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Jack London State Historic Park plans piano club event

Charmian’s 1901 Steinway comes to life with holiday tunes
Jack London State Historic Park plans piano club event
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The House of Happy Walls will more than live up to its name when the Jack London Piano Club, a talented group of volunteers at Jack London State Historic Park, presents its winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A variety of uplifting musical selections, including holiday music, jazz, classical, and popular music of times past, will be performed on Charmian London’s 1901 Steinway piano, located on the second floor of the House of Happy Walls, Charmian’s former home. The stone house now serves as a museum showcasing Jack and Charmian’s life together in the Valley of the Moon.

The Jack London Piano Club has presented concerts for the past ten years, raising more than $19,000 to benefit operations at the park.

This year’s performances will be dedicated to Jud Goodrich, a 33-year park volunteer and co-founder of the Jack London Piano Club. Goodrich passed away recently at the age of 99. He started volunteering and created the piano club in 1988.

Even before she met Jack London, Charmian was an accomplished pianist. She initially purchased the 1901 Steinway on an installment plan. After receiving a hefty sum from his publisher, Jack gave Charmian $500 to finish payment and bring the piano to the ranch, where it became the center of entertainment for the Londons’ many guests.

Tickets are $20 (parking fee applies). Members receive a 20% discount. The performance space can be reached by stairway only. The concert will be live-streamed downstairs for those with limited mobility. For more information about access, call (707) 938-5216.

Concert attendees must present proof of vaccination at the door (hard copy or digital version). Masks will be required, and seating is limited. To reserve tickets, visit jacklondon park. com.