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October 5, 2019 – Full Lighting

Arts and Health Series || Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™
Saturday, October 5

Starting at 6:45 pm our procession of lighting boats will proceed upstream from the Crawford Street bridge lighting the braziers throughout the installation and one-half of the braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin. The second half of the braziers in the Basin will be lit starting just after 7:10 pm to coincide with the arrival Illuminations of Life Ceremony torches.

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until 11:00 pm.

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation – Flames of Hope Celebration Village in Station Park

Lighted State House at dusk to honor breast cancer survivors. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.
Lighted State House at dusk to honor breast cancer survivors. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.

The Illuminations of Life Torch Ceremony will begin on the Statehouse steps at sunset and the torches will arrive in Waterplace Park Basin approximately 45 minutes later. Half of the braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin will remain unlit until approximately an hour past sunset. At this time the Illumination of Life 150-person torch procession will arrive in the basin from Station Park leading into a Ring of Fire and the remaining fires will be lit.

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather to light the way towards hope and healing for anyone touched by breast cancer. Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ was created to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning the city of Providence PINK and sparking a movement to inspire awareness, compassion, and support. This weekend-long celebration embraces everyone who has been impacted by cancer.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, is happening again on both Washington Street and Steeple Street from 5:00 – 10:30 pm., this outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to support the local arts economy by purchasing work by Rhode Island-based artists.

Visit the WaterFire Marketplace on Canal Street and help light up Providence. Support WaterFire with a donation or a purchase of locally designed apparel, glassware, books, and gifts. Pin where you are from on Map Center’s maps and watch glass blowing by Gather Glass.

Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:

Washington Street

On the River Walk between College and Washington Streets

Dream Orbs in the Waterplace Park Basin

Dream Orbs. Photograph by Armin Kososki.

Dream Orbs on the Bridge of Stars in Waterplace Park. From sunset until 10:00 make a wish and add your light to the night by releasing a glowing blue or pink orb into the waters of Providence’s rivers.

Steeple Street Unplugged Music Stage

From 5:30 – 9:30 pm the Steeple Street Music Stage will feature musicians from The Pump House Music Works Open Mic Series – Tim Larson (5:30-6:15) Morgan Piatek (6:30-715), Devin Bender. (7:30-8:15) and Tim Larson (8:30-9:15).

You can stream Tim Larson’s latest album Mystic River Delta on Bandcamp.

Tim Larson

Exhibitions at the RISD Illustration Studies Building Gallery

The exhibition at ISB is free!

The Creative Marriage of Words and Images

The ISB Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by alumni SooJin Buzelli 96 IL and Chris Buzelli 95 IL, including finished paintings and published pieces, along with sketches and preliminary designs that reveal the collaborative process behind the Buzellis’ extraordinary creative output. SooJin is a world-renowned art director who commissions hundreds of illustrations each year, and Chris is an award-winning illustrator known for his distinctive work.

The gallery is open every WaterFire night from 12:00 to 10:00 pm.

Dates: August 17 through October 18
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Address: 55 Canal Walk, Providence, RI 02903

The Creative Marriage of Words and Images at the RISD ISB Gallery through October 18.

Step back through history at the Governor Stephen Hopkins House

Governor Stephen Hopkins House

Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours: Wednesdays from 11:00 2:00 p.m. and April through November on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & until 7:00 p.m., when they fall on a full WaterFire lighting (the last tour begins at 6:30 p.m.).

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The museum is also open by appointment, for which there may be a modest admission charge. Please email to make an appointment.

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Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence | + posts by 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.

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