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Events in Northern Avalon – July 26 to August 1


July 26 – August 6 Shearstown Estuary (between Bay Roberts and Spaniards Bay) Wetlands Nature Camp
Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm Children get active in the outdoors, while learning about the environment. Registration for camp is on a day to day basis, so visitors, as well as people of the region are welcome. Featuring special guests Dennis Minty,  and Ticker Tom. Cost: 5$ per day per child. FMI: Keshia Parsons Email: shearstowngreenteam@gmail.com website: shearstownestuary.ca Phone: (709) 788-3021

July 27 Heart’s Content: Cable Station Anniversary Celebration. FMI: 583-2160

July 27 Bay Roberts Hauntings in Coley’s Point. 5 ghost stories…near graveyards. 8:30pm FMI: 683-1195, Hauntings > > holdinground.com

July 28 Bay Roberts Unveiling the new Klondyke Causeway Wayside Sign with performances by the Pigeon Inlet Players. 2:30pm-4:30pm FMI: 683-1195 holdinground.com

July 28 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 [HST included] Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 28- August 1 Bay de Verde Heritage Days. Poker game, dances, kids fun day; fireworks, fish & brewis breakfast, adult dance. Schedule [PDF] > > FMI: 587-2766 www.baydeverde.com

July 29-Aug.1 Holyrood 22nd Annual Squid Festival
FMI:  229-7252 townofholyrood.com

July 29 Holyrood Community Walk and Bonfire FMI: 229-7252 townofholyrood.com

July 29–August 2 Carbonear Weekend Including  “3rd Annual World Cup of Tiddly”  FMI: 596.3831 Schedule for Carbonear Weekend  > >

July 29 Bay Roberts Family Campfire Community Gardens 7:30pm  FMI 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 29 Whiteway Live Music with Craig Whelan & Brady Whelan Brown’s Restaurant. Tel: (709) 588-2347  Fax: (709) 588-2627

July 29 Cupids Colony of the Heart:The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 30 Bay Roberts Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren   With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 30 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 30 Cupids Colony of the Heart: The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Carbonear Fibre Arts Exhibit. Display and Demonstration of crafts such as Quilts, Rug Hooking and Swedish Weaving. Music. Free Admission.2:00pm – 4:00 pm Multi-purpose room, back of swimming pool building. More information > >

July 31 Dildo. Dildo Days Boat Flotilla 11am; Cold Plate Sale $7 per plate 1-5pm; SUF Grounds: Dunk Tank & Local Entertainment Fun for the whole family, Men’s Fellowship fundraising BBQ, Adult Dance • SUF Lodge ($10 double) Third Strike • Door Prizes! For more information – > >

July 31 Harbour Grace 148th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta Lady Lake. Enjoy a day at the races. Fixed seal shells, games of chance, food concessions, ladies’ and men’s races. The second oldest continuous sporting event in North America. Phone: 709-596-6753 or 709-596-7265 Fax: 709-596-1991 E-mail: thg@nf.sympatico.ca

July 31 Bay Roberts Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren   With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 31 Bay Roberts “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” featuring Kelly Russell (Newfoundland and Labrador’s First Tradition Bearer), Russells in the Corner, Pigeon Inlet Players, and a special guest performer for each “Time”. For updates see: www.pigeoninlet.ca

July 31 Cupids / St. John’s St. John’s Story Telling Festival National Conference of Story Telling – St. John’s will visit Cupids

July 31 Brigus Cupids 400 Storytelling Concert Guest storytellers from around the world and at home will gather at St. George’s Heritage Church in neighbouring Brigus. International storytellers, Graham Langley and Jan Andrews will be joined by Newfoundland storyteller Margaret Hitchens for an evening of traditional English folk and fairy tales. St. George’s Church in Brigus (A Cupids 400 Event) See www.cupids400.com > >

