Barbershop chorus spreads love for Valentine's Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- William "Hutch" Wyman planned to spend Valentine's Day serenading other people's sweethearts.

As one-fourth of a barbershop quartet, the Dacula resident spent Friday delivering Singing Valentines to recipients in and around Gwinnett County.

Singing Valentines are an annual project for members of the Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus, which sends out male quartets to serenade recipients with two love songs -- this year, the selections are "Let Me Call you Sweetheart" and "Song of the Rose" -- and hand-deliver a rose and a personalized greeting card from the senders.

While Saturday deliveries were canceled due to winter weather, deliveries were set to continue today.

"It's one of my favorite things about barbershop singing," said Dunwoody resident Chuck Slifer, who sings bass in the same quartet in which Wyman sings lead. "The deliveries are 99 percent made to women, and women just love them. Every time we sing we just get a wonderful reaction, they're very touched emotionally."

On Friday, the quartet delivered a Singing Valentine to a recipient celebrating her 70th birthday with a party at the Northwood Country Club in Lawrenceville, where her more than 70 guests gathered to hear her serenade.

Deliveries each year during the longstanding project are made to various public places, including businesses and offices.

"The neat part is the people that gather around to see what the heck is going on," Wyman said.