Commencement, Music, Christmas, and Golden History

December 14, 2018

The School of Mines is holding their 2018 Midyear Commencement today. The undergraduate ceremony takes place at 9AM and the graduate ceremony at 2PM, both in the Lockridge Arena in the Student Rec Canter. CONGRATULATIONS to the graduates! That’s a huge accomplishment! We hope you come back to visit Golden many times.

Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center

Just a reminder–the Holiday Art Market is now open at Foothills Art Center. This event happens only once a year, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see or buy (or both!) some beautiful, affordable arts and crafts–for yourself or as a gift.

Another reminder–tomorrow is the last day to send a letter to Santa via the mailbox at the Visitors Center. Be sure to include a return address, so Santa can write back!

Tonight’s Live Music:
Golden High School Winter Concert – 6:30PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9:00 p.m.
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Kenny Perkins Band, 7PM
Jolynn’s Food and Spirits – Drama Americana, 9PM

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Saturday Preview:
Tomorrow will be a day of “lasts:” Last holiday parade (10:30AM), last day for hayrides after the parade, last day for the Victorian Carolers downtown, last Saturday for free carriage rides, last day for making gingerbread houses at Foothills Art Center. Be sure to make it downtown to catch the full panoply of Olde Golden Christmas celebrations.

Tomorrow will also be the last Golden History Roundtable. Frank Blaha will tell us about Golden’s water history, and Barb Warden will describe how Golden has celebrated Christmas over the past 159 years.

A Full Day of Fun and a Splash of Art

July 14, 2018

Dinosaur Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden CO

8AM-1PM:  Golden Farmers Market

9-10AM:  Yoga in Parfet Park

9AM-4PM:  Dinosaur Express Train at the Railroad Museum

10:15-10:45:  Family time at the Golden Library

11AM-12PM:  Coffee with Councilor Casey Brown at the Library

12-5PM:  Summer in Paris at Earth Sweet Botanicals

Downtown Weekends - Golden Colorado

5-8PM:  Golden Weekends (free carriage rides, street music, sales and samples in the downtown stores)

7:30PM:  Opening weekend for Lend Me a Tenor at Miners Alley Playhouse

Artsweek Golden

Make sure you check out the yarn-bombing on the statues!  This is the opening salvo for Artsweek Golden.  Starting tomorrow, you can expect to seeing artists in various vantage points around town, creating artwork depicting Golden in all its splendor!

Artsweek Golden

Golden Weekends, Carriage Rides, Classic Cars, and Live Music

July 6, 2018

Celebrate Golden Weekends tonight, with live music along Washington Avenue and all sorts of specials, samples, and sales in the stores!  Enjoy a free carriage ride from 6-8PM, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants and the Golden Super Cruise, and don’t forget to visit Cafe 13 in the Armory Building for their Summer Party.  Golden Weekends will only be celebrated on Friday this week–not Saturday.

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month, so expect to see an influx of classic automobiles in town for the Golden Super Cruise!

Also tomorrow–Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will have Coffee with a Councilor from 10-11AM at Bean Fosters.

We’ll have lots of chances to enjoy live music this weekend:

Friday 7/6
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
WASHINGTON AVENUE – Theresa Peterson / Austin & Jay, 5-8PM

Saturday 7/7
COLUMBINE CAFE – The Reasonable Band, 7PM
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Vince Converse and his Band 1-5PM
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Willie & the Po Boys, 4-8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM

Sunday 7/8
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Tony Rosario, noon
WRIGLEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL – Jewel & the Rough, 3-7PM

Let the Weekend Begin!

June 29, 2018

Free carriage rides in Golden ColoradoToday will be not quite as hot as yesterday was (low-to-mid-90s), and tomorrow will be considerably cooler (mid-70s). The temperature should be down into the 80s by early evening–nice weather for a free carriage ride some excellent music on Washington Avenue, a perusal of the stores, and a leisurely dinner downtown.

Live Music in Golden ColoradoLive Music Tonight:
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke, 9PM
JOLYNN’S – David Connelly 5:30 to 8:30
DIRTY DOGS – Kenny Perkins Band, 5-9PM

PLAN Jeffco and Jefferson County Open Space will host the Jeffco Conservation Summit tomorrow from 8:30-1:30 at the Boettcher Mansion. You are invited to join them “for authentic dialog about gear disparity, self-perception, and inequity in the outdoors.” Learn more and register to attend.

