PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence River was aglow with fire and fish as Roger Williams University and RWU Law joined WaterFire Providence for an evening of celebrations, including the 20th anniversary of the law school, the 40th anniversary of the marine biology program and the 350th anniversary of the 1663 Rhode Island Colonial Charter.
At sunset, a ceremonial torch-lighting ceremony featuring members of the RWU community set the river basins ablaze as canoes bearing glowing koi fish weaved between the cauldrons from Waterplace Park to Marketplace. A short walk upriver, Steeple Street hosted the RWU Showcase – complete with robotics demonstrations, history presentations and an aquaculture touch tank where marine biology students and faculty introduced visitors to starfish and an array of crustaceans and shellfish. Spirits were high at the University reception, and special appearances by RWU Hawks mascot, “Swoop,” and a living statue as Roger Williams wowed the crowd throughout the night.
Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make RWU WaterFire a great success. For those who missed out, or who would like to relive the enchantment, check out the slideshow below: