October 1, 2013

Enter to win a wonderful Road to Avonlea prize pack


Like maple syrup, snowy winters, and the game of hockey, Anne of Green Gables - and by extension all of author Lucy Maud Montgomery's work - is a beloved part of what makes Canada the endearingly terrific country that it is. Yet the tale of the spunky little redheaded orphan Anne's popularity isn't limited just to Canadian soil, no, she has become a widely adored character the world over since her story first debuted more a century ago.






As much as I love Anne (and Gilbert), it was another quartet of books from Montgomery (The Story Girl, The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea, respectively) that lead to the creation numerous decades after they were first penned of a Canadian television series called Road to Avonlea, that I most adore, because without them, said series would never have come to be, and I can scarcely imagine my childhood without it.

Much like the tales of Anne Shirley, Road to Avonlea (RTA), was set in the maritime province of Prince Edward Island, in a close-knit town called Avonlea. The series, which comprises seven seasons and was shot between 1990-1996, spans the Edwardian years of 1903-1912, and follows the life of Sara Stanley (played by well known Canadian actress Sarah Polley), whose mother has recently died and in the wake of this tragedy, has been sent to live with two her (then single) aunts, Olive and Hetty King, both sister's of her late mother, by her father.

While Sara was certainly a central character throughout much of the series (especially the earlier seasons), the show was not strictly about this bright, caring, charming young girl. It focused heavily as well on several of her relatives, including her Uncle Alec King, his wife Janet, and their children, as well as various other King relatives, Avonlea residents, and the occasional exciting out-of-town visitor (often played by a well-known guest actor or actress).







Alec and Janet King had four children (Felicity, Felix, Cecily, and youngest son Daniel, who joined the family during the second season) and much of the series centered around the lives of this loving, hard working farming family. As the older children grew up, love interests entered their lives, including an on-again, off-again romance for Felicity with a young seafaring sailor named Gus Pike (to the great pleasure of many of RTA fans, though there were some epic ups and downs, Gus and Felicity's tale has a wonderfully happy ending, which wraps up the final episode of series seven).

To describe the basic premise of this show scarcely does it justice though. Created by award winning Canadian production company Sullivan Entertainment, RTA was just about as close to being transported back to the Edwardian era viewers could ever hope to get, and for me as a young girl, this family-friendly program (which aired weekly on Sunday evenings) was an enchanting, beautiful glimpse not only of Canada's past, but of the kind of wonderful family (the Kings) that anyone would be proud to be a part of.

Like every one of the movies and TV series (such as Anne of Green Gables and Wind at My Back) that Sullivan Entertainment release, Road to Avonlea was exceptionally well crafted, skillfully produced (by renowned Canadian director/producer/writer Kevin Sullivan), and rich with historical accuracy and incredible period costuming, all of which further helped adhere RTA to my young heart and turn me into a fan of all of SE's work to this day.

It was with absolutely no small about of happiness and honour than that I received a message recently from one of the lovely folks Sullivan Entertainment asking me if I'd like to host a giveaway for some of their products. Once I'd picked my jaw up off the floor and done at least a few double takes, I couldn't say yes quickly enough.

Road to Avonlea was, bar none, my absolute favourite television series as a child and it will forever hold a very special place in my heart, which makes it all the more of joy for me to get the opportunity to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a Road To Avonlea prize pack consisting of the following items from Sullivan Entertainment's online shop (which is devoted to products relating to their TV shows and movies).


The Prize

-Seasons 1 & 2 of Road to Avonlea on DVD

-An Avonlea Album (a collectors book containing over 100 images from Road to Avonlea)

-A Vintage scarf from one of Sullivan Entertainment's productions

-A beautiful vintage style pocket watch necklace with a picture of an owl on the front



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How to enter

There are seven possible ways for you to enter this giveaway, the more of them that you do, the greater your odds of winning will be.

1.) Go to Sullivan Entertainment's online shop, have a look around, and tell me what your favourite item for sale there is and why it caught your eye in particular.

2.) Like Sullivan Entertainment on Facebook.

3.) Comment on Facebook about this giveaway, including a link back to this Chronically Vintage post. Leave a comment here with a link to your FB post.

4.) Follow Sullivan Entertainment on Twitter.

5.) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, including @sullivanent in your tweet. Leave a comment here with a link to your tweet.

6.) Follow Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest.

