Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House!

Posted by: Piano World

Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/15/13 12:18 PM

Kathy and I have been working hard repairing and remodeling our new (to us) home in Maine, and now we feel like
it's ready enough to invite guests. Part of the reason we purchased this house was because it gives us some room to entertain (and plenty of parking).

Mr PianoWorld Estonia in Maine



We can't wait to Host Our First Piano Party in our new home!

This is also a welcome to our home.

We are located on Moulton Hill Road in Parsonsfield Maine, considered southern Maine ( southwest).
While our house is up in the hills, it's really only about an hour to the Maine coast (Wells, Ogunquit, Portland), or about the
same to North Conway New Hampshire (and the Kancamangus highway).

There are lots of incredible scenic views all around our area, starting at the top of our hill (we're about half way up), with many more within a few minutes drive.


The party is Sunday October 13th, starting around 1:30 p.m. and ending (?!).
This should be right around peak foliage time in our area. I can't
begin to describe how beautiful it is up here, the mountain vistas are breath taking! We are surrounded by lakes and ponds, apple orchards, and beautiful woods/forests.


The Visit Maine website has tons of listings of things to do and see in and around our area. Here is a direct link to their fall listings.
Maine in the Fall



Hotels near us, keep in mind it is Columbus Day Weekend and foliage time, so book early.
http://www.priceline.com/hotel/POI-Parsonsfield_ME_Parsonsfield_Maine_United_States-90237406.html

Also, here are some places in the area (if you don't mind a little drive, you might find more open nearer the coast)...

Jeremiah Mason House
40 Main St.
Limerick, ME
207-793-4858

In at Crystal Lake
Eaton, NH
800-343-7336

Hatfields B&B
Feedom, NH
603-539-6465

Freedom House
Feedom, NH
603-539-4815

Cornish Inn
Cornish, Maine (15 minutes from us)
207-625-8501

MT. Whittier Motel
Center Ossipee, NH
603-539-4951

Sper 8
Sanford, ME (40-45 minutes from us)
207-324-2160

Oakwood Inn & Motel
945 Main St
Sanford, ME
207-324-2160





We would like to get some idea of how many people might join us for our party.

If you feel you would like to come, please let us know (and let us know if you will be bringing additional guests with you).

Also, if you are within driving distance and can help out with the food/libations, please let us know that too (Pot Luck).

We will also be coming up with a list of places to stay in the area, should any of you decide to travel, combining the piano party with a chance to see the foliage, mountains, lakes, rivers, antique shops, etc.

PLEASE LET US KNOW if you will be coming, if you are bringing any guests, and if you will be bringing some food/drink.


You can email me at frank@pianoworld.com , please put Party at Mr. PianoWorld's in the subject line, so your email doesn't get lost in the shuffle.


See you on October 13th!


Posted by: woodfab

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/17/13 09:45 PM

Hello Frank,

Sounds great, can we play your piano?

We can help out with food but I'm not sure what libations are.

My wife and I are looking into some lodging.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/17/13 10:48 PM

Hi Dan,

Of course you can play my piano, that's the point :-)
Libations can be anything from soda to wine/beer, to ...
Posted by: Retsacnal

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/20/13 12:11 AM

Sounds like fun! smile
Little bit too far for us though. frown
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/21/13 09:03 AM

Dang, I'm out of state working that weekend. Sorry to miss it.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/21/13 09:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Dang, I'm out of state working that weekend. Sorry to miss it.


Sorry you can't make our party, but please do come by some time.
We're always happy to have someone visit to play and/or listen to the piano.

And Kirby the wonder dog loves company :-)

Posted by: LFL

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/22/13 07:48 PM

Frank--won't be able to make it, but the scenery will be great. We have some raw land in New Hampshire, about an hour and a half from you. I thought a glimpse of the scenery in October might entice some visitors for you:

Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/22/13 09:01 PM

Thanks LFL, pretty picture.

We've taken a lot of rides in the areas around our home, we know there are tons of beautiful mountains and lakes, with lots of maple trees. Can't wait for fall.

Sorry you can't make our party, but let us know if/when you are in the area.

And if you ever decide to host your own piano party with that Shigeru Kawai, be sure to let us know :-)
Posted by: Bosendorff

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/23/13 07:25 PM

Love the piano lid cover !
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/26/13 09:39 PM

Hi Frank... sent you an email about the Piano party... I will be attending with a guest. Can you recommend a place to stay close by? Well will be doing a week long trip out that way.... just for the record... your responsible for the colors....hehe

Les K
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/26/13 10:22 PM

Hi Les,

That's great!
Looking forward to meeting you. We'll do our best with the foliage.

