My first year in Rhode Island I missed every chance to experience WaterFire or to share it with visiting friends and family. I saw WaterFire for the first time when I first volunteered late in the season in 2008. I came alone and experienced the night featuring an evening of Divas singing opera. I’m not an opera buff but the music and the performers were enchanting. So I came back for more, volunteering with the Special Ops team, made friends with Mary Tinti and soon became a regular and an expert at torchbearing.