GILFORD — It's been a good year for Harvey Beetle, who was honored Monday night at a Barbershop Open House at the Gilford Community Church where he was presented with a 50-year pin for having sung with barbershop quartets for most of hisadult life.
Beetle, who is the go-to-guy in organizing and recruiting new members of the Lakes Region Chordsmen, who practice every Monday night at the church, was presented with the award by Alan Lamson of Manchester, Conn., immediate past president of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
The presentation took place after Beetle had wrapped up two songs that he sang with the group ''Rewind'', a close-harmony vocal quartet that features pre-70's vocal music, from doo-wop to pop to spirituals and patriotic standards.
Beetle sings in ''Rewind'' along with Joe Hayden of Candia, Jay Lachance of Manchester and Bob Farnham of Alton Bay. He traces his love of barbershop quartet singing back to the 1960s when he was working with an insurance company in the Bay State and he started a quartet in Walpole, Mass.
"I heard a barbershop quartet, I liked that and wanted to do that sort of singing," he says.
He's been an enthusiastic participant ever since and after he retired and moved to the Lakes Region in 1990 one of the very first things he did was to joined the Lakes Region Chordsmen.
A big booster of barbershop quartet singing, Beetle is the contact person for the local group and has organized performances at places like Patrick's Pub in Gilford and is always available for singing songs on Valentine's Day.
Earlier this year Harvey was honored along with his entire family when the Beetle family was presented with the Irwin Award at the annual Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce HERO awards.
Harvey and his wife Evelyn were honored along with their sons Jeff and Allan, owners of Patrick's Pub & Eatery, as well as Jeff's wife, Wendy, and Allan's wife, Jennifer.
The Gilford restaurant is known for hosting charitable events large and small, as well as founding Pub Mania, which raised $160,000 last year for the WLNH Children's Auction.
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Harvey Beetle of the Lakes Region Chordsmen (left) is congratulated by Alan Lamson of Manchester, Conn., immediate past president of the Barbershop Harmony Society, after he was presented with a pin for his 50 years of singing with barbershop quartets. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)