There are a few slots still available in Earth Sweet Botanicals’ 1-3PM Essential Oils for Beginners class. The cost for the class is $40. Call the store to reserve a spot. 303-278-1260

Beer Festival in Golden ColoradoThere will be a Beer Fest tomorrow at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Calling all beer lovers! If you love beer and love America, then there is only one place to be on Saturday June 30th: AMERICA’S BEER FEST! Come sample 25+ American breweries, 60+ all-American beers, take part in the Star Spangled Beer Games, enjoy live music, and join us as we break the world record for the largest flip cup game on EARTH! Tickets are just 2 for $60 for a limited time, so get yours now! Tickets.

Super Saturday

June 23, 2018

Golden History Museum Grand Opening - Golden Colorado

Lots going on today:

8AM-1PMGolden Farmers Market at 10th & Illinois

9AMYoga in the Park at Parfet Park

10AM – Grand Re-Opening of the Golden History Museum, with special guests, the Westernaires – learn more – Note: There will not be pony rides.  The ponies will be there, but just for petting and hugging–not riding.

2PMGolden History Roundtable featuring Paul Haseman: when Denver stole the capital from Golden! – Golden Library

5-8PM – Golden Weekends Downtown – carriage rides, music, and late hours in the stores – Learn more

7:30PMGhost Tour & Pub Crawl – meet at the Old Capitol Grill

8PM – Colorado Haunted History –Murder Mayhem Madness – meet at the Golden Visitors Center – Learn more

Tick Tock
Tonight (7:30) and tomorrow (2PM) are the final performances of District Merchants at Miners Alley Playhouse.

Sunday Preview:

Best-selling author Sandra Dallas will be at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum at 2PM, reading from and signing her new book, The Patchwork Bride.  Copies available in the museum’s gift shop.

Casey Brown will have Craft Beer with a Councilor at 3PM at Barb Warden’s house (map).

Spend tonight downtown and tomorrow in the past

June 22, 2018

Free Carriage Rides in Downtown Golden Colorado

Head downtown tonight or Saturday night for music along the Avenue and lots of sales, samples, and specials in the stores from 5-8PM. Come for the music, do some shopping, and stay for dinner.  See today’s Golden Business News for a run-down on events in the stores and restaurants.  Make sure you take a free carriage ride between 5 and 7PM!

History Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning, plan to be at the Golden History Museum at 10AM for the celebration of the Museum’s 80th anniversary and their grand-reopening. The Westernaires Cavalry, Trick Ropers, and Pony Hoedowners will be on hand to help them celebrate the event. I got a preview of the newly-remodeled museum last night, and it’s beautiful, and full of interesting new insights into Golden history.  The Museum is open from 10AM-4:30PM six days a week–closed Tuesdays.

Councilor Paul Haseman is going to lead tomorrow’s Golden History Roundtable. He’ll be telling us about the skullduggery involved in Denver’s stealing the capital away from Golden. That will happen at the Library at 2PM.

Colorado Haunted History will lead a Murder, Mayhem and Madness tour Saturday night at 8PM.  This is a good tour–lurid highlights of Golden’s past.

Busy Saturday!

June 16, 2018

Golden Farmers Market

The Farmers Market will run from 8AM-1PM this morning in the parking lot at 10th and Illinois.

Yoga in the Park kicks off at 9AM. The teachers from Golden Yoga and Healing Arts teach theme classes. They’re free, but they do accept donations. Bring a mat at water to Parfet Park (10th and Washington) at 9AM.

The City and Bicycle Colorado are hosting a FREE Kids Bike Rodeo today from 10AM-1PM in the Coors Tek Parking Lot at 10th and Jackson. Children do not need to bring bikes, but should bring helmets if they have them. Bicycle Colorado will assist with proper helmet fitting for children. This is a great opportunity for children to learn safety techniques. Bike rodeos are recommended for children ages 4 to 13. Bicycles and striders will be provided. Children can come anytime and go through the course as many times as they like!

A Jeffco Open Space Ranger will be at the Golden Library this morning from 11-12, telling us about the Geology and History of North Table Mountain.

