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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.

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