Play it again, Linden Hills

Lucy Rahn and campers with Lucy’s Outdoor Dance Camp play the piano in Linden Hills. Rahn said the piano reminds her of outdoor pianos commonly found in New York.

A public piano is back in Linden Hills this summer, located outside Heartfelt at 4306 S. Upton Ave.

“It’s kind of a community builder,” said Lisa MacMartin, who helped bring in the piano as president of the Linden Hills Business Association. “…Every once in a while, you get someone who can really play.”

The neighborhood was once accustomed to seeing a piano at the pocket park at 43rd & Upton. Following apartment construction on the corner, the association needed to find a new location, and Keys 4/4 Kids ran out of available pianos this year.

Linden Hills House of Music stepped in to provide a used piano, and artist Sarah Ivers (known for her House of Music mural work) painted the piano. MacMartin suggested hosting the piano in front of her shop Heartfelt, which recently expanded in April.

Heartfelt staff uncover the piano at 10 a.m. each day, and Scott Watson and Tim Cadotte cover it up each night at 9 p.m.

“It’s part of the whimsical nature of the neighborhood,” MacMartin said. “It’s a busy strolling time of year. It really fits in.”


The neighborhood will host Woofstock on Sept. 8, featuring live entertainment, a dog trick contest, a fido fashion show, food trucks, a pooch patio, crafts, and other gifts and goods for dog lovers. The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 43rd & Upton.