There’s a piano downtown and it’s free to play


A new attraction has been set up in downtown Mount Olive.

The Soundra Beamon family of Goldsboro donated a piano to the town and it has been placed in front of the chamber of commerce for anyone to sit down and play.

Already, a number of people have banged out a few tunes.

The idea to have a piano in downtown Mount Olive was a joint effort between Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce President Julie Beck and Arts Council of Wayne County Executive Director Georgia Martin Dees.

“The idea was to provide citizens an opportunity to play the piano at any time,” Beck said. “The Soundra Beamon family of Goldsboro donated the piano in memory of her mother-in-law, who played the piano all of her life, and the donation of the piano to Mount Olive leaves her legacy behind and encourages others to play.”

Town employees picked up and delivered the piano to its new home, she added.

Since its arrival several weeks ago, Beck said numerous people have been playing it.

It has also become a key place in the downtown area for people to have their picture taken, she added.

Beck plans to work with local artists to get the piano painted.

She said another importance of the donation is it promotes the arts and forms a partnership between the town and the Arts Council of Wayne County.

The piano sits under an awning in front of the building beside the chamber office to protect it from the elements.

“It certainly has become an attraction for downtown and has also become a conversation piece,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.


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