CRANFORD - Well, it's not a new piano, but it's new to the Eastman Plaza.
Back in May, for the second straight year, a resident-donated piano was placed at the plaza to bring joy and music to the downtown Cranford area. Unfortunately, the first piano, donated by Donna DelGuercio, only last about three months before the weather got the best of it.
"The piano subsumed to the weather, which was bound to happen with an outdoor public piano," said Gabe Bailer, Director of the Downtown Management Corporation.
Luckily, Bailer and the Downtown Management Corporation were able to secure the second piano via donation by Thomas Dunn, owner of Hilltop Bikes. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Lillian Kelly and Addison Rivera volunteered their afternoons to paint and decorate the new piano, and three days later, the plaza had its music back.
"The piano is there to further activate the plaza. It brings people there and is a draw," said Bailer. "It’s great to see people just sit down during lunch or after work and just playing the piano and filling the plaza with beautiful sounds."
"It’s also a piece of art and a part of the community where Cranford has a connection to the piano, added Bailer. "It's great just to see kids of all ages enjoy making notes and seeing a big smile on their faces."
The plan is for the piano to remain at the plaza through the end of October, but again, weather permitting.