NEWCASTLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - At the Miss Wiscasset Diner, owner Kat Alexander got a surprise today: five guys in tuxedoes, delivering a singing Valentine.
"Great surprise," said Alexander. " My husband is a wonderful, wonderful man, I love him to death."
A shot from Cupid's bow that clearly struck its mark. That's the idea behind the tradition of singing Valentine's by members of the Nor'easter Barbershop Chorus. The men all love the close harmony of barbershop singing, and say delivering greetings of love is a special treat.
The Chorus had two small groups carrying singing sentiments in the midcoast area today. One quartet worked the Brunswick area, and the quintet that visited the diner spread cheer in Lincoln County. Surprisingly, the five men said that while they know each other well from the chorus, this was the first time they had all sung together in the same small group.
That didn't seem to matter, as they harmonized on "Heart Of My Heart" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" -both classics of barbershop singing. After performing at the diner, the group delivered singing Valentines to residents at Wiscasset Green assisted living home, to a private home, an office in Damariscotta and to teacher Janice Palmer at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. At the school, Palmer and her teenage students all listened to the music, while a crowd of other students listened just outside the door in the hallway.
Quintet member Curt Roberts said they love going to schools:"The kids just eat it up and she becomes very embarrassed and that makes it fun," said Roberts.
Palmer's reaction to the music, the card and the red rose?
"My husband's making up for not giving me a honeymoon 34 years ago," she said. Asked if the singing Valentine helps, she admitted," Oh it sure does." Then added:"I'm gonna get him when he gets home."
For the barbershoppers, another successful delivery.