WaterFire Providence http://waterfire.org Creatively transforming our community. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 The People of WaterFire: Jen Bonin http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire-jen-bonin/ http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire-jen-bonin/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:48 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11731 When you first meet Jen she’s exciting, interesting, and energetic. Her accomplishments never fail to impress from her wide-ranging education and volunteer work to her photography and career. She is a very busy lady and a lot of fun to chat with. She has this heartfelt laughter that places you right on the sunny side.…

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When you first meet Jen she’s exciting, interesting, and energetic. Her accomplishments never fail to impress from her wide-ranging education and volunteer work to her photography and career. She is a very busy lady and a lot of fun to chat with. She has this heartfelt laughter that places you right on the sunny side. However, I still remember when Jen talked about the devastation she saw in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and how she looked with a lingering sorrow on her face. She told me that it made her look at the realty of life in a different perspective and how she no longer sweats the small stuff.

I had been taking photos for many years of landscapes, still objects, and microphotography nothing where I had to be around too many people. I was always shy. It all changed since last year when I started to take photos of portraits, events, and weddings. Somehow I was able to come out from behind the camera and start to connect directly with people. I’m not sure what changed, maybe because the camera acts like a ‘mask’ that I can hide behind. Even though I still might hide at times, I find myself out and about nowadays capturing and connecting with people.”

Jen Bonin Feature  (Photo by Erin X. Smithers)

This past year, Jen has become a valued member of the WaterFire volunteer team as a photographer, a wood boat crew member, a paddler on those low tide events, and a wonderful geography and cartography resource. We look forward to seeing her photography exploration grow and maybe she’ll capture a moment with you this season!
Interview and photo by Erin X. Smithers – Photographer and Jazz enthusiast!

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RI Inauguration 2015 – Photo Gallery http://waterfire.org/blog/ri-inauguration-2015-photo-gallery/ http://waterfire.org/blog/ri-inauguration-2015-photo-gallery/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:25:24 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11597 Rhode Island Celebrates Inauguration 2015 at WaterFire Congratulations to Governor Gina Raimondo, Lt. Governor Dan Mckee, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. Thank you to all of our fans who came out and celebrated this historic day with us.

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Rhode Island Celebrates Inauguration 2015 at WaterFire

Congratulations to Governor Gina Raimondo, Lt. Governor Dan Mckee, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. Thank you to all of our fans who came out and celebrated this historic day with us.

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The People of WaterFire: Christian Guillen http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire/ http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:52:07 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11566 A few years back WaterFire Providence launched The WaterFire My Story Project which is a collection of stories, poems and videos that were written by our visitors, performers, volunteers and partners.  The goal of the My Story Project is to share stories with our fans from our fans and the idea that your stories tell…

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A few years back WaterFire Providence launched The WaterFire My Story Project which is a collection of stories, poems and videos that were written by our visitors, performers, volunteers and partners.  The goal of the My Story Project is to share stories with our fans from our fans and the idea that your stories tell WaterFire’s story.

Fast forward a few years…

Recently I was catching up with a WaterFire volunteer, Erin Smithers, we talked about music and her love of Jazz, art, volunteering and of course WaterFire. We both reflected on the meaning of WaterFire and what resonated with both of us was the people, those who make the art what it is, those behind the scenes, our supporters, performers, our fans. As a collective of people, their lives are all connected by the event, the people are what keeps volunteers, performers, supporters coming back for more! The sense of community that is created in working together to present WaterFire for all to enjoy is at the core of the art. Being a volunteer herself Erin had stories that helped her define why she kept coming back to the event, it was the people.  We want to talk to “the people” who make up the amazing WaterFire community and share a glimpse into their life with our fans.

We are excited to launch this new campaign, The People of WaterFire, a series of posts on our WaterFire Providence blog! Similar to the My Story Project, The People of WaterFire will be an outlet to share stories with our fans. Each post will feature an amazing portrait taken by Erin X. Smithers. We look forward to sharing with you a year of fantastic people!

