An accordion player in Williams Lake is inviting other players to join her Wednesday evenings at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Campus.
Rhea Clements also can supply a few accordions if people don’t have one but want to play.
She has booked room 1319 and plans to be there at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.
Clements recalled taking accordion lessons for a couple of years when she was a child from Mr. Anderson, who lived in a basement suite on the corner of First Avenue and Cameron Street.
Her dad purchased her a student-sized accordion which she quickly outgrew so he got her a bigger one.
“I’ve spoken to so many people who took lessons from Mr. Anderson,” she said. “Someone on a local Chilcotin History Facebook page said they thought his first name was Wagner.”
Fond of passing accordions on to others, she said she has been the recipient of some over the years, including the accordion her great grandmother Mathilda Pinchbeck played.
“When you see historical photographs of my great grandmother, she was often playing it. A cousin gave it to me a few years ago, but it is a button accordion and I cannot play it. I play the one with the keyboard for the right hand. You play it like piano.”
She has given two workshops in the past and said while she is “definitely” a beginner, she can help people get started.