On Saturday, Rosie and I went to WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island.
We started the day by attending the launch party for Building Bridges, a non-profit project "founded by a group of concerned citizens to advocate for the construction of Providence's long-planned and long-delayed public riverside park and pedestrian bridge on the former I-195 land."
There was live music from Mark Cutler & Men of Great Courage and refreshments from Matunuck Oyster Bar.
Then these guys showed up ...
Big Nazo is a fabulously creative group of performers located in Providence. Three of them appeared and began dancing to the music and interacting with the crowd. Part way through, the little one with the big trunk turned into a sort-of squid beast.
Then the sea cucumber monster transformed into a giant crab.
Biz Nazo lives in a sizable store-front in the downtown area.
I don't know how these guys stay in business, but I'm glad they do what they do.
After having a fantastic dinner at Red Fin, we proceeded on to WaterFire.
This is a huge event that has been happening for about ten years now. It's kind of like First Nite in Boston, only not so cold. And instead of fireworks, they line the river with floating metal cauldrons with bonfires in them. Then fire spinners and other performers go up and down the river in various boats and gondolas.
For this lighting of WaterFire, the opening performance was a local taiko drum group. No amps needed here, these guys were great!
There are vendors and performers all along the river, and festivities go from early evening to around mid-night with the lighting around eight-thirty. If you're looking for some HOT summer fun, the next lighting is June 18th.