A homecoming in Ho­peall

Trin­ity Bay community to stage cel­e­bra­tions from July 30-Aug. 5


Wrapping it­self around the har­bour just off Route 80 on the Trin­ity South Shore, the tiny community of Ho­peall is gen­er­ally the epit­ome of peace and tran­quil­lity.

But this sum­mer its nois­i­est res­i­dents — gulls, loons, ea­gles, hawks — are oc­ca­sion­ally be­ing out­done by the sput­ter, bang and buzz of ma­chin­ery.

And, come July 30, the deci­bel level will rise even higher when Ho­peall wel­comes vis­i­tors and for­mer res­i­dents to its 2012 cel­e­bra­tions.

“It takes a whole community,” Christina Wil­liams says of the num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in the prepa­ra­tions.

Wil­liams co-chairs the Ho­peall Come Home Year Com­mit­tee, a group of about 30 mem­bers, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber in a community with only 175 per­ma­nent res­i­dents. Florence Vin­cent chairs the group and Terri Beth Davis is sec­re­tary.

The com­mit­tee has been meet­ing reg­u­larly since last Septem­ber.

“One of the res­i­dents had come up with the idea for a come home year last year, but then said, ‘no, we’ll wait un­til this year be­cause it’s the 400th an­niver­sary of Crout’s Way,’” Wil­liams says.

Crout’s Way fol­lows the route that Henry Crout trav­elled from Cupids to Ho­peall in the fall of 1612 in an ef­fort to make contact with the Beothuk In­di­ans in Trin­ity Bay. Crout was a set­tler at John Guy’s plan­ta­tion in Cupids.


To help pre­pare for the cel­e­bra­tions, Ho­peall re­ceived an $11,000 community an­niver­sary grant from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

While the in­vest­ment is ap­pre­ci­ated, it doesn’t al­low for all the work the com­mit­tee would like to see done, par­tic­u­larly on the his­toric trail.

“I be­lieve we got a quar­ter of what we asked for,” says Fred Pitcher, com­mit­tee trea­surer. “We were go­ing to put in some bridges where there are wet spots on the trail.”

But with so many other ex­penses, that won’t hap­pen.

Wil­liams says the trail, when com­pleted, will be rough, more suited to hik­ing than walk­ing, and Cupids is work­ing on the route from the Con­cep­tion Bay side.

“As far as I know they’re cut­ting the trail right over as far as Ho­peall Falls,” she says. “It’s a two-day hike if you want to take your time and camp overnight.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing some fund­ing for the Crout’s Way project, the an­niver­sary grant is cov­er­ing, among other costs, trans­porta­tion and dis­tinc­tive cloth­ing for volun- teer sup­port, bands and DJ ser­vices, rental equip­ment, lighting, por­ta­ble toi­lets, liquor li­cence, stage and rental cos­tumes, pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, and ad­min­is­tra­tion fees like li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance and ticket print­ing.


• Mon­day, July 30 — cel­e­bra­tions be­gin with a 9 a.m. flag rais­ing at the en­trance to Ho­peall. Res­i­dents are putting to­gether ban­ners with fam­ily names for the mo­tor­cade that fol­lows, start­ing at 10 a.m.

Open­ing cer­e­monies take place at 11 a.m. at the sign that marks the be­gin­ning of Crout’s Way. Mod­ern day ver­sions of John Guy and Henry Crout have al­ready in­di­cated they will at­tend.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Mar­garet Crocker points out that al­though the dates don’t quite co­in­cide, the community will com­mem­o­rate Crout’s Way at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

“The un­veil­ing of the 400th an­niver­sary plaque is in Oc­to­ber be­cause that’s the ac­tual an­niver­sary date, so re­ally we’re a few months ahead,” she says.

Af­ter the open­ing cer­e­monies, ev­ery­one’s in­vited back to the Ho­peall Community Cen­tre for a meet-and-greet, tea and snacks.

So far, about 125 peo­ple have reg­is­tered for the Old Fash­ioned Time that will take place at the Lions Club in Green’s Har­bour Aug 3. Reg­is­trants are en­cour­aged to pick up their tick­ets at a get-to­gether at the community cen­tre at 7 p.m. July 30.

