WaterFire Providence http://waterfire.org Creatively transforming our community. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:09:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 The People of WaterFire: Gina Murray http://waterfire.org/blog/the-people-of-waterfire-gina-murray/ http://waterfire.org/blog/the-people-of-waterfire-gina-murray/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:15:07 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=12015 It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are. ―E.E. Cummings Gina Murray is a woman who fell in love at first site with her career. She had the opportunity (thanks mom!) to shadow a surgical tech during a series of operations a few years out of high school and just as…

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It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are.
―E.E. Cummings

Gina Murray is a woman who fell in love at first site with her career. She had the opportunity (thanks mom!) to shadow a surgical tech during a series of operations a few years out of high school and just as the first surgery began and the surgeon made that first incision she was hooked! Gina was in the first class of students to graduate from the Surgical Technology program at New England Institute of Technology. The program at NEIT has been growing ever since; Gina even returned to teach for two years at NEIT three nights a week all while keeping a busy full-time work schedule.

“One of my favorite mantras is ‘Work smarter, not harder’.”

This mantra fits her to a tee in both her job as a surgical technician and in her position as the guest boat dock lead at WaterFire Providence. She’s always prepared for anything that comes her way. In Gina’s tool box she values skills that she’s developed, one particular is anticipation. The need to anticipate, and multi-task all while staying calm, smiling and not letting anyone see you sweat!

Gina Murray People of WaterFire Photo (Photo by Erin X. Smithers)

There is a sure trend in Gina’s life of giving back to her community and sharing her passions with others. Her career is taking her to a new opportunity in California and we are all in agreement that the west coast is gaining a smart, efficient, and honorable community member.

Gina shared that there was a specific order of things she’ll miss about her Rhode Island life (here’s the top 3!):

  1. Her family
    Including her dear mom (who’s always right!), her sister and nieces and her cousin/roommate and of course her cat Florence aka Flo.
  2. Her friends
    Gina is the most kind-hearted lady you’ll ever encounter so her friends are amazing, smart, and abundant!
  3. WaterFire
    Volunteering over a span of about 10 years, she was active about 3 years and then was “reactivated” after a friendly phone call from then volunteer coordinator, Allison Montagnon. Ali made Gina feel right at home instantly, she was even shocked she recognized her after years away. Jumping right back into being an active volunteer, Gina ended up in a lead position of managing the guest dock boats, captains, guests, and safety. She has such an incredible pride in her job at WaterFire and it’s with heavy hearts that we see her leave.

We look forward to hear the adventures of Gina’s new future in California and the her visits back to warm all our hearts.

 

Photo by Erin X. Smithers – Photographer and Jazz enthusiast
Photo taken at Three Sisters on Hope Street — we thank them for their awesome chai!

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The People of WaterFire: Paul “PK” Kochanek http://waterfire.org/blog/the-people-of-waterfire-paul-pk-kochanek/ http://waterfire.org/blog/the-people-of-waterfire-paul-pk-kochanek/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:30:06 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11951 The time to act is now! Somebody go get the Director. ―Jarod Kintz The WaterFire experience is very different from person to person, whether you are an international visitor, community member, volunteer, performer, staff member, vendor or board director. It’s a unique aspect of the artwork that each participant is able to have such a…

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The time to act is now! Somebody go get the Director.
―Jarod Kintz

The WaterFire experience is very different from person to person, whether you are an international visitor, community member, volunteer, performer, staff member, vendor or board director. It’s a unique aspect of the artwork that each participant is able to have such a personal experience with what they see, smell, interact with, and hear. What it takes to create that “magic” often goes unrecognized and it comes from the people at the core of its creation. We’d like to introduce to you to our events and operations director, Paul “PK” Kochanek.

WaterFire Providence event days are strategically timed from sunrise to sunset (when the curtain goes up) until the twilight just before dawn. PK directs and oversees our team of 30 staff members, dozens of vendors, performers, sponsors, and volunteers. He has an unparalleled ability to perform an amazing balancing act to make the event come to life and through all that hard work the event always brings that magical feeling to all of those who experience it.

PK is an amazing performer, director, checklist maker, joke teller, and dancer! He knows how to connect with the people he is working closely with to create WaterFire. Whether he’s telling jokes that guarantee a good belly laugh, throwing down a little dance move at lunch, or giving you a nickname (that always seems to stick), he really makes sure to connect with his team. To him everyone on the team are actors in this performance called WaterFire that we put on for all to enjoy! In PK’s words:

You might go through a crazy rough day and long busy nights at our events; but I want my crew to remember these moments of laughter we shared together. After all, these are the instances you remember.”

