Momentum building in Cupids
Climax of anniversary celebrations now less than a month away
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.