SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick LOCATION: Prince Edward Island, Canada (2009)
When I woke up this particular August morning, I had no idea that I later would be skipping around a Canadian village wearing braids and a vintage 1908-style dress.
Ironically, this all happened because I was checking if the Cavendish Figurines souvenir shop (at the Confederation Bridge) would display a Tacky Tourist Photos brochure.
Little did I suspect that the shop specializes in hilarious tourist photos, encouraging women and men of all ages to channel their inner “Anne of Green Gables.”
You can read about this savvy marketing strategy (and find out how often these green dresses are washed) in this Boston Herald business story.
Owners Jeannette Arsenault and Don Maxfield see themselves as Anne ambassadors and charge only $2 for the photo-op, figuring it will draw more customers into their store. It’s a successful gimmick that businesses in any tourist destination could easily emulate.
This statue, “The Spirit of Anne,” inspires many visitors to mimic the “Anne wave.” Very few tourists pose with the Fonzie thumbs up (AAAAAAYYYYY!)
To my knowledge, I am also the first model to accessorize Anne’s look with Keen sports sandals — absolutely essential in the Prince Edward Island rain.
(Darren Garnick finds himself strangely attracted to green costumes, such as this especially attractive alligator ensemble).
EXCLUSIVE FEEDBACK FROM AN “ANNE” GURU!
“You’re the best male Anne I’ve ever seen, though you probably won’t be cast by Kevin Sullivan in any Anne (miniseries) sequels or prequels. It’s clear that you’re a kindred spirit, though you could use a few freckles and some more feminine shoes. You certainly have Anne’s earnest enthusiasm down.”
Thank you, Ingrid!