November 4th, 2017 – WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 13 Comments
November 4th, 2017 – WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Walmart, Amazon Studios and LAST FLAG FLYING, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, Bank of America, Dominion Energy, Chase Canopy, the Providence VA Medical Center, and many other generous sponsors help WaterFire to honor Veterans across Southern New England Things to see: The WaterFire Salute to Veterans event is a collaborative, community-wide celebration whose mission is to honor and recognize all United…

Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

If you’ve ever managed to snag a position on the basin, It’s likely you’ve seen the work of Captain Fern Rouleau, a staple of the WaterFire Volunteers who’s been with us since 1996. Since the very beginning, Fern was attracted to the event. Driving her own boat, Fern naturally gravitated to the fleet of boats…

Using light of WaterFire to symbolize wisdom, justice

Using light of WaterFire to symbolize wisdom, justice

On Sept. 3, in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, WaterFire invited the community to assemble at the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of equality, tolerance and justice. Let us remember that Roger Williams founded Providence in 1636 explicitly as a “shelter for persons distressed for conscience.”…

September 30th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 4 Comments
September 30th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation The Illuminations of Life Torch Ceremony will begin on the Statehouse steps at sunset and the torches will arrive in Waterplace Park Basin approximately 60 minutes later. Half of the braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin will remain unlit until approximately an hour past sunset. At this time…

September 23rd, 2017 – Full Lighting

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 2 Comments
September 23rd, 2017 – Full Lighting

Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island: Celebrating 125 years of Thinking Big There will be a plethora of great family friendly events happening in Providence this Saturday. Plan to come to the city early so you can enjoy a full day and night of fun exploring Providence. Doors Open RI Festival – 10:00 a.m.…

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Steber and Russ Cooney

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Steber and Russ Cooney

If you have ever experienced a WaterFire event, then you have probably seen the boats that fill the braziers with wood and keep them lit.  These fire tenders are an integral part of making the event happen and it would not be possible without them. It is people like wood boat captain’s Chris Steber and…

September 3rd, 2017 – Full Lighting

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 4 Comments
September 3rd, 2017 – Full Lighting

Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council The lighting is going ahead as planned. Check for updates on our Facebook page. We expect most of the rain to clear out before the lighting begins around 7:15 p.m. Event activities begin on Washington Street at 6:00 p.m. See below for more details. The Jewish Alliance will join…

Volunteer Spotlight: Dalton Kelley and Americorps

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Volunteering, WaterFire Providence | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Dalton Kelley and Americorps

Among WaterFire volunteers, there are those who have been with us for decades, hooked since their first lighting, and others who are just starting their journey. Dalton Kelley, a member of the Americorps Topaz 13 FEMA Corps, along with the other members of his team were among these first timers on June 24th. Before volunteering,…

August 5th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 8 Comments
August 5th, 2017 – Full Lighting

WaterFire is ON for this Saturday Evening!   The rain front has passed and it should clear for a wonderful evening. Check Twitter or Facebook for late breaking updates. The lighting will occur on schedule. C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C sponsored by GILEAD Event activities begin in Waterplace Park at 6:00 p.m. See below for more…

The Narragansett Bay Commission Helps to Light Up the Rivers on July 22nd

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Clear Currents, Events | 2 Comments
The Narragansett Bay Commission Helps to Light Up the Rivers on July 22nd

WaterFire Providence and the Narragansett Bay Commission have partnered to present this year’s Clear Currents community paddling event that celebrates improved water quality in RI. Clear Currents features close to 60 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The brightly…