The historic piano at Friends Community Church in Sturgeon Bay may be out of commission for a while, but its members will still be able to carry a tune. The 100-year-old Mason and Hamlin piano has called a corner of Friends Community Church home for over 40 years, but over that time has begun to deteriorate. Enter Peter Nehlsen, who over the weekend disassembled the piano to take to his shop on Washington Island where he hopes to restore it in phases to help alleviate the costs for the church. A baby grand piano given by Algoma Community Church will sit in its place for the meantime, which Friends Community Church Pastor Nancy Bontempo says has a unique connection to Sturgeon Bay.
Bontempo says it will hopefully get its old piano back in three to four months and hopes to keep the music going for another church in need with its baby grand.