July 31 Brigus
“A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 31 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 [HST included] Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Grates Cove Allan Ricketts 8:00pm Doors Open 7:00pm $15+HST advanced $17:50+HST at the Door. Cash Beer & Wine Beyond Baccalieu FMI or tickets: 587-3986 beyondbaccalieu.com

July 31 to August 31 Winterton Island Rock Studio Art Exbitition Drop in and view latest pieces by locally renowned NL artist, Florence Maud Pinhorn. FMI See the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador > >

July 31- August 1 Paradise SunSplash Festival, TBA FMI see www.townofparadise.ca > >

August 1 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

August 1 Carbonear 3rd Annual World Cup of Tiddly. Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ (12 and under) teams. 5 players per team (plus spare if needed). Pre-registration, rules and information on World Cup of Tiddly Page > > Registration also @ 1 pm Carbonear Recreation Complex. May bring own gloves and safety equipment.  “Hooked on Tiddly” T-shirts will be available for $10.

August 1 Bay Roberts Folk Festival Community Gardens 2pm FMI:  683-1195 holdinground.com

August 1 Bay Roberts Mussel/Crab Boil at the Three Sister with Music by the Pigeon Inlet Players Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30-4:00pm FMI: 786-2126 holdinground.com

August 1 Whitbourne Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Hoedown Lions Club. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Starts at 2:00 pm. FMI: Bill Whelan 709 759 2196 or hildawhelan@hotmail.com

August 1 Conception Harbour 100th Anniversary of St. Anne’s Garden Party St. Anne’s Church grounds, Conception Harbour  A day of fun and games for children; games of chance along with musical entertainment. A dinner and dance to follow at St. Annes’s Parish Hall. FMI

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Events on the Northern Avalon – July 5 – July 12


Once upon a time, people used to make a once or twice yearly “excursion around the bay” for an afternoon. The “bay” has changed. Summer 2010 is filled with events for all ages and all tastes, and there are numerous quality places to stay from five star B&Bs to camping grounds. Instead of an afternoon, make plans to spend a mini-vacation or a long weekend. For information on accommodations, places to eat, and craft stores and gift shops, see northernavalon.com > >

Events – July 5 – July 12

July 5 Cupids / St. John’s
Coasters 2010 National Antique and Classic Car Club will arrive in Cupids on July 5th with over 100 antique and classic cars for viewing. Following this will be a cross country tour from St. John’s to British Columbia. (A Cupids 400 Event – cupids400.com

July 5 Cupids
Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Cupids Orange Lodge 8:00 pm $15.00 cupidscovechatter.com

July 6 – August 2 Bay Roberts The Second Annual Holdin’ Ground Festival, includes the “Time in Pigeon Inlet” event, the annual Klondyke Festival, as well as the launch of the Historic signage project. See holdinground.com

July 6 Bay Roberts Opening of the Second Annual Holdin Ground Festival and Launch of the Holdin’ Ground Project. Videotaped interviews with seniors, meeting with interviews seniors, display of Pigeon Inlet Quilt, original design and construction by the Pigeon Inlet Quilters, music by Pigeon Inlet Players. Refreshments will be served. St. John: the Evangelist Hall, Coleys’ Point 2:30pm FMI: 683-1195 holdingroundproject.com

July 6 Carbonear Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Rorke Stores Mercantile Premises 8:00 pm $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 6
Conception Harbour Down Memory Lane – Concert A concert featuring the heritage and culture of the communities of Conception Bay Central. Traditional music and dance, stories and recitations. Marian Hall 2:00 pm Admission: $5.00 Adults, $2.00 Children

July 7 Bay Roberts Performance by Pigeon Inlet Players Near Madrock Cafe and Three Sisters – Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30pm-4:30pm FMI: 683-1195 See holdinground.com

