SHARON, PA – WaterFire Sharon will return Saturday, July 23 with a day of free entertainment and activities.
This is the first of two WaterFire Festivals this year in downtown Sharon, the other being on September 24.
Saturday’s event will run from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the ritual lighting of wood fires over braziers attached to the surface of the Shenango River – the event that gives the festival its name – at dusk.
Available all day will be an art market, food court and a range of musical entertainment.
“Great attention is given to the planning of the artists section of WaterFire,” said Alane Jewel, Board Member and Artist Refined. “The many artisans you see are carefully selected to provide customers with a variety of shopping opportunities.”
Tyree Pottery’s Deanna Tyree will make her WaterFire debut on Saturday. She will show and sell her beautiful and functional ceramic pieces made on a potter’s wheel.
Charli, often seen on the corner of State and Chestnut streets downtown, usually draws a crowd as she demonstrates her style of art – painting large canvases with spray paint. “Charli has been with WaterFire for many years, and she never disappoints those who gather to watch,” Jewel said.
The food court will be located in the parking lot across from Quaker Steak and Lube.
A children’s entertainment area will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Shenango Avenue and State Street. Kids always enjoy watching robotics demonstrations, participating in crafts and interactive projects, and trying out their musical style on the music wall. Parents are required to stay with their children while they are in the fun zone.
There will also be selfie stations throughout downtown, a collection of autographed sports memorabilia at the library, and walking tours of the Upper East Side at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
On the State Street Bridge, Ally Grande will play a half-hour set at 8 p.m. Grande is a popular local artist who is also active in local theater.
Ruby, an American artist, will take to the music stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by Beatlemania Magic at 5:30 p.m. and The Four Kings and a Queen (Motown, R&B, soul) at 9:30 p.m.
The river ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Senator Michele Brooks and Rep. Mark Longietti lighting the WaterFire orb.
Musicians will perform on a boat, accompanied by a fire twirler.
All parking is free for the festival; the handicapped lot will be on Chestnut Street. For more information, visit waterfiresharonpa.org.
Pictured above: Torches illuminate the State Street Bridge in Sharon during last year’s WaterFire ceremony at dusk. Photo by Leanne Lee.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.