7.) Pin any image you'd like from SE's shop to any of your Pinterest boards. Leave a comment here with a link to your pin.

Please make sure to leave a separate comment specifying each of the ways in which you entered this giveaway, so as to increase your odds of winning. 



Giveaway details

This giveaway is for one Road to Avonlea prize pack that includes the items listed above. It will run between today and Monday October 7, 2013 (closing at 11:59pm PST), with the winner being drawn by random number generator the following day and announced in a blog post here shortly thereafter. Please note, that this giveaway is only open to North American residents.



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I first caught wind of SE's website a few months ago on Facebook, and was especially enamored by the fact that, in addition to their array of wonderful movie and TV show related merchandise, the site sells actual clothing that was worn by cast members in various SE productions.

These skillfully crafted garments are an incredible way for fans to own a special piece of their favourite Sullivan Entertainment show or movie, with new pieces being offered routinely (for fans of the 1930s, the site currently stocks an especially good sized selection of thirties reproduction pieces which were worn on the television series Wind at My Back).

Whether you've been a fan of SE's beautiful, heartwarming programming for more than two decades now as well, grew up adoring books about Anne, or simply enjoy early twentieth century history, today's prize pack and SE's online shop are such to tickle your fancy.

Looking back to my childhood days, when I would sit on the sand hued carpet at the foot of my parents bed and gaze up at the television screen each Sunday evening, my mind enthralled and entertained to the highest degree by Road to Avonlea, I never would have imagined then that I would grow up to pen a vintage website which in turn would one day lead to receiving an email from the very company that created this beloved show of mine.

Seven year old me would have squealed with delight so loudly had she known, that I bet you could have heard it all the way across the country clear to Prince Edward Island! And it is precisely that kind of happiness that I hope this terrific Road to Avonlea prize pack will bring one lucky winner.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Sullivan Entertainment for their generous giveaway prizes, as well as for allowing me the opportunity to express just a small bit of the unending love I have had all my life for their incredible, endearing popular Canadian shows and movies.

I know in my heart of hearts, that part of the reason Chronically Vintage is here today is because of their superb programming set in days long gone, yet far from forgotten, and the impact it had on me during my formative years.

116 comments:

  1. Wow, such a generous giveaway! Amazing! *Running off to peruse the online shop for Sullivan Entertainment now* tee, hee

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  2. A lovely giveaway, if only I was in North America! I will look out for this series though.

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    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy, if you should be able to find it - a wonderful series with no shortage of terrific actors... :)

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  3. Oh my! I absolutely love this show! L. M. Montgomery has been one of my favorite authors since I was young and I know that reading her novels as a child were one of the reasons that I grew to have such a love of history as well as reading.

    So many wonderful things in the shop! I do think that one of my favorites is this one:

    http://shopatsullivan.com/anne-shirley-s-triple-strand-pearl-necklace-earrings-10.html

    I love brooches, and it is a cameo brooch that is inspired by one of Anne Shirley's and it is so simplistically beautiful. (Not sure why the link says it's an earring-necklace set... oh well!)

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  4. Seriously jittery with excitement over this giveaway!
    SO: I have 1) Like Sulliovan Entertainment on Facebook
    2) Posted a link back to this giveaway with a comment
    3) Followed @sullivanent on twitter
    4) Tweeted about this giveaway (I don't know how to link to a tweet, but I'm MacStabby_J on twitter if you'd like proof!
    5) And finally- I'd LOVE to have either the Green Gables snowglobe or windchime. My hubs would probably prefer if I went the snowglobe route, hahah.

    I used to watch RTA religiously with my mom. It was my favorite show at the time. I also watched the Anne of Green Gables series before I finally read the book when I was 10. Now i re-read the series about once/year because it's like comfort food to my harried soul! (Currently on Anne's House of Dreams.)


    Thanks SOOOOO much for hosting this amazing giveaway!

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  5. I must say I am so excited for this. As a young thirteen-year-old I was first introduced to the world of Anne Shirley and since then my life has never been the same. I attribute a lot of my love of the Edwardian period to LM Montgomery because of her wonderful books.

    Liked on facebook.

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  6. Left a comment on facebook with this link.

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  7. I think you've definitely hit upon something there when you mentioned the impact these stories and programs had on yourself during your younger years. I've always considered my childhood self to have had a vivid imagination but it's productions such as this that really brought the fashions and historical details to life in what's now become my quite vintage-addled brain.

