WaterFire Providence http://waterfire.org Creatively transforming our community. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:39:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 November 8th, 2014 – Full Lighting http://waterfire.org/blog/november-8th-2014-full-lighting/ http://waterfire.org/blog/november-8th-2014-full-lighting/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:25:12 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11232 Sponsored by: Alex and Ani, Bank of America, and Walmart. With the generous support of the Textron Charitable Trust WaterFire Salute to Veterans – November 8th, 2014 Event Schedule: Sunset time: 4:33 p.m. | Lighting time: 6:15 p.m. All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting for this event will begin 6:15 p.m and…

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Sponsored by: Alex and AniBank of America, and Walmart. With the generous support of the Textron Charitable Trust

Alex and Ani

Bank of America

Walmart

WaterFire Salute to Veterans – November 8th, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 4:33 p.m. | Lighting time: 6:15 p.m.

All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting for this event will begin 6:15 p.m and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 10/30/14.

The Salute to Veterans ceremony will begin at the Statehouse at 4:45 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. Banneker Industries helps to kick off the WaterFire lighting with a 150 Veteran Torch Procession and 300 Veteran Ring of Fire in Waterplace Basin.  WaterFire invites you to join us just after sunset as Veterans of our community process into the basin led by the RI Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums.  Here they will join their brothers and sisters in arms to surround the basin in a ring of fire ceremony with a presentation of the colors as the National Anthem is played by the Army 88th Band on the basin stage.

The soundtrack listing for this event will be available soon.

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 Veterans Resource Faire on Washington Street

Sponsored in part by:

Walmart

New England Chevy Dealers

WaterFire Salute to Veterans Resource Fair, photo by John Nickerson

Featuring the VA Home tent, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, RI 211 info, a Veterans photo booth, a Veterans Art tent, and food vendors. Full listing of resource fair participants coming soon.

4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Alex and Ani Pavilion on Steeple Street

Sponsored by:

Alex and Ani

 

Featuring the Alex and Ani Bangle Bar, twitter wall and photo booth. Performers on the Alex and Ani Music Stage will include the Terri Givens Trio, Jimmie AllenColour of London, and the Nightlife Orchestra. The Fat Belly’s Irish Pub beer garden will be open to quench your thirst.

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Memorial Park and College Street

The Missing Man Table, photo by Jessica Ho.

There will be many patriotic displays and memorial ceremony taking place in park, be sure to visit the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Tent, the Missing Man Table, and the Soldiers Cross Memorial, for more info about these presentations please visit the WaterFire Salute to Veterans website. There will be a display of vintage military vehicles from United States Marine Corps on display on the College Street Bridge. There will also be additional food vendors on College Street.

4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – The WaterFire Merchandise Tent and the New England Chevy Dealers Vehicle Showcase

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.

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Episode 19 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-19-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-19-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:56:43 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11220 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.

19. Supporting Local Veterans in RI and Supporting the Arts at the Providence Public Library

October 29th, 2014 – In the first half of the Bronwyn’s guest will be Brian LaFauci, representing RI Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, who will be talking about the ESGR presence at the WaterFire Salute to Veterans and local employment initiatives.

Providence Public Library

Our guest for the second half of the show will be Jack Martin, executive director of the Providence Public Library, talking about the recent renovations, new initiatives, and special events taking place including this weekend’s Mysterium: The Eternal Masquerade Halloween Ball which is being produced by our friends at Ten31 Productions.

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Episode 18 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-18-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-18-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:12:42 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11178 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.

18. Brown University’s 250th Anniversary Celebration and Rolling Thunder RI

Imagine Brown 250+

October 22nd, 2014 – We have a great show today as we prepare for the upcoming full lighting on Saturday which is in celebration and honor of Brown University’s 250th anniversary! So as would only be fitting we have Eve F. Ornstedt Executive Director , Office of the 250th Anniversary, Brown University, Public Affairs & University Relations to tell us all about this milestone year, give us a little history of the University and talk about the celebrations taking place this year and ways that Brown is reaching out to our community.

