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SNCW Singles Social Club has been in existence since the mid 1990’s, and I have been a member for the majority of that time. On most Sunday evenings we can be found at the American Legion in Edgewater where we have a meal which is followed by a program. Programs range from ID fraud prevention, to Super Bowl parties (yes, I’m still in shock), to travelogues, to chili/soup cook-offs, to live music presentations.

On a recent Sunday evening we had what may have been our best evening ever. We had the great pleasure and privilege of being entertained by singer, actor, raconteur Leonard E. Barrett, Jr. I first met Leonard a number of years ago when he was starring in an annual PHAMALY Theatre Company musical. Let me give you a little background ... Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League was founded in 1989 by five students who were frustrated by the lack of theatrical opportunities for those living with disabilities. Now, twenty-five years later, the group is known nationally for its pioneering work.

Leonard initially had no intention to returning to the world of entertainment. After performing on stage for 10 years, he decided a change was in order so he did the only logical thing possible. He taught computers. A friend invited him to a PHAMALY function and when asked what his disability was he, being taken off guard, said, “multiple sclerosis.” He then sang for the group and the rest is history. He is now a full-time performer and will be playing the role of the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” PHAMALY’s annual musical which will be held in July at The Space Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Leonard’s career has definitely taken off. He has performed at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, and with the Denver Center Theatre Company, among others, as well as doing one-man shows at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. In fact he will be singing at Lannie’s this Mothers’ Day. And, of course, he performs for private functions such as our SNCW event.

Knowing how talented Leonard is, SNCW decided to open the evening to former members, and other friends. Our group is officially a “singles social club,” so married folks need not apply. We waived the rules for this special evening. We generally have 20 to 25 members and guests attend our meetings. This time we ended up with a group of 54 ... a bit of a challenge for those of us who did the cooking, decorating and organizing.

What a wonderful evening it was. Our star more than lived up to his billing. He has a glorious voice and a personality to match. We listened to tunes made famous by Bocelli, Mathis, Nat King Cole, and many more. The audience was mesmerized. Leonard may be reached at len12955ps@gmail.com.

SNCW Singles Social Club welcomes new members. The only requirement is that you be single when you join. Although our emphasis is on social activities and we are definitely not a “dating” club, several of our members have met and married since joining our group ... they are allowed to stay. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we have many outside activities. For information, check out our website at or contact me, personally.