Surf's up -
This past weekend, the missus packed a picnic lunch, the kid picked out some road tunes and I filled up the tank with gas. We didn't actually use that much, mind you. Cupids, after all, is barely an hour outside St. John's.
That said, it was a pretty transporting daytrip, in part because of the fete Cupids is putting on to celebrate its 400th anniversary. We're planning at least one more trip before the summer is out - there were things still on our list, and we saw plenty that we wanted to explore.
With some solid government support and private sponsors, Cupids 400 has a website worthy of the significance of the event - the first planned English settlement in what is now Canada. This is your anchor, whether or not you can make the trip.
At the very least, learn about John Guy, the Cupers Cove colony founded in 1610, and remarkable stories involving the archeology and scholarship that have flourished in recent years.
If you can make the trip, this site is the best place to start. You'll get a sense of what you can see, including the brand-new Legacy Centre, which is a terrific community museum. (The online component isn't quite there yet, but I'm hoping that can be beefed up.) You can also read some of the background of the digs that have put Cupids on the archeological map lately.
Cupids Cove Chatter
Chatter uses a blog format for quick updates on what's happening around the community, which has been decked out for the summer. Cupids and its neighbours are hosting numerous activities - concerts, plays, get-togethers, you name it - well beyond the standard tourism centre. I've been kept abreast of Chatter postings thanks to the diligent work of Twitter friend Margaret Ayad, who has helped keep Cupids top of mind for a whole online community. Meanwhile, look for lots of links, including a Flickr group to see what's been going on so far.
New World Theatre Project
Rabbittown Theatre of St. John's has branched out to Cupids for this season, with a program that's kind of ambitious: it's staging two Shakespearean plays, plus three originals (including a dinner theatre). We caught three of the productions in a single day, including the effervescent Chris Driedzic's brief one-man show on the fire that destroyed the legendary Globe theatre. You can find out about productions and times here.
Elsewhere this week
Twitter of the Day
Earlier this winter, the people who count such things announced that 50 million tweets were moving into the ether every single day. Woof. Even if you follow a moderate number of people or organizations, it's impossible (and, to be blunt, just not a good idea) to keep up with everything they say.
The appeal of Twitter of the Day is that particularly clever or insightful or colourful things get picked for you.
15 Things You Should Know About Breasts
Sounds dirty, but boy, is it not. This infographic is packed with information that everyone should know, but given that it's published by OnlineSchools.org, I suspect it's meant mainly for older students, and particularly boys at that. Some inaccurate assumptions about smoking, cosmetic surgery and breastfeeding get the fact-checking they've had coming. This is a great public health tool, but it may not please all parents or grownups, nor is it appropriate for young kids.
It didn't have a name, but the island on Lost sure saw a lot of action, from a plane crash to a temple to a freighter exploding into bits just offshore. Fans of the recently concluded TV show will be intrigued to see what a Virginian mapmaker named Jonah M. Adkins came up with after (apparently) following the show quite closely - a map with many of the key settings, from Jacob's cave to Jughead to the various Dharma stations.
Look for links to buy a copy, plus notes from the mapmaker himself.
John Gushue is an online editor with CBC News in St. John's. Twitter: @johngushue. Blog: johngushue.typepad.com.