Cupids plans to party like it’s 1609
It’s a party that only comes along once in 400 years.
Cupids is ringing in the new year with a party to commemorate the arrival of 2010, which marks the 400th anniversary of Cupids Cove, the first English setlement in Canada.
Roy Dawe, the chairman of the Cupids400 organization, says the celebration will mark the culmination of two years’ planning for the 2010 festivities.
“It’s going to be what I’d call a
“It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for New Year’s Eve.” — Roy Dawe, chairman Cupids400
fantastic kickoff to the 2010 year, which of course is our 400th anniversary year, and it’s going to be a real good entertainment night,” he said, noting the band Mid-Life Crisis will provide the music and the centre of Cupids will feature a festival-like atmosphere for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for New Year’s Eve.”
Aside from the live music, there will be children’s activities from 4 to 7 p.m. at the community centre, including a puppet show, dancing and face-painting.
The adult party starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. with an outdoor street dance. There will be heated tents and food and beverage concessions on site and a fireworks display, which Dawe promises will be spectacular.
“I don’t like to compare it to St. John’s, but we’re going to have a bigger display than the capital city,” he said. “ You’re probably going to be tired of looking up into the sky. It’s going to be a really good display at midnight, of course, and lots of little things happening before midnight with the kids before that.”
Admission to all activities is free, and there will be free shuttle buses running between the Church of the Resurrection parking lot, South River and from the RC Parish parking lot in Brigus, starting at 8:30 p.m. and ending at 2:30 a.m.