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october, 2021

02oct5:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.Saturday, October 2Full LightingWaterFire, 4 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903 Event Organized By: WaterFire Providence

Event Details

Lighting Ceremony at the Gloria Gemma's Flames of Hope WaterFire. Photograph by Matthew Huang.
Photograph by Matthew Huang.

“Then. Now. Next: 50 Years of Women at Providence College”
Supported by Providence College

Full lighting – 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Onshore activities will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Music Program

The lighting will begin around 7:00 p.m. and the fires will remain lit until 11:00 p.m. This weekend marks a number of events at PC that the college is excited to share with the City of Providence including, paying tribute to 50 Years of Women at Providence College, welcoming College President Fr. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P., and celebrating the Class of 2020. The evening will kick off with a special performance by the Providence College A Cappella Group with a Ring of Fire torch ceremony of 100 torchbearers to follow.

Providence College’s year-long celebration of, 50 Years of Women at PC – Then, Now, Next”, kicks off this Saturday commemorating the first female class admitted to PC in 1971; highlighting women who have blazed a trail in academics, athletics, and administration. This is one of many events PC will be planning throughout the school year to celebrate the achievements of women at the College. At the confluence, where the rivers meet by Steeple Street, there will be an installation of fifty luminous blue stars celebrating fifty years of women at Providence College; representing their dreams and acknowledging their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

“This year, we are thrilled to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women enrolling at Providence College,” said PC Executive Vice President and member of that first class of women Ann Manchester-Molak. “The events and celebrations will be ongoing throughout the year on our campus.  One of the first major events is Homecoming, which we will celebrate this weekend. Homecoming Weekend will combine the inauguration of our 13th president, Fr. Kenneth Sicard, O.P., something we were unable to do last year due to the pandemic, with our sponsorship of WaterFire on Saturday honoring 50 years of women at PC. Then, on Sunday, we will celebrate Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020, something else which was not possible last year because of the pandemic. We think this weekend is an appropriate way in which to highlight all of these festivities and bring the city of Providence into the celebration as well,” Manchester-Molak said.

PC Friars
PC Friars
Trinity Brewhouse

Starting at 5:30 p.m. PC Athletics will be activating Steeple Street with merch giveaways, yard games, and a cash bar provided by Trinity Brew House which will be open to the public. 

Silent Soapbox Lily
Lily by a Silent Soapbox

Lily, the living statue by a Silent Soapbox makes her 2021 WaterFire debut. Lily will be interacting with visitors on the river walk at the end of the Washington Street Bridge.

Hometown Poke

The Hometown Poke Truck will be serving delicious and healthy poke bowls on College Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Poke bowls blend the ingredients of traditional Hawaiian poké and the health consciousness of Californian cuisine.

10.20.2021 Event Map

Event Times

(Saturday) 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


WaterFire ProvidenceWaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908