Sponsored by HepCHope.com.
August 6th, 2016
C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:19 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
For the third year in a row WaterFire Providence is partnering up with RI Defeats Hep C for the “C is for Cure” event. The evening will be full of activity as they work to encourage discussion about a formerly taboo now completely curable disease; helping to eradicate hepatitis C in Rhode Island. From August 1st-8th, the Rhode Island State House dome will be illuminated in yellow to bring awareness to hepatitis C and its cure.
All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting begins shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
Visiting from out of town? Check out our Plan Your Trip to Providence guide, it’s jam packed with info about parking, public transport, restaurants, hotels, and more.
Things to see:
Opening Ceremonies featuring Jeffrey Osborne and 100 Torch Ring of Fire in the Waterplace Park Basin – Starting at 8:00 p.m.
WaterFire Providence is now happy to announce that Rhode Island’s own Jeffrey Osborne will make a very special appearance at WaterFire’s opening ceremonies. At 8 p.m. Mr. Osborne will welcome the opening torch procession for RI Defeats Hep C led by Dr. Brian R. Edlin, Dr. Lynn Taylor, and other leaders in the fight against hep C, as well as introduce the Mixed Magic Exult Gospel Choir who will perform on the Basin Stage as part of the opening ceremonies. Mr. Osborne will be speaking again at the WaterFire Music Stage on Steeple Street shortly after 9 p.m.
The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic is coming to Rhode Island August 8th-9th. To ensure the future of music and art in Rhode Island, the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation created the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic (JOCC), an annual event dedicated to raising funds for non-profit organizations that support this mission, as well as those that provide a safe haven for families in need. The JOCC is the premier celebrity charity event in Rhode Island. In addition to the Golf Tournament, last year the JOCC added a celebrity Softball game held at McCoy Stadium. With a long list of celebrities such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Chris Tucker, The O’jays, Smokey Robinson, Steve Grogan, Ty Law and Cedric “The Entertainer” to name a few, the game drew over eight thousand people and was a great success. The JOCC will be holding this celebrity softball game again on Monday, August 8th.
The Mixed Magic Exult Choir will be presenting the 10th Annual gospel festival: Greatness of Gospel 9: Trumpets & Thunder on September 3rd and 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mixed Magic Theater, 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI. Tickets and information at MMTRI.com (401) 305-7333.
The WaterFire Music Stage on Steeple Street – 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Featuring Rose Weaver’s Honeysuckle Rose Band, Becky Bass Caribbean Jazz Quartet, and Spogga: Brother Hash. Between musical acts there will be speaking programs bringing awareness to hep C and its cure.
- 6:05 – 7:00 – Spogga: Brother Hash
- 7:05 – 7:50 – Becky Bass Caribbean Jazz Quartet
- 8:10 – 8:55 – Becky Bass Caribbean Jazz Quartet (2nd set)
- 9:15 – 10:00 – Rose Weaver’s Honeysuckle Rose Band
- 10:15 – 11:00 – Rose Weaver’s Honeysuckle Rose Band (2nd Set)
Hepatitis C Resource Fair – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on the College Street Bridge
The Rhode Island Defeats Hep C Resource Fair, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Health, will take place on College Street. Johnson & Wales University, Salve Regina University, and the Brown University Alpert Medical School will be among the booths present at the resource fair. There will also be free confidential hepatitis C screening on the College Street Bridge.
Passport to a Cure Scavenger Hunt – 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Pick up a copy of the WaterFire event program and map at any of our WaterFire greeter stations to get started with HepCHope’s Passport to a Cure scavenger hunt. Visitors can get their passports stamped, or just snap a photo with their smartphone, at the following event locations: the Guest Station in the Waterplace Park Basin Tunnel, Steeple Street near the WaterFire Music Stage, The WWII installation in Memorial Park, and the HepCHope.com tent on College Street. Each stop along the Passport to a Cure route will be marked with a set of three illuminated gold stars.
Participants can return their passports with three of four stamps or show their photos at HepCHope.Com’s information tent on College Street, which is the final stop, for a chance to win some exciting prizes. Courtesy of the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic, we will be raffling off two pairs of VIP tickets to the JOCC softball game on Monday, August 8th at 7:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. These tickets include an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and opportunities for autographs and selfies. We will also be raffling off one playing position at the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament on Tuesday, August 9th at the Carnegie Abbey Club.
Also available for raffle will be the opportunity for eight couples to take boat rides on the same evening (August 6th) through the fires on one of our special guest boats.
As an alternative to entering one of these raffles, Passport to a Cure scavenger hunt participants can choose to receive a giveaway item from HepCHope.com.
We encourage visitors to finish off their scavenger hunt experience by exploring the Resource Fair and receiving a free confidential hepatitis C screening on the College Street Bridge.
Charge up the night with National Grid!
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”Visitors make use of a National Grid Courtesy Phone Charging Station. Photo by John Nickerson.” ]
Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on Washington Street and College Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.
The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street – Open 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”WaterFire Providence volunteers at the The WaterFire Store on Canal Street, photo by Jennifer Gervais.” ]
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 silkscreen prints by local artists.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
Washington Street – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
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Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. 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.
Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:
Canal Walk, near the RISD Campus
The Nutty Bavarian
Fat Belly’s Irish Pub and Grille
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden – Beer Garden Under the Willows
Waterplace Basin 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden in partnership with Trinity Brewhouse and featuring drinks from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. The new beer garden with German beer and food focusing on Frankfurt specialties is located just upstream of Waterplace Basin in the heart of the downtown river park, under the willow trees at the foot of the IGT building. Forty five tables, specially made by WaterFire will mount on the river railing overlooking the double row of bonfires for your dining pleasure.
Catch your favorite WaterFire performers:
Fire spinners Spogga Hashway, Julia Jerome, and Benjamin Reynolds will dazzle you with their breathtaking performances throughout the night.
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”One of Ten31 Production’s gargoyle characters at WaterFire Providence. Photo by John Nickerson.” ]
Visit the living statues in Memorial Park at the World War I monument. Ten31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.
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Origami Master Andrew Anselmo – 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Market Square. A delight for young and old alike. See Andrew make paper come alive in Market Square, outside of the RISD auditorium.
Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street) and open for tours between 10:00 a.m. to 10:0 p.m., the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.
The Nursing Placement First Aid Station on Washington Street – 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Providing a safe environment for our visitors while they are enjoying WaterFire Providence is a top priority for us. Should you need assistance a first aid station is available at the top of Washington Street behind the Arts Festival Plaza.
Nursing Placement the official first aid provider at WaterFire events will offer first aid care to the public at any time during the event. Additionally, the venue will serve as a meeting place for missing children and parents to reunite. The First Aid RV will be located on Washington Street and can be found on all WaterFire event maps. Nursing Placement will also be taking applications for new team members to help serve the RI population.
About the author
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.