WaterfireThis time, I’m going to introduce you to the creator of an art installation, a street festival, a musical event, a tourist attraction, and a giant party that all happen at the same time throughout the summer and fall in Providence, Rhode Island: Waterfire.

Waterfire started as a one-time event in 1994, but the residents of the city liked it so much that they begged for another lighting of the fires. That led to another, and another, and another, and eventually it expanded to a huge summer tradition.

That tradition was started by a man named Barnaby Evans, and I talked to Barnaby after a lecture he gave here in Boston recently.

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This was a great addition to your series. Would this ever be able to be done on the Charles River? …even for its one time value? I have always been transformed by campfires and walks for cancer with the power and peacefulness of firelight .This sounds like a magical event. I would love to be there for it in person sometime. Thanks for sharing this with us. You always give wonderful interviews. Keep them coming!

Excellent interview, Adam! I have a customer/friend who moved to Providence and would love to go to Waterfire with her and her husband. It was very interesting to hear and you have an interviewing style that works quite well.