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This weekend: Serenade your baby with a vocal Valentine



Some Valentine’s Day gifts last long past Feb. 14 — a puppy, an engagement ring, the mortification of being serenaded by a barbershop quartet.

Sure, singing telegrams are cheesy, but what about the holiday isn’t? At least two local choruses — the Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony, above, and the Toast of Tampa Chorus — will deliver singing valentines throughout Tampa Bay Feb. 12-14.

As fundraisers for the groups, singers will break into song anywhere you ask: at your significant other’s job, at home, while you’re out to dinner together, even at the airport. When the strangers around you start applauding, let’s hope your beloved doesn’t hop on the next plane to Timbuktu.

Tampa Bay Heralds of ­Harmony: For $50, a quartet of tuxedo-clad men will serenade your darling with Heart of My Heart and Let Me Call You Sweetheart. She’ll also receive a rose and a personalized card. (727) 593-7390; click here to order.

Toast of Tampa Chorus: For $50, an all-female quartet will perform two romantic standards and take a group photo with your honey, to be e-mailed to him later. He’ll also get a card and a box of chocolates. Or, to dial the blushing down a notch, order a “live singing phone valentine.” For $10, a quartet will call your sweetie anywhere in the continental United States, Canada or Mexico to harmonize over the phone. (813) 963-7464; click here to order.

Have you ever received a singing telegram, balloon bouquet or other over-the-top Valentine’s Day gift at the office? Send your embarrassing Valentine’s Day-at-work story to [email protected], and you may relive the humiliation in the pages of tbt* next week.

-- Dalia Colon, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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