When Bernice Boggs and Hugh Kidd met, it was song at first sight. They were at a dance and just happened to be with people who knew each other. While their friends danced they sat at the table watching. The music was playing and people were swaying, but in a corner sat these two people who began to sing to the beat of their own drum.

Within minutes of being introduced they were warbling away to their own sound. Boggs would start a line of a song and soon Kidd jumped in. Then Kidd would start and Boggs would join in. It was serendipity of the sublime kind. It didn't bother either one of them that they were singing completely different songs from the ones being played on the speaker system.

It so happened that Boggs was the oldest member of a group called the Leisure League Singers, and it didn't take her long to figure out that Kidd would make a fine addition to the group.

When he joined the group, he became one of 18 members who practice once a week on Wednesdays, and usually perform on the same day. The magic lies in the ability of the group to make an ordinary day become a special day that everyone enjoys whether a member of the group or a member of the audience, and although it is important to the group that the audience enjoys the performance, more important to them is that they enjoy giving the performance. The members ages range 66 to 89 years, and although a few of them arrive for the performance using walkers, they are the liveliest group of seniors anywhere.

Nicole Felder, activities coordinator for Sierra Vista - a seniors living facility in Victorville - says that the group is by far the most popular group that performs at the facility.

"Residents pick up on the festive mood. The ages of its members are closer to the ages of the residents," said Felder.

One of their favorite songs is "Ain't We Got Fun," along with other old time ditties like "Baby Face," "Beautiful Dreamer," Dear Hearts And Gentle People," and Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home."

This Wednesday the audience picks up on the group's enthusiasm and joins in the singing of "I'm Sitting On Top Of the World," and "Mocking Bird Hill." Some of the performance is planned and everyone sticks to the script, but impromptu songs and jokes abound. When things seem to be slowing down, Kidd takes the opportunity to chide the other men in the group - there are only four - saying Leonard Wood is the good looking one. This is when he parodies Wood with the song "O Lord It's Hard To Be Humble" which gives everyone a laugh.

Shirley Getz said she joined the singers when she read a notice in the Daily Press about the time and location. Getz taught adult guitar lessons in Los Angeles for ten years and five more years at West Los Angeles college.

"It is a pleasure to entertain, to see smiles on people's faces, says Boggs. " I am happy to have met some beautiful people, here," She added. She and her sister Georgia sang on the radio when they were young in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She says she has been a life long singer. She was one of ten children. In school her teacher taught first through eighth grade. The teacher's name was Mr. Girley as in Helen Girley Brown - the renowned editor of "Cosmopolitan Magazine." Girley was the father of the magazine editor.

The success of the group is definitely a two way street. Performers and audience alike benefit and inspire each other.

Tillie Vaughan, the leader of the group, says, "It gives a lot of satisfaction to the members. They are giving something of themselves to the audience and the audience gives back with smiles and applause."

The Leisure League Singers meet Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Hesperia Senior Center. Director Tillie Vaughan, the group leader, can be reached at 245-2034.