We happened to see a sign advertising a concert of classical guitar at the Pender Island United Community Church, and just like that, we got a chance to meet many people in the community, and enjoy a concert by Redmond, Washington professor and guitarist Matt Klassen, and his colleague, Spanish professor and guitarist Juan Carlos Lorenzo from San Sebastian, Spain. Lorenzo was visiting from Spain and this was the last of three concerts the two of them performed together in the Pacific Northwest. We happened to sit next to their wives and get the story of how they had met in Spain two years ago and begun their musical collaboration. Lorenzo’s rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Amparo”, not usually part of a classical guitar repertoire, was a real highlight.
Pender Island Cellars is just behind the grocery store in Driftwood Centre, “downtown” Pender. We wandered in and had a very friendly conversation with owner Ron Vague. He told us about inn keeping and wine making on Pender Island. Mr. Vague makes his own wine and also sells all the equipment a home vintner needs to make their own. After we told him about our friends in Seattle who produce and sell wine, he offered us a bottle of his Pinot Noir. He said, “have your friends try it without any introduction, and see if you can get some feedback.” …which I will do.