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    After popping on the Sullivan site I think the better question would be what DIDN'T catch my eye (so many pretty things to see!) but right off I was definitely struck by the Grace dress http://shopatsullivan.com/vintage-fashion/grace-dress.html probably because such a classic black shirt-dress has been on my to-sew list for ages.

    Many thanks to yourself and Sullivan Entertainment for the fabulous giveaway! And I should probably also thank you for the sewing reminder, no? hehe
    Will be back for some of the other entries later! :D

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  8. Ok, I SQUEALED with delight when I saw the title of this post! And continued squealing as I read along!! :) I read every single book written by LM Montgomery, and of course did every school book report on one of her novels. I dreamt of going off for a summer to the White Sands, and marrying Gilbert! My sister and I watched the Avonlea series faithfully, waiting for Sunday nights to come so we could watch the newest episode. We were both in love with Gus and rooted for Felicity to find him. And every Summer, my friend and I tuck a special flower behind each others ears, and say, "This is the very last of the Queen Anne's Lace for the Summer." *sigh* ;) Now for my entries!!! Yay! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!!

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  9. While being bowled over by the beautiful fashion section, I think I'd most like to own the Anne Shirley Avonlea fragrance. I'm dying to get a whiff of it!

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  10. WooHoo! Shared on FB! https://www.facebook.com/daniel.riley.547389

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  11. Pinned to Pinterest Board Perfect Scents! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389350330256097439/

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  12. http://shopatsullivan.com/vintage-fashion/navy-white-polka-dot-dress.html

    Ohhh, golly. This is absolutely adorable! How could I not love it, it's so 1940s. ;) And it's navy! Not black! I have a dress that is rather 1940s in style, but it's black, and black makes me look dead. Navy, though---!

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  13. I followed them on Twitter as @giveawaycowgirl!


    dollymadisonetsy [at} gmail {dot] com

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  14. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/GiveawayCowgirl/status/385084875197276160

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  15. Jessica you have totally made my day with this post! Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea were my passion when I was younger. I read every Lucy Maud Montgomery book, saw every movie, tv show about said books and became obsessed with Road to Avonlea to the point of driving my parents nuts I'm sure. I remember the joy I got from immersing myself into every new book and the excitement when the show came on. I had a HUGE crush on Gus and was thrilled with the romance of felicity and him (to this day it makes me smile thinking of the happy ending they received). The show also spiked my desire to learn more about vintage fashion, as I thought all the dresses were just beautiful and I would spend hours designing my own clothes as I knew owning something from that era was not really possible. My portfolio for my fashion marketing interview at Ryerson was actually a book filled with "Road" designs. Now I'm day dreaming....:)

    I also discovered the Sullivan website a few months ago and have spent that time wishing I was a bit smaller to fit in some of the vintage clothes they have posted that have caught my eye. :) Right now is the Wind at my back "Embellished Evening Gown". I could never wear that dress but the detail is so elegant and beautiful...sigh...

    Wonderful post thanks for doing this amazing giveaway :)

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  16. I pinned the giveaway to Pinterest!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125256433359621042/

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  17. Gah, that wasn't even an entry. :D Ok, I also pinned their lovely dress:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125256433359621066/

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  18. I adore this sweet little blouse: http://shopatsullivan.com/vintage-fashion/lace-insert-button-up.html
    -Rebekka

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  19. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/tardispenguin/status/385117185892306944

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  20. Tweeted!! First tweet ever! Hehe! ;) https://twitter.com/poodlespincurls

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  21. I love Anne of Green Gables! My children also love it. Wind at My Back was an exceptional series, too. I love all the beautiful clothes of that era. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  22. Followed Sullivan Entertainment on Twitter!

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  23. Tweeted about the giveaway with a link! http:twitter.com/macstabby_j

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  24. Anne of Green Gables definitely ranks high among my favorite classics!

    Looking around on their site, 'An Avonlea Cookbook' (http://shopatsullivan.com/home-decor/avonlea-cookbook.html) got my attention since I always find it incredibly interesting when they make cookbooks based on what the characters would have eaten!