July 7 Bay Roberts Fairest Isles, All Isles Excelling – Hot Earth Ensemble. Concerts will feature guest artists, Meredith Hall, soprano, Calvin Powell, baritone, and a group of Madrigal Singers, directed by Kellie Walsh. Presenting music that was played, sung, or danced to in the “Fairest Isle” of England 400 or so years ago. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church 8:00 pm Admission: $15.00 cupidscovechatter.com

July 7 Old Perlican Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. John Hoskins Community Centre 8:00 pm $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) cupidscovechatter.com

July 7 Carbonear Shore to Shore Concerts Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance. Rorke Stores Mercantile Premises 8:00 pm Admission: $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Colliers: Pre-teen dance

July 8 Cupids Colony of the Heart: Cupids Legacy Centre 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Bay Roberts Family Campfire
Community Gardens 7:30pm FMI 786-2126 See holdinground.com

July 8 Dildo Songs of the Sea Music Sessions with Jim Payne and British musicians Marilyn Pucker, Paul Wilson, Rebecca Driscoll, Nicholas Wyke and David Faulkner. Explore with experienced musicians, early folk instruments, music and dance. Join in Storytelling sessions that feature folk tales of an earlier time. Share your stories and bring your instruments or just sit back and enjoy. Goodwill Lodge #84 SUF 2:00 – 4:00 pm $5.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Dildo Shore to Shore Concerts Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance. Goodwill Lodge #84 SUF 8:00 pm $15.00 2:00 – 4:00 pm $5.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Spaniard’s Bay Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Spaniards’ Bay Recreation Centre 8:00 $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8-11 CBS Kelligrews Soiree
Schedule for Kelligrews Soiree – July 8 – 11 >>

July 8-July 30 Cupids Colony of the Heart by Ben Pittman Cupids Legacy Centre. 6:00 pm Admission: $25.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 9 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 9 Brigus Servant of Two Masters Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. St. George’s Heritage Church 8:00 pm $15.00 Email: sueannpye@persona.ca Call 709-528-3575 www.stgeorgesbrigus.ca

July 9-10 Colliers Kitchen Party 7:30pm. Antique Car Show – Field 1-3pm FMI: 229-4333

July 9 Cupids Colony of the Heart: Cupids Legacy Centre 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 9 Cupids Shore to Shore Concert Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance Cupids United Church 8:00 pm $15.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Carbonear Fairest Isles, All Isles Excelling – Hot Earth Ensemble Concert feature guest artists, Meredith Hall, soprano, Calvin Powell, baritone, and a group of Madrigal Singers, directed by Kellie Walsh. Presenting music that was played, sung, or danced to in the “Fairest Isle” of England 400 or so years ago. Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre 8:00 pm $15.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Winterton Open House with Miss Newfoundland & Labrador, Sara Green Come spend the afternoon with Wooden Boat Museum\’s own Princess and the Punt! Join Sara Green, reigning Miss Newfoundland & Labrador , a resident of Winterton and former summer employee at the Museum for guided tours. FMI See the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador > >

July 10 Bay Roberts “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” featuring Kelly Russell (Newfoundland and Labrador’s First Tradition Bearer), Russells in the Corner, Pigeon Inlet Players, and a special guest performer for each “Time”. For updates see: pigeoninlet.ca

July 10 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 10 CBS 20th Annual Manuels River Bobber Race. 2:30pm Tickets are now on sale and are available at local outlets and by calling the Chalet at 834-2099.or 834-4950. 2:30pm This years support is especially appreciated, since it will go towards the construction of a new building. In honour of 20th year, prizes will be: $1020.00 – Grand Prize, $520.00 – 2nd prize, $320.00 – 3rd prize, and 7 prizes of $120.00 – $2700.00 total in prizes. Other events will celebrate 20 years of maintaining and protecting the magnificent Manuels River. FMI: manuelsriver.com

