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A modeling career is born…

This goofy Anne of Green Gables costume has certainly been a PR bonanza for my pet travel humor project, earning prime real estate in The Boston Globe, on NPR and the CBC (we’ll have to impress the Canadian media with a Dudley Do-Right tribute next).

But you, Manchester Union-Leader, have won my heart.

It’s my first ever magazine cover!

Thank you, NH Weekend magazine for previewing my “Exploring America’s Tackiest Tourist Photos” exhibit and presentation at the Amherst Public Library. We’re expecting a SRO crowd. 🙂

Here’s what I love about the cover:

1. The Academy Awards are briefly teased, but hey, they aren’t really that special compared to the guy in the green dress.

2. The graphic artist took the time to layer the photograph with the magazine logo. This might seem like a no-brainer with print design, but newspapers are SO understaffed and overworked these days that I’m impressed that someone still cares about the nuances.

3. The photo editor chose not to crop out my favorite KEEN sandals, the most comfortable footwear ever. Though I am wondering if fashionwise, I may have been better off wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers?

4. I appreciate that FINALLY the mainstream media is realizing that Tacky Tourist Photos is not just about the chuckles and guffaws. There is a significant educational component, too.

BTW, if you, too, want to look like Anne of Green Gables (there’s no shame in admitting it), the best place to fulfill your dream is the Cavendish Figurines costume booth at the Confederation Bridge connecting New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island.

Be sure to tell Jeannette that Darren sent you!

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“Little House” actress urges peace between Bonnetheads and Gableheads

Little House on the Prairie actress Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) Then and Now

PRAIRIE PEACEMAKER -- Little House actress Alison Arngrim, aka "Nellie Oleson," wants to avoid an ugly lunchbox war between American and Canadian braided girls


“Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim still revels in her notoriety as the archnemesis of America’s Sweetheart.

Personally, I love actors who have fun with the roles that made them famous and don’t whine about being “typecast,” as if that were as bad as contracting malaria. Like Barry Williams (Greg Brady) and Dawn Wells (Maryann from Gilligan’s Island), Arngrim doesn’t take her fame too seriously. Why else would she name her one-woman comedy show “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch?”

For the record, it’s called “Confessions D’une Garce De La Prairie” when she is performing in France.

So, when I asked Alison to weigh in on the war between Laura Ingalls and “Anne of Green Gables” fans, I was shocked by her Gandhi-like ways.

Nellie Oleson used to pull braids. Now she believes there should be braid solidarity. Here’s her email:

“Obviously I am totally biased. I will always side with my Bonnet-Headed brethren on this one!

(To be fair, I did do one performance — a buyers’ showcase evening — of a proposed musical of “Anne of Green Gables.” – I played the “Mrs. Oleson” position on the Anne team: Busybody Rachel Lynde.)

It’s true: Laura is a real person, Anne is a figment of the imagination.

But I am somewhat conflicted over this issue as I am an American, but my family is Canadian. “Little House” the ultimate American story by American author Laura Ingalls Wilder VS “Anne” of Prince Edward Island, written by a big old Canuck, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

I can see where divisive issues of the most base nationalism could arise! I have awful visions of braided girls massing along our border to fling little tin lunch pails and slates at one another! We must nip this bigotry and hatred in the bud!

The bonnet heads of both nations must unite! We can look to our brothers and sisters in Japan, who love Laura and Anne equally, without shame or division!

Cannot Laura and Anne be “bosom friends?”


Alison (who will no doubt be committed for good after people see this letter!) Arngrim

If you would like to declare your devotion to either Laura Ingalls or Anne Shirley, it is not too late to vote.


The many moods of Nellie Oleson, aka Alison Arngrim


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Who’s Cooler: “Anne from Green Gables” or Laura Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie?”

Tourists of all ages, genders, races, creeds and political affiliations are clamoring to dress as "Anne of Green Gables" in the utopian land of Prince Edward Island

Tourists of all ages, genders, races, creeds and political affiliations are clamoring to dress as "Anne of Green Gables" in the utopian land of Prince Edward Island

Well, now you know my vote. Leave your vote below!

In case you are wondering what I am doing wearing braids and a green dress, explanations can be found below. Not that any explanations are necessary — both Canada and the USA, for the moment, still protect free expression.


Boston Herald: For $2, you can be “Anne of Green Gables”

Herald “Working Stiff” Blog: “Dress for Success: Why can’t Lexington and Concord be this photo-op friendly?

Tacky Tourist Photos: Third runner-up in the “Anne of Green Gables” lookalike contest


Back to Laura Ingalls… Her dad, Charles Ingalls, a.k.a. Michael Landon, could be one of the coolest TV characters of all time. He was gentlemanly and could kick your ass. He always did the right thing, that Charles.

If you click on the picture, you can see what the real Charles looked like (the beard styles of the time made everyone look like the Unabomber).

My fourth grade teacher gave us extra credit for watching that show because it allegedly taught us about the nuances of being a pioneer.


My goofy Anne photo is now being formally shared with the Japanese fan base. Here’s what makes it official:

Japan-Anne-of-Green-Gables copy

Click the picture for Yuka Kajihara’s view of who is the most “charming Anne” of all time.

UPDATE: Bonnet Heads Fight Back: Anne vs. Laura debate heats up the Prairie!

PLUS… Exclusive commentary from “Little House” actress Alison Arngrim, a.k.a. Nellie Oleson: “Actress urges peace between Bonnetheads and Gableheads.


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