• Tues­day, July 31 — the day be­gins with break­fast (9 to 11 a.m.) at the cen­tre, spon­sored by the Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee.

From 2 to 4 p.m. there’s a Walk Down Mem­ory Lane (Old Ho­peall Road), the road that was once the main thor­ough­fare be­tween Ho­peall and Green’s Har­bour. Over the years por­tions of the road have eroded and grown in, but work to en­sure the walk is a safe and pleas­ant one is just about com­pleted.

At 8 p.m. there’ll be a flotilla and beach party spon­sored by Sports and Re­cre­ation and the Ho­peall Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict.

• Wed­nes­day, Aug. 1 — the United Church Women will host their Rose Gar­den Tea Party and Bake Sale at the community cen­tre start­ing at 2 p.m. The cen­tre will be open daily dur­ing the week with dis­plays of lo­cal art, paint­ings and po­etry.

At 7 p.m. the Ho­peall school re­union will take place at the community cen­tre, which once served as the community’s only school­house.

• Thurs­day, Aug. 2 — Pea soup and dumplings are on the menu at the pub­lic wharf at noon, with boat tours avail­able at 2 p.m. Cur­rently, there are sev­eral float­ing docks sit­ting on the wharf all ready to go into the wa­ter. How­ever, Ge­off Woodman of the New Har­bour Har­bour Author­ity, which also su­per­vises the Ho­peall har­bour, says the project is on hold un­til reg­u­la­tory ap­provals are re­ceived from fed­eral agen­cies. “We are hop­ing to have them in the wa­ter be­fore the Come Home Year cel­e­bra­tions,” he says.

At 8 o’clock in the evening, there’s a card tour­na­ment (120s) at the community cen­tre.

• Fri­day, Aug. 3 — the Old Fash­ioned Time, Screech-in and dance at the Green’s Har­bour Lions Club takes place at 6 p.m. with din­ner en­ter­tain­ment by lo­cal mu­si­cians and dance mu­sic by DJ Ja­son Reid.

• Satur­day, Aug. 4 — a mo­tor­cy­cle rally (route to be de­ter­mined) starts from the community cen­tre at 10 a.m.

“Mo­tor­cy­clists pick a route and de­cide where they want to go for the day,” ex­plains com­mit­tee mem­ber Hilda Hig­don. “The fee for the rally is $2 and the money raised will be do­nated to a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The Kids Bike Parade be­gins at 1 p.m., fol­lowed by more en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren at the Ho­peall base­ball field.

The day caps off with a concert at the field with live en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing Rex Goudie, Gree­ley’s Reel and Red­line.

• Sun­day, Aug. 5 — the horse­shoe tour­na­ment at the base­ball field runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and a duck race at nearby Ho­peall Brook gets un­der­way at 3:30. A wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony will be held at the United and Catholic Ceme­ter­ies at 7 p.m. fol­lowed by an ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice at Ho­peall United Church, at 7:30.

The community will wrap up the cel­e­bra­tions with a bang — a fire­works dis­play on the beach next to the Look­out at 10 p.m.


Pho­tos by Lil­lian Simmons/ Spe­cial to The Com­pass

A few mem­bers of the Ho­peall Come Home Year Com­mit­tee take a wel­learned rest at the Look­out. Sev­eral kids with the same idea hop off their bi­cy­cles to join them. From left – com­mit­tee mem­bers Fred Pitcher, Mar­garet Crocker, Hilda Hig­don, Christina Wil­liams, and Daw­son Wil­liams. At the front are Me­gan and Kee­gan Reid.

For­mer Ho­peall res­i­dent Shawn Wil­liams has de­signed a flag for his home­town, once known as Mount Ea­gle Bay. The flags have all sold out, but Ho­peall Come Home Year Com­mit­tee mem­bers say they can ob­tain more if they get enough or­ders.

Ho­peall will also cel­e­brate the 400th an­niver­sary of Crout’s Way dur­ing the July 30 – Aug. 5 Come Home Year.

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