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Valentine Gifts That Sing

Nationwide, last year's Feb. 14 saw 36 million boxes of chocolates, 103 million roses and a billion cards being sold in anticipation of making a loved one feel special on Valentine's Day. For many, a singing valentine performed by a barbershop quartet will mean more than a printed heart on colored paper. Crooning tunes such as “You Made Me Love You,” “I Love You Truly” and "Whenever You are in My Arms," a barbershop quartet will harmonize, present a gift and leave the couple with a memory of a Valentine’s Day far outside the ordinary. Cost for the basic performance ranges from $35-$60. In most cases money raised goes to keep barbershop choruses alive and active in the community.

Here is a partial list of the singers.

<mh>In Vienna or Falls Church

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The Vienna Falls Chorus will send a barbershop quartet to perform two songs and present your valentine with candy, a card, a photo of the event and an audiotape of the performance. Price, $50. For reservations or information, call Michele Peterson at 703-242-SING

<mh>In Centreville

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The “Sounds of America” barbershop chorus will send a quartet to perform two songs and present your valentine with a rose, a photo of the event and a card. Price, $45. For reservations or information, call Arthur Louis at 703-421-0884.

<mh>In Fairfax

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The Fairfax Jubilaires barbershop chorus will send a quartet to perform two songs and present your valentine with a rose, candy and a card. Price, $35. For reservations or information, call Michael Huddleston at 703-324-3568 .

<mh>In Manassas

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The Bull Run Troubadours will send a barbershop quartet to perform two songs and present your valentine with a rose, a card and a photo of the event. Price, $40. For reservations or information, call Robert Anderson, 703-670-3887, or Denny Wissinger, 703-221-3361.

<mh>In Maryland

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The Potomac Harmony Chorus will send a female barbershop quartet to perform two songs and present your valentine with candy and a card. Price, $40. For reservations or information, call Ozzi Mask 703-764-3896 .