Cupids plans to party like it’s 1609

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN dmaceach­ern@cb­n­com­

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.

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