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Letters 8-18-2014

The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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Sing your heart out

Erin Crowell - February 9th, 2009
While sending your sweetie a card on Valentine’s Day is always better than doing nothing, why not take it a step further this year? Send him or her a singing quartet. They’ll be red for sure, either out of love or just plain embarrassment. In Traverse City, there are two quartet groups you can choose: The Barbershop Harmony Society and the Traverse City Central High School Choral-Aires Singing Valentines.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is part of the Cherry Capital Chorus; and has been swooning Traverse City residents on Valentines Day for 19 years. The six groups deliver around 150 songs every V-Day to unsuspecting recipients.
“It’s a 12-hour day. We start at 8:00 a.m. and go until eight or nine at night,” says Maurie Allen, founder of the group. “It’s a long day, but a labor of love.”
The quartets make visits to a variety of businesses and homes within a 15-mile radius of Traverse City, creating lasting memories for all involved. Allen recalls one such memorable moment:
“Several years ago, we performed for a gentlemen who worked in a quick lube place. His girlfriend made the request and, low and behold, we got there and discovered he was deaf,” Allen says. “While we were singing, his girlfriend was signing all the words to him. It was a very emotional scene.”
While most people are happy to receive a singing Valentine, others aren’t so receptive to the idea.
“We were out at this place in Kalkaska, a pretty macho hangout spot, and this gal had ordered for one of the guys in there,” Allen says. “We introduced ourselves and before we could say anything else, he said, ‘Oh no you’re not!’ Some people just get really embarrassed.”
Another group, the TC Central Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, is made up of 16 high school students. The Choral-Aires is a select ensemble group that will be raising money this year for an educational trip to Chicago. The students are divided into quartets and also deliver songs within 15 miles of downtown Traverse City.
Last year the group delivered over 85 singing Valentines, said Eileen Mikulski, who is one of several choral parents that volunteer to help the group.
Both The Cherry Capital Chorus and the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines will make their rounds two days this year, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Both groups offer a personalized song, along with other goodies. You can reach the Cherry Capital Chorus at www.cherrycapitalchorus.org. For the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, call 231-590-1075.




 
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