July 10 New Perlican Heritage Day

July 11 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 11 Brigus Muses & Minstrels Closing Concert Join Jim Payne and Friends (Jim Payne’s Sing Song Inc.) 8:00pm $15 St. George’s Heritage Church Email: sueannpye@persona.ca Call 709-528-3575 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 11 CBS Kelligrews Soiree Folk Festival Launch of The History and Tradition of Conception Bay South Booklets during the Kelligrews Soiree. (A Cupids 400 Event) http://www.cupids400.com/

July 11 Bay Roberts Mussel/Crab Boil with Music Three Sisters on the Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30-4:00pm FMI: 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 11 Cupids Unveiling of the Cupids 400 Heritage Mat
Legacy Hall, Cupids Legacy Centre. The mat made from 10 – 10×10 original designs by member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador [RHGNL] from around the province will be hung in the Cupids Legacy Centre. The designs will be packaged and for sale at the Cupids Legacy Centre Museum Shop. 2:00 pm For more information, contact: 528-1610 cupids400.com

July 12 Bay Roberts Opening of the Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse for 2010 Season. 1pm to 5pm E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 12-13 Bay Roberts Voting for Bay Roberts in Kraft Celebration Tour
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Busy Week for Cupids 400


How many events can you attend from June 14th-June 19th?

In Winterton

  • Opening June 14th The Winterton Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador will launch the Official Opening and Keel-laying Ceremony of  The Indeavour Saga Exhibit on Wednesday, June 14th at 11am.
    Alan Doyle, along with MP Scott Andrews, Minister Terry French and MHA Charlene Johnson, Bill Grandy, Program Manager ACOA will be in Winterton, Trinity Bay on June 14th, 2010 at 11:00 AM to launch the Official Opening and Keel-laying Ceremony of The Indeavour Saga Exhibit. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.
  • The Indeavour Saga Exhibit is named for John Guy’s ship “The Indeavour,” which was used on his voyage from Cupids to Trinity Bay in 1612. This 34ft wooden vessel played an important role in Newfoundland’s History, as it was the first decked wooden boat built in North America.  The boat was also used to   explore the nearby coast and locate the Beothuk people.   The exhibit itself will be a two–fold experience:
  1. The history of the vessel retold by elaborate illustrations and story boards in the Museum’s main building, featuring works by Robert Haliday, Hilary Cass and and Kevin Coates.
  2. The vessel construction which takes place outside in the boat building shed, where the keel, stem, counter and main frames of this full sized exhibit will come to life.  Winterton Master Boat Builder, Jerome Canning, using the tools, techniques, and skills of the 17th century settlers will build a reconstruction of the Indeavour.
Boat Building Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Boat Building Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

In Cupids:

  • Starting June 14th. The outdoor exhibit entitled, Portraits in the Streets – Cupids 400 hosted by
    Cupids 400 and the National Portrait Gallery of Canada is beginning. The exhibit is a significant part of the Cupids 400 Celebrations and features reproductions of portraits of prominent Canadians. The portraits are a recognition of the historical significance of the 400 year story and proudly highlight Newfoundland and Labrador’s place in Canada. Visitors who stroll through Cupids will see these portraits displayed outside on various buildings on Seaforest Drive.
  • Starting June 15th. . The innovative, Cupids Legacy Centre will be open to the public.

    The Centre is a place “Where the Present Meets the Past” – a place where visitors are encouraged to explore the exotic nature of our landscapes, our waterscapes, our cultural heritage and our people – a place where visitors are encouraged to pause and reflect on their heritage…. our common heritage and perhaps…. in the process of reflection …discover something about themselves. Those who visit this place will be invited to explore the legacies left by their ancestors and will be motivated to ponder their own legacies.

    Illuminating the rich tapestry of history and culture that has defined Cupids’ place at the nexus of Canadian history, the Cupids Legacy Centre will represent a permanent home to a vast heritage that echoes in every field and cove of this remarkable place.

