Just walking in, the quartet made quite an entrance: four lovely ladies draped in matching shimmery, candy apple-red cardigans.
But when the members of Unbridled Harmony started their smooth rendition of Let Me Call You Sweetheart, patrons at Ramsey's on Zandale Drive stood up and craned their necks to listen above the hubbub of the lunchtime crowd.
Yep, people put down their corn bread. The quartet was that good.
Connie Enlow grinned as the ladies, part of a Sweet Adelines group that has been in Lexington for nearly 50 years, provided tableside entertainment especially for her. Jean Points, tenor; Donna Redwine, bass; Sylvia Bottom, lead; and Betty Belcher, baritone, made quick work of the tune, ending with Redwine making a dramatic, throaty declaration with her arm outstretched toward Enlow: "I'm in love with you!"
Unbridled Harmony, which specializes in a cappella, four-part harmonies, offers singing Valentines every year as a fundraiser. The singers had about 20 more on their schedule after the Ramsey's gig. Throughout the year, they are available for bookings. They also compete with other Sweet Adelines groups at regional competitions.
Redwine said the singing telegrams are something special because they bring people joy. "This is one of my favorite days," she said.
Beth Richardson, Enlow's daughter-in-law, sings with the group and knew that Enlow was fan of the music. So, with a little plotting, she surprised Enlow at lunch.
Enlow was tickled, laughing as she was presented with a red rose.
"It made me feel loved," she said.
Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms.Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.