Arnold’s Cove art committee hoping Ray Guy celebration becomes annual event
Artistry Arnold’s Cove, a not-for-profit volunteer committee formed near the end of 2016, is hosting a celebration of the life of popular Newfoundland writer Ray Guy this month.
A similar event was held in Arnold’s Cove last April as part of the community’s resettlement celebrations.
Committee co-chair Judy Kelly says the group was formed because members of the community enjoyed the last year’s events so much, they wanted to keep them going.
“Some of the things we started, we didn’t want to lose, so we formed an arts committee,” explained Kelly, who says the committee will focus on both performing and visual arts.
Kelly said last year’s Ray Guy celebration was such an enjoyable success, the committee couldn’t stand to lose it.
“He’s our Guy,” she said of the popular writer, journalist and satirist, who was born in Come By Chance but grew up in Arnold’s Cove. Guy died in 2013.
Kelly says the theme of the event is focusing on who Guy was as a man, with stories and presentations by those who knew him best, including his sister, Iris Brett.
Guy is remembered, amongst other things, for his opposition to former premier Joseph R. Smallwood, his work with the Evening Telegram, and his presence on CBC’s Here and Now.
As for Artistry Arnold’s Cove, it says the town has a large pool of local talent, and the group hopes to put together more events in the future, including a hopeful return of the Resettlement Monologues in 2018.
“There’s a lot here to celebrate,” said Kelly. In addition to Kelly, the committee consists of co-chair Fay Matthews, treasurer Roxanne Wareham, events coordinator Leeland Wareham, and directors-at-large Tish Trowbridge and Edna Penny.
The upcoming Ray Guy celebration will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, at the St. Michael’s Parish Hall in Arnold’s Cove. Admission to the event is $10.
Ray Guy in 2008