Singing of love

Serenade your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air this month and thanks to a quartet of barbershop singers, music will be, too, on February 14.

The group has been doing singing Valentine’s Day telegrams for about three years and have enjoyed it so much that they are looking forward to it again this year.

Each of the singing telegrams the group delivers includes a song, a rose and some chocolates and a little something extra for those in need. Each year, all the proceeds of the singing telegrams go toward a charity of each of the men’s choice. Last year’s proceeds went toward the transition house in Truro, a refugee family and the other two men are planning on donating last year’s proceeds to Viola’s Place Shelter.

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“It’s about the most fun you can have without getting charged,” laughed Art Bingham, one of the quartet. “The reactions are worth their weight in gold.”

A singing telegram from the barbershop quartet costs $25 but after the money from the roses and candy are covered the money goes to charity. The singers say they love the reactions and the joy from the recipients of the telegrams. Each year they have a few special repeat telegram deliveries such as one in Lorne where the whole family joins for a singalong. The group added that they love going to the hospital and seniors homes because the telegram becomes something for the whole office or wing to enjoy.

“The older the clients are the better they know the songs,” said quartet member Peter Townsend.

“At the hospital, you barely get to the end of the first line and there’s a crowd of people,” Bingham said.

This year, to order a singing telegram you can call the Valentine Hotline at 902-921-3386 on a first come first serve basis.


Peter Townsend, Brian Bowden, Bob Morse and Art Bingham are ready to serenade your valentine this year with a singing telegram that benefits the community.  (Brimicombe photo)

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.