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.