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Barbershop quartet has perfect Valentine’s pitch on Feb. 14

NEW GLASGOW – You’ll swoon as they croon their tunes this Friday afternoon. When it comes to Valentines Day, romance is this barbershop quartet’s forte.

The ensemble is back this year and offering an attractive deal. For $25 on Feb. 14, the quartet will sing a romantic song, give a Valentine’s Day card and give a single, red rose. Location is of no matter as the group is happy to sing at homes and businesses. The group’s bass singer Art Bingham noted that while $25 could by chocolates or flowers, they’re incomparable to being serenaded.

“All you could reasonably expect from that is a ‘thanks darling’,” he said. “It is time to be someone who is loved for doing something different, for going the extra mile and supporting charity while receiving excellent value.”

This quartet has assembled themselves since 1991 to sing on Valentine’s Day. Although the membership has changed over the years, their one mission to make people feel loved and extra special has not.

Bingham, together with tenor Wade Smith, baritone Bob Morse and lead Brian Bowden donate all the funds they receive, after expenses, to charities of their choice. Last year, the quartet raised over $600 and distributed to nursing homes, churches, singing groups and counseling services.

In a day’s work, they can make about 25 appointments and last year, they sold out within a few days.

“The song is Song of My Heart, the rose is real and the sentiment expressed in the song will warm the hearts of all who hear it,” said Bingham.

The ensemble has been singing together for the 25 years and every practice is full of smiles and laughter.

“For us, this isn’t a work day,” said Bowden. “It’s so much fun and we get a real kick out of it.”

Adults and kids of all ages interested in availing themselves of this barbershop quartet’s services on Feb. 14 can call Art Bingham at the Valentines Day hotline 752-0263. Requests will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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