  • On June 17th. The Cupids launch of a Special Edition of Riddle Fence will take place. This book will commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first English Settlement in Canada along with the history, heritage and culture of Cupids.
  • On June 18th.
    An Evening with British Poet/Author/Broadcaster Seán Street Legacy Hall will be held in Cupids Legacy Centre . Seán Street has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent being Time Between Tides – New and Selected Poems 1981 -2009. He has worked as a radio producer, writer and presenter for many years. His most recent work includes a documentary to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent British settlement in Newfoundland, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 2010. Time spent in Newfoundland has inspired much of his most recent poetry. 7:30 pm Admission: $5.00
  • On June 19th. The New World Theatre will be opening two of their summer plays. Both will take place on the innovative ‘Indeavour Stage’ which is behind the Cupid’s Haven B&B on Seaforest Drive.

Theatre Sketch of the Indeavour

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Summer Season – Busy Time


We have been so busy that time has just run away. Working on Cupids Cove Chatter for Cupids 400 Inc. and working on “The Holdin’ Ground Project” and the “Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation” for the town of Bay Roberts has been very times consuming, but extremely uplifting.

Yesterday, April 8, 2010, there was a press conference in Cupids about “The New World Theatre Project” which is being developed by Aiden Flynn of Rabbittown Theatre in St. John’s.  At a press conference at Cupids Haven  in Cupids on April 7th, 2010, plans for the New World Theatre Project were revealed. The 
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 1610. The New World Theatre Project will explore, present and celebrate the   Guy’s England, particularly what settlers may have seen, heard, or written in the London of 1610. Through ongoing dialogue and consultation with institutions such as Shakespeare’s  Globe (UK) and Shakespeare’s Globe Centre of Canada, the project will provide unprecedented artistic opportunities for Newfoundland theatre artists and provide the community with a new and unique cultural experience.

For more information see the blog which we developed and are maintaining for Cupids 400 Inc. > >

For more photos see Flickr Cupids 400, the Flickr site we maintain for Cupids 400 Inc.  (all these photos were taken by Neddal Ayad >>

Our other big project has been preparing websites for The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation ( www.bayrobertsculture.com ) and the “Holdin’ Ground Project” ( holdingroundproject.com )  In addition, we have developed a YouTube channel for the interviews from the Holdin’ Ground Project.  The students has saved the videos of their interviews, some of which were 30 minutes long  in DVD format. They were converted to AVI format and broken down into segments less than 10 minutes long (since YouTube will not accept videos which are longer than 10 minutes.)  Then those were uploaded to the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation You Tube Channel –  www.youtube.com/user/bayrobertsculture > > and linked back to holdingroundproject.com

The interviews are a wonderful way to preserve the memories and knowledge of older citizens in the community.  Mr. Cecil Greenland at 104 is completely amazing, as well as Mr. Ralph Greenland, 80 who is a talented musician. This morning I am uploading stills from the videos to the Baccalieu Consulting Flickr > >.

In addition, we have updated all the Pigeon Inlet related material for the upcoming summer season.  The website for “A Time in Pigeon Inlet” ( www.pigeoninlet.ca ) with a new page about the Russell Family  and Uncle Mose’s Blog ( unclemose.wordpress.com ) are now ready for the new season.  We have set up “A Time in Pigeon Inlet” Fan Page on Face Book .

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Provincial Historic Commemorations Program


Last week, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the first-ever designations under the newly-established Provincial Historic Commemorations Program. The program is designed to  recognize and commemorate distinctive aspects of our province’s history, culture and heritage. Dildo Island, which represents more than 2,500 years of occupation by various cultures, was commemorated as a Place of Provincial Significance.   Kelly Russell, well-known fiddler and tireless promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador’s traditional music, was recognized under the category of Tradition Bearer.

Because we worked on the  Baccalieu: Crossroads for Culture Project and have worked closely with clients in the Dildo area, as well as with Kelly and his family through the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation and “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” we have in depth knowledge about the two choices.

One of Kelly Russell's music collections.

