A personal account of the misadventures that preceded the opening of the Leacock home to the public in 1958.
James A 'Pete' McGarvey is a retired radio journalist who led the movement in the 1950s to acquire and restore the Leacock summer home in Orillia. His first-hand account of that venture, The Old Brewery Bay: A Leacockian Tale, was published in October 1994 by Dundurn Press. 'Pete' McGarvey, long active in Toronto radio, is retired to Orillia where he serves as 1998 chair of the Stephen Leacock Museum board. Since assuming the role of curator-director of the Stephen Leacock Museum, Orillia-born Daphne Mainprize has been a tireless promoter of the humorist who put Orillia on the map as Mariposa in his 1912 masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. One of her proudest moments came in June 1994 with the designation of the Leacock estate as a National Historic Site.