What a Guy!

Baby shower held for Canada’s first English child

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY DEN­NIS FLYNN

Some 397 years to the day af­ter he was born on March 27, 1613, the first English child in New­found­land (and Canada) was re­mem­bered on March 27 of this year with a cel­e­bra­tion in Cupids, his birth­place.

Cupids 400 Inc. hosted a Baby Guy Char­ity Event at the Cupids Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to com­mem­o­rate the birth of a baby boy to Ni­cholas Guy and his wife just three years af­ter John Guy founded the first English set­tle­ment in Canada at Cupids in 1610.

In­clement weather didn’t put a dam­per on the en­thu­si­asm of well­wish­ers who turned out from near and far for the March 27 event.

The birth was recorded in the jour­nal of Henry Crout, agent to Sir Per­ci­val Wil­loughby.

Kathi Stacey, Cul­tural Tourism Spe­cial­ist with Cupids 400 Inc., says, “the idea for the Baby Guy Char­ity Event came from Linda Kane, cu­ra­tor of the Cupids Mu­seum. It’s a way of rec­og­niz­ing the his­toric event while giv­ing to chil­dren and moth­ers who need sup­port. It also high­lights the role of women in the es­tab­lish­ment of the first English colony.”

Her Hon­our Jane Furneaux Cros­bie, honorary guest for the evening, un­veiled a plaque to be placed in the Fam­ily His­tory Re­source Cen­tre in the new Cupids Legacy Cen­tre. The plaque cel­e­brates the birth of the first English child in what was to be­come the coun­try of Canada and com­mem­o­rates the pi­o­neer­ing women who were vi­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of the first English colony. Also present for the event were por­tray­als of Dur­ing the event Henry Crout was por­trayed by Peter Laracy, Lady Ni­cholas Guy by Jill Kane; Baby Guy by six-month-old grand­son of Lloyd and Linda Kane, and Ni­cholas Guy by Alex Kane.

The evening be­gan with a for­mal pro­gram and ended with a tra­di­tional New­found­land style baby shower where guests en­joyed fun and games.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Heather Dawe of Cupids en­ter­tained the crowd.

Jen­nifer Gosse pre­sented Her Hon­our Jane Furneaux Cros­bie a gift of an elab­o­rately cro­cheted ta­ble doily. Do­nated by Glen­nis Akerman of Cupids, it sym­bol­ized the hand­i­work and cre­ativ­ity of gen­er­a­tions of women from 1610 to the present.

Stacey says “all gifts col­lected were do­nated to the Healthy Baby Club of Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and other se­lected char­i­ties.

So­nia Avery and Marilyn Ford of the Bell Aliant Pi­o­neers heard about the shower and brought along two bas­kets of items from the Bell Aliant Ladies group in St. John’s.

Cupids400 Inc is the not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion formed in 2001 to plan and ex­e­cute the 2010 cel­e­bra­tions and to de­sign and con­struct an in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre to mark the 400th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the first English set­tle­ment in Canada at Cu­pers Cove, now Cupids, by John Guy in 1610.

More in­for­ma­tion on that project, the colony, and a full cal­en­dar of events for the com­ing year is avail­able at URL http://www.cupids400.com/

WHAT A GUY! - The son of Ni­cholas Guy and his wife was re­mem­bered on March 27 of this year with a cel­e­bra­tion in Cupids, his birth­place. Cupids 400 Inc. hosted a Baby Guy Char­ity Event at the Cupids Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to cel­e­brate the birth of the first English Child in Canada on March 27, 1613. Henry Crout, agent to Sir Per­ci­val Wil­loughby recorded the birth in his jour­nal. Alex and Jill Kane por­trayed the Guys dur­ing the event. The baby is Michael Kane, six-month-old grand­son of Lloyd and Linda Kane of Cupids.

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