July 6, 2009
Cupids, NL Mr. Roy Dawe, Chair of Cupids400 Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for organizing the 2010 Celebrations, will be at the Wooden Boat Museum in the Town of Winterton on Monday, July 6, 2009, at 10am to announce financial support for a cultural tourism project entitled the “Indeavour Story Exhibit” to be housed in the Wooden Boat Museum.
The 2010 Celebrations will commemorate the establishment of the first English colony in Canada by John Guy of Bristol, England, who along with 38 other colonists, arrived at Cupers Cove in 1610. The Cupids Cove Plantation site was first discovered in Cupids, NL in 1992 by Bill Gilbert, Chief Archaeologist with the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation. The “Indeavour Story Exhibit” is named for John Guy’s ship the Indeavour and will promote and preserve the art of traditional boat building in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Winterton project is the first of several throughout the Northern Avalon Region to be approved under the Cupids400 Inc. Cultural Programming Initiative. Approximately 30 projects from various towns, cultural groups and organizations throughout the Northern Avalon Region will receive financial support from Cupids400 Inc. These events will be part of the 2010 Celebrations’ complete line-up to be announced in its entirety in the fall of 2009.
Mr. Dawe says, “We are pleased to announce the first of our Cultural Projects for the 2010 Celebrations in Winterton and are excited to partner with the Town of Winterton to build a legacy project that will impact this region long after the 2010 Celebrations are done”. Other partners in the “Indeavour Story Exhibit” project are: the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Winterton Heritage Advisory Board, the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation, Canadian Heritage, and the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.