Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sentimental Sunday


It's been a while since I've posted a Sentimental Sunday. OK, it's been awhile since I've posted much of anything at all really. Since November is National Blog Posting Month, I decided I really should clean the cobwebs out of my brain and try to get my blogging mojo back. Now I can't promise I will post every day in November, but I can at least do my best to post my regular features. May as well start with a Sentimental Sunday today on November 1st.

Here in RI we have a very cool event called WaterFire. The Providence River flows through the center of the city and throughout the summer and fall the river is lit up with flames contained in braziers that are set in the middle of the river. Boats of volunteers float up and down the river keeping the braziers loaded with wood and music is piped over loud speakers. The music is usually something haunting or melancholy with no lyrics. It's a very cool event and people come out in droves to walk along the riverfront and sample food from local restaurants and vendors. There is even some performance art in the park that runs along a part of the river. My favorite are the gargoyles. The WaterFire website can give you a better look into this unique and one of kind public event.

Geoff and I (and sometimes the girls) attend Waterfire at least once a season. Each event is sponsored by companies in the area and Fidelity Investments always hosts one in August. Geoff's business is a Fidelity customer and every year they invite us the "their" WaterFire. We get to attend a private cocktails and desserts event under a tent. It was at one of these Fidelity events that I was introduced to a chocolate fountain for the first time. I've never missed a Fidelity WaterFire since.




If you look closely you can see the boat of volunteers on the left.

10 comments:

ModernMom said...

This is so cool!

!!The Obnoxious SAHM!! said...

Very cool. I love stuff like this.

strokeofliving said...

I had no idea November was National blog posting moth. Thanks for the education. Query: How many books do you read in a month?

Sandy said...

Waterfire is an amazing and unique event here in Providence. This year was the first time I was invited to the Fidelity Waterfire and we missed it! Next year we'll be there for sure.

I remember the first Waterfire I attended years ago. I sat along the waterfront watching the droves of tourists strolling along asking myself..."is this really Providence?!" It's a beautiful thing to see so many people enjoying our little state.

Pam said...

Hey strokeofliving,

Since you're email address is not attached to your profile I will answer you here and hope that you see this. I read an average of 6 books a month. I got this number based on the number I've read so far this year (81). Now I didn't finish a handful of those and some I just skimmed (the blogging books). Six actually seems like a lot to me. If I'm answering intuitively. I would say I read between 3 and 5 month.

Tammy Howard said...

That is SO cool!

I'm not doing NaBloPoMo, because I'm doing NaNoWriMo. I can't imagine that it will be anything better than an unmitigated disaster, but I'm looking at it as an exercise. A process rather than a product.

Ginger said...

Cooooool! What a neat event! And you had me at "chocolate fountain."

Hey, also, I teach seniors in high school. Let me know if you need anything..

Helene said...

That looks like SO much fun! And what a wonderful way to bring the community together!

I had no idea you were in RI...a few years back my husband and I took a tour of the mansions in Newport. Made me jealous I wanted to puke!

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing.
I'm going to give more blogging a shot, but I'm not promising stellar posts!!!

Bethany said...

I've heard of this before! I think my aunt brings her kids every year. I should have made an effort to go when I lived up there. :)

 

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