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A song for your sweetie: Quartets will present singing valentines

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A love song sung in four-part harmony is a one-of-a-kind valentine gift. It will be delivered by a quartet like this one: from left, Frank Blakeman, singing tenor; Bob Hansen, lead; Claude Rohwer, bass; and Mark Shreve, baritone. (Steve Holcomb, baritone, has since joined the group.) Courtesy photo

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From page A4 | January 21, 2014 |

Picture this: Four gentlemen in matching outfits walk into your home, office or place of business and announce that they are delivering a singing valentine. They hand the recipient a nicely wrapped flower and a personalized valentine card.

Then, they sing two love songs in four-part barbershop harmony (such as “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”) to that lucky person. Everyone in attendance ends up with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

This can be a great gift idea for your sweetheart, your parents or special friend. Quartet members from the West Valley Chorus say they have delivered valentines to as many men as women over the years.

Some unusual past engagements have included singing for a hard hat-wearing sheet metal worker in his shop, a police officer on the job, a woman enjoying a pedicure, a 93-year-old man, many school classrooms and to an entire group of employees from their boss.

Retirement home residents and shut-ins also especially enjoy receiving a singing valentine, a quartet spokesman says.

Singing valentines cost $40 each and will be delivered on Friday, Feb. 14, in Davis, Winters, Woodland, Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield and Suisun City.

To reserve this special gift, call Susan or Bob at 530-753-7336 beginning Jan. 15. Early booking is advised, because popular times go quickly.

To send a singing valentine to a special someone beyond the reach of the West Valley Chorus, call the National Singing Valentines Clearinghouse at 800-876-SING.

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