PK Full Image (Photo by Erin X. Smithers)

PK grew up in a big family, being one of seven siblings there were many stories to remember. As a leader, PK talked about the importance of hard work, being reliable, and getting the job done. These qualities reflect PK’s memories of his late father, John, who was a WWII veteran. He shared that as his parents, John and Rose, grew older they both developed Alzheimer’s disease. Remembering those moments of laughter, PK joked about stories they told those later years that they probably wouldn’t have ever told! The last six months of his mother’s life, called PK “George”. George was the name of PK’s uncle, he said “it was sad she could no longer recognize her own son; but to me, she still recalled me as someone darling to her, and someone she loved and was happy to see.”

He has an amazing love of theater and stage performing saying, “I would go back to theater with a heartbeat!” He shared that he had a formal background in dance, taking four years of ballet. (I couldn’t help but to think it was a missed opportunity not having him in a twirling tutu for this shoot. Neon pink might just be his color!) He also happily talked about golfing and his plan to move south when he retires; a side job of mending green golf grounds and playing the occasional round (or twenty).

Interview and photo by Erin X. Smithers – Photographer and Jazz enthusiast
Photo taken at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, the awesome venue for our 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Party.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Carlson http://waterfire.org/blog/volunteer-spotlight-jane-carlson/ http://waterfire.org/blog/volunteer-spotlight-jane-carlson/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:17:50 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11920 The smell of the cedar and pine heavy in the air, clad in all black, you are surrounded; surrounded by wood, by water, by people, by a city normally busy by day and deserted by night. But, tonight it is different. It is rich in culture and filled with vibrancy. You are a WaterFire Wood…

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The smell of the cedar and pine heavy in the air, clad in all black, you are surrounded; surrounded by wood, by water, by people, by a city normally busy by day and deserted by night. But, tonight it is different. It is rich in culture and filled with vibrancy. You are a WaterFire Wood Boat Captain and you are in the middle of the WaterFire Lighting Ceremony.

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a guest lighter at WaterFire Providence.

WaterFire Captains come from so many different backgrounds, and have so many different professions and experiences. They truly are a reflection of the community we serve. Jane Carlson for example; by day, she is the Vice President Day and Residential Programs for the Groden Network. Jane has a lifetime of sailing and boating experience behind her. She says:

I love boats, always have and always will, so being a boat captain at WaterFire was a natural choice for me. Captaining a boat for WaterFire is one of the most unique experiences a person can have.  Being a captain is crazy!  It’s physical, dirty, hectic, and nerve-wracking.  But here’s the thing, we get to make the art that is WaterFire happen!  And while the crowds get to watch us few cruising up and down the river doing our thing dressed in black, we get to see the people, faces bathed in the warm firelight, as they experience this beautiful and powerful event.  The view from the captain’s position is, truly, the best view of the City of Providence.”

WaterFire’s Wood Boat Captains get an experience very few ever will! An opportunity to enjoy WaterFire from a totally new angle, and actually be a performer in this piece of art.

Now WaterFire Providence is giving you the opportunity to join the ranks along with these Captains!  Starting in April, WaterFire Providence will host several training sessions. These sessions include a day inside our building with a presentation and a look at our boats while they are out of the water. After that there are four on river trainings. Finally you will learn one on one with these Veteran Captains on the river to determine your readiness. Whether you are an experienced boater, or have never stepped foot on a boat before, if you are interested in being a part of the magic join us!

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The People of WaterFire: Michael Grando http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire-michael-grando/ http://waterfire.org/blog/people-waterfire-michael-grando/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:54:18 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11806 Silence is a source of Great Strength. ― Lao Tzu So many of us have marveled at Michael’s performances on the flaming river over the years. In his portrayal of Pierrot (Pedrolino) from the Commedia del’arte, he is on a naive and everlasting quest to win the heart of a beautiful girl. It was never…

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Silence is a source of Great Strength.
― Lao Tzu

So many of us have marveled at Michael’s performances on the flaming river over the years. In his portrayal of Pierrot (Pedrolino) from the Commedia del’arte, he is on a naive and everlasting quest to win the heart of a beautiful girl. It was never just a plain gesture handing out carnations with charming quotations; to Michael, every instance of these moments was joy and pride of service in art.

