What a Guy!
Baby shower held for Canada’s first English child
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.