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Singing Valentines a Hallmark of Silk City Chorus

Posted on February 11, 2015

  Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett   “Let me call you sweetheart, I’m in love with you ….” Who wouldn’t want to receive a romantic serenade of such timeless lyrics for Valentine’s Day?   For those in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area, the Silk City Chorus continues its longstanding tradition this coming Friday and Saturday, February 13 and February 14, of offering a “Singing  Valentine” personally delivered by a “tuxedo-clad Barbershop Quartet” – sung in “magnificent 4-part harmony”. For $50., in addition to performing two love songs, they deliver a card, a fresh rose and a photo of the quartet singing to the recipient.   Singing valentines have become a hallmark of the award-winning, Manchester-based chorus that is a member of the 75-year-old non-profit Barbershop Harmony Society.   “We perform valentines at offices,…

Valentine’s Day Nuptials Continue Tradition in 52nd Year for Connecticut’s Oldest Town

Posted on February 15, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Romance filled the air February 14, in Windsor, Connecticut where for the 52nd year the state’s oldest town offered free marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day. Several couples not only picked up their licenses but also tied the knot at Windsor Town Hall. A half dozen weddings took place Friday morning and at least three more were planned for late afternoon – plus Justice of the Peace Anita Mips was prepared for impromptu ceremonies such as one she stood ready to officiate for Ronnie Williams and Trena Canty. Together for seven years, the Hartford couple recently decided the time was right to get hitched and had heard about the marriage license offer through a friend. “My mother is deceased but Valentine’s…

Speaking Once Again On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers

Posted on February 14, 2014

  By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Happy Valentines Day! Below is an excerpt from a short essay I wrote as a reporter for the Windsor Journal, first published on February 14, 2003 pondering the question “Is it passe for men to bring women flowers?” Speaking On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers …. The most memorable men not only bring flowers, open doors and pull out a woman’s chair, but these days, they also respect her goals and achievements. Comparatively, evolved women no longer expect a man to be invincible. As the song goes, “Give to me your leather, take from me my lace.” It’s not so much a person’s actions per se that make a difference. Rather, it’s what those actions can represent that…