Kelly Russell, at the March 3rd Award Ceremony, with his book of musical notation.

Kelly Russell

Like almost everyone in the province, I was familiar with Kelly Russell, the fiddle player, but until “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” I did not know that he is also a skilled storyteller,  a producer and director, and recorder and arranger of music. With his company Pigeon Inlet Productions, he has produced Tales from Pigeon Inlet (3CD set, featuring 30 original recordings of his father, Ted Russell’s works) and a number of other compilations of music and spoken word by the best know performers in the province.

He has developed and printed two unique books of musical notation:  Fiddle Music of Newfoundland & Labrador – Volume 1 – The Music of Rufus Guinchard & Emile Benoit, containing musical notation to over 250 fiddle tunes learned from master fiddlers Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit. Volume 2 is also now available, containing tunes from 25 other fiddlers around the Province including several fiddlers from Labrador.

Needless to say, over the past two years, I have gained tremendous respect for Kelly’s contribution to the culture and heritage of the province, and he is very worthy of the name Tradition BearerA Time in Pigeon Inlet which he produces in cooperation with the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation, helps to preserve the legacy his father, Ted Russell and to preserve the traditions and culture of outport Newfoundland.  His own website, Pigeon Inlet Productions, www.pigeoninlet.com,  provides information about the items he has produced, and his contribution to ensuring future generations are aware of our traditional music.

Dildo Island

Dildo Island was also an excellent choice. Dildo Island, is relatively unknown outside the region, although it is a treasure of international interest on many levels.  The fact that so many different cultures chose to live there, speaks volumes.  The island is located in area which is visited by seals, whales, and various types of birds.  Fish swim in the water and the land provides quantities of berries and other editable plants. A caribou migration path was located in nearby Blaketown, and various types of small animals such as rabbits and beaver live in the woods. The various  cultures that occupied the island took advantage of the abundant food supply. In spite of the many excesses of hunting and fishing habits during the last half of the  20th century, the island, the waters around it, and the Dildo area are still home to many species of plant and animal life on land and in the water.  Dildo and Dildo Island can be the site for marvelous hiking trips, studying the natural history of the area.

Journey Through Time

Journey Through Time

Everyone loves a good story and the story of human habitation on Dildo Island is an amazing tale. I was first introduced to that story by William Gilbert, chief  archaeologist, when Baccalieu Consulting worked with him to produce a booklet for the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation entitled Journeys Through Time: 10 Years of Archaeology on the Baccalieu Trail. The amount of   documentation and the number of artifacts that have been found are truly amazing, and William Gilbert has an ability to tell a detailed technical story in plain, coherent language  that is easy to understand.

In 2005, we were project managers for Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures, which brought together a large number of groups and individuals, including William Gilbert, to tell the   17th century history of the region, in preparation for the Cupids 400 Celebrations, which are taking place this year.

Tools of the Dorset Eskimo

Tools of the Dorset Eskimo

For a person who loves history and anthropology, the ability to be able to handle items that people used on that island over two thousand years ago is unimaginable. It was fascinating to learn that the Dorset Eskimo over 1000 years ago actually fashioned lamps which burned seal oil and that they produced serrated blades on their cutting  instruments.

It was eerie to read Henry  Cout’s 1613 account of landing on Dildo Island.  He entered a Beothuk home where the fire pit was still warm and examined the inside, seeing how they slept.  When he was ready to go, he left gifts for the Beothuk that own the home. The following day, when he returned, he found the Beothuk had left a gift of cooked meat for them. It is heartbreaking to  read his plea, saying do no harm to the Beothuk  people, in the light of later events.

More Information about Dildo Island

If you are interesting in following the story of Dildo Island and of the visit by the Cupids colonists, you can find detailed information.

From Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures – “The Beothuk at Dildo Island”  (available in English and French )

From Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures – Henry Crout’s letter to Sir Percival Willoughby, Summer 1613 transcribed by William Gilbert  (available in French and English)

If you want to find more information about the archaeological dig, and the various cultures that occupied Dildo Island, you can find detailed information.

