Last week we attended a matinee performance of Les Miserables at the Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage. This legendary stage, that originally opened in 1931 as a cinema and Vaudeville house was a fabulous venue to see such an intricate show. The 650-seat theatre is now beautifully updated and the restoration of the venue received the City of Vancouver Heritage Award in 1999. We sat in the 5th row and the intimacy of the theatre allowed us to see every facial expression of the amazing cast. Jean Valjean was played by Edmonton actor Kieran Martin Murphy. I have seen Les Mis before but in this theater, with this star and cast, this time was the most memorable.

Later that evening we went to the first meeting of the University Golf Course Wine Club. It was a most enjoyable evening of wine tasting in which we sampled wines selected by Terrarosa Imports and Marquis Wine Cellars. As we generally stick with local BC wines this was a great opportunity to taste wines from around the world that we otherwise likely would not have tried. The next wine event, not to be missed, will be held at UGC on July 24th, the ‘Great Estates of the Okanagan’ Winemaker’s Dinner.