Our evening began with dinner under the stars at the Pot au Feu Restaurant where they were celebrating Bastille Day (7/14) by blocking off the street and setting tables outside for a wonderful buffet dinner complete with wine and desert, all accompanied by live music.
Following the dinner, Three members of the Kentish Guards led us in a drum & fife march from the Pot au Feu to Burnside Park for a laying of a wreath at the World War II Memorial.
After the laying of the wreath ceremony, we retired to the River Walk to await the lighting of the water fire. The River Walk is the people friendly parks and walks along the Providence River that over the last 30 years of so has replaced the foul smelling, run down dump that lined the river. It is now a very beautiful and relaxing place to reflect on the positive changes people can make when they work together for the good of the community. Providence has come a long way and this spot is worth a visit, especially on one of the nights when a Water Fire lighting is scheduled (A schedule is available online). Additional events may be added throughout the seasons to coincide with other major events occurring in the capitol city.
The lighting occurs at dusk where wood filled cauldrons mounted on cement piers in the middle of the river are set a blaze with torches one-by-one all the way up to Water Place Park. The cauldrons are restocked with wood as necessary to keep the fires going past midnight. It's a very captivating visual effect that will remain with you until your next visit where it will all seem new and exciting all over again. Come, see, and enjoy!
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