(7.28) In addition to a full 80-brazier lighting with all the usual suspects, WaterFire this Saturday will host a Clear Currents Community Paddling Night. They will be celebrating
. . . improved water quality in Rhode Island. Clear Currents features close to 60 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The brightly colored fish will beautifully compliment the 80 wood burning braziers installed on the river! Clear Currents celebrates the cleaner water that the opening of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow; an initiative that has greatly improved water quality throughout the entire bay area.
Let’s hear it for combined sewer overflow!
Great live music on tap at the Steeple Street Stage from 7pm to 11:15pm. The event begins with a couple of sets by the Keith Munslow and Chris Stovall Brown band, followed by Rose Weaver and her Honeysuckle Rose Band.
For the evening’s playlist of the piped in ambient music go here. It will include Low Anthem, “Nessun Dorma,” Chet Baker, Mamadou Diabate, and Richard Bone. At roughly the 10:31pm mark you will hear a number called “Vladimir’s Blues.” (Barnaby having a little fun there.) The playlist is available on Spotify.
Opening ceremonies start at 8:10pm with a performance by Festival Ballet and the Gendo Taiko drummers on the Waterplace Park Basin Stage.
It is also Hep C awareness night. Look for the Rhode Island Defeats Hep C booth for information and a free confidential Hepatitis C screening right there on the College Street Bridge.
Sunset 8:08pm, WaterFire, Saturday, July 28, downtown