your tree can be used. And don’t forget to check the tips in Holiday Safety.

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Dear Amy: “Anne of Green Gables” is one of my favorite books. I have read that the author based the story on the place where she grew up. How can I learn more about it? — Jane W., Harrisonburg, Virginia

Dear Jane: Anne Shirley, the beloved character of “Anne of Green Gables,” experienced most of her adventures on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Each county associated with author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life is recorded in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. More than 100 years after her most famous book was published, readers all over the world still travel to explore the beautiful places described in great detail through the eyes of Anne Shirley.

Perhaps you and your family can plan a trip of your own when you visit the tourism page of Prince Edward Island dedicated to All Things Anne, tourismpei.com/all-things-anne. You’ll uncover interesting facts about the author’s life, watch Anne Videos and see the real Green Gables Heritage Place home visited by thousands of people each year.

Several museums are also available, along with a summer musical based on the book that is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest-running annual musical.


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