Spark’s Piano Gets All Dressed Up

A couple of years ago,  when Spark moved into its current home,  it put out the call for a piano. Elaine Williams came to the rescue with an upright piano that turned out to be broken beyond repair.

spark's piano
L-R: Tati Weaks, Elaine Williams, Mike Chapman, Jennie Wenker, David Weaks.

A working piano was found and the question became what to do with the broken one. A couple of the members gutted it and re-purposed many of the parts for other creations. Until saner heads prevailed many of us thought it would make a perfect sign hanging above our front entrance. Finally realizing it was still to heavy for that and none of us was an engineer that idea was abandoned.

The answer came the Friday of the annual festival when the piano was sprayed with a coat of beige paint and the next day wheeled up to Spark’s booth space. A variety of acrylic paint colors and brushes were provided and passing children were invited to play a part in making art.

The end product was fantastic and the piano will now be mounted on casters and wheeled out onto the sidewalk as our official “OPEN” sign for Spark activities.

Here's the piano before and the mother of the young girl said this was her daughter's favorite part of the festival. Spark just got a big "attaboy!"
Here’s the piano before and the mother of the young girl said this was her daughter’s favorite part of the festival. Spark just got a big “attaboy!”
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Spark’s “Pat” of Very Pink Flamingos

Each year since our inception Spark has had a creative entry in the annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival parade. The first was a Do Da entry composed of all kinds of characters created by young children. Last year was a large Chinese dragon winding its way through the crowd and this year, a pat of ten over the top pink flamingos. The costumes were mostly the creation of Stacy Downey with assistance from Elaine Williams and others.

Spark’s Flamingo Pat on Parade

Spark’s Flamingo Pat

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