STANHOPE - A standing-room only crowd enjoyed the Friday evening grand opening of the new Amazing Grace piano studio in Stanhope.
Renovation of the 110-year-old building was completed earlier this fall by new owners Ernest and Sophie Amstalden, who live in rural Stanhope. For the past eight years the piano studio has operated from another building two doors down the street. Currently, students come from a 100-mile radius to take piano instruction at the studio.
In brief remarks after the ribbon cutting, Amstalden thanked his friends from his church, the town, and the Stanhope Development Group for their support and assistance in the project. "The mayor, (City Clerk) Ron McKenzie, and the development group have been great to work with," he said "Without all of you, this would not have happened."
Ernest and Sophie Amstalden, center, cut the ribbon Friday at the grand opening of the Amazing Grace piano studio in Stanhope. Pictured with them are, from the left, Polly Hayes, the Amstaldens, Peter Amstalden, Stanhope City Clerk Ron MdKenzie and Stanhope Mayor Harold Hove.
Polly Hayes, president of the Stanhope Development Group, Inc., thanked the Amstaldens for their efforts. "Thank you for opening this building and opening your hearts," she said. "People are noticing our town again."