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Dakota Keys close out Music in Park season

By Staff | Aug 22, 2014

Ashley Burkhartsmeier/PCT Members of Dakota Keys play their accordions.

Old-time accordion group Dakota Keys, of the Bismarck-Mandan area, closed out the 19th season of Music in the Park, beating a thunderstorm to the Rugby area Wednesday evening.

Performing in the community building on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in front of crowds from the area and the Good Sam RV club, the group performed various pieces, including waltzes, polkas and schottisches. Six members of the eight-piece band – Bernie and Jan Stein, Vern Cernak, Jim Geiger, Emanuel Geiger and Harvey Schilling – were on stage.

“They were wonderful, they were great,” Harvey said of the audience. “They love this kind of music, I think. There wasn’t one person that left, even the card players quit!

“We like to keep this music going, to keep the heritage of this old-time music alive,” Harvey said.

The group has been together for 16 years, with no changes to their lineup. In the past they performed at the Prairie Village Museum, and they’ve performed at an event similar to Music in the Park in Harvey.

The 19th season of Music in the Park was well attended, according Lions club member and Music in the Park organizer Kathy Kirchofner.

“We had fairly good attendance, on average 250 to 300 people per time,” Kirchofner said. “When you have a hamburger picnic or a big event, you get more. If the weather’s bad, you get less.”

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