Soldier's Cross Memorial at the 2013 WaterFire Salute to Veterans Event, photo by John Nickerson.

Jim “Seal” Hayman – A vietnam Vet 64-68 US Navy and  Chairman of the Board. of Rolling Thunder, RI Chapter 1. Rolling Thunder will be participating again this year in the WaterFire Salute to Veterans on November 8th. We will learn about the special ceremonies that they will be performing in Memorial Park as well as learn a little bit more about just what Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 in RI does and how you might be able to participate.

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Episode 17 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-17-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-17-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:12:57 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11140 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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the…

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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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and 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.

17. WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Reverend Dr. Richard Dannenfelser, photo by John Nickerson.

October 15th, 2014 – Today we begin the show with a brief discussion of the Creative and Cultural Economy Bond. We’d like to bring our listeners attention an op-ed piece in today’s Providence Journal by WaterFire Providence’s Executive Director Barnaby Evans, and Preservation RI Executive Director Valerie Talmage. Please visit YesOn5RI.com for more info on this important bond issue.

Then we are joined by Reverend Dr. Richard Dannenfelser – Clinical Psychologist, Presbyterian Minister, Vietnam Veteran and ten year WaterFire volunteer who will be sharing his insights on the WaterFire event, his role as a volunteer, his observations as to how WaterFire effects members of the community, his connection to specific events such as the WaterFire Salute to Veterans..

Soldier's Cross Ceremony at the 2013 WaterFire Salute to Veterans Event, photo by John Nickerson.

Our second guests will be Barbara Haynes – Market Manager of Cumulus Media in Providence, President of the RI Broadcasters Association and Chair of the Executive Committee for The WaterFire Salute to Veterans. We will be discussing the plans for November 8th and the Second Annual Waterfire Salute to Veterans.

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October 25th, 2014 – Full Lighting http://waterfire.org/blog/october-25th-2014-full-lighting/ http://waterfire.org/blog/october-25th-2014-full-lighting/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:21:35 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11096 Sponsored by: Brown University in celebration of its 250th Anniversary WaterFire Providence – October 25th, 2014 Event Schedule: Sunset time: 5:51 p.m. All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 10/21/14. The soundtrack listing…

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Sponsored by: Brown University in celebration of its 250th Anniversary

Brown University 250th Anniversary

Brown University marks the 250th anniversary of its founding with 15 months of events and activities designed to share a fuller and deeper understanding of the University and its historic and ongoing partnership with Providence and Rhode Island. Sponsoring WaterFire Providence, founded by alumnus Barnaby Evans, is an opportunity to invite all Rhode Islanders to the magical open-air testament to creative expression that celebrates our capital city.

WaterFire Providence – October 25th, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 5:51 p.m.

All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 10/21/14.

The soundtrack listing for this event is now available.

Luminaria Lanterns at the WWII Memorial, photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Celebrate Brown University's 250th AnniversaryLight a Luminaria Candle Lantern

Make a dedication, wish, or remembrance by lighting a candle lantern at one of our Luminaria installations along the river. Add your light to the night at the Starry, Starry Night installation in Memorial Park or near the Bridge of Stars along the riverwalk below the Jacky’s Waterplace Restaurant.

Brown University students and their families are encouraged to the schools 250th anniversary and Imagine 250+ on social media, use #Brown250 and mention @WaterFireProv and we’ll share you photos online.

Nursing Placement Memorial Hospice Luminaria dedication service, photo John Nickerson.

Nursing Placement Memorial Hospice will be hosting a memorial service in Memorial Park to honor and remember all of those that have passed in the last year in hospice care.  Starting from Washington Street, Nursing Placement will be joined by family and friends of their hospice program to process to upper Memorial Park to dedicate luminaria to each person that has passed in hospice during 2014 surrounding the word, “LOVE” spelled out in luminaria on the park floor.

