At the end of my tour of the WaterFire Arts Center on Sunday (“WaterFire’s crib opens today,”), Waterfire creator Barnaby Evans told me to look out for “a surprise” at the next day’s ribbon-cutting. Well, I have it on video. They did not cut the ribbon, they immolated the ribbon. Fortunately, since things didn’t quite get out of hand, there was no need for “water” to douse the “fire” – get it? … WaterFire!!!
Seriously, it was a great event heralding a great new facility not just for WaterFire Providence but for the community. So here are a few photo and video reminiscences. The second “ribbon-cutting” video suggests how edgy (my dear and normally potty-mouth-averse mother-in-law, Agnes Somlo, used an edgier word) the ribbon-de-fé threatened to become.
But hey! L’art pour l’art, n’est-ce pas? Anything for art’s sake! And I caught Rose Weaver spinning her WaterFire anthem (to the tune of “Summertime”) to open the speaking program. I wish I’d taped the whole thing.
The photos and videos below are shown in the order they were taken. Enjoy.