For those who don’t know them, Michael and his wife Pat are so pleasant and inspiring to speak with; the way they glanced and smiled each other during the shoot took me back to Leonard Cohen’s song “A Thousand Kisses Deep”.

Michael reflected on keeping the five virtues of life as joy, love, acceptance, blessing, and gratitude in mind and yet remaining creative, compassionate, and optimistic. When I asked him who had influenced him in life, Michael said he has been blessed by the guidance of so many highly evolved and loving Souls. He said his parents were the ones who grounded him in the importance of love and kindness and supported any creative effort he wished to learn and explore. It was his mother who recognized his talent to imitate anyone and communicate without words; in which later became the major professional focuses of his life. His brother, Richard, a gifted genius musician and painter, was his first mentor who guided him to an understanding of allied arts and their relevance to each other. Lawrence Benson and Ahmed Ben Driss El Yacoubi were among his mentors and teachers. He also mentioned Dr. Ross L. Hainline who introduced him to the work of Carl Gustav Jung and an insight into the Collective Unconscious and the realm of dreams.

Michael Grando Full Image (Photo by Erin X. Smithers)

It was a sentimental moment when Marcel Marceau’s name was raised. A teary eyed Michael placed his hand on his heart and spoke these words:

Marcel was someone who led the way for me in re-establishing mime as the archetypal form of theater in a popular venue and encouraged me to be beautiful and fearless on the stage. Thanks to Papa Marceau for his generous friendship and masterful teaching and for our many joyous and treasured moments of intense conversation. He was brilliant and wonderful.”

Interview and photo by Erin X. Smithers – Photographer and Jazz enthusiast
A special thank you to The Providence Athenaem for letting us use their magnificent space!

Want more? Watch this beautiful black and white short film, The Phantom Boatman, by Michael Grando starring himself and a WaterFire lady, Bronwyn Dannenfelser.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nickerson http://waterfire.org/blog/volunteer-spotlight-john-nickerson/ http://waterfire.org/blog/volunteer-spotlight-john-nickerson/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:15:13 +0000 http://waterfire.org/?p=11778 Fire Feeding, photo by John Nickerson Can you picture those friendly people answering questions, getting folks to smile and enjoy their WaterFire visit? John Nickerson is without a doubt one of those people. As a Rhode Islander John was always a frequent WaterFire visitor and even volunteered on several occasions on the wood boats over…

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Fire Feeding, photo by John Nickerson

Can you picture those friendly people answering questions, getting folks to smile and enjoy their WaterFire visit?

John Nickerson is without a doubt one of those people. As a Rhode Islander John was always a frequent WaterFire visitor and even volunteered on several occasions on the wood boats over the years. In July of 2011 he joined the WaterFire Photography Group and began to realize the depth and breadth of a WaterFire lighting!

From Waterplace Basin to the Crawford Street Bridge, from Memorial Park to the Turk’s Head Plaza Ballroom the professionalism required by the WaterFire staff and volunteers to host such an event is impressive.”

John Nickerson at Volunteer Appreciation Party

Working as a volunteer photographer helped John to experience the event from many interesting angles; with a few years of experience under his belt and help from the groups other photographers his photography has escalated to a whole new level.

I have learned that night photography is definitely a different skill. During WaterFire Photo Group meetings and at WaterFire events we would discuss different techniques used and lessons learned from past events to truly capture the beauty and passion of WaterFire. I have tried to reciprocate these courtesies extended to me by assisting new members of the WaterFire Photo Group by working with them to get them initiated at their first few events.”

Not only is John a wonderful volunteer and photographer but he is a natural leader and his encouragement and positivity is always valuable to other volunteers and staff.

In my opinion, the best part of being a member of the WaterFire Photo Group is having the ability to interact with the WaterFire staff and other volunteers at an event. Just to stop by, say ‘Hi’, discuss the event and snap a few photos is what makes it all worthwhile for me.

But in a larger sense, WaterFire; the Event, the Staff and the Volunteers, have made me proud again of the city where I was born and grew up in. WaterFire Providence is not just an organization that I am proud to volunteer for and support but an organization I feel privileged to be a part of.”

Join John and the whole WaterFire community to create this wonderful art by contacting the WaterFire Volunteer Department at 401.273.9727 or email us at volunteer@waterfire.org.

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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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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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