4th of July...
This event was, to the best of my knowledge, accomplished by trained
professionals; at least that is what they kept telling me.
Burning and or
moving a piano is dangerous. Do not attempt this activity at
anywhere else for that matter...
Anyone that has known me
for a long time is aware that I enjoy a good, OK, large beach fire... And yes,
have had a few big ones. So relative to my fire scale this bonfire on
Lake Erie was not all that big, but this fire did have a Piano in it which was
a first, at least for me. Apparently this is somewhat of a
family tradition and,
strange as it may be, as a guest I felt obligated to honor it.
The Piano was
from a ski area bar in New York and was transported via
truck to an
undisclosed garage near
Lake Erie. We arrived just in time to help load
and move it to the
beach with an ATV.
Perched just inside the firepit the out
of tune piano sat on the beach in
the fire pit for several days awaiting the
4th. Beach walkers would
give some pretty strange looks; some would stop and play a tune or
It even collected art work.
the evening of the 4th, after an all day party and great meal it was
time for the big event...
After applying just the right amount of
EPA approved fire starter...
they touched off the fire using a small Trebuchets.
This "tradition" involves
playing the piano for as long as possible, while it is on fire.
The tune didn't last long...
The rest of the evening was spent singing
songs (and drinking) around the fire...
morning, twisted metal was
that remained. In the best east coast
tradition all the metal was removed from the
beach (after it cooled off two days later) and
As it turned out the bar at the ski area in New York opened
later in the
fall and noticed
the piano was
This man is
wanted for questioning.
He is described as 5'8
about 55 years old, driving a red possibly Italian sports car
a 5 foot Trebuchet in
the trunk. If approached do not be concerned, but it
highly recommended that you lock your doors and hide