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  25. I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child and I have most of the hard cover with dust jacket books too - vintage ones! I adore the pictures on the covers - I collect vintage books! :D

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  26. I loved the earing container. It is so gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised by the prices as well, I expected then to be much higher. http://shopatsullivan.com/clothes/victorian-magnifying-glass-on-a-chain-1.html

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  27. I like Sullivan Entertainment on facebook as Jonnie JB Hartling

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  28. This has touched my soft side, dear.
    Road to Avonlea left a significant mark on my childhoood, with it's innocence, it's stories and the large range of adorable characteres.
    I do not reside in Northern America, but I wish my best to the ones who do.. I hope that the winner of this gorgeous prize finds the series equaly enchanting as I did.

    Have a great day, dear.

    Marija

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  29. When I was a little girl I LOVED Anne of Green Gables so much my parents took me on vacation to Prince Edward Island but I never have seen this show thanks for this give away

    kate

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  30. I just looked at the shop and the bluebell coat is lovely. Such gorgeous vintage style and vibrant color

    kate the old fashioned way

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  31. like Sullivan Entertainment on face book
    kate old fashioned way

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  32. Commented on face book hope Im doing the link correctly
    https://www.facebook.com/katherine.dutcher.7
    kate old fashioned way

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  33. Followed Sullivan on twitter

    kate old fashioned way

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  34. Tweeted about give away
    https://twitter.com/tubby3pug/status/385354882162499584

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  35. Followed sullivan entertainment on pinterest
    kate

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  36. Pinned king family sweater onto my 50s fashion board http://www.pinterest.com/pin/373869206537193119/
    kate

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  37. This is the most excited I think I've ever been over a giveaway! I was obsessed with L.M. Montgomery's books as a girl and loved the Sullivan versions of Anne's adventures, so when Road to Avonlea (or Tales from Avonlea, as it was called here) came on the Disney channel here I watched it faithfully. I've only ever been able to find a two dvd set that has 8 episodes from the first two seasons. So naturally, my favorite thing on the site has to be the boxed set of the entire series. And whether or not I win, I am definitely telling my husband that this series is tops on my birthday and Christmas lists. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  38. Liked Sullivan Entertainment on facebook.

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  39. I followed Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest!

    pinterest.com/oldfashionwhmsy

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  40. As with so many of your followers, I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan. Growing up I devoured all the books and enjoyed say my name as "Anne with an e" Actually still do! I liked on facebook, tweeted, pinned, etc. Not as savvy as some with putting links but did my best. Good luck to all.

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  41. Can't tell if my comment posted but I wish luck to all. It is fabulous give away from a favorite blogger. Thanks.

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  42. I pinned the replica of Anne Shirley's cameo brooch from the shop onto one of my Pinterest boards.

    Link:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/451063718900130812/

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  43. I liked Sullivan Entertainment on FaceBook :)

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  44. I have also followed Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest.

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  45. I'm not eligible to enter your lovely giveaway living in the UK as I do, but I wanted to ask if you have ever seen The Railway Children? I think if you love these series you would like this too. The ending always brings a tear to my eye! X

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  46. Oh my WORD, how I would LOVE to win this giveaway. Wow. I'd be so happy. :D

    Okay, favorite item on Sullivan website. Wow. There are so many swell things! I would have to say what I would most like to own would be this: http://shopatsullivan.com/vintage-fashion/honey-s-pink-dress-gift-set.html I love the wardrobe of so many people on Wind At My Back and pretty much anything of Honey's would be wonderful. And owning the actual outfit worn in the show?? Now that would be awesome. (The other items in the set are nice, too.) Actually any of the outfits from RTA or WAMB would be... wow.

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  47. I liked the Sullivan page you linked to on Facebook.

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  48. My Facebook page isn't public, so I posted about the giveaway on another page I run (I have followers there who might be interested anyways). I'm not sure how to get a link to the post itself but it should be at the top: https://www.facebook.com/ThePandP95ForeverClub

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  49. Followed Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest. Rats, I don't have a Twitter account, so there go two entries... haha.

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  50. Pinned an item from the Sullivan shop. :)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/355291858074181280/

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Er, figuratively...

    Thanks for hosting this delightful giveaway! And thanks to Sullivan Entertainment for doing it too! (Hint to SE: do that more. :D)

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  51. How lovely! I have liked Sullivan Entertainment on Facebook for quite some time. :)

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  52. And I am following Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest.

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  53. I shared the link to this giveaway on my personal Facebook page.

