Conscious Party: A singing surprise

Courtesy of Celebration Singers of Asheville

WHAT: Singing Valentines & Roses fundraiser

WHERE: Various locations

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 14, noon-4 p.m.

WHY: The Celebration Singers of Asheville, a group of talented singers from second grade through high school, have banded together for the fourth year in a row to send singing Valentine’s, replete with roses and chocolate, to unsuspecting lovers in the Asheville area. Grace Avery, president of Celebration Singers of Asheville and owner of Charm’s Floral of Asheville, helped develop the idea for the romantic event after being serenaded one day at her flower shop by a barbershop quartet. “It was so beautiful and special. It just made our day, so we brainstormed with the kids to start doing that too,” recalls Avery.

Surprise-givers have a couple of options to send to their amores: at the $40 level, your darling will receive a traditional love-song serenade, a single rose and a card; for $75, you’ll send everything at the $40 level, but with an upgrade to a dozen roses. Got a spare $100? That’ll get you a box of chocolates to include as well. “We will try our best to accommodate special requests such as delivery time,” notes Avery, but encourages people to be flexible.

Since Avery is donating the flowers and parents are volunteering their time to transport the student singers, all funds raised during the event will go to support the Celebration Singers of Asheville. Proceeds will be used to rent rehearsal spaces, pay royalties for songs, attend special conferences and tune their piano.

For event information, check out the singers’ at singasheville.org. To place an order for a serenade package this holiday, call Avery at 424-1463. But don’t dally! The deadline for ordering serenade packages expires at the end of business on Monday, Feb. 9. — Michael McDonald

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