Singulars enjoy an evening of friendly fun, marvelous martinis and succulent snacks while raising awareness for Covenant House California.
If you haven’t been to a SingularCity party yet, don’t expect a typical “singles” mixer ― expect a room packed with fun and fabulous people fully engaged in and enjoying their singular life.
That was true as well at the SingularCity Martini Party at Lola’s in West Hollywood on Sunday, April 3 when 120 singulars, mostly members of SingularCity’s online community, convened to enjoy Lola’s handcrafted cocktails and delicious appetizers, chat with friends and make new ones ― while raising awareness for Covenant House California, a non-profit organization with the mission to reach young people living on the streets and help them turn their lives around.
“When I’m at our events, I like to look out into the room to see our guests and members enjoying themselves,” says Kim Calvert, the founder of Singular magazine and SingularCity. “It’s really gratifying to see that. People don’t come to our events with an agenda, they come to have fun and meet people. If a romantic connection happens, great, if not, that’s fine too. We have a blast either way.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the handcrafted martinis made by Lola’s expert bartenders. Unlike many big parties, where cocktails are pre-mixed in advance, Lola’s bartenders made each martini to order. The signature cocktail of the evening was a Give Me Fever martini, made with Ketel One Citroen vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and pomegranate juice. The tasty sip is just one of over 70 martinis available at Lola’s. Appetizers included mac & cheese mini cups, shrimp and scallop crostini, grilled chicken skewers with peanut sauce and sun dried tomato cream cheese on cucumber rounds.
Tess, who joined SingularCity the morning after the event, said she’d never been to a singles party before because she was concerned people would only be there to find a quick hook-up.
“I thought that single events were mainly for people who want to meet someone for a one-night-stand or to find a relationship,” she says. “What I found instead were new friends. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to have fun but I did! SingularCity is so different and unique. I know I’ll have fun hanging out with the people I met. They’re all OK in my book.”
As new friendships were forged, SingularCity member Paolo beat out the competition to win the billiard tournament, receiving a $100 gift certificate to Lola’s. SingularCity member BT won the silent auction for a $600 gift certificate to the trendy Oceana Hotel in Santa Monica.
Ken, who joined last fall, said he found out about SingularCity just as his divorce process was starting. Once the divorce was final, he joined the community, although he felt unsure about attending a “singles” event.
“I thought that Lola’s and the event were great,” Ken says. “As it goes, I met someone there and we ended up talking for nearly two hours. Don’t know how that happened. I hadn’t even seen her until the moment we started chatting. Who knew?”
Pam, an active SingularCity member, says she likes to go to SingularCity events because she always meets intriguing people.
“I would definitely recommend SingularCity to my friends,” she says. “It’s a great place to meet people and to have fun at the same time.”
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