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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:37:56PM

North Port Kitchen Band celebrates 70 years

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SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
North Port Kitchen Band members, from left, Teresa Donnelly, Eddie Calik, Mary Ann Olszewski and Charlie Brooks play for residents Tuesday at the Gardens of North Port.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
Kitchen Band members Teresa Donnelly and Jean Bridges dance to the "Pennsylvania Polka," and encourage others to get up and cut a rug recently at the Gardens of North Port.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
Verna Schwarty plays the bass gut bucket, a homemade instrument passed down to her by a former North Port Kitchen Band member, during a recent gig.

By ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER

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NORTH PORT — The first time Mary Ann Olszewski went to a North Port Kitchen Band gig, she didn’t even play an instrument.

“I did a chicken noise,” she said of her first foray into the musical group that plays instruments made from only objects traditionally found in a kitchen.

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