Photograph by Kevin Murray
I attended the original, First Fire, in 1994. I'm still not sure what convinced me to sit in the freezing cold and watch fire burn on a Providence river - especially on that particular night! In the fall of 2007, I was trained by WaterFire volunteer, Kathleen Sprague, and volunteered on-shore setting up the sponsor reception area in RISD Market Square. By the end of the evening, I was intrigued by the ingenuity and creativity of this simultaneously simple and complex feat. It occurred seamlessly, transforming Providence into an ever-changing stage and brought together a community of diverse individuals who each experienced the "magic" that is WaterFire in their own way.