What Is ROCKFIRE?

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RockFire is a unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage all set in the evocative setting of Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries and granite industry ruins. First held in 2012 as a fundraiser for the preservation of Barre’s Historic Quarry Lands, the buzz around this event continues to build. In 2014 over 1,000 people attended. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a three mile long procession lit by thousands of candles and luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to variety of fire-lit art installations and 6 live performance stages. The words most often used to describe RockFire are “amazing, magical, one of a kind, and powerful.”

Celebrate Our Heritage

One hundred years ago, Millstone Hill was the site of 75 active granite quarries, employing thousands of men and fueling central Vermont’s growth, cultural diversity, and prosperity. Waves of immigrants, primarily Scottish, Irish, Italian, and French Canadian, poured into the surrounding communities bringing with them their skills, talents, traditions, and dreams.

Join us in celebrating the historical and cultural significance of this amazing landscape.

What once echoed with the clamor of industrial activity is now reclaimed by nature and transformed into today’s man made natural wonder. RockFire will revive through live performance and exhibits the rich cultural sounds and spirit that these ethnic groups contributed to Central Vermont’s colorful granite past.

Rock • Water • Fire • Art

  • Participate in the day long activities on the festival grounds and enjoy the incredible views.
  • Walk along the new 3 mile Cultural Heritage Trail as it leads from the festival grounds to the Grand Lookout, where Millstone Hill’s history and natural beauty will be combined with art, sculpture and music.
  • As the sun slowly sets, watch as ROCKFIRE and Millstone Hill tranforms into an evening of music performance, including a concert with Bow Thayer and His Band, a FireDance Bridge over the quarries with High-Low-Jack playing fiddle music under the stars, and a Molten Metal Pour with Iron Guild.
  • As darkness unfolds, dozens of spectacular traditional solstice bonfires will be lit atop Millstone Hill’s signature rock piles and quarries, announced and accompanied by an unprecedented progression of acoustic instrumental and vocal performance from 6 fire-lit stages.
  • Sit back and enjoy the awesome glow of  ROCKFIRE  from the festival grounds or for a more intimate and personal experience join the FIREWALK, following the 1,000 luminary lit path guiding you to the Grand Lookout.
  • ROCKFIRE culminates with the sending aloft of hundreds of sky lanterns.

 

ROCKFIRE Tickets & Pricing

Per Person Family

Friday Eve Activities 7-Midnight 

$10 $25
 Saturday Concert & FireWalk $25 Adults
$15 Ages 10-17

*Family = 2 Adults and 2 Children. Additional Children $5 each.

No children under 10 allowed on the Saturday FireWalk.

Advance tickets available at:

  • Barre Opera House, (802) 476-8188 or BarreOperaHouse.org
  • Day-of at The Lodge at Millstone Hill, 59 Little John Road, Websterville

ROCKFIRE

ROCKFIRE!

59 Little John Road, Websterville, VT
June 23-25, 2017
Map & Directions
802-479-1000
Mail: Box 44 Websterville VT 05678