Freshwater prepares for first community celebration since 2000
Ted Butt holds high hopes for town’s reunion
The community of Freshwater, Conception Bay North will be setting off its first community celebration in nearly two decades.
Freshwater resident Ted Butt, alongside numerous residents of the community, have been working hard to get ready for the Freshwater Reunion and Celebration - the first community celebration since 2000.
The three-day event starts on Friday, Aug. 11th, up until Sunday, Aug. 13th. Butt says the community felt the need to come together as a celebration of those who have lived in the area for so long, as well as those who are new to the town something he noted was on the rise in recent years.
“We’re getting a lot of new people coming into the community,” said Butt. “We felt it was worth our while to have a celebration for those people, as well as the ones who have been here for so long.”
Butt added that the planning of the celebration has been in the works for several weeks, and that he was pleasantly surprised by how many people were immediately on board with the idea.
“I brought the idea forward to (the community), and about a week later we had a public meeting with about 25 people,” Butt explained. “There’s been no issues getting people involved, and the committees have been working hard to make sure things are together come that weekend.”
The committees mentioned by Butt involve three separate groups - a planning committee, a beach committee, and an activities committee.
Throughout the weekend, Freshwater will host a slew of events. Following registration on Friday, there will be some musical performances and entertainment from the locals, as well as appearances from Freshwater authors Andrew Peacock and Roland L. Noel.
Saturday, the community will host a brunch for residents, followed by activities for young children. Later in the evening, the community’s beach bash will take place, akin to the bash held in 2000, as well as in March of 2017. The bash, to be held on the Freshwater beach, will involve more local music performances, hosted by MCs Jake and Bonnie Parsons.
Sunday will see a special church service, followed by a closing ceremony in the afternoon.
Butt told The Compass he felt as though it was important for all the entertainment and appearances to be from residents of Freshwater, and felt that if they invited performers from out of the community, the idea behind the event would ultimately be lost.
“We want to celebrate our community, what we do, and what we’ve done,” Butt said. “All the music is local, everything is from the people of Freshwater, because that’s what the celebration is all about. If we invited bigger entertainment from say, St. John’s, what would be the point? We have very talented people here, so we’ll put that to good use.”
Sponsored mostly by the Freshwater Men’s Service Club, the event currently has roughly 100 registered attendees, and Butt hopes to see even more come over the weekend.
Although the celebration is not annual planned event, Butt thinks it could become a yearly event on a somewhat smaller scale.
Registration links, as well as more information on the celebration, can all be found on Butt’s personal website at www. tedbutt.com.
Freshwater’s bash on the beach was a part of their last community celebration, held in 2000.