Mo­men­tum build­ing in Cupids

Cli­max of an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions now less than a month away

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

The year­long party in Cupids has only just be­gun!

The town is in the midst of the biggest cul­tural event in the prov­ince this year, and cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the birthplace of English Canada are in full swing.

Be­tween Nov. 3, 2009, the date of the Royal Visit, and the end of 2010, over 200 events, fes­ti­vals, con­certs and cel­e­bra­tions will have taken place in Cupids and through­out the North­east Avalon.

If fa­cial ex­pres­sion and voice in­to­na­tion of the or­ga­niz­ers are any in­di­ca­tion, the his­toric cel­e­bra­tions have al­ready switched into high gear.

“ With­out blow­ing our own horn, most peo­ple will say we’ve done a pretty good job so far,” said Mike Buist, event man­ager of Cupids400 Inc.

“But we’re go­ing to wait un­til the end of the year to take great sat­is­fac­tion in a job well done.”

To date, the town has ob­tained $1.5 mil­lion for three mu­nic­i­pal projects. There is a ma­jor sewer project on Seafor­est Drive. Pointe Beach and Salt­wa­ter Pond have un­der­gone ma­jor ren­o­va­tion. This is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant, as the cer­e­monies for the cul­mi­nat­ing event, the Cu­per’s Cove Soiree, will take place on this site from Au­gust 17-22.

Fi­nally, a three flags pavil­ion stands in front of the United Church and Legacy Cen­tre.

The Legacy Cen­tre, which re­cently opened its doors, is a key venue that will serve to keep the dream alive.

This state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity of­fers a unique, in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Num­bers are ex­ceed­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Roy Dawe, vol­un­teer chair of the board of di­rec­tors of Cupids400 Inc.

What re­ally im­presses peo­ple is the way the story is told,” Buist added.

Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to dis­cover a com­mon her­itage by ex­plor­ing lo­cal land­scapes, wa­ter­scapes, cul­tural her­itage and peo­ple.

Dig­ni­taries from the United King­dom have been in­vited to the Soiree. Gover­nor Gen­eral Michaelle Jean is ex­pected to be present, par­tic­i­pat­ing in per­haps one of her fi­nal func­tions be­fore her term ends on Oct. 1.

It is an­tic­i­pated that H.M.S. St. John’s will be in Cupids Har­bour for Navy Day, Sept. 18. One of the fi­nal events will be a sym­po­sium hosted by the New­found­land and Cupids His­tor­i­cal So­ci­eties.

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