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Waterfire Providence Rhode Island
A Great Time At Waterfire, Rhode Island
About ten years ago, I heard a co-worker talking about Waterfire in Providence, Rhode Island.
He tried to describe Waterfire to me and I was mystified as to what it was. So he referred me to the Waterfire website. I still could not fully grasp what Waterfire was.
It's not that I'm slow; it's that Waterfire is indescribable. Indescribably beautiful and wondrous.
I don't know if I can do it justice here, but I hope I can entice you to go.
There are approximately 10 Waterfires a year.
They start in May and run through August.
Check their schedule to see when the events are held
Downtown Providence, Rhode Island Is Absolutely Beautiful - Check out the gondolas and the braziers that are as yet unlit
We were amazed at how beautiful downtown Providence is. It reminded us of pictures of European cities with their rivers and foot bridges.
There are beautiful cobblestone and bricked walks alongside the rivers. Seven foot bridges cross in several places, making it easy to cross over to whatever venue you want to visit. Along the path there are several restaurants overlooking the river with outside dining options.
You may take a gondola ride on the river before the Waterfire main event begins.
The entertainment prior to the main event varies for each Waterfire event.
As It Gets Darker the Anticipation Grows for Waterfire - Check the schedule to see when the event will start -- it depends on when the sun sets
There are some street vendors along the way if you want to pick up glow sticks or try some fried bread.
The walk along the river in Waterplace Park offers many vantage points for the main event.
The Moshassuck River (river where moose water) and the Woonasquatucket River (where salt water ends) merge in the Waterplace Basin and become the Providence River.
The Waterplace Basin is where the main event starts.
Waterfire Begins - The Waterplace Basin as the fire lighting begins - My picture is blurry, but think of it as impressionist art
Waterfire was created by Barnaby Evans in 1994. It is considered an art installation,.
At the appointed hour, you will hear music -- somewhat mystical and new age -- fill the air. (There are speakers all along the river).
A flotilla of barges emerges in the Waterplace basin moving in time with the music. Each of the barges has firetenders on board. The barges circle the basin each getting a torch lit from a group of torch bearers on shore.
As each barge receives its lit torch it circles to an assigned brazier and lights it. Eventually the whole basin is lit and the barges move both up and down the river lighting a total of 80 braziers along the way.
The music continues late into the night as viewers stroll along the beautiful fire lit waters.
A few useful links for Waterfire
- Amtrak Railroad Schedule
The Providence Railroad station is conveniently located near the Waterfire event. It's a several block walk.
- Providence Place Mall
A large upscale shopping mall located right on the river walkway. If you arrive extra early you might want to explore the mall.
- Trolley Tours of Providence
There is so much history in Providence. There are beautiful 18th century restored homes. The whole city is worth touring.
The nearest airport is T.F. Green Airport .
T.F. Green consistently ranks high in customer satisfaction surveys of airports
It's smaller than some, which makes it easy to navigate.
Have I convinced you to visit Waterfire?
I waited 10 years to visit and I am so sorry I waited so long. I would have loved to take in more Waterfires.
From now on, I will try to go more often