Arnold’s Cove art com­mit­tee hop­ing Ray Guy cel­e­bra­tion be­comes an­nual event

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET ARNOLD’S COVE, NL

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.

TELE­GRAM FILE PHOTO BY RHONDA HAYWARD

Ray Guy in 2008

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