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  54. You can see the link to my Facebook comment about this giveaway on my wall here: https://www.facebook.com/edelweiss.patterns?hc_location=stream

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  55. I pinned this gorgeous necklace set from Sullivan Entertainment onto Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/79516749644321512/

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  56. And I do believe that my favorite thing on the Sullivan Entertainment website is this $15,000 Victorian settee. And why not? :) http://shopatsullivan.com/furniture-1/victorian-settee.html

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  57. I follow Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest!

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  58. There are so many gorgeous things to choose from in the SE shop but one of my favorites is Anne Shirley's Rust-Coloured Cameo Brooch: http://shopatsullivan.com/vintage-fashion/anne-shirley-s-triple-strand-pearl-necklace-earrings-10.html

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  59. I pinned the cameo brooch to one of my boards: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/293226625709538858/

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  60. What a generous giveaway! I was practically raised on Sullivan's movies of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and then the TV series of Road to Avonlea. As a child my neighbor friends would join my sister and I and we'd all pretend we were characters from RtA. :)

    I've been eyeing the Alec Kind sweater ever since they came out with it. Not for myself, mind you, but for my Dad who will be retiring in a few years. I think it's the same style that Mr. Stewart wore on Lantern Hill (another favorite Sullivan film) too.

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  61. I never knew Sullivan Entertainment had FB! I just "liked" them.

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  62. I just shared on FB! https://www.facebook.com/cheri.cross.7/posts/10152251406764554

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  63. I'm now following them on Twitter!

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  64. I just tweeted, too! https://twitter.com/cheriandviolin/status/386498620918214656

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  65. I'm now following them on Pinterest, too!

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  66. I pinned Anne's Wedding Dress pattern! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240450067578560705/

    I actually made a dress from this pattern. Not a wedding dress, but a dinner dress made of silk: http://ajoyfulhandmaiden.blogspot.com/2012/05/it-is-finished-and-sneak-peak.html

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  67. Eeee! This is AWESOME!!! OK, I really like that they have an old issue of Mystic Magazine for sale.

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  68. Liked Sullivan Entertainment on Facebook.

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  69. Shared on Facebook!! https://www.facebook.com/chevy49girl?hc_location=stream ( I hope that is right) :0

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  70. Here is my tweet link....https://twitter.com/chevy49girl/status/386507322786197504

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  71. Following Sullivan Ent. on Twitter

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  72. And my pin...http://shopatsullivan.com/avonlea-cookbook.html

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  73. I love Road to Avonlea!! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! Followed on Pinterest!

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  74. Shared on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kirstenfichter

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  75. So much to choose from in the shop! I'd have to say The Road to Avonlea Original Series Soundtrack. I love the music from that series, and to have an actual CD of it would be awesome!

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  76. I pinned the five disc collector's edition of Anne of Green Gables. :)

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/470344754804749451/

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  77. I liked Sullivan Entertainment on facebook.

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  78. I liked Sullivan Entertainment on facebook.

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  79. I LOVE the white Chippendale desk. It is classic and vintage at the same time. I had no idea Sullivan had furniture!

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  80. I LOVE the Chippendale desk. It's perfect because it's classic and vintage at the same time. I had no idea Sullivan had furniture for sale!

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  81. I liked Sullivan Entertainment on Facebook.

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  82. I followed Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest.

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  83. I pinned an item from Sullivan on my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250090585531178389/

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  84. My favorite thing has to be the 20th Anniversary Anne collection. I love her!

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  85. I tweeted about it https://twitter.com/mandycortright/status/386763062616674304

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  86. I followed Sullivan Entertainment on Facebook

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  87. I followed Sullivan Entertainment on Twitter

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  88. I shared the link on my Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/mandy.cortright

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  89. I followed Sullivan Entertainment on Pinterest

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  90. I pinned an item on my Pinterest

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/233272455672268450/

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  91. Love the Linda purse on the website.

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  92. Tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/MissMarianne17

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  93. Here is my repin from Sullivan Entertainment :)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/375276581420745586/

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  94. Thank you so very much to everyone who entered this lovely Road to Avonlea prize pack giveaway (it's awesome to know that I have so many fellow RTA and AOGG fans amongst my wonderful readers). The contest has now closed and the winner will be drawn today, then announced in a little blog post in the very near future.

    Many thanks again to one and all for your participation,
    ♥ Jessica

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  95. My kids would enjoy the Anne of Green Gables Toy Tea Set, I have fond memories of tea parties with my fav. stuffed animals =)

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