This was one of the coolest things to experience! After the Hot Air Balloon Festival we headed over to The Plaza to see what Waterfire was all about, since we had never been before. Such a cool experience. As Kansas City's own gondolas went up and down Brush Creek with the lovely jazzy music playing. I really felt like I was in Italy for a little while. I am so glad we went and experienced it. :)
Here is an excerpt from the Waterfire website that tells a little bit about it.
"WaterFire was originally created by Barnaby Evans in 1994 on the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The living fire sculpture has become a signature event for the city, attracting more than 10 million visitors and drawing praise as a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. The event begins with a series of boats that travel along Brush Creek through the darkness. They make their way with torches a flame in an enchanting display to ignite the braziers and bring all 55 pieces to life. Throughout the evening, boats return to the braziers, constantly feeding them with new wood and keeping the sculpture in its original form for the duration of the evening. This powerful visual is reinforced by the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the anchored bridges, the silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the creek, and the enchanting music and performances."
In the middle of the show, they told us a water surge was coming from a creek up the road. We were all like, seriously? But yet anxiously awaiting this surge that was supposed to come. No one could walk on the sidewalks or anything. So we were sitting on the rock wall..mind you it's lightening outside and it had already rained some. But we had just looked up the weather on the radar and there was NO rain in the area we were in. It wasn't minutes later that they came on the intercom and said, they were sorry but another storm was fixing to roll in and they had to end the show early, to head to our cars, and find shelter immediately. What?! So according to the radar there was nothing coming, right? WRONG! We stopped to take a few pictures... The lightening lit up the sky as I was taking this picture!! ...and it wasn't but a few minutes later and we were caught in a DOWNPOUR (with no umbrella)!!! LOL!! We were drenched!! Our glasses were covered, water is pouring down our faces, and we're walking so fast we were practically running to get to our car. LOL Oh what an experience! ha!! So glad we went though...it was worth it!!
Here is a short video to let you experience a little bit of Waterfire!