Send your sweetheart a valentine with a song

They plan to spend three days traveling across the county with special Valentine’s Day messages sung in harmony.

From Sunday, Feb. 12 through Tuesday, Feb. 14, Kitsap Chordsmen quartets will travel at the request of the sender to bring a valentine serenade (sung barbershop style, of course) a red rose bouquet and a personalized card to wherever that recipient might be. The group travels to offices, schools, homes, hospitals, restaurants and wherever else they may be sent to deliver a message of love or friendship.

“It’s a lot of fun to go and just make someone’s day,” said Kitsap Chordsmen quartet member Jon Powless. “When you see the expression on their face and they think, ‘Someone thought enough of me to do this,’ it’s great. It’s an exciting way to say ‘I Love You.’ It’s not neccessarily husband and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends, a lot are sung to friends.”

For $44, the Kitsap Chordsmen quartets sing their valentine message to the lucky recipient. With orders taken up until Valentine’s Day, the quartets travel all over Kitsap as well as to Belfair and Port Ludlow. Last year they did more than 110 Singing Valentines over a three-day span.

“We’re expecting that many again,” Powless said.

They serenade with a variety of barbershop-style songs including “Heart of my Heart,” “Hello Mary Lou” and “Love Letters.” Powless says they will sometimes take requests if the quartet knows the song.

Although many of the requests for Singing Valentines are for women, there are a few men in the mix.

“We sang to a (male) mechanic at an auto repair place one time,” Powless said, thinking back to some of the more interesting Singing Valentines he’s done.

He adds they often go to school cafeterias to sing to teachers as well as students.

“It’s fun to sing to the teachers, they get embarrassed,” he said, with a chuckle.

He added that many times not only have the women they’ve sung to started crying, but also the other women in the room. They’ve even taken a Singing Valentine to a drive-up espresso stand. Although they couldn’t all fit inside, they still managed to get the message across.

“We walked up to the window and started singing,” Powless said.

For more information about sending a Singing Valentine or to place an order call the Kitsap Chordsmen at (360) 337-SING (7464).

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