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Group gathers on Monday to play harmonica

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  • Ray Hagen of Streamwood plays a chord harmonica during Monday's meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles. The harmonica-playing club is part of the Adult Activity Center run by the park district and has been around about five years.

       Ray Hagen of Streamwood plays a chord harmonica during Monday's meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles. The harmonica-playing club is part of the Adult Activity Center run by the park district and has been around about five years.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Ryan Boyd, 8, sits on the lap of his grandmother, Alice Yavari, and follows along while playing during Monday's meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles. Ryan is home schooled and his grandmother brings him down once a week for the meeting so he can learn along with the group. They're both from St. Charles.

       Ryan Boyd, 8, sits on the lap of his grandmother, Alice Yavari, and follows along while playing during Monday's meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles. Ryan is home schooled and his grandmother brings him down once a week for the meeting so he can learn along with the group. They're both from St. Charles.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Ken Wallace of Elgin finishes a number Monday during a meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles.

       Ken Wallace of Elgin finishes a number Monday during a meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Harmelodian Club might sound like a made up name, but it fills the Adult Activity Center at Pottawatomie Community Center with real sound every Monday.

The group has a core of eight members, and sometimes as many as 15, who get together every Monday for a little social time and a lot of harmonica playing. The group was started five years ago and players of all skill level are welcome.

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"It's fun, aside from trying to learn music," Ken Wallace of Elgin said with a laugh. "I played from when I was 12 until about 17 and then gave it up when I discovered girls."

Now mostly retired, he took it up again about six years ago.

Weekly meetings start at 10 a.m. They play for about an hour then break out homemade pastries and coffee.

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