The new public piano is colorful and decorated especially for Dunwoody.
Photo: Dunwoody Preservation Trust / Play Me Again Pianos
Photo: Dunwoody Preservation Trust / Play Me Again Pianos

Anyone will be able to walk up and play this piano in Dunwoody

A new “public piano” installation is coming to Dunwoody later this month.

The piano will be stationed at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm by Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit that aims to install 88 public pianos across metro Atlanta, representing the 88 keys on a piano.

It will be the 21st piano installed in the Atlanta area and the second in Dunwoody; the first is at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

The piano is named “Millie,” after Martha (Millie) Adams Donaldson, who ran the Donaldson Farm for 30 years after her husband, William J. Donaldson, died in 1900, according to a statement from Play Me Again Pianos. The farm was eventually sold at an auction after she died.


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The organization will hold a ribbon-cutting for Millie on Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the farm, located at 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

Play Me Again Pianos aims to increase public access to pianos in order to benefit Atlanta’s communities.

“Street pianos and public pianos inspire people to connect with each other in ways that were once common, but seem increasingly rare,” Jason Brett, co-founder of the nonprofit, said in a statement. “By adding our pianos to the landscape throughout the metropolitan area, we hope to nurture that connection into an evolution of Atlanta’s culture, community and the arts.”

Millie is decorated in honor of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, which is renovating and rehabilitating the farm. It includes a reference to Lemonade Days, the fundraising festival put on by the DPT every year.

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