Depends on what you like for accomodations. There is a wonderful B&B about an hour from us in North Berwick Maine, called Angel of the Berwicks. It is a beautiful Victorian house, and the hosts are just wonderful people.

Plus, they have a baby grand piano! The house is only about a 20 minute ride to Wells and Ogunquit, home of the Maine Diner (fantastic lobster pie) and Pizza Napoli (best pizza this side of Italy).
http://www.angeloftheberwicks.com/

If you decide to go, tell Ben & Sally we sent you.
Ben makes the best muffins ever, fresh and different every morning.

If B&B isn't your thing, let me know and we'll come up with some other places in the area.

We are actually somewhat central between the Portland Maine area and North Conway NH.
Speaking of which, the Kancamagus Highway in NH is an amazing ride for scenery, as is route 153 (which you can pick up about 20 minutes from our house).
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 08/29/13 01:21 AM

That's exactly what I'm looking for... you read my mind....thanks.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 09/13/13 03:58 PM

Just posted as a reminder to old coffee room friends over at WTF (well tempered forum)

Finally can commit to it as other business engagement date changed.

Looking forward to seeing your new place, playing your new Estonia, and meeting old friends and new.

LL
Posted by: Newman

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 09/16/13 07:50 AM

Hmmm a bit too far to come ... but I'd love to be there. Have fun.
Posted by: Doritos Flavoured

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 09/18/13 10:48 AM

comfy-looking!

Maine, huh? a bit distant to me, but you could invite Stephen King smile
Posted by: Doritos Flavoured

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 09/18/13 10:50 AM

Originally Posted By: LFL
Frank--won't be able to make it, but the scenery will be great. We have some raw land in New Hampshire, about an hour and a half from you. I thought a glimpse of the scenery in October might entice some visitors for you:



luxuriant! looks like a terrific place
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 09/23/13 12:35 AM

Hi, Frank! I'm planning on being there and I'd be happy to bring something to satisfy the munchies. Let me know if there's anything specific you'd like me to bring.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/08/13 08:18 AM

We'll be heading your way Thursday morning, staying in the Finger Lakes area till Sat. Taking in some wineries... we are RED people, do you have a favorite we can pick up? Looking forward to Sunday...:)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/08/13 10:37 PM

Les, Kathy & I drink white (usually Chardonnay) but we're all set thanks.

Safe travels, we'll see you Sunday.
Posted by: hv

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/09/13 02:02 PM

Hi, Frank. Sue and I made it back uneventfully from our trip and are looking forward to dropping by. See you Sunday!

Howard
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/09/13 02:32 PM

Originally Posted By: hv
Hi, Frank. Sue and I made it back uneventfully from our trip and are looking forward to dropping by. See you Sunday!

Howard


Howard,

That's great news!
Glad to hear you're both OK, and that you will join us for the party Sunday.

Best,

Frank, Kathy, & Kirby the Wonder Dog
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/12/13 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: hv
Hi, Frank. Sue and I made it back uneventfully from our trip and are looking forward to dropping by. See you Sunday!

Howard


LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!

Funny, I just sent you a private note, then checked in here and see that YES! you are both coming. YEAH!

Les, I drink red. Oh wait, your note was for Frank.

Getting ready to make the big bowl of homemade garden salsa.

It's party time!

Frank, just dug out some organ music, but I have not played one in 25 years. Doubt if my feet will remember what to do. eek

See you all tomorrow!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/12/13 03:03 PM

Originally Posted By: lilylady
Originally Posted By: hv
Hi, Frank. Sue and I made it back uneventfully from our trip and are looking forward to dropping by. See you Sunday!

Howard


LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!

Funny, I just sent you a private note, then checked in here and see that YES! you are both coming. YEAH!

Les, I drink red. Oh wait, your note was for Frank.

Getting ready to make the big bowl of homemade garden salsa.

It's party time!

Frank, just dug out some organ music, but I have not played one in 25 years. Doubt if my feet will remember what to do. eek

See you all tomorrow!


I haven't played one since the 70's. I can some basics (old blues/rock) but nothing fancy. Still, I love the sound of the old A-100 :-)

Kathy busy making her potato salad and other goodies, I'm doing little projects.
Can't wait for the party to begin.

See you tomorrow.
Posted by: the nosy ape

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/14/13 04:09 PM

OK people, where are the pictures?
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/14/13 04:37 PM

Originally Posted By: the nosy ape
OK people, where are the pictures?