The Colorado State Patrol is having a Demo Day today from 11AM-5PM, with professional skills demonstrations by Colorado State Patrol motorcycle officers, local police motorcycle officers, and Motorcycle Safety instructors. You can ride the skills course yourself if you bring your own bike and sign their waiver. They’ll have food trucks and vendors on hand. This event is open to the public and FREE! Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial, 15055 S. Golden Road, Golden, CO (map)

Brontos & Brews Festival at Dinosaur Ridge near Golden Colorado

Don’t forget the Brontos & Brews Festival at Dinosaur Ridge from 10AM-4PM. They’ll have dinosaur-themed rides and games starting at 10AM, and a beer garden featuring local breweries from 1-4PM.  Be there at noon to help them beat the Guinness World Record for most people in Dinosaur costumes! Bring a costume if you have one, or they’ll have a limited number they can loan out.

Carriage Rides in Downtown Golden Colorado

The downtown merchants are celebrating Golden Weekends again tonight, so head downtown for a free carriage ride from 5-7, music on the Avenue from 5-8, and lots of sales and samples in the stores!

Used Book Sale, Deal at Miners Alley, Summer Reading, and 1918 in Golden

May 31, 2018

Jeffco Library Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale

I am all a-twitter about all the events happening in town this weekend, and since tomorrow I’ll be posting the previews of June events, I’ll cover both Thursday and Friday today.

CSM Alumni
are invited to Cocktails and Conversation at Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar from 5-6:30.
Come mingle with local Colorado School of Mines alumni, and share your feedback about how we can better recognize all of the great contributions of time, talent and treasure you’re making for Mines and our global communities.

The preview of the Library’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale happens tonight from 6-8PM. This event is only open to member of the Friends of the Library, but you can join at the door.  Get your hands on the best stuff early!

The Clear Creek Jazz Quartet will be playing in the lounge at the Bridgewater Grill from 6-9PM.

Miners Alley Playhouse is offering a special deal TONIGHT ONLY for District Merchants:  Buy One Get One Free!  Use code BOGO123.

The Whale of a Used Book Sale is open to the public on Friday from 9AM-5PM.

The Library has their Summer Reading Kick-off, Rock the Books, from 10AM-2PM. Bring your dancing shoes for a rockin’ outdoor Bubble Disco party! Crafts, bubbles and the Spark City Bus are part of the fun for the whole family!

Take a Walking Tour of the History Park (1020 11th St.) from 11-11:30. Meet at the school house. The tour is free.

Golden Quilt Company has Quilt ’til You Wilt starting at 5PM.

Golden Weekends starts at 5PM, with free carriage rides and street musicians from 5-7. The stores will be open until 8PM and many of them will have gold balloons out, signifying that they’re offering something special such as wine tasting, demonstrations, food tastings, art, and more.

The Quilt Museum will have their opening reception for their new show from 6-8, featuring Hollis Chatelain’s art quilts. Free admission.

The Library is having Karaoke Jammin’ for teens from 6-8PM.

1918 Colorado Transcript - Golden ColoradoColorado Transcript, May 1918

One hundred years ago, May 30th, 1918, the country had entered World War I, and Golden was on war-time footing. The Colorado Transcript of that date was encouraging people to buy their coal for next winter, because of an anticipated shortage. By general order, eating houses were only allowed to serve two sugar lumps with meals and women were being urged to preserve eggs.

The United States was sending wheat to help feed its allies in Europe. Americans were encouraged to eat wheat sparingly, with Monday and Wednesdays being “wheatless” days, and eating wheat at only one meal a day on the other five days. It was OK to eat potatoes, as illustrated by this ad showing a fighting potato.

An auction was held at the Gem Theater (now the Starbucks, at 13th and Washington), selling livestock to raise $80 for the Red Cross. All Jefferson County boys who were 21 or about to turn 21 were required to come to the Golden post office to register for the draft.

May 30th 1918 was also Memorial Day.  The few remaining Civil War veterans decorated graves in the Veterans section of the cemetery, then met at the Armory Building and marched down to Clear Creek, where they tossed flowers into the rushing waters in memory of dead sailors.

In other news, the Welch Ditch broke. “With a roar that could be hear in many parts o the city, the Welch ditch broke at eight o’clock this morning, just back of the Turpie residence on East street. A huge volume of water is still pouring through the big gap in the ditch bank at the time of going to press, and much damage is being done the city streets and to residence properties in the vicinity of East Street.”