11:00 a.m. – Benefit Street: A Mile of History walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free
For more information or to make reservations, please contact Barbara Barnes at 401-273-7507 x362 or bbarnes@rihs.org.

5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.

6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

Sunset – 10:30 p.m. – Fire Dancers Performing Along the River

Liz Knights performing at WaterFire Providence, photo by John Nickerson,

Fire dancer Liz Knights will be performing on the river starting with the lighting of the braziers on the wall in Memorial Park. She will be performing several times in various locations throughout the evening.

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Episode 16 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-16-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-16-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:26:32 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11076 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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the…

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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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and 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.

16. Healing and Resilience.

Cancer survivors participate in the Illuminations of Life Ceremony at last year's Flame of Hope WaterFire. Photo by John Nickerson.

October 8th, 2014 – Today we are joined by Jo-Ann Lyon, a breast cancer survivor, about her story of recovery and how the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has had positive effect on her and in her recovery.

Our second guests will be Shana Fox Marceau, from The State Ballet of Rhode Island who will share some insights into their performances coming up at this weekend’s lighting.

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October 11, 2014 – Full Lighting http://waterfire.org/blog/october-11-2014-full-lighting/ http://waterfire.org/blog/october-11-2014-full-lighting/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:40:53 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11028 Sponsored by: Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation – Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life® October 11th, 2014 Event Schedule: Sunset time: 6:12 p.m. All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Please note that…

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Sponsored by: Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation – Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life®

 

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation – Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life®

 

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation is pleased to sponsor WaterFire Providence, as we celebrate and honor those who are/have been affected by breast cancer. In partnership with WaterFire Providence, Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ is meant to bring together the community in one location with a mission of hope and support. The Gloria Gemma Foundation is a resource when patients and families need it most.

October 11th, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 6:12 p.m.

All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Please note that the Waterplace Park basin lighting will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m. in conjunction with a  very special performance and a large torch lighting ceremony. The braziers from Exchange Street to Crawford Street will be lit at their regular time shortly after sunset. Updated 10/8/14.

The soundtrack listing for this event is available here.

Pink RI Statehouse, photo by Erin Smithers.

 

Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life at Station Park

  • 1:00 p.m. – Celebration Village opens
    • Education and Wellness Pavilion
    • Fun for the entire family
  • 3:30 p.m. – Main Stage: One Wild Night – A Bon Jovi Tribute
  • 6:00 p.m. – Illuminations of Life Ceremony
    • Concludes with the Annual Torch Procession and Lighting of WaterFire Providence
  • 7:00 p.m. – The ARS Pink Party – ticketed event
    • Featuring Food, Desserts and Beverages
  • 8:00 p.m. – Breaking Boards for Breast Cancer
  • 9:00 p.m. – Main Stage: Joshua Tree – A U2 Tribute
    • Experience the Music, Magic, and Memories in one incredible performance

11:00 a.m. – Benefit Street: A Mile of History walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free
For more information or to make reservations, please contact Barbara Barnes at 401-273-7507 x362 or bbarnes@rihs.org.

5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

WaterFire Providence lapel pins, photo by Jennifer Bonin. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.

6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. GEICO and Fat Belly’s Irish Pub on Steeple Street.

Starting at 5:00 p.m., don’t forget to go visit the Gecko from your Geico | Local Office and get your picture taken with the well-known mascot! Enjoy food and beverage service from Fat Belly’s Irish Pub in their outdoor beer garden.

National Grid Mobile Device Charging Stations – Canal Street and Market Square

Photo by Tom Lincoln

Power up with National Grid!  National Grid charging stations will be located throughout the event on October 11th.  Stop by and charge up your smart phones and other electronic devices so that you can capture all of the incredible sights at WaterFire.

 

Sunset – 10:30 p.m. – Fire Dancers Performing Along the River

Photo by John Nickerson.

