Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 27, 2013

Antiques in Action: Group of senior citizens keep it moving

By Kelly Lafferty
Tribune staff writer

— They sing, they act, they dance, and they even cross-dress.

They’re also all senior citizens.

Antiques in Action, sponsored by the Kokomo Senior Center, is a group of about 10 seniors between the ages of 65 and 85, who perform shows throughout the Kokomo community.

The kitchen band was created 11 years ago by Kay Stough and her late husband Larry Stough. Larry had just retired and wanted to do something with his free time.

He created instruments for the group, by putting kazoos onto kitchen items like washboards, tea pots, wooden spoons and forks ­— then instruments like clarinets and saxophones.

Those at the senior center who were interested in performing and entertaining signed up to be part of the group and practices began.

Two days before their very first performance, Larry passed away from a massive heart attack, without any kind of warning.

The kitchen band members rallied around Stough, and helped her get through that hard time. She considers them family.

Being part of the band itself has also helped Stough, and all the other members, stay healthy and busy.

“It keeps us going and keeps us looking forward to going out and entertaining and having fun with people,” Stough said.

Antiques in Action doesn’t charge for their performances. They take donations for the coffee fund at the Senior Center.

They come up with all of their own costumes, and have different themed shows, depending on the venue or the audience. They also make up songs to go to the tunes of older songs, which they practice about two or three times during days prior to the performance.

“We laugh at each other,” Stough said. “If somebody forgets a part, we say ‘oh, that’s okay, they didn’t even know it anyway.’”

An audience favorite is when the men dress up like different women personalities; cheerleaders, the Andrews Sisters, or even Dolly Parton.

Laughter is the key to these performances of the Antiques in Action kitchen band.

“You have to laugh,” Stough said. “If you can’t laugh, it turns into a depression.”