WaterFire Sharon returning this summer

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — After last year’s successful WaterFire Sharon, the event will return to the Shenango River in downtown Sharon for three dates this summer, each with a different theme.

The themes were chosen by the artisan committee of WaterFire Sharon, which reviewed dozens of suggested themes and chose these because of the artistic representation and interpretation each one offered, according to a news release announcing the event on Thursday.

The theme for the July 19 WaterFire Sharon will be “Elements,” which celebrates not only the elements that create water and fire, but all fine and performing arts, the artists who create them and the visitors who appreciate them, the release states.

The theme for the Aug. 23 WaterFire Sharon will be “Origins,” which will honor our origins by passing traditions, knowledge and stories down to the next generations. The story of origins is often told in both performing and fine arts, and WaterFire recognizes the use of water and fire as far back as imaginable, the release states.

The theme for the Sept. 27 WaterFire Sharon will be “Motion,” which recognizes our lives and the world around us. WaterFire Sharon highlights the motion of the river and the volunteers who glide down the river to a dark backdrop, tending to the blazing fires. The fire performers twirl fire and visitors move through the streets as artists create, the release states.

“We chose to use themes for the events so that visitors can expect a different experience with each WaterFire lighting” said Bob Wilson, Executive Director of WaterFire Sharon. “The artists can create and emphasize the themes in their work as well. No two “WaterFires” will ever be the same, and visitors can expect a different mix of entertainment, vendors and artists at each one.”

“WaterFire” is an artistic endeavor that was created by artist Barnaby Evans in Providence, R.I., in the early 1990s. Evans created an evening event that would bring people into the downtown area to see lit bonfires in the river.

WaterFire Sharon was brought to the Shenango River in downtown Sharon during the summer of 2013. Three successful events brought 70,000 visitors to downtown Sharon.

For more information on WaterFire Sharon, including how to donate or volunteer, click here.

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