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Beverly singing quartet surprises loved ones on Valentine’s Day

Posted by Terri Ogan  January 31, 2013 01:26 PM

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A standard Valentine’s Day usually entails a box of chocolate, a bouquet of flowers, a dinner reservation, or nothing at all. In an effort to spice up the holiday, the Beverly Northshoremen Barbershop Quartets are continuing their tradition of delivering Singing Valentines to the lovebirds on the North Shore.

A singing quartet of four gentlemen between the ages of 45 and 75 arrive at the desired location of the customer’s choice, whether that be a home, office, school or restaurant, and performs two love songs, “Story of the Rose,” an old love song written in 1898, and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” by Leo Friedman.

“It’s different,” said Jack Dowd, chairman of the Singing Valentines and a quartet performerl. “We had all sorts of responses like ‘I’m going to kill him when I see him,’ or ‘I’m going to get even.’ Others it brings tears to their eyes. It’s something more than a box of candy and a dinner. The response generally is very, very positive. “

Dowd added that typically 50 to 60 people order Singing Valentines for their significant others.

Starting at $50, the gift includes a song sung by the quartet group, as well as a rose, card and photo. Additional charges are for specific time requests, or for deliveries outside of the area.

“It’s a great present to give your better half, whether it’s to a guy or to a girl,” said John Sketchley, 76, has been singing with the quartet for 10 years. “A lot of times people will cry.”

Sketchley added that he doesn’t recall any negative reactions to the Singing Valentines, but sometimes people get very embarrassed.

The Beverly Northshoremen have been winning the hearts of many with the group’s Singing Valentines for the last eight to 10 years. This holiday special represents one of the many fundraisers that the Barbershop Chorus conducts.

The non-profit organization also performs at assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the area, and appears at concerts and a cappella nights to help local high schools fund their music programs. All performances are free of charge.

To arrange for a singing Valentine call Jack Dowd at 978-744-3592 or email northshoremen@verizon.net.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com.

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