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Third runner-up in the “Anne of Green Gables” lookalike contest

"Anne of Green Gables" welcomes tourists to Prince Edward Island -- and boosts the clientelle for local therapists.

"Anne of Green Gables" welcomes tourists to Prince Edward Island

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.”

Sample "Annes" from the Tourist "Wall of Fame"

Sample "Annes" from the Tourist "Wall of Fame"

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.

Next goal for TTP: Head to the “Little House on the Prairie” ranch in Kansas to channel my inner Laura Ingalls!

(Darren Garnick finds himself strangely attracted to green costumes, such as this especially attractive alligator ensemble).

EXCLUSIVE FEEDBACK FROM AN “ANNE” GURU!

Ingrid Lobo, a prominent “Anne of Green Gables” blogger and a moderator for Sullivan Entertainment’s “Anne of Green Gables” Message Boards, weighs in on how I would fare in an Anne lookalike contest:

“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!

4 comments »

4 comments to “Third runner-up in the “Anne of Green Gables” lookalike contest”

  1. Charlene Says:

    Anne of Green Gables is DEFINITELY the coolest! And yes Darren, you are a kindred spirit. Even without the cute braids.

  2. Mike Says:

    Darren:

    Glad to see you made it to PEI.
    Sorry we couldnt host you!
    Where did you end up staying?

    Cheers
    Mike
    Innkeeper
    The Sonata Inn

  3. Noelle Says:

    I vote Anne of Green Gables. The Laura Ingalls books used to be kind of boring comparatively. Besides, Anne has a whole section of PEI to herself–Anne’s Land! What’s Laura got?

  4. Romantist Says:

    Wow! This is a nice information to me. Thanks!

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