The Las Animas Senior Club celebrated its Christmas Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 15, with a great meal and a performance of the famous Kitchen Klutter Band.
The Las Animas Senior Club celebrated its Christmas Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 15, with a great meal and a performance of the famous Kitchen Klutter Band. The Kitchen Klutter Band was founded in 1953 by Fontela Gardner and Forestine O'Dell, who are still with the band. Gardner conducts and does the narration and writing, while O'Dell plays the piano. The instruments are creations of their own, with a wash tub bass, a washboard with attachments, chimes made from water in glasses and jars, kazoos, metal pots, and many devices not recognized by this reporter.
For a band founded in 1953, perhaps it is not so surprising that five of the members are over 90; however, none of them look it. That's what music and having fun do for you. Their last number, after a mainly Christmas play list, was T Dorsey's "Boogie Woogie." Don't ask me how I know. Donna Dodson was playing the tub today, but Etta Clayton usually plays it. Some (probably not all) of the other members are Cleva Bourne, her daughter Duance Bourne (playing glasses), Alta Mosey (Cleva Bourne's sister), Jo Ann Miller, Hazel Miller, Ilene Stephens (stump fiddle).
Some of the band's performances have been for such famous people and places as Paul Harvey, KKTV, the Santa Fe Trail Days Parade, the National Corn Growers at the Cow Palace in Lamar, Senior Centers in Lamar, La Junta and Las Animas, Colorado Springs. They have played birthday and anniversary parties.
President of the club is Mike Dean; secretary, Karen VanEgmond; treasurer, Bobbie Finley. Mark was visiting from hospice (though nobody looked as though they needed hospice) and helped out on the "Chicken Dance."