Harmony at Home

Harmony at Home

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Summit’s baby grand piano took the long way home. The 100-year-old piano sat unused and uncared for in Black Mountain, N.C. until a resident’s son purchased a building—and the instrument.

When resident Stan Smith heard about the unwanted baby grand, he proposed a trade: The Summit’s player piano plus the transportation costs for the baby grand.

“There was a time when I thought we had really bought a lemon,” Stan said of the baby grand, which had structural problems and needed refinishing.

Residents raised the money to refurbish the piano, which fits perfectly in the community room. “We really needed the baby grand,” Stan said.

During a piano dedication, Rachel Nas—a member of the Meriwether Godsey staff—delighted residents with beautiful classics. The Summit is home to many gifted pianists, who also took turns on the baby grand.

The Summit plans to utilize the new piano by bringing in talented musicians for mini-concerts throughout the year.