Thank you, Pete Sprague

It was over 35 years ago on Christmas Eve that a talented young musician strummed his guitar on the corner of 15th street and Camino Del Mar to the delight of residents and visitors to our community.  At the time, outside the corner shop in Stratford Square where he played was the Sugar Plum Bakery, then Carlos & Annie’s and now the Americana.  That young man was and is the internationally-renowned guitarist Peter Sprague.  It was Peter’s gift to Del Mar and what a wonderful gift it has been for our community every Christmas Eve for the past 35 years.

This Christmas Eve 2013 was the best ever as hundreds of residents and visitors gathered in the L’Auberge semi-public park across the street from the Stratford Square to listen to the wonderful music of Peter Sprague and his ensemble.  It was of particular joy to me because when I designed and built the L’Auberge I dedicated the prime commercial corner of all Del Mar as a semi-public park and a gathering place for community events.   This Christmas Eve the gathering of so many Del Mar residents to listen to Peter’s music was a fulfillment of what I envisioned the semi- public park to be for our community.

Thank you Peter for your wonderful gift over the years.

Jim Watkins

Del Mar Resident

   
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