Benjamin Reynolds will be performing on the river starting with the lighting of the braziers on the wall in Memorial Park. He will be performing several times in various locations throughout the evening.

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Episode 15 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-15-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-15-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:14:11 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11016 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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the…

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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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and 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.

15. Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life and exploring the local arts scene.

Statehouse in Pink, photo by Drew Christhilf.

October 1st, 2014 – Today we are joined by Gary Calvino, director of development, from the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Gary will be talking about breast cancer awareness month and the special celebration that is coming up on October 11th with the Flames of Hope Celebration of Life event at WaterFire Providence.

Machines with Magnets

Our second guests will be Willa and Glenna VanNostrand, who are both Providence based performers and artists. Willa is also the gallery curator and Machines with Magnets a local art gallery/performance space located in Patucket, RI. Willa and Glenna will sharing their insights in the local arts scene and highlighting some great upcoming performances.

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September 27th, 2014 – Full Lighting http://waterfire.org/blog/september-27th-2014-full-lighting/ http://waterfire.org/blog/september-27th-2014-full-lighting/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:03:59 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=10957 Sponsored by Webster Bank and the Confucius Institute September 27th, 2014 Event Schedule: Sunset time: 6:36 p.m. All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 9/26/14. The soundtrack listing for this event will be available soon. 11:00…

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Sponsored by Webster Bank and the Confucius Institute

Webster Bank

We are pleased to support WaterFire Providence® whose inspirational Waterfire sculpture transforms our downtown experience and celebrates the city’s renaissance.

Webster Bank, NA., Member FDIC
The Webster symbol and Webster Bank are registered in the U.S. Patent and trademark office.

Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is an educational resource dedicated to benefit students, educators, individuals, and businesses in the local region through quality Chinese language and culture education.

September 27th, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 6:36 p.m.

All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 9/26/14.

The soundtrack listing for this event will be available soon.

11:00 a.m. – Benefit Street: A Mile of History walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free
For more information or to make reservations, please contact Barbara Barnes at 401-273-7507 x362 or bbarnes@rihs.org.

5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

WaterFire Providence lapel pins, photo by Jennifer Bonin. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.

6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

Chinese Culture Night at WaterFire celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute

A Celebration of Chinese Culture. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

 

Confucius Institute partners from all over New England will be joining WaterFire all evening long! Headquartered in Beijing, China, the Confucius Institute is a global education network dedicated to teaching Chinese language and culture, and promoting understanding on China worldwide. Five Confucius Institutes in New England, Confucius Institute at Bryant University, Confucius Institute at University of Rhode Island, Confucius Institute at UMASS Boston, Confucius Institute at University of New Hampshire, and Confucius Institute at Central Connecticut University, jointly sponsor the Chinese Culture Night at WaterFire event, to celebrate the 10th  Anniversary of the Confucius Institute, and to mark the achievements of advocating the culture diversity in the New England Region.  All Confucius Institute partners will be sharing Chinese Culture all evening long:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: WaterFire guests are encouraged to visit Steeple Street to learn about all of the incredible facets of Chinese Culture abroad and right here in New England through interactive displays, exhibits and performances.
  • 5:30 p.m.  – 6:45 p.m.: Prior to lighting The Confucius Institute will be hosting very special performances highlighting Chinese culture and performance art including a Chinese Dragon Dance performance on the basin stage in Waterplace Park.

Chinese Dragon performance on the Waterplace Basin Stage. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

WaterFire Salutes Rhode Island Educators: The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will be recognizing the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year as well as 75 additional distinguished Rhode Island educators at WaterFire this Saturday.  The commended educators will gather to be recognized in a ceremony taking place on College Street.  Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will speak as well as the Teacher of the Year.   Starting at 6:20 PM., teachers will be participating in a torch procession from Starry, Starry Night to the basin for the lighting of WaterFire.  A very special thank you to Bananagrams and Thames & Kosmos who will be supplying each of the 75 distinguished Rhode Island Educators with full game sets for their classrooms.

