Singing to Tammy Schiltz at Ivy Grove are Christians, George, Sanders and by Jan Lee Buxengard
Singing to Tammy Schiltz at Ivy Grove are Christians, George, Sanders and Buxengard.

photo by Jan Lee Buxengard
Valentine's Day is a special holiday often celebrated with flowers, candy and a greeting card expressing love to one's sweetheart.

This year, several ladies in the area were surprised with the special treat of a Singing Valentine delivered to their workplace, favorite restaurant or residence.

The Special Export quartet favored each recipient with a song titled "Story of the Rose" that is better known as "Heart of My Heart", the tag (end of a song) "Foolish Over You", a red rose, a card and a photo.

"For the last 19 years, I have been in quartets performing Singing Valentines in the La Crosse area," Gary Buxengard of Spring Grove, a tenor for the foursome, stated.

"This year, I asked the guys if they'd be willing to come to Minnesota if I got some (Valentines) arranged in the Caledonia and Spring Grove area."

Their response was a definite yes, and he got busy making contacts.

Dressed in black tuxedos, the quartet sang for seven ladies in Caledonia, 17 in Spring Grove and completed the day with four in La Crosse.

"It was an enjoyable day and great to get the reaction from those we sang to," Buxengard commented about his favorite activity, which raises funds for the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen.

He has been singing barbershop harmony with the chordsmen since 1985 and also with Special Export, which was organized in 1998 as a registered quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society.