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Don’t forget Sunday is Valentine’s Day

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re looking for something special to do with your sweetheart in Lincoln, we’ve got the goods. If it is an overtly public display of affection you’re after, a singing valentine might just be the ticket. New Edition is a four-man barbershop quartet that has performed in the Lincoln area for six years. For $35, the quartet will present your valentine with two songs, a silk rose and a cut-glass bud vase. They will be available to sing on Friday and on Sunday. “We sing ‘Heart of My Heart’ and ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart,’” said Fred Carrington, one member of New Edition (not to be confused with the 1980s R&B group with the same name.) “We sing all over the place, in restaurants, fire stations, supermarkets, homes. Wherever anyone wants us to sing.” The other members are Tom Klasey, Chuck Kaul and Dan Wilson. It’s not just men who are calling to have their wives or girlfriends crooned to. Carrington recalled singing to someone at a construction site and having the “hard hats give the guy a hard time” while he was serenaded. “It’s almost half and half,” Carrington said. “On one day, we’ll do 12 to 14 sing-outs and it’s usually split pretty even between men and women.” Teachers are not immune to being serenaded. Carrington said the group has several teachers they’ll be singing to, which he said is fun since they have to check into the office and are “found out pretty easily.” “It’s not unusual to have 12 to 14 kids to follow (us) from the office to the classroom to see us sing to their favorite teacher,” he said. Embarrassment is sometimes a reaction to the singing valentine but Carrington said the audience member is also touched by it as well. “It’s not unusual to have tears,” the quartet member said. New Edition belongs to the Auburn chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Carrington said some of the money will be put toward local music programs in schools. If your sweetheart would be too embarrassed, there’s another way to celebrate If your valentine is the type of person who would crawl under a table or behind a bush if they were sung to in public, there will be a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner concert at the Orchard Creek ballroom in Sun City Lincoln Hills. According to Tamara Coil, who manages special events for Sun City, the dinner is only open to Sun City residents but the concert is available to the public. Performing will be two San Francisco based cabaret performers, Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia. They will perform a tribute to Cole Porter, which Coil says will include love songs and will have “a romantic feel.” Going out for a meal is also a popular way to celebrate the day and Kim’s Country Kitchen will serve a Valentine’s Day breakfast and lunch. Owner Kim Strong said they will serve mimosas, a drink that is half champagne and half orange juice, and will also be offering one-cent glasses of wine. Women will receive carnations and Strong said there will also be a complimentary chocolate fountain. “The guys usually hang out by the chocolate fountain,” she said. Treats like marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, and pound cake can be dipped into the fountain. “It’s a thank you from us,” said Strong. “We have good customers, it falls on a Sunday and it’s a way to offer (customers) something that doesn’t cost them anything.” Know and Go: To give your sweetheart a singing Valentine, contact New Edition at 408-2130. They will deliver the Valentine’s both Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s dinner including a concert tribute to Cole Porter will be in the Orchard Creek ballroom in Lincoln Hills. The dinner portion is $47, available to Sun City residents. The doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. For the concert only, open to the public, tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 625-4022 or 408-4013, extension 4. Kim’s Country Kitchen is at 537 G St. For more information about the Valentine’s Day breakfast and lunch, call 645-2727.