6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Innovation in Education: A Showcase of Success in Rhode Island: Located on the Washington Street Bridge, WaterFire Providence will host an inspiring display of exhibits showcasing a wide variety of successful, innovative, and creative approaches to education happening in Rhode Island.  A few select pieces of K-12 student artwork will be digitally displayed for all WaterFire visitors to admire.  Join us as we celebrate and shine a light on the wonderful work done by Rhode Island’s educators. Some exhibitors include:

  • Paul Cuffee School – “Our display will feature a rotating slide show and student representatives depicting and describing a recent senior trip aboard the tall ship Mystic which served as a classroom at sea for the students’ English maritime literature studies and science data gathering.”
  • Downcity Design and Innovation by Design -“ DownCity Design and Innovation by Design will be unveiling our Mobile Design Lab, a playful set of supports that will be used to bring design education to schools across RI through one-day residencies that invite students and teachers to work together to creatively solve problems.”
  • ABCya.com – “Invite people to play our Math BINGO game. High scores of the night win prizes.”
  • Community Preparatory School – “Come see Community Preparatory School’s hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Projects.”
  • Providence After School Alliance – “Participants build and race their own air-powered mini racecars, with a prize for the winner.”
  • The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) – will feature aspects of  their “world-class experiential school dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented career skills.”
  • Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art – “Join the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) for hands-on STEAM experiences.  Make your own animation using our zoetrope and experiment with light and shadow!”

Sunset – 10:30 p.m. – Fire Dancers Performing Along the River

Photo by John Nickerson.

Benjamin Reynolds will be performing  on the river starting with the lighting of the braziers on the wall in Memorial Park. They will be performing several times in various locations throughout the evening.

Sunset – 11:00 p.m. IALD LightNight at WaterFire Temporary LED Lighting Installations

Member volunteers from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) will present LightNightT at WaterFire, a celebration of light and lighting along the Providence River Greenway. New temporary installations of LED lighting will highlight the Irish Famine Memorial and various landscape features near College Street, South Main Street, and The Greenway, adding to a magically illuminated nighttime environment that will allow visitors to appreciate the power of light and learn more about the practice of lighting design during the evening’s many festivities. We encourage you to come out and experience the creativity and sparkle of LightNightT at WaterFire 2014.

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Episode 14 – WaterFire Ignites RI Radio Show http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-14-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/ http://waterfire.org/blog/episode-14-waterfire-ignites-ri-radio-show/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:11:39 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=10938 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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at WaterFire Providence, giving listeners a behind the scenes look at the…

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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 Barnaby Evans, Artistic Executive Director at WaterFire Providence and 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.

14. A Salute to Rhode Island Educators, Engaging RI visitors with the PWCVB, and the 2014 Land Trust Alliance Rally

Guest lighters in the Waterplace Basin. Photo by Erin Cuddigan.

September 17th, 2014 – Our first guest today is Deborah Gist, the RI Commissioner of Education. On September 27th will be presenting our annual Salute to Rhode Island Educators, this event is presented in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Education. The Salute to Educators will feature the Innovation in Education: A Showcase of Success in RI on the Washington Street Bridge. This showcase will highlight local educational institutions and programs that are producing positive outcomes for students of all levels through innovation and leadership.

The Providence skyline and the Bridge of Stars. Photo by Emily Gauvin.

Our second guest will be Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The PWCVB works to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding a united convention, meetings and leisure industry. Through creative partnerships with WaterFire Providence and other local cultural institutions they have been successful in bringing many large conferences and convention into the city along with thousands of individual visitors every year.

Waterplace Park. Photo by Jen Bonin.

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Today’s last guest is Rand Wentworth, president, Land Trust Alliance. The 2014 Land Trust Alliance is being held in Providence on September 18th – 20th. The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love.  First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected.  Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time.

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