Fresh­wa­ter pre­pares for first com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion since 2000

Ted Butt holds high hopes for town’s re­union

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Fresh­wa­ter’s bash on the beach was a part of their last com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion, held in 2000.

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