May News

May 2014 E-Blast

May is always a BIG month for MFE. To find out why read on:

 MFE Celebrates Awarding Almost $80,000 in Grants!!

 On Friday May 2nd, MFE celebrated the awarding of $79,661 in grants to schools and community arts groups in Binns Park in downtown Lancaster. Representatives of the schools and arts organizations were on hand to accept their “BIG checks” and to enjoy the music of some of the schools and groups that received grants. The groups that performed were: The Lafayette Elementary Band, The Burrowes Elementary Band, The Lincoln Middle School Jazz Quartet, A Drum Circle performance by SWAN, The MFE Strings, and The MFE Community Chorus.

Additionally, the Penn Square Rotary Club presented MFE with a grant award of $2,000 to support the “MFE in the Schools” program.


MFE Music Friday Summer Series Kicks Off on May 16th!

While Lancaster celebrates Music (third) Fridays year round, it is May through September when music activities on the streets peak, beginning at 6:00pm. Between the main stage act ( A-Train, an 11 piece Latin Band) , to the 15 or so street acts that appear on the street corners and alleyways on N. Queen, N. Prince, and King Streets, to the 12 MFE “Keys For The City” Pianos, to the music acts appearing in galleries, bars, and restaurants, there will be live music at close to 40 venues throughout downtown. So come on down and wander the streets. There will truly be Music For Everyone!

Also – Bring a can or cans of food to Music Friday to benefit the Lancaster County Council of Churches and The Loft at Millersville Food Banks. Drop off your canned goods at Lancaster Square (100 Block of N. Queen St.) from 5:00pm – 8:00 Pm.

AND… If that was not enough Music Friday activity, stop in at Lancaster Square between 5:30 and 8:00pm and add your unique artistic touch to the MFE Community Piano. Because this is a community piano, MFE believes that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to paint it. Brushes and supplies will be provided. All you have to do is bring your “artist’s eye”.

See ya on the 16th!

“Keys For The City 2014” Roll Out!

 We’re getting ready to roll out the pianos for another summer of music on the streets of Lancaster. Twelve pianos will be situated throughout the downtown area by May 16th and will remain there until late September. So, get your groove on and come down and tickle a few ivories! Head to MFE’s Website or visit the official “Keys For The City” Page for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2014 a reality:

Lead Sponsors:

High Construction Company                                                           Tell Manufacturing

The Lancaster County Community Foundation                          Falkner BMW

West End Yoga                                                                                    Patterson-Votilla Dentistry

The Demuth Museum                                                                       Fresh Coat of Lancaster

SWAN (Scaling Walls A Note At a Time)                                       Lancaster Day Care Center

The United Way of Lancaster

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Shayne and Anne Beecher

Evolution Power Yoga

Lancaster County Motors


In-kind Sponsors:

Atomic Design                                                                                     Benchmark Construction

Mt. Everest Moving Company                                                        Chroma, Inc.

Gallagher & Sons Construction                                                      Go Welsh!

J.C. Snavely & Sons                                                                            Patio at Penn Stone

Piano Tuning by Dawn Herring’s Piano Service, 717-299-5392

Reminder: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come  join the Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the VisionCorps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 Monthly Music Download

This month’s music download is from MFE CD Sample Volume VI. Check out Jake Lewis and the Clergy’s “I Am Yours”. It is available on, AND IT”S FREE!!

In the meantime, go practice a random act of music!! You sound great Lancaster!