The People of WaterFire: Christian Guillen

Christian Guillen (Photo by Erin Smithers)

We start this campaign with a young man named, Christian Guillen. A new face on the WaterFire team, but with the dedication of a veteran volunteer. With perfect attendance from his start, Christian’s dedication and kindness is inspiring to others.

When I have free time from working and going to school, I like to read, listen to various genre of music, and teach myself to play the acoustic guitar from a book. In five years, I would like to see myself finishing a degree at URI for Marine Biology. I believe in being kind, patient, honest, loyal, and confident.

If there is one thing from one particular day I could change or redo, well, I will go back to that day. That was a heavy rainy day and I was visiting my grandmother in Ohio. I held a broken umbrella for this girl I’ve met in an open field we were crossing and we talked and she really caught my attention. I wish the rain didn’t stop so soon, I wish I have asked for her name, or have given her my number.

At WaterFire, volunteering onshore, you meet so many people from across the globe, making those special connections can be very meaningful down the road.

Introduce yourself to Christian at your next visit to a WaterFire event, you will most likely find him volunteering his time at the WaterFire Store!

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January 6th, 2015 – Inauguration 2015 http://waterfire.org/blog/january-6th-2015-inauguration-2015/ http://waterfire.org/blog/january-6th-2015-inauguration-2015/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:55:21 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11549 “Make It In Rhode Island” inaugural schedule of events: Tuesday, January 6th Daily Mass at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church 1240 North Main Street, Providence 9am Inauguration of Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Officers of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations South Portico of the Rhode Island State House 12pm WaterFire Celebration The…

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“Make It In Rhode Island” inaugural schedule of events: Tuesday, January 6th

  • Daily Mass at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church
    1240 North Main Street, Providence
    9am
  • Inauguration of Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Officers of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
    South Portico of the Rhode Island State House
    12pm
  • WaterFire Celebration
    The public is encouraged to join the Governor and the General Officers for a celebratory WaterFire.  All parties are free and open to the public.
    Doors open at 5:30pm, lighting ceremony begins at 6:00pm.

General Officers’ party locations

  • Governor Raimondo: Waterplace Restaurant
  • Lt. Governor McKee: Jacky’s Waterplace and Sushi Bar
  • Secretary of State Gorbea: Union Station Brewery
  • Attorney General Kilmartin: Cafe Nuovo
  • Treasurer Magaziner: Bar Louie

A special thank you to the sponsors who made this celebration a reality with their generous contributions:

Carpionato Group
CVS
GTECH Corporation
Laborers’ International Union of North America

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Episode 25 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-25-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-25-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:54:09 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11490 Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790 Wednesdays, from 3-4pm. The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com. This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community…

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Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790
Wednesdays, from 3-4pm.

The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com.

This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community partners, collaborators and artists.

25. Celebrating the End of 2014 and Ringing in the New Year

Part 1:

December 17th, 2014 – Bronwyn is joined today by The Reverend Shavon Chappell Starling-Louis of Providence Presbyterian Church will be joining us along with Gladys Brown from the Ghanan Choir at the Providence Presbyterian Church who will be performing at this Friday’s event. Eric Handwerger – proprietor of the Ocean State Sandwich Company will be calling in with some holiday food tips. Eric Hyers will be joining us to talk about the latest addition to the WaterFire schedule – January 6th’s WaterFire in celebration of the Inauguration of Governor elect Gina Raimondo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Daniel McKee, Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and General Treasurer-elect Seth Magaziner.

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Episode 24 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-24-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-24-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:52:10 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11455 Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790 Wednesdays, from 3-4pm. The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com. This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community…

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Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790
Wednesdays, from 3-4pm.

The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com.

This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community partners, collaborators and artists.

24. Maximizing your Christmas Celebrations

PattJ: Stylistically Speaking

December 10th, 2014 – Bronwyn is joined today by RI Natives Brianna Tutalo, event coordinator at Providence Investment Management, and Patty Jeffrey, blogger of PattyJ.com, are joining us to talk about the Very Special Christmas WaterFire on Dec 19th, what to see and do in RI this Christmas and some of their favorite holiday traditions.

