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Lads help spread some love

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Love is in the air and if you’re one of those people who never knows what to get their loved one for Valentine’s Day, the Lads of Enchantment can help you express your love and devotion.
The group will travel throughout the community on Thursday, singing love songs.
“We sing three Valentines songs and we present a rose to your loved one,” Joe D’Anna said. “We will come to your home or place of work, so long as we are not violating any owner or management policies.”
The cost is $35 and although it is seen as a fundraiser, the gents said they do it to bring joy to the recipients and hopefully raise a little awareness for future programs.
If they happen to raise a few extra dollars, they spread the wealth with those funds, too.
“In the past, we have sponsored the attendance of high school students to music camps in the Los Alamos area, but in recent years we sponsored the attendance of Los Alamos high school students to New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp,” D’Anna said.
The Duke City Sound of the Barbershop Harmony Society has hosted the New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp for the last 12 years.
The camp has several purposes: to expose young singers to the joy and fulfillment of barbershop harmony; to perpetuate vocal music among high school youth; to provide the students an educational and performance opportunity; to give high school students the opportunity to explore harmony with their peers.
It is open to students that have completed eighth through the 12th grades.
The Lads use donations from the Charles “Tex” Felts Memorial Fund to award libraries of barbershop music to Los Alamos High School and to the Los Alamos Home school program.
“Tex sang in the Lads of Enchantment, and he and his wife managed Los Alamos Music for many years, before poor health forced him to close the store,” D’Anna said. “Tex had a heart-felt interest in promoting music education and singing among our youth.”
Two or three different quartets will roam the streets, spreading the love throughout the community. To arrange for one, call John at 660-0484.