Gover­nor Gen­eral vis­its Cupids Cove Soiree


In what will be per­haps one of her fi­nal func­tions be­fore her term asGover­nor Gen­eral ofCanadaends on Oct. 1, Michaelle Jean will be present at the open­ing cer­e­monies for the Cupids Cove Soiree to­day (Aug. 17).

The event is the mar­quee event for the Cupids 400 cel­e­bra­tions, and runs un­til Satur­day, Aug. 22.

“ The visit of the Gover­nor Gen­eral … is cer­tainly go­ing to raise the pro­file of the Cupids 400 cel­e­bra­tions,” said Roy Dawe, vol­un­teer chair of the board of di­rec­tors of Cupids400 Inc.

The soiree is the high­light of the year-long cel­e­bra­tions to mark the birthplace of English Canada. In­deed, the en­tire month of Au­gust will be the heart of the cel­e­bra­tions cur­rently in process in Cupids.

The soiree will also wel­come Lt.-Gov. John C. Cros­bie, Premier Danny WIl­liams, An­thony Cary, Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Canada, and other pro­vin­cial and fed­eral politi­cians.

“(Their pres­ence) demon­strates the fed­eral govern­ment’s recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tance of achiev­ing 400 years of English set­tle­ment,” Dawe added.

The gover­nor gen­eral and her hus­band will ar­rive at Cupids at 5:15 p.m., af­ter which they will tour the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre, a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity that of­fers an in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence.

As part of a VIP re­cep­tion in the cen­tre, guests will be es­corted on a tour of the build­ing.

The park­ing lot will be the venue for the of­fi­cial open­ing and rib­bon cut­ting of the cen­tre. Guests will then pro­ceed to the main stage at Pointe Beach. The penul­ti­mate event of the evening will be the open­ing cer­e­monies of the Cupi­des Cove Soiree.

A spe­cial fea­ture is the pre­sen­ta­tion of “Seeds of Set­tle­ment.” The orig­i­nal, 75-minute, dra­matic pro­duc­tion is writ­ten and di­rected by Ged Black­more. It tells the story of the found­ing of the first English set­tle­ment in Canada through words and mu­sic.

“From John Guy’s ar­rival at Cupids in Au­gust of 1610 to the present, 400 years later, the ex­cit­ing his­tory of the North­ern Avalon — and of New­found­land and Labrador it­self — un­folds in the voices of the peo­ple who played im­por­tant roles in ma­jor events over four cen­turies,” said Mike Buist, event man­ager of Cupids400 Inc. The day will end with a fire­works dis­play. A full com­ple­ment of events and ac­tiv­i­ties will keep par­tic­i­pants busy for the six days from early morn­ing to late night. The soiree will also fea­ture pre­miere pro­vin­cial groups, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, com­mu­nity break­fasts, har­bour tours, evening soirees and fire­works.

Chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude amuse­ment rides, face paint­ing and craft dis­plays.

The visit of the gover­nor gen­eral and other dig­ni­taries “tells all Cana­di­ans that what hap­pened in Cupids needs to be broad­cast both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” Dawe com­mented.

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