The Lady Project 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The guest of the second half of the show is Amy Diaz, winner of the 2013 season of CBS’ reality television show The Amazing Race and board member of the PVD Lady Project. Amy will discussing the Lady Project’s new 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Episode 23 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-23-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-23-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:57:24 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11425 Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790 Wednesdays, from 3-4pm. The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com. This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community…

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Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790
Wednesdays, from 3-4pm.

The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com.

This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community partners, collaborators and artists.

23. Giving and Receiving with The Providence Rescue Mission and Edible Rhody

The Sultans of Sax. Photo by John Nickerson.

December 3rd, 2014 – Bronwyn is joined today by her co-host WaterFire’s artistic executive director Barnaby Evans. In the first half of the program Bronwyn and Barnaby have a conversation with Sean Carew – Executive Director of the Providence Rescue Mission and partner with WaterFire for the Very Special Christmas Waterfire to Benefit the Providence Rescue Mission on December 19th!

Edible Rhody - Humble Pie

The guest of the second half of the show is John Schenck – Publisher of Edible Rhody magazine. Talking with us about all of the wonderful food treasurers that we can find here right in our own state, some holiday food tips and this months cover story: The wonderful world of chocolate.

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December 19th, 2014 – A Very Special Christmas WaterFire http://waterfire.org/blog/december-19th-2014-special-christmas-waterfire/ http://waterfire.org/blog/december-19th-2014-special-christmas-waterfire/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:29:21 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11405 This special event is being sponsored by an anonymous donor and will highlight the good work being done by the Providence Rescue Mission. WaterFire Providence would like to thank Ocean State Sandwich Company for generously donating lunch for our staff and volunteers on the day of this event. Event Schedule: Friday, December 19th – Basin…

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This special event is being sponsored by an anonymous donor and will highlight the good work being done by the Providence Rescue Mission.

Christmas WaterFire

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Providence at the 4th Annual Very Special Christmas WaterFire benefiting and showcasing the incredible work of the Providence Rescue Mission and as a wonderful gift to the City of Providence! Thanks to an anonymous donor the 34 braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin will burn brightly with Christmas spirit! Festivities will commence in Waterplace Park at 4:30pm on Friday, December 19th.

Get the Very Special Christmas WaterFire music program. This program includes the lyrics for the sing-along portion of the event; join in the celebration on the Waterplace Park Stage from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. and lend your voice the season.

WaterFire Providence would like to thank Ocean State Sandwich Company for generously donating lunch for our staff and volunteers on the day of this event.

Event Schedule:

Friday, December 19th – Basin Lighting
Sunset 4:17 p.m. | Lighting 4:30 p.m.

The Very Special Christmas WaterFire will feature a Santa’s Village display, a toy and food drive to benefit the Providence Rescue Mission, performances by local choir groups, and a Christmastime arts festival. All events will take place around the Basin in Waterplace Park. Visitor’s are encouraged to bring new unopened toys, winter clothes, and non-perishable food goods to donate to the Providence Rescue Mission. Check back soon for more details (updated 12/16/14).

3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Holiday Artist Village

Come down to the Waterplace Park Basin and shop local along the river. Enjoy some snacks by the fires as well. Artist vendors include: WaterFire Providence Store, Anne Made Designs, Wrist Candy Creations, IamTra, Sodalime Glass Inc., and RI Artisan Birdhouse.

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Christmas Performances on the Basin Stage

The Sultans of Sax. Photo by John Nickerson.

Performance Schedule:

5:00 p.m. – Ghanan Choir of Providence Presbyterian Church on Hope Street
5:30 p.m. – Ye Old English Charolers
6:00 p.m. – Horns R Us
6:30 p.m. – Sultans of Sax
7:00 p.m. – Christmas Sing-Along featuring: SouthCoast Children’s Chorus, Ye Old English Carolers, Ghanan Choir of Providence Presbyterian Church
7:30 p.m. – SouthCoast Children’s Chorus
8:00 p.m. – Sultans of Sax

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Santa’s Village

2013 WaterFire Christmas Santa's Village. Photo by John Nickerson.

Santa Claus will stopping by Providence to visit of the good little girls and boys. Santa’s Village will located on the patio below the GTECH building. Make sure to see Santa arriving boat in the Waterplace Park Basin at 5:55 p.m.

