August News

August 2014 Eblast

MFE Announces #KeysPics Photo Contest!

Have you ever seen or experienced an extremely cool “happening” around our Keys for the City Street Pianos in Downtown Lancaster? Ever wish you could capture that “moment” and help us document the fact that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”? What if you could have your picture published in Fig Magazine and/or receive a cash prize for it?

Well, now you can with the MFE’s #KeysPics Street Piano Photo Contest.

Regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, all pics are welcomed.

To enter check the details simply visit one of the Keys for the City pianos and look for the camera icon (like the one below) and scan the QR code. Or, Visit and follow the contest entry instructions.

Submission period runs from July 18th to August 18th. You may submit as many pics as you like! Good luck!!

 Lancaster PA, “Street Piano Capital of the World”

 As you have heard (literally), Keys for the City pianos are still on the streets in downtown Lancaster. And while you’ve head those pianos, have you also heard that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”?  We can make this claim based on several metrics:

Consecutive Years for Program: We’ve placed pianos on the streets for five years running, the most consecutive years of any city that we are aware of.

Length of the Program:  Our pianos are out for use by the public 24/7 for over four full months. Again, a longer stretch of time than any other city we are aware of.

Piano Per Capita Ratio: Lancaster can boast of having one street piano per every 4563 residents (13 pianos for 59,325 [2013 estimate])

Piano Key Pey Capita:  We can also boast of having one piano key per 51.86 residents!

So, get you groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories on any and all of the 13 pianos. Head to the Keys Website or Music For Everyone’s Website for more information regarding locations and additional events  around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on the MFE Facebook Page where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

We’d like to thank the following lead sponsors for making Keys 2014 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

High Companies                                                                               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                                                  Willow Valley Communities


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

Ardent Construction

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


Additionally we would like to thank the artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking Pianos:

-Melissa Carroll Art &Design                                                                                                                    -Annie Schwartz

-The McCaskey High School Art Department                                                                                            -Chris Corrao

under the direction of Carrie Pyfer                                                                                                      -Jonathan Yeager

– Dave and Ellen Mowrer                                                        -Lancaster Creative Factory and Arch Street Center

-Millersville University Art Club                                                                                                                      -Eric Regester

-Root 222                                                                                     -Loryn Spangler-Jones and Kenny Reisig of Annex 24

-Amanda Kulik


August 20th… A Special Event in Downtown Lancaster…

Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 20th (6:00-8:00pm) for a special Keys for the City music event downtown. We’re not revealing the details yet, but rest assured, it will be “typical MFE” – FUN, UNIQUE and FONKY.

Check out Our Facebook Page  in the days to come for details!

Music Fridays Continue to Grow!

If you haven’t been downtown for a Music Friday recently, you should make it a point to attend the August 15th event. The Crowds and “buzz” around Music Fridays continue to grow with over 20 “MFE Street Spot” acts spread throughout town. This, in addition to the Mothership Stage act in Binns Park: Jake Lewis and the Clergy, and the 13 Keys for the City Pianos, makes for a truly happening downtown scene. See you August 15th.

Round Two of Camp MFE Starts August 3rd!

MFE is gearing up for the second of two summer music camps at The Ware Center in Lancaster City. We are looking forward to another week of music and fun. These two weeks of camp are the result of our efforts to broaden our in-school academic year instruction through our “MFE in the Schools” program. These initiatives are all part of MFE’s efforts to provide children, who otherwise might not have such an opportunity, quality music instruction and mentorship throughout the entire year.

Be sure to check our Youtube page for updated videos of performances for this year’s camps!

Save the Date – Saturday September 20th for the MFE Fall Barn Bash!!

 Go ahead and mark it down… In Ink! The one and only Lipbone Redding will be rocking the Barn Stage on the Gerdy Farm. If you have been to one of these, you know what we’re talkin’ bout! If not, we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitation will be mailed shortly.  If you have any questions email John Gerdy.

A Different Type of Music Event… Allegro Present: Lounge 42!

We like to try to keep you informed about unique music events in town and Lounge 42  is one. We also like to promote Allegro because they have a strong commitment to making music accessible to young people. So check it out!

On August 8th at 8:00pm, Allegro will be teaming up with local Blues masters Nate Meyers and the Aces for a night of music and fun. They will be turning the lobby of the Ware Center (42 N. Prince St.) into a lounge hotspot! Not only will there be some soulful harmonica based blues, but Allegro will be performing selections from the timeless “West Side Story”. In addition to all of this great music you can also enjoy two cocktails that are hand crafted by Aussie and the Fox!  Tickets for this event are ONLY $15 and can be purchased through Lounge 42 Event Facebook page. Don’t miss out!

Monthly Music Download!

For this month’s music download, we’re featuring another song from MFE Vol. VI. The Toy Soldiers “Tell the Teller”.  It’s available at Music For Everyone’s Website and it’s FREE! Check it out!

In the meantime, play on Lancaster you sound great!!