Hearne: How Ridiculous Was This Year’s Washed Out WaterFire?

There’s a fine line between once bitten, twice shy and try, try again…

And sources say the well-intentioned promoters behind the Kansas City edition of Waterfire on the Plaza have been walking it hard this past week. The New Age spin off of the annual Providence, Rhode Island event took a seriously, fatal bullet last weekend. That after organizers made a last minute decision to go forward with the outdoor burning pylons on Brush Creek in the midst of one of the worst rain, hail and lightning storms of the year. With an October 2nd rain date in the bank, WaterFire blew it by ignoring the obvious weather

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8 Responses to Hearne: How Ridiculous Was This Year’s Washed Out WaterFire?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, they really should have pushed the date back; with rain in the forecast and an event centered around brush creek. I hope they bought weather insurance for the event, to hedge against losses.

    But Hearne – why all the hate on the event? Whatever it is, or isn’t, it does draw older (presumably) more wealthy folks to the area, which only helps retail.
    HC: Good question, tacitus. Guess I’m guilty of being a New Age music snob – as in I think it’s lame. And don’t forget I went. And it didn’t draw many people.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I own jojo
    I was there and I guess I don’t get it. Fire piles on water, WTF?
    Down on the plaza this weekend and why not have the piles burning during the art fair? Just an idea, because it looked cool.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That might be a solution, IOJ. If they’d done it today, the art fair ended at 5 p.m., so they would have had a built-in crowd and could start the ball rolling right afterwards. Organizers wouldn’t collect the accoladesof a single event but could build its rep and at some point branch out on it’s own maybe. Or just own that final night of the art fair and become famous for that – a famous pairing. That way they wouldn’t be stuck with just a handful of booths and food vendors. Kinda like super-sizing the art fair.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good way to get rid of the raw sewage — light it up!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Waterfire is crap. I’ll donate $500.00 to the charity of choice to the first person that can provide credible data that this event has ever had a “net” financial impact on Plaza business.

    Like most things they do on The Plaza the great idea doesn’t always execute well. Long on style and short on substance. That should be the new city motto. Funky can represent the long and Gloria the short.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My bad, meant to say “net” POSITIVE financial impact…after expenses and all that good stuff.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sam Attic
    If is so lame, then why write about it? Move the fuck on.
    HC: Hey somebody’s gott a report what actually happened. The Star sure didn’t!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bill Fold
    It was more fun 30 years ago when they had concerts in the creek and we burned joints. Just goes to show that substance doesn’t matter.

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