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Pacific Union helps to create StreetPiano St. Helena

‘StreetPiano St. Helena’ to rollout on Friday, Aug. 18

Pianists Mike Greensill, Nancy Garden and Marielle Coeytaux will be the first to play St. Helena’s pop-up piano, “StreetPiano St. Helena” shortly after its initial rollout, 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 18 on the edge of Lyman Park, next to City Hall.

The piano will be available for everyone to play on Fridays and Saturdays through October. Ryan said Bob Beckstrom and his Pacific Union Realty team will move the piano out in the mornings and back in at night.

The street piano is the brainchild of longtime resident Bill Ryan, who said Mayor Alan Galbraith and other city officials will be present for the piano’s rollout. Ryan said he heard about street pianos in Yountville, in Davis and in Paris, France, where visitors and residents seemed to love them.

He said, “Boston has 60 pianos! It seems like a great way to create a livelier, friendlier downtown. A more welcoming environment for our visitors as well as for those who live here. It’s a way to inspire dialog and create community. Let’s turn Main Street into a street of smiles.”

Napa resident Barbara Lyle donated her 1974 piano, and it took professional piano tuner Terry Miller three hours to tune it, Ryan said.

A number of people have donated their time to make StreetPiano St. Helena a reality. Mayor Galbraith, the City Council, City Planners Noah Housh and Lilly Bianco and Chief William Imboden were invaluable in helping greenlight the project. Choral Director Craig Bond helped locate a piano. Contractor Rodney Friedrich designed and built the undercarriage and Dave Lider moved it.

“StreetPiano is an organic movement to which cities all over the world as well as here at home are responding — someone sits down to play and people start to congregate. We invite all of our local piano players as well as visitors to sit down and play StreetPiano St. Helena,” Ryan added.

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