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April 28th, 2017 – Basin Lighting

This event is being sponsored by: Rotary Conference 2017, LLC


Friday April 28th, 2017 – Basin Lighting

Sunset: 7:41 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:30 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 11:00 p.m.
Music Program




Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place mall.

Providence, RI:  There will be a basin lighting of WaterFire on Friday, April 28th, 2017 sponsored by the Rotary Conference 2017. Please note that this is a basin lighting and not a full WaterFire lighting. The 32 braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and in front of the Providence Place Mall will be burning brightly to honor the Rotary Conference 2017, LLC. The event will begin with a 16 torch procession. The Lighting Ceremony will commence at approximately 8:30 p.m. and will remain lit until 11:00 p.m.

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Rotary’s 35,000+ clubs worldwide initiate projects that address critical issues such as hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy.

“The Rotary International  motto is “Service Above Self”. We the Rotarians representing four Rotary districts from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut have come together in Providence to celebrate the accomplishments of our members and clubs in the 2016-2017 Rotary year. We are proud to partner with WaterFire Providence as we welcome Rotary International  President John Germ and his wife Judy. Our goal by lighting these fires is to make the public aware of how Rotary changes and saves lives at home and around the world through our service projects and by promoting peace through understanding.”

– Bill Vangel, General Chair, 2017 Multi District Conference.

There will be an information table in the Waterplace Park Basin during the lighting where Rotary members will be happy to share more about what they do and how you can become involved.

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

2 thoughts on “April 28th, 2017 – Basin Lighting”

  1. Hi,

    I’m a reporter with and I’m working on a travel story about summer light festivals. I’ve been to Providence during WaterFire in the past and I wanted to include it in the article, but I’m only seeing one date listed: April 28. Will there be future lightings and if so, what are the dates? As I recall I remember there being ones every weekend in the summer in previous years.

    Thanks for any info you can provide.


    Jennifer Nalewicki

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