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Cupers Cove Soiree ready for 25th summer celebration in Cupids

The annual Cupers Cove Soiree usually has a lively parade. Here in a shot from the 2013 parade are cousins Madilyn Akerman (left) and Sara Akerman on decorated bicycles during the kick off parade for the 20th annual Cupers Cove Soiree in Cupids.
The annual Cupers Cove Soiree usually has a lively parade. Here in a shot from the 2013 parade are cousins Madilyn Akerman (left) and Sara Akerman on decorated bicycles during the kick off parade for the 20th annual Cupers Cove Soiree in Cupids. - -File photo

CUPIDS, N.L. — Rebecca Burton knows the Cupers Cove Soiree in Cupids very well. It’s a summer celebration in her hometown. She has memories of going to the event as a kid, and today she is part of the committee responsible for overseeing the five-day event, which this year runs Aug. 15-19.

The parade for the Cupers Cove Soiree features an assortment of antique vehicles.
The parade for the Cupers Cove Soiree features an assortment of antique vehicles.

“I’ll enjoy the community coming together,” said Burton, the committee chair for the event.

This year marks the 25th edition of the soiree, which is a full-on team effort featuring contributions from the local recreation committee, historical society, town council, church parishes and other groups.

“A lot of people that live away, they actually come home to see the soiree,” Burton said.

There’s a full slate of events for the soiree, including dances, a crab dinner, an evening parade, folk festival and the raising of one of the largest Union Jack flags in the Commonwealth, plus many other events for families, teens and adults alike. The opening ceremony takes place Friday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a parade leaving Pointe Beach and the ceremony itself being held at the community centre.

“We invite and kids to come and decorate their bikes or their ride-on vehicles,” said Burton. “We ask the antique car owners to come and drive in the parade.”

Committee work in preparation for the soiree usually begins in January, with meetings held on a monthly basis. Along with the various community groups that pitch in, the soiree has 60 businesses willing to support it.

Burton herself has fond memories of the annual folk festival, held on the Saturday. She said it has always featured a lot of local performers. This year’s festival kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with a performance from local country group Forever Young.

“We still do the same thing now, so it’s fun to watch,” she said.

As an added feature for children, the 2017 soiree included a movie night. That proved to be a success, so it’s back again this year on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Centre. It’s free of charge.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Cupers Cove Soiree Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/Cupids-Cupers-Cove-Soiree-132433610176925/.

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