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the old issues, and they’re currently up to June of 1948. You’ll find old Transcripts online at  You can contribute to the cost of the digitizing project with a donation to the Golden History Museums.

Graduation, Parades, and More

December 15, 2017

Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

Congratulations to the people graduating from the Colorado School of Mines today! Undergraduates will receive their degrees at a 9AM ceremony and graduate degrees will be conferred at 3PM. Both ceremonies will take place in Lockridge Arena in the Student Recreation Center.

The Library is having a Toddler Dance Party this morning at 11:15.

The pool at the Community Center will re-open today, after being closed for several weeks for maintenance work.

The Rock Rest Lodge is having an Ugliest Sweater party tonight at 9PM.

The Golden Gate Grange (map) is holding a Karaoke Christmas Sing tonight from 6:30-8. No reservations are needed. The lyrics will be on a big screen TV. The event is free, and everyone is invited. Optionally, feel free to bring cookies to share.

Santa's Mailbox at the Golden Visitors Center

Today is the LAST day to bring a letter to Santa to his mailbox at the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). Bring one today (and include a return address) and Santa will respond.

Tomorrow is the LAST Olde Golden Christmas parade for the year, and the LAST day for free carriage rides. The parade starts at 10:30 and the carriage rides run from 12-3.

Casey Brown will have Cocktails with a Councilor tomorrow afternoon at 3PM at the miners Saloon, 1109 Miners Alley.

Preview of December Events in Golden

November 30, 2017

Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

All Month
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market
A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse
“How New Is Modern?” at the Quilt Museum
“A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen” and “A Visit to the Wild West” at the Buffalo Bill Museum
“Railroad Chin” and “T is for Trains” at the Railroad Museum
“Epic Events” “Made in Golden: Where Innovation Lives” “Show & Tell: Highlights From the Collection” and “Turn It Up: Golden’s Musical Memories” at the History Museum

For details on any of these events, refer to the calendar at

Golden High School Craft Faire
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Concert in the Mines Library
30th Annual Candlelight Walk, 6:30
Library – Cookies, Cider, Ukuleles
Family Sing-Along in Parfet Park 7PM
Ornament Signing in the Visitors Center, 7PM
Jeffco Open Space telescope at the Visitors Center, 7PM
Destination Dance Performance at the Rotary Amphitheater 7PM
Winter Concert at the School of Mines, 7:30
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Local Authors, 12:30-2:30
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Golden Concert Choir Concert, 3PM and 7PM
Gardner History 2018 Calendar Open House
Rocket Blast Workshop at the Rec Center
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves, 10-11
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Free Gift w/Admission
Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10-3
Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge, 10AM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Midnight Masquerade for Miners Alley
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Christmas with Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert
DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titan Experience at CSM
DIY Light-Up Holiday Cards at the Library
Jeffco Open Space Beginning Birders
English Paper Piecing at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Meeting: Future Use of Pleasant View Property
Jeffco Innovators Workshop
Christmas Tree Lighting at St. Joseph’s
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Broke Holidays – DIY at the Library
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
CSM Geology Museum Lecture
GHS Holiday Choir Concert
Holiday Book Sale at the Library
Family Art Night at the Community Center
GHS Holiday Band Concert
Breakfast with Santa
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Pictures with Santa @ Applewood Valley Methodist
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Create a 3D Printed Cookie Cutter @ Library
MOMS Club of Golden
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Beer Talks: Warriors, Water, and Wild Beasts: Quenching Thirst Peacefully in the Shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Holiday Plant Care @ CSU Extension
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Author Visit @ the Library-Andi Gregory Pearson
Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Community Center
Wild Wednesday@ the Library
Vocal Music Concert @ Bell Middle School
Fall Commencement at the School of Mines
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Holiday Dance Show
Cocktails with Councilor Casey Brown
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Story Time and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Wintering by Peter Geye
Band Concert @ Bell Middle School
Printmaking Cards @ the Library
Winter Solstice
DIY Holiday Ornaments @ the Library
Ukulele Wednesdays @ the Library
Library for Adults w/Disabilities
Grow a Crystal Ornament @ the Library
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ the Golden Library
New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Denver Kickers Club

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