The WaterFire Festival of Trees

Thank you to following groups for donating the student made ornaments that will be used to decorate many of the Christmas trees in the Waterplace Park Basin: E³ High School, Providence; Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Providence; John Brown Francis Elementary School, Warwick; Aldrich Junior High School, Warwick; William D’Abate Elementary School, Providence; Daisy Troop 144, Warwick; La Salle Academy, Providence; Harry Kazirian Elementary School, Providence; and Nathanael Greene Middle School, Providence.

Sponsor and Decorate a Tree

Thank you to all of the great companies that have come out to sponsor a tree for this great event benefitting the Providence Rescue Mission.

Sponsors include: The Providence Journal, Ocean State Sandwich Company, Providence Warwick  Convention and Visitors Bureau, PattyJ.com, Lifetime Medical, Rhode Island Organ Donor Awareness Coalition, Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, Providence Investment Management, LLC.

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WaterFire Celebrates Giving Tuesday 2014 http://waterfire.org/blog/waterfire-celebrates-giving-tuesday-2014/ http://waterfire.org/blog/waterfire-celebrates-giving-tuesday-2014/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:58:30 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11352 This year, after you’ve given thanks; gotten your door buster deals; surfed for cyber bargains; and finished all of the leftovers, try something new! GivingTuesday is a new day for giving back that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. Show you support for WaterFire Providence with a cool WaterFire themed Facebook Cover Photo…

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This year, after you’ve given thanks; gotten your door buster deals; surfed for cyber bargains; and finished all of the leftovers, try something new!

GivingTuesday is a new day for giving back that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. Show you support for WaterFire Providence with a cool WaterFire themed Facebook Cover Photo and make sure to help us get the word out by joining our Thunderclap campaign.

Reasons to Give to WaterFire Providence…

  • We are a free, family friendly event
  • Attracts over 1.5 million visitors to Providence since its creation in 1994
  • Helps to educate visitors about Breast Cancer and Hepatitis C
  • Is a non-profit organization that raises 85% of our 2 million dollar from non-governmental resources
  • Celebrates the cultural diversity within our community

  • Is an economic engine for the state of Rhode Island generating: $114 million in spending, $9.3 million in tax revenue, and 1.294 jobs annually
  • Celebrates many diverse occupations that help build our community: teachers, police, veterans, hospital workers
  • Brings the community together in a peaceful gathering to embrace art and enrich lives

Celebrate Giving Tuesday and tell us why you support WaterFire Providence

Please check out the GivingTuesday website to learn more about the nearly 7,000 partnership organization that are participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday and help spread the word about this new tradition of a day of giving.

If you are planning on supporting giving WaterFire during #GivingTuesday or if you have helped support us in the past please take a moment to leave us a comment below and tells us why you give. Let your generosity become an inspiration to others.

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Episode 22 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-22-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-22-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:33:02 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11367 Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790 Wednesdays, from 3-4pm. The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com. This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community…

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Tune in to the WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show on WPRV AM790
Wednesdays, from 3-4pm.

The show is streamed live  for listeners at www.790business.com.

This weekly program is hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the award winning art installation, its local and national community partners, collaborators and artists.

22. Documenting WaterFire and the New England Bridge Conference

WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City - DVD

November 19th, 2014 – Bronwyn is joined today her co-host WaterFire’s artistic executive director Barnaby Evans. In the first half of the program Bronwyn and Barnaby have a conversation with Joe Rocco a local documentary film maker, TV host and 4 time Emmy Award winner. Joe and his production company RocJo Productions helped us to produce the WaterFire documentary WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City and had previously produced When the Reds Ruled the Roost, the story of a love affair between the once extremely popular Rhode Island Reds hockey club and their passionate fans.

Bridge Tournament

The guest of the second half of the show is Joe Brouillard, treasurer of the New England Bridge Conference and co-chair of the 2014 North American Bridge Tournament, which is being hled in Providence this year from November 27th through December 7th. The NEBC is sponsoring a Basin Lighting of WaterFire on November 29th, the lighting we will begin at 5:00pm and continue until 10:00pm.

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