From Baccalieu Digs  (website of the Baccalieu Heritage Corporation, maintained by William Gilbert, chief archaeologist) – Dildo Island

And, to find information about events and activities of Cupids 400, you can see Cupids Cove Chatter.

Accommodations in the Region

If you are interested in visiting the area, we maintain websites for a number of accommodations.  These accommodations consist of B & Bs, Cottages, RV and Camping Parks and range in cost.  The whole area covers a radius of about 40km, so if you stay in one place, you are with easy driving distance of all other parts.

Cupids area:  Blumblebee B & B (Brigus), Roaches Line RV Park & Cottages (Roaches Line), Rose Manor (Harbour Grace), and Klondyke Cottage (Bay Roberts)

Dildo area: George House Heritage B& B and Inn By the Bay (Dildo)Blueberry Hill B & B (Cavendish)Ocean Delight Cottages (Whiteway) and Ocean Delight Cottages (Heart’s  Delight)

In addition, we maintain the website for Northern Bay Sands RV and Camping Park, which is also on the Baccalieu Peninsula.

We also maintain the website for Northern Avalon Tourism Association – Accommodations – All the accommodations listed are within an hour of the Cupids – Dildo area.

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Social Media – Outcomes


Over the past year and a half, I have been developing an understanding of how to engage Social Media to assit clients.  The philosophy behind social media is very simple. ” Word of mouth” advertising is the most effective type.  People trust the opinions of a good friend.  Therefore, if people online come to know you as a “real person,” or a friend, they will trust a product or service or idea, that you offer or endorse.  Social media, since it is the place where people meet, chat, and exchange stories has become the new “village square” – the new market place.  I try to expand on this concept with clients, and suggest that all of them have active Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter accounts, and a blog to accompany their websites.

Social media sources give information to people “where they are”  – that is in the “global village square of social media.”  However, that is not the only advantage of using Social Media.  All these entrance points create more paths to your sales or services information.  Statistically, they greatly increase the probability that people will be able to find you in the extremely congested world of the Internet.

Outcomes

February brought outcomes for our exploration into social media.  Our clients Todd Warren and Dale Cameron owners of the George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Dildo, NL, have won the Sixth-annual Tourism Atlantic Technology Award at Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Lookout! Tourism Summit 2010. In addition, we have set up a new blog for Cupids 400 Inc, which we have called Cupids Cove Chatter – www.cupidscovechatter.com.

George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast

George House Heritage Bed & Breakfast

George House Heritage Bed & Breakfast

Todd and Dale approached me last year to set up a new website for George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast. We discussed the role of social media.  In addition to developing their website www.georgehousebnb.com, I set up a WordPress Blog and suggested the name “An Outport Called Dildo.”  We were all amazed that we  the domain name  www.newfoundlandoutport.com had not been taken.  I also suggested that they actively use their Twitter Account FaceBook account and use a Flickr account which they also called “Newfoundland Outport” for photos. They engaged Reservation Nexus (ResNexus) to set up their online reservation, and we incorporated the coding in their existing website. As well, they updated Google.com and Google Maps with their  GPS coordinates and contact information.

An Outport Called Dildo

An Outport Called Dildo

Cupids Cove Chatter


Cupids Cove Chatter

Cupids Cove Chatter

Dray Media had already established the main website for Cupids 400 Inc. – www.cupids400.com and the Cupids 400 staff had set up on FaceBook and  Flickr, when they approached Baccalieu Consulting to establish a blog.   Cupids Cove Chatter, which is the name we chose, is up and running. The blog will introduce and describe events from an “on the ground” perspective.  Henry Crout, one of John Guy’s Colonists. is the avatar.  Although a number of people including John Guy and Sir Percival Willoughby recorded information about the first English colony in Canada, Henry Crout recorded what was happening “on the ground.”  We are using Cupids Cove Chatter to introduce and describe events from an “on the ground”  perspective.