Coming!

long trip home and then downloading them, etc.

oh, and life

smile

IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/14/13 08:45 PM

Kathy, Kirby (the wonder dog) and I would like to thank everyone who came to help
us celebrate our new home and our first official piano party!

Many thanks to Larry Buck too for making three trips up here from Lowell MA to voice and tune my piano, it sounded incredible and everyone enjoyed playing it.

It was so nice to have some of our old friends come to our party, lilylady and Bernard have been forums members for a long time, and we've all attended a fair number of piano parties together. Sue and Howard are new friends (meaning only a few years) but we feel like we've known them much longer.

Les K. and his girlfriend Dreama have the record for longest distance traveled to our party, they drove all the way from Michigan. They are both fun friendly people you can't help liking immediately.

We had a number of new people come to our party, including some local people we'd only met recently.
It made us feel good to know our neighbors welcome us to the area and wanted to be part of our celebration.

And I was thrilled that some of my relatives came, including a group who drove up from the Cape (as in Cape Cod).

According to our guest book we had about 35 people, good thing our driveway is long.

We're hoping others will post pictures and maybe some sound recordings. In the meantime I'll post the few I took. I didn't have much time to snap pictures, too busy mingling.

All in all it was a fun day/night!
We can't wait to hold another party, well maybe we could wait a little while, say until the summer (although Kathy mentioned something about a Christmas party?).

Part of the Group


Some of the food



My cousins from the Cape


One of our Neighbors (Don Kent), my Sister, George Kelly


Howard (who recorded the playing), lilylady


Sue Keller, Ragtime Pianist Extrodinaire (she and husband Howard came up from the Cape)


My Niece Sara April, My Sister Barbara, My Cousins Daughter Wendy


George Kelly (who sang for us while his wife Terri played) and other guests.


The Maple Tree in our Front Yard. We had promised people good foliage peeping. We were hoping the sun would be out during the party so people could see it, but it stayed overcast. These pictures were taken this morning (Monday).






Looking forward to other people posting pictures too.
I may have some video as well, haven't had a chance yet to see how it came out.

Thanks again to everyone who came to our party!



Posted by: Bernard

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/14/13 08:59 PM

Frank,

Golly, it was such a wonderful party and it made me realize how I've missed them. It was like old times! I truly enjoyed myself through and through.

You've got such a great setup there for piano parties. Beautiful home you and Kathy have made and a gorgeous piano to play on. Swoon!

It was just swell to meet new people--and such interesting people.

Whoever made the tuna salad: fantastic!! I loved the dried fruit in it.

It was a perfect day for me: The trip over was visually stunning what with the leaves, and it's not all that far. Great people, great food, great piano, great location, great venue! And Kirby was a total delight!!

smile
Posted by: hv

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/15/13 01:04 AM

Mr Pianoworld knows how to piano party! Sue and I had a wonderful time. We just got home today and need to hit the road again tomorrow morning so here's the recordings I got. Probably got half the player names wrong and missed allot of the titles, and made up a few... We'll need a bit of feedback on that. Anyway, its a little rushed, so better early than never, and here it is:

01. Bag of Rags - Sue
02. Crazy Bone - Sue
03. Tickled To Death - Sue
04. Maple Leaf - Sue
05. Gory Story - Terri & George
06. Sing Me The Old Songs - Terri & George
07. Chopin - lilylady
08. Chopin - lilylady
09. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Les
10. Old Mortality - Sue
11. Poverty Gulch - Sue
12. Solace - Sue
13. Ally Cat - Sue
14. A Black Smoke - Sue
15. Memory - Kathy & Terri
16. Yesterday - Kathy & Terri
19. Cup & Plate - Sue

28. lilylady
29. Fantasie Impromptu - lilylady
30. Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Les
31. Mixed Medley - Les
32. Moonlight Boogie - Frank
33. For Kathy - Frank
34. Rootbeer - Frank
35. Quality - Sue


Howard
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/16/13 09:09 PM

I'm so sorry to have missed it. Looks like a great time was had by all.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 07:14 AM

WHAT A FANTASTIC PIANO PARTY IN PARSONSFIELD!

Frank and Kathy outdid themselves both with the 'redo' and this event. So much fun to see their efforts in remodeling in person, and then to meet up with old friends and new.

Piano Party, All for the sake of our love of it. And sharing was done by so many from adult beginners to the pro's!

I took some photos and some videos but having trouble getting the videos on the PC. They are coming out like a negative.

So I'll do a video later and just post some pics here now.

