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Piano Palooza Hits Snyder County

Piano Palooza Hits Snyder County

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I could hear the boogie woogie piano music as I drove into downtown Selinsgrove on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And the source of the music surprised me.

Traveling along the main street, I counted nine colorfully decorated pianos scattered along downtown sidewalks, with someone playing them.

"We call it Piano Palooza," Mary Bannon explained to me. "A mixture of art and music."

As Selinsgrove Main Street Manager, Bannon oversaw the initiation of unique project, aimed at drawing attention to the downtown businesses and what they have to offer visitors.

The pianos were donated by area residents and decorated by local artists.

"The idea is so unusual and different," said Bannon, "And I hope children and people of all ages sit down and play the piano."

At every piano, there were players of varying talent levels picking out tunes or playing full concertos. Many of the players moved from piano to piano, with small crowds applauding their efforts. Like myself, those happening upon the music seem ed surprised and amused.

"People are a little disbelieving, a little incredulous," said Bannon. "But then they think it's so much fun."

Local resident Art Bowen was enjoying the impromptu concerts with his grandchildren.

"This will give people another reason to come downtown and enjoy the shops and restaurants," said Bowen.

Artist Mary Jo Taveres had fun decorating her assigned piano with colored neon duct tape, which, at first glance, looks like a brightly painted instrument.

"I think that what makes this work is that it's whimsical and it's a surprise," said Taveres. " I always enjoy art work that catches people off guard."

Other finishes include camouflage, sheet metal and mosaic and painted flowers. The pianos will remain on location through early August. Nearby businesses agreed to keep an eye on the pianos, covering them at night and during inclement weather.
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