We have also set up a Flickr Group:  Cupids 400 – Birth of English Canada There are already 180 photos in the group and we are inviting people  to become members and add their own photos.

Cupids Cove Chatter has accounts and photos of  the Royal Visit of  the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as visits from Premier Danny Williams, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

For the month of February, a Valentine’s Fund Raising Dinner and a visit from acclaimed Newfoundland author of Galore, Michael Crummy are highlights.

We hope this blog will last in the virtual world for as long as the journals, books and other documents of the other colonists have lasted!  In 400 years time, perhaps someone will see them and get a picture of life in the 21st century, just as the documents from Henry Crout and other colonists give us a picture of life as it was in the 17th century.

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Twitter Mashup


Twitter is a mashup – combining past and present – history and technology – cultures and places – and most importantly – people.

Kindred Spirits about Role of the Internet

Through Twitter, I have been able to do many things from finding tips about web design and graphics to pursuing political, environmental and social issues to posting links about our clients and about this area so that people all over the word can see them.  However, perhaps the most interesting Twitter  experience was a personal one. Tweeting led me to Peg Mullligan, a lady in New England, who is also interested in blogging, in distance learning, and practical uses of the Internet.  Because of our mutual admiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, we realized that we were kindred spirits in the way we envisioned the role of the Internet.

Squanto - Courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

Squanto - Courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

Squanto (Squantum)’s Link to Cupers Cove (Cupids)

Serendipitously, my son travelled to Plymouth, Massachusetts earlier this fall, through Cupids 400, to research and photograph a little known fact in the history of John Guy’s Cupers Cove Colony.  Squanto (aka Squantum), a Native American, who had been born and grew up in Patuxet (which stood where Plymouth now stands), lived in Cupers Cove (Cupids) in 1617 -1618.  He went back to his homeland in 1619, and was there to greet the Pilgrim Fathers when they arrived in 1620.

Though his knowledge of English, he was of great assistance to them. William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth said of him:

…Squanto continued with them and was their interpreter and was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation. He directed them how to set their corn, where to take fish, and to procure other commodities, and was also their pilot to bring them to unknown places for their profit, and never left them till he died.

Squanto (Squantum) is little known as a person. He is usually portrayed as a Disneyesque caricature with the Pilgrim Fathers at Thanksgiving.  Yet, his life story is one of the most compelling in history.  He endured unimaginable hardships and personal suffering, and he was of great assistance to the Pilgram Fathers, helping them to survive in the New World.  I completed Internet research about him earlier and have included it in a website.

Squantum Website

Just as a little side comment, the caption on the bust of Squanto in the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, explains that Squanto’s head is the only remaining piece from a grouping of  figures representing the Pilgrim Fathers’ arrival in the New World that stood at the entrance to the Museum in the early 1900s.  That seemed so appropriate!  Squanto is still the ultimate survivor.

Statue of a Wampanoag overlooking Plymouth Harbour

Statue of a Wampanoag overlooking Plymouth Harbour

Twitter Connection

While in Plymouth, my son met Peg and her family who spent the Columbus Day Holiday in the area.  Then Peg invited my son to write a guest blog for her blog series: .

Technical and Marketing Communication: Content for a Convergent World: “Live with Abundance ”

As I said, though Twitter and our mutual interest in history, we have been able to combine history, culture, and learning in an interesting way.  I hope others will join in our experience through commenting on the topic of Squanto and early New World settlement, which is of great interest to us in this area due to the 400th Anniversary of Cupids, the first English Colony in Canada, in 2010 [References about Cupids 400 –  Cupids 400 Website The Cupids Archaeological Dig, Crossroads for Cultures – an Educational Site about Cupids 400 ], but also on the value of the Internet and Twitter as a cultural and a learning experience.

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