Cupids, NL , August 16, 2010 - Cupids 400 Inc. today announced that Tuesday, August 17 will be the start of its six-day celebration called the Cupids Cove Soiree, running August 17-22, 2010, commemorating the 400-year history of the founding of the First English Colony in Canada. The day’s events begin with the official opening of the new Cupids Legacy Centre at 7: 30 pm ending with an Opening Ceremonies on Pointe Beach at 8: 30 pm and a 75-minute dramatic musical production entitled “ Seeds of Settlement”. Fireworks will follow the performance. “ Seeds of Settlement” is written, produced and directed by Ged Blackmore and features over 150 local volunteers who act, sing and dance their way through 400 years of history. Several dignitaries will visit Cupids on August 17 for the opening ceremonies including: Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle The new state of the art Cupids Legacy Centre and the Cupids Cove Plantation Archaeology Site will become an anchor attraction for the region. Both sites commemorate the 400 years of history of Cupids and the spread of English settlement throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada. Total cost of the of the Cupids Legacy Centre including its contents and landscaping is $ 5.3M. Funding was secured through the Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation at $ 3.8M and federally through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) at $ 1.5M.