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The downtown piano will be outside during the day all summer, weather permitting. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - If you've always wanted to try your hand at the piano, then Rochester Main Street invites you downtown to use the portable piano recently set out for public use.

The piano is currently on display in front of Riverstone's Custom Framing at 33 North Main Street in downtown Rochester. The public is welcome to create music and entertain passers-by.

The piano was recently tuned by Certified Piano Technician Carroll Stevens of Cedarwing Music. The piano was also fully painted by Body Creations Tattoo. They chose an "Alice in Wonderland" theme and brought whimsy to the piano.

"The artists at Body Creations did an absolutely amazing job," said Angela Mills, executive director of Rochester Main Street. "We were thrilled to have the artists of Body Creations involved."

This piano will be outside and available through the summer months, weather permitting. Other public pianos are available at the Lilac City Mall and the Rochester Community Center. The pianos are free for public use, and people are encouraged to enjoy them and share their music.

"These pianos are a perfect example of grassroots efforts to put ideas into action," Mills noted. Setting out pianos downtown for public use was originally the idea of the Creating Vibrancy group, which was absorbed in 2018 into Rochester Main Street's design committee.

The design committee is a volunteer-based. Rochester Main Street welcomes volunteer involvement. If you are interested in participating with this effort or any other Main Street programs, contact the office at Director@RochesterMainStreet.org.

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