Canton Michigan Piano Party

Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Canton Michigan Piano Party - 02/11/08 11:43 PM

Alright...lets get this rolling...I'm looking to see how many guests we - wife and I - can expect to attend a piano party in Canton, MI .... mid to late march time frame... for those not familar with Canton area... I'm about 1/2 mile from IKEA
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 02/15/08 02:02 AM

Keep me posted -- I'm about 25 minutes away in A2. Thanks for offering to host!
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 02/22/08 10:43 AM

Hey MM&H, I'm interested. I'm thinking about being in Michigan around Easter weekend. Any chance it might be around then?


You ought to revisit this thread - http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/22/115.html - if you want to make this happen. There were a number of people there who were interested, but you'd probably have to e-mail them. A lot of people don't post frequently enough to pick up on these dated things.
Posted by: pianojazz

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/06/08 01:55 PM

I'm interested - I live in Dearborn, my day gig is in Van Buren Twp - not far from Canton. Please keep me posted - mike
Posted by: ejsauter

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/10/08 11:04 AM

Keep me posted, as well.

Thanks
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/10/08 11:43 PM

Great idea! I live in Ann Arbor so it's an easy drive. And then we'll all go shopping at IKEA afterwards! \:D
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/16/08 06:06 PM

Hope I'm entitled to change the time frame. Really didn't notice that Easter was at the end of March. I think mid April would be a better setting - my tuner will be back in town then also. Thinkin about April 26th ... can everyone still make that date?

Les
Posted by: Nan W

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/20/08 08:47 AM

I only just saw this. I'm glad you're changing the date -- I am going to be out of town for the rest of March, but would love to come on the 26th of April.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/20/08 10:03 PM

I'm gonna be in Costa Rica, but it was kind of a long shot for me anyway. I hope you have a great turn out. It would be great to see more midwest piano parties.
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/21/08 12:31 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Nan W:
would love to come on the 26th of April. [/b]
Me too.
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/22/08 08:35 PM

Can I ask what goes on a piano party?!!!
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/22/08 08:40 PM

I am a pianist songwriter and am thinking about having a house concert in September with pianist David Nevue from Oregon..he is a New Age pianist and friend of mine. Is a house concert similar to the piano party you are planning? Just curious. Please let me know... I would love to go to a local house concert. Please let me know. Thanks!

Teri from Michigan
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/22/08 10:50 PM

Terimr,

Here is a good example of a piano party...


Cape Cod Piano Party


It's a gathering of members (and non-members) who share a love of the piano.

Typically it involves food, drink, friends, and music.
Eveyone takes turns playing, and everyone gets to know each other. The idea is to relax and have fun (and we like pictures, lots of pictures).

Best,

- Frank B.
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/23/08 09:19 AM

Frank, Thank you for the Cape Cod Piano Party link! It looks like everyone had a great time at this event.

Monster M&H - Please keep me posted about the party on 4/26. I am from Rochester MI and would love to participate if there is room!
Posted by: Carol I.

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/30/08 04:28 PM

Hi MM&H,

What a wonderful idea! Please count me in, and my husband John. I've only just seen your thread (thanks to a PM from Nan) so my delayed response doesn't reflect a lack of enthusiasm!

We've pencilled in April 26 and will make sure to keep the date open.

Carol
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 03/30/08 10:56 PM

I'm interested! Please let me know details! Thanks so much for hosting this.
Posted by: DarkGreenChocolate

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/10/08 09:37 PM

Can I attend without playing? I'm in the process of buying a piano, but until I do, I have no opportunity to practice. I'd love to hear and meet others, though.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/16/08 12:28 PM

Sorry for the late notice

SORRY... my work has taken priority and I'll be unable to host next Saturday...(yea I've been avoiding everyone till it was confirmed yesterday...) I apologize and we do/are going to reschedule this...

I have also sent everyone a PM.
Posted by: Sockso

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/16/08 11:18 PM

I'd love[/b] to try something like that. FYI: for all of you IKEA pilgrims, there's a nice piano store, Evola Music, right down the road. Mostly Yamahas and Kawais.

Please let me know the details as well. I'd love to come to a party like that.

While the internet can be creepy, we all know that bad people don't play the piano. All the musical villains I can think of play the organ...
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/17/08 07:10 AM

I've heard some even play the ACCORDIAN!!! \:D jk MK
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/17/08 08:06 PM

Another idea...maybe we can meet at a piano store or Hammell music? or, at a recital location of sorts?

...another thought- that is, if you don't mind coming out to Ann Arbor I think you can rent the Kerrytown Concert house for a modest gathering- (we'd want to make it more like a soiree) and they have a beautiful Hamburg Steinway C there. Here's the website:

http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/rent/

I think downtown is just a short walk from there and it might be fun to go out to dinner, too!
Posted by: Carol I.

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/17/08 08:19 PM

It's wonderful that there's so much interest among Michigan members in getting together. We'll look forward to attending whatever event can be arranged, whenever!