My food contribution fresh from the garden

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Traveling on the way, in Wakefield, this beautiful old home. The area is full of them.

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Of course a garden always stops me in my tracks!

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Sometimes when you get lost, you find the most interesting things!

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Stayed in this gorgeous, fun, 200 yr old farmhouse

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Lotsa color at Frank and Kathy's. Just in time!

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Let the party begin!

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Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 07:19 AM

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Did you notice the door knocker?

This is what greeted us in the hallway! I am SOOOO jealous!

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How unique is this for wall art? I remember when Frank made this for his hallway in Fl. Impressive in person.

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As if Kathy hadn't been busy enough...she sent us all home with homemade jam!

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Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 07:26 AM

Kirby, Frank and Kathy greeted all

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And the playing and singing begins:

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Ragtime Sue
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Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 07:32 AM

OMG, what funny lyrics! Hope I have at least one on video. George and Terri

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Sharon gets involved with Terri playing several duets

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Missing several but Les, I have you somewhere! (vids)

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And the FOOD TABLE was overflowing!!!

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And if the ESTONIA was not enough to entice...there were more instruments downstairs!

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Found Les! and all the way from Michigan to join us.
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Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 07:44 AM

I spent my summers just over the mt, so took a quick trip to meet up with old HS friends at Province Lake before the long trip home (mon).

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Spent my whole life looking at this view.

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GREAT WEEKEND!

Thank you Frank and Kathy (and Kirby) for having this wonderful get together, and getting me outa the gardens!!!
Posted by: jodi

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 11:47 AM

Awesome photos! Looks like you had a great time!
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 12:37 PM

Wow, it looks like a wonderful time was had by all!
Posted by: UKIkarus

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 02:20 PM

Indeed, looks like you all enjoyed it smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 03:12 PM

It was great to hear Les play again smile Love those stylings.

And I am *so glad* those old sheet music covers made it from Florida - I was afraid they were a permanent part of the house there and were now lost to time. I love that collage.

Cathy
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/18/13 03:19 PM

Yes, we enjoyed Les' playing too.
I wish we'd had more time to visit.

As for the sheet music wall, we literally had to take down two walls in the place in Florida to take them with us.
We replaced the walls in FL, then when we got to Maine we had to reinforce the walls with the music, frame them, and hang them on a good solid wall in our new home.

Posted by: lilylady

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/20/13 03:09 PM

Here are the video selections. WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD.




or go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZuJY1P7lQ&feature=youtu.be
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/20/13 10:23 PM

Looks like everybody had a blast! I miss these piano parties.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/20/13 11:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
Looks like everybody had a blast! I miss these piano parties.


We miss having you join us Rich. I think the last PWPF party we were both at was in California some years ago.
We plan on hosting more, you and your wife need to take a ride up to the mountains of Maine for the next one :-)

If the piano upstairs isn't enough, I know you'll like the A-100 downstairs.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/21/13 12:00 AM

Originally Posted By: lilylady
Here are the video selections. WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD.


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or go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZuJY1P7lQ&feature=youtu.be


LL,

Thank you for your music, your pictures, the video, and your friendship. Now if I'd just been smart enough to hide some of your homemade salsa (I never even got a taste. Maybe next time?).
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/22/13 10:52 PM

Dreama and I would like to thank Kathy and Frank for hosting and opening their house for such a wonderful event. It was great to visit with old friends, along with making new ones. Franks piano is great, sounds really nice. Kathy's spoof on a couple of songs was a hoot... I was sitting on the front porch the whole time she sang, chuckling.

We stayed at the Angels of the Berwicks B&B... what a great place, hosts where very nice, would recommend it... and can you believe that there were 3 Leslie's staying on the same weekend (well one spelt her name Lesley)

Thanks jotur... I listen to the recitals but have been just to busy to record...

From Franks we drove to Ben & Jerry's, took in Niagara Falls and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame... a packed week for sure...

Thanks again Kathy and Frank
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/24/13 02:13 PM

Les and Dreama,

We were very happy you made the long trek to Maine :-)
I hope you can come back some time when we're not quite so busy entertaining a house full of people.

The party was great fun, but it made it difficult to visit with people.

We enjoyed your playing Les, and Dreama is one of those people you can't help liking as soon as you meet her.
Glad you had a good trip, until the next time.

All the Best,
Frank & Kathy
Posted by: hv

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/25/13 03:00 PM

Nice job on that video, lilylady! I really liked the way you combined a musical slide show with the party video footage.

Howard
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's House! - 10/30/13 09:18 AM

What a great party!
Thanks for sharing the video and photos.