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).
-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
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.
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.