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I relocated to the United States a year ago as an asylee from the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a seasoned event manager myself, I was lucky to continue…
My husband and I moved from northern Minnesota to Providence 22 years ago, returning to the East Coast on a Saturday with our cat and a great book that inspired us to drive downtown for dinner in our new city. We struggled to find parking, but we persevered. “We’d like a table for two, please,” we said when we arrived. “That will be three hours,” the hostess replied. We gasped: “Is it always this busy?” “Yes,” she replied: “Always.” What had we done?! No one had warned us this city’s well-known restaurant scene offered hours-long ordeals just to get a table.
We were honored to present four extraordinary Rhode Islanders with WaterFire Impact Awards: Barbara Papitto, The Honorable David N. Cicilline, Dr. Silas Otniel Rodrigues Pinto, and Umberto Crenca. With such incredible honorees and a great lineup of performances and guests, it’s no surprise that the evening was so memorable.
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Video credits: Fire dancer Spogga has been performing at WaterFire events for many years. He is also a talented musician who currently lives and works in New Orleans. Storyteller Len Cabral is shown during his appearance at our Rosa Parks House Project exhibition. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon was the centerpiece of our To the Moon and Beyond: Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing exhibition.