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Public piano strikes a chord with people in Littleton

Littleton, New Hampshire - June 20, 2011

The usual hustle and bustle of Main Street in Littleton, N.H., is accompanied these days by music. A restored piano is set up for anyone to play. And one by one, community members test out their skills.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: Do you like playing the piano? How come?

Ava Garneau: Because it is fun to play and you can just make up songs on it.

"I think it is a great idea because most of the music programs in schools are shortening and less and less people are playing music and I think that even something small like this will help," said Katie Moyse, who works in Littleton.

Big cities like Paris and New York have tried this before. And a member of the Littleton Chamber of Commerce said 'why not our town, too?'

"Starting with our construction in 2009, we have really gone to town making this a great place to be. Almost all the storefronts are now full on Main Street. As you can see we've got a lot of beautiful flowers hanging from the poles and it's just one of the many things we are doing to make Littleton a destination," said Chad Stearns of the Littleton Chamber of Commerce.

A tourist destination that small business owners count on. Business owner Carrie Genreau says, in less than a week, the piano has changed the community's vibe. She offered an impromptu recital-- sheet music and all-- and says the buzz has started.

"One of the guys who does the advertising for me for the radio station said that would be his dream to have a town full of pianos and I said well come on over," Genreau said.

So no matter how good you are at playing the piano-- or in my case not so good-- this project is all about raising the spirits of this town and bringing out the musician in all of us.

Right now, there is only the one piano downtown. But businesses are remodeling 3 or 4 others to be placed throughout the town.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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