January 6th, 2015 – Inauguration 2015

January 6th, 2015 – Inauguration 2015

“Make It In Rhode Island” inaugural schedule of events: Tuesday, January 6th

  • Daily Mass at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church
    1240 North Main Street, Providence
  • Inauguration of Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Officers of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
    South Portico of the Rhode Island State House
  • WaterFire Celebration
    The public is encouraged to join the Governor and the General Officers for a celebratory WaterFire.  All parties are free and open to the public.
    Doors open at 5:30pm, lighting ceremony begins at 6:00pm.

General Officers’ party locations

  • Governor Raimondo: Waterplace Restaurant
  • Lt. Governor McKee: Jacky’s Waterplace and Sushi Bar
  • Secretary of State Gorbea: Union Station Brewery
  • Attorney General Kilmartin: Cafe Nuovo
  • Treasurer Magaziner: Bar Louie

A special thank you to the sponsors who made this celebration a reality with their generous contributions:

Carpionato Group
GTECH Corporation
Laborers’ International Union of North America

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Tim Blankenship

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence
I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

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  1. John A Simonetti
    January 5, 2015

    What a splendid event – How a look forward to attending

  2. Jennelle Graziano
    January 5, 2015

    Please contact me. I am a resident of Lawrence MA. Different elements that we can discuss, has plagued this city, which requires major intervention to regain it reputation. I would like to talk to someone involved in the your amazing Water Fire events. We have an inner city canal the resembles what you have. I am a very concerned citizen that would like to so this city prosper with a great reputation. I want to thank you in advance for your respond.
    Best regards,
    Jennelle Graziano

    • Tim Blankenship
      January 5, 2015

      Hi Jennelle, thank you for your interest in WaterFire Providence. Please email our executive director Barnaby Evans directly if you are interested WaterFire’s role in Providence’s renaissance. He can be reached at Barnaby@waterfire.org

  3. Laura Smith
    January 5, 2015

    Hello. I am inquiring as to whether this years, January 6th, Inauguration at the Waterfire, will be similar to the RI city’s Inauguration held in 2010, where they [in addition to the basin being lit], there was about 100 torches that also illuminated the basin circumference which by the way, made my BIG Birthday that much more special. Or will there be solely the basin fires that will be lit. This inquiry response is time sensitive and appreciate you earliest response possible so that we can plan accordingly.

    A Grateful Waterfire Fan

    • Tim Blankenship
      January 6, 2015

      This event will be similar to the 2010 event. Not quite so many torches. Also the braziers will be lit all the way up to Steeple Street (Café Nouvo). Happy Birthday!

      ps. Make sure to dress warmly if you decide to come.

    • Laura Duclos
      January 6, 2015

      Hello Laura!

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Inaugural WaterFire celebration in 2010! This evenings event will be similar with the “Ring of Fire” as well, which is what you explained. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. which includes the Governor and Officials processing into the basin and lighting the wood boats and then the Governor will start to light mounted torches that will be lit around the circumference of the basin. The lighting will end at 9:00 p.m.

      I hope you are able to join us and this event is another great birthday present!

      Happy Birthday!


      Laura A. Duclos
      WaterFire Providence Team

  4. jamie
    November 30, 2015

    The date is saying Tue January 6th, but the 6Th is a Wednesday I believe

    • Tim Blankenship
      December 1, 2015

      Perhaps you are looking at the wrong year on your calendar. January 6th, 2015 was a Tuesday; January 6th, 2016 is a Wednesday. There are WaterFire lighting event yet scheduled in 2016. Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Kim
    December 16, 2015

    Hi Tim. Will there be a New Years Eve event in Dec 31 2015? If not what about another inauguration event on Wed Jan 6 2016?
    Thanks Kim

    • Tim Blankenship
      December 16, 2015

      Hi Kim, this is last event until next season. Look for the 2016 season schedule in April.


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