Carol
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/18/08 03:45 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by P I A N O piano:
...another thought- that is, if you don't mind coming out to Ann Arbor I think you can rent the Kerrytown Concert house for a modest gathering- (we'd want to make it more like a soiree) and they have a beautiful Hamburg Steinway C there. Here's the website:

http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/rent/

I think downtown is just a short walk from there and it might be fun to go out to dinner, too! [/b]
Kerrytown's a great idea, and there's plenty of room to have food, etc, unlike a piano store that might not allow it (Hammell just went out of business, anyway, sadly). Kerrytown itself is a neat area, too -- the concert house is right across the street from a quaint shopping center -- and it's just a few blocks from downtown Ann Arbor. Sunday afternoons are the least expensive to rent KCH, and city parking is usually also free then.
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/18/08 09:30 PM

So how does one go about arranging a gathering, anyway- I'd be happy to check into this but how might this "qualify" as a piano world party? and, Sam- are you in Ann Arbor?
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/19/08 12:05 AM

Yep, I sure am.

I checked out the website, and I'm not sure exactly which category we would fall under in terms of pricing. How about if you call this weekend (or I can call) and see if we might be able to get some sort of deal? I don't know if Piano World counts as a non-profit organization; we're certainly not a charity, but a recognized organization nonetheless! (Maybe Frank can help out with this -- perhaps there is a way of making it "official". I just sent him a PM.) Basically, what I think a piano world party would be like, is that we would have the piano available for people to informally play, and have tables set up with some food/drinks. It would be an opportunity for us to meet in person, and basically just have a good time. If it were in the afternoon, say around 3 or 4, we could hang around for a few hours and then walk downtown for dinner, as you suggested.... or, alternately, have some sort of dinner/lunch kind of reception at the party itself, and then not go out somewhere else afterwards. I don't know if it's too soon to try and rent for the 26th or 27th; it would be something to ask about over the phone.

If it ends up being several hundred dollars to rent the concert house, depending on how many people will show up, we could find a way of splitting up the cost. (There are at least 11 people who showed interest already in the Canton party.) It's always much easier when someone has it at their own home, but as a poor student in a small apartment, I'm not really in a position to offer. ;\)
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/19/08 12:25 AM

Actually- I've been there before and I think there's a small kitchen of sorts and tables, chairs and oh that piano! I think a big reason to gather is to enjoy the piano- casually as we mingle.

Before we go further- maybe we should get a "show of hands"... anyone interested? How about if we try for May sometime?
Posted by: Nan W

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/23/08 07:28 AM

I'm interested in an Ann Arbor/Kerrytown party. Or any area gathering. I'm in Northville, but I work in Ann Arbor. I don't have a piano (yet, sigh) so I'm unable to host.
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/25/08 02:39 PM

I'm interested too! Count me in! I am from Rochester..

Teri
Posted by: Carol I.

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/25/08 03:53 PM

Definitely we're still interested and will plan to attend!

Carol
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/26/08 02:59 PM

Okay-- so far that's 5 of us?
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/26/08 09:29 PM

There is a restaurant (steak house) in Birmingham which has a grand piano in the attached lounge. If we met on a Sunday afternoon the lounge is very slow. Manager might allow us to use the piano and have coffee, desserts, mingle etc..

A couple of years ago, I was hosting out of state pianists. I inquired and and was given approval by management for a get together of this nature on a Sun. afternoon...however our group ended up changing plans.

I'm not sure this would be acceptable to everyone, but its just a thought. If interested, I could inquire.

Teri
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/27/08 11:53 AM

Birmingham is a very nice location and is fine with me!

(This venue sounds less complicated -as we'd have to deal with Kerrytown rental and bring our own refreshments...and with only 5 or so people- doesn't sound worth the effort...)
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/27/08 06:04 PM

I called the Birmingham steak house I was referring to, and sadly found that the piano has been removed from their lounge - slated to be placed in a new restaurant opening next month. :-(

So.. I am calling other venues to check on feasability of us getting together informally around a piano. There is a place in Madison Heights I know of (small steak and seafood restaurant called "Boodles")which I will check out... and I have messages in at establishments in Birmingham (Beau Jack's), Troy (Charlie's Crab) and Dearborn (Dearborn Inn).

I'll post an update later this week concerning outcome..

Teri
Posted by: Sockso

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/28/08 08:56 AM

I'm still interested.
Posted by: Nan W

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/28/08 10:58 AM

If you want a more accurate count of people who are interested, you might consider PM'ing the people who expressed interest at the beginning of this thread, but haven't responded to the most recent plans. They posted a while ago, but a lot of people read this forum only infrequently.

Nan W
Posted by: Terimr

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/28/08 08:04 PM

Here's one option so far...:

I just spoke with a manager at Beau Jacks near on 15 Mile Road near corner of Telegraph in Bloomfield Hills. He gave approval for us meeting from 4:00-5:00pm on a Sunday - with advance notice provided. The piano is located in the bar area (which is also smoking section). He said we could alternate playing the piano as long as its not "loud rock music"
(:-) Classical, Jazz, New Age is just fine. This bar opens at 4pm which is why we can't meet earlier...and dinner crowd increases after 5pm.

I will email other options as I become aware of them. Charlies Crab in Troy is my next call, but this might be too far east for some...

If someone finds options closer to Novi, Ann Arbor, I would be happy to travel there for a gathering. Sounds like this will be alot of fun!

Teri R.
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 04/28/08 09:26 PM

Hey Teri, thanks for making so many calls! Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Ann Arbor, (or elsewhere) is all fine with me. I'll let you know if I think of something else.
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Canton Michigan Piano Party - 05/08/08 01:13 PM

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/22/166.html