Singing Valentine's to guid Cupid's arrows in area

The Nautical Sounds Chorus has announced that its Barbershop Quartets will be taking to the roads of Sussex County and the Ocean City area to deliver Singing Valentines again this year.

Sweethearts and recipients will be surprised by a visit from a barbershop quartet in full regalia, singing songs of love while delivering a personalized card from the sender, along with a fresh long-stemmed rose. The professional quartets, singing in four-part harmony, will visit homes, restaurants, banks, schools and any place a “romantic at heart” wishes to arrange an appearance.

For a contribution of $45, to benefit the work of the Nautical Sounds Chorus, the quartets will deliver their Singing Valentines on Tuesday, Feb. 13, or on Valentines Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Joe Lobb, a baritone singer in The Ebb Tide Quartet who has been doing this for a number of years said, “This is as much fun for the quartets as it is for the surprised sweetheart, whether it be a man or a woman. We’ve had people left speechless and overwhelmed, and on several occasions moved to tears by this thoughtful demonstration of love by a spouse, suitor, or just a good friend.”

To order a Singing Valentine in Delaware, arrangements can be made by contacting Herman Rotsch at (302) 644-1321. In Maryland, the contact number is (410) 289-4669.

Lobb suggested an early call to avoid being disappointed, since the times available quickly fill up. The $45 contribution is payable to the Nautical Sounds Chorus.

The quartets belong to the National Harmony Society of America Inc.

“A side benefit to this fun experience,” according to The Marlinspikes quartet lead singer Tom Welch, “is the opportunity we have to invite and recruit men who enjoy singing, to join the Chorus.”

Interested singers are encouraged to visit any weekly practice sessions at the Sussex Coastal Library on Kent Avenue in Bethany, on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The chorus, along with its quartets, has many openings for area men, according to Welch, who said, “We are hopeful the Valentine’s Day exposure will spark some interest and help us to fill a number of vacancies among this group of talented performers.”