The Art House Astoria ended its inaugural holiday caroling season unexpectedly richer.
For the last year the nonprofit, which welcomes all ages to participate in a slew of creative activities, has been fundraising for a new Steinway piano, which can cost between $20,000 and $50,000. The organization is about halfway to its goal, with money raised during its spring gala, according to Art House Astoria administrator Laura Ware.
The piano fund got an unexpected contribution of $150 this month through its community carolers’ efforts
“When we got the unexpected tips, we decided to put it in the fund,” Ware said. “We were up in the Ditmars area and people were very inviting to let us come in and sing in their establishments, and we found a nice spot on the street where we attracted a nice crowd of commuters getting off the train and waiting for their buses home.”
Art House Astoria carolers convened for the first year with the motive to bring suburban charm to urban living. They sang their way from Steinway Street to Ditmars Boulevard on several occasions throughout the month with a culminating event at Astoria Presbyterian Church during its Christmas Eve service.