Our New Motto "Music Heals"
Studies show that music can help reduce anxiety, be an integral part of stress management and serve as a proven form of relaxation, not to mention it generates smiles and brings people together. In support of this research, “Music Heals” has been the motto for the Great Waters Music Festival Street Piano Project since it took over the project from local resident Peter Cole in 2017.
In 2014, Peter, a former Program Chair of Great Waters, visited Littleton, NH and heard music coming down the street. Littleton’s pianos sparked an idea for Peter, and that year Paul Zimmerman and Jim Friedrich joined Peter in this start up effort. Three used pianos were painted by volunteers, tuned sweetly, provided with covers and placed at key locations with help from Wolfeboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. Then, visitors and locals alike sat down and started to play a favorite tune or just tickled the keys. The Street Piano project was born!
In 2017, Huggins Hospital joined Great Waters as a sponsor of the Street Piano Project and continues today as a key partner joined this year by Ashton & Co. We also want to thank the businesses who have aided this project over the years by guarding our pianos- Butternuts Good Dishes, the former Hallmark Store now Winni-Paw Station Woof-boro Pet Shop, The Country Bookstore, Wolftrap Grill and Raw Bar and Paul Zimmerman. We plan to be back in front of these establishments in bright new colors next year. Thanks also to our painters Ilona Train and Company and Dori Sterndale.
But, for now, along with so many other projects and events, our Street Piano Project has changed due to COVID- 19. Pianos are resting up in our storage unit and in basements of volunteers who are giving them a new coat of paint to welcome the 2021 season. But maybe now, more than ever, we need “Music to Heal”. Thus, we are going virtual and taking to the web instead of the streets.
Enjoy Playing the Piano?
We are asking any of you, young or old, who enjoy playing the piano to…
- Visit our websites Community Page, or our Facebook page
- Upload a video of a short piece of music that “heals” you.
- Tag us and use the #GreatWatersNH and #StreetPianosAtHome hashtags
We will be sharing these throughout the summer to lift all of our spirits!
If you have any questions, contact Michelle Frahm, Great Waters Marketing Coordinator, at 603-630-9628.