Summer Solstice and How to Celebrate

June 21, 2019

This is the summer solstice–the longest day of the year! We’ll have 14 hours, 59 minutes, and 14 seconds of daylight. The sun will rise at 5:32AM and set at 8:31PM. We’re four days past the full moon, but in case your evening revelries extend into nighttime, the moon will rise at 11:52PM.

Golden Weekends Downtown:
Celebrate the solstice by coming downtown tonight for a carriage ride, some street music, a browse through the downtown shops and a bite at the restaurants. Tonight’s music is sponsored by Creekside Jewelers and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Jim Hecker (strings) and Trevor Toms (vocal and guitar) will be playing along Washington Avenue from 5-8PM.

The carriages, which will operate from 6-8PM, are sponsored by Avenue Gifts. Start the ride on 12th Street, next to the Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse.

While you’re down there, you should take a walk along the creek, to see how high it is…I attended a Golden Cultural Alliance meeting on the Visitors Center patio yesterday morning, and it was hard to hear each other over the roar of the Creek!

Dave Powers, who does a lot of photography for, will host a slideshow and discussion about his trip to Cuba at Cafe 13 tonight at 6PM. If you’re interested in Cuba or just want to meet the great Dave Powers–come! If you can’t attend the talk, make sure you stop in the Cafe sometime soon to see Dave’s Cuba pictures, hanging on the walls.

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Buffalo Rose – Boogie Machine, 8PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Face the Music, 7-11PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Falling Rock, 5-9PM

Saturday Preview:
The Farmers Market will run from 8AM-1PM. This week’s Chamber Business Spotlight Booth will be occupied by Golden Real Estate. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will be there in the Golden Cultural Alliance booth.

The Golden Fire Department often rescues hikers who fall or become trapped in Clear Creek Canyon, west of the City. The are partnering with the Colorado Mountain Club tomorrow, offering a FREE “Introduction to Hiking Safely.” The program will be held at the firestation from 11AM-1PM. Click here to register.

Don’t forget tomorrow’s Summer Solstice fundraiser at Golden City Brewery. Get your limited edition pint glasses filled with beer for$10, all of which goes to support Comeback Yoga and their work with veterans and PTSD. Yoga in the grass starts 11am. Pile High Burgers will be there all day!

Opinions, Finances, Music, and Yoga for Veterans

June 19, 2019

Thanks for the responses to my question about including guest editorials/letters to the editor. The responses were 50/50, with some people loving the idea and others recoiling in horror at the thought of another Nextdoor full of whining and sniping and commercial messages. That’s certainly not what I’m envisioning, but I can see that I would need to carefully define editorial rules. Readers said they like the “factual” and “impartial” nature of What’s Happening in Golden, and don’t want it filled with people’s opinions. I’ll continue to think about it. In the meantime, if you belong to a citizens’ group, be aware that I will publish press releases in the News Stories About Golden email that comes out at 3PM.

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee meets at 7:30 this morning in City Council Chambers. The Finance Director will report on our sales and use tax revenue (up from last year but less than projected in the 2019 budget). The Planning Director will report on parking issues downtown. (The lots west of Washington Ave. and perpetually full, while the higher levels in the parking garages east of Washington are user-used.) The Planning Director and Bethany Thomas from Calvary Church will provide an update on the Investment Forum Task Force. The Police Chief will provide an update on police business. The owners of the Dove Inn will describe their plans for redeveloping the Astor House. The City Manager will provide an update on their “due diligence” investigations into the Coors office building and property that the City plans to buy. You can watch the meeting live on the agenda page.

The Planning Commission will meet tonight at 6:30 in Council Chambers. They will discuss possible changes to the size limits for Accessory Dwelling Units within houses. They will also discuss the definition of “a household.” This issue is of concern to a city because there are generally limits as to how many unrelated people can live in a dwelling. For more information, see the meeting packet.

Night Life:
Miners Saloon – Lindsey Saunders, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Fish, 5-8:30PM
Dirty Dogs Road House – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Mountain Toad – Fly-Tying with Golden River Sports, 6-9PM
It’s also Pint Night at Mountain Toad. For every pint sold, $1 will go to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center – CAIC.

Get This on Your Calendar:
This Saturday, Golden City Brewery will hold its 23rd Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser! Get your limited edition pint glasses filled with beer for$10, all of which goes to support Comeback Yoga and their work with veterans and PTSD. Yoga in the grass starts 11am. Pile High Burgers will be there all day!

June Weather and Fathers Day in Golden

June 16, 2019

And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days…

James Russell, 1848

Golden is pretty at any time of the year, but it is exceptional right now…everything is green, the temperatures are moderate, and the creek is roaring high. I hope you can get out and enjoy it. It’s a great time for a walk along the creek.

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there! Here are some ideas of ways to entertain fathers today.

For Flexible Dads:
Golden City Brewery will host Summer Yoga in the Lawn from 10-11AM. Donation based class, followed by happy hour pricing on beer.

For Historically-Minded Dads
The Buffalo Bill Museum is hosting An Afternoon will Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. They’ll have shows on the observation deck (gorgeous views) at both 12:30 and 2:30PM.

For Train-Loving Dads:
The Railroad Museum will have antique tractors and engines, Model A and Model T Fords, model railroads, train rides, food trucks, a storyteller, and face painting. The Museum is open from 9-5 today, with rides and entertainment from 10AM-4PM. Free admission for Dads today!

For Conspiracy Theorist Dads:
Miners Alley is offering free admission for fathers attending today’s 2PM performance of Queen of Conspiracy.

For Music-Loving Dads:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario at 11AM and Nightwolf at 2PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Outliers from 3-7PM

For Athletic Dads:
Join the weekly pickup soccer games at Southridge Park (map)–kids at 4PM and adults at 4:30PM. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

For Dads Who Eat:
The Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel is offering a BBQ Ribs special from 12-10PM.
Cafe 13 is offering Pancakes and Bourbon on the Patio from 7AM-2PM. Their full menu will also be available.
Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar is offering fathers a free drink with any entree.
Schnepf’s Restaurant at Fossil Trace will be grilling on the terrace from 4-8:30PM.
The Table Mountain Inn is offering “Dad Favorites” from 12-10PM.

Cheese Ranch Deli is all about goats this Fathers Day! They will be serving grilled cheese sandwiches made with goat cheese, offering 10% off goat cheese, and have a mini-petting zoo (featuring goats!).

The moon will be full tonight. It will rise at 8:02PM and set at 5:50 tomorrow morning. Source:

Monday Preview:
The Golden History Museum is hosting a lecture tomorrow night from 6-7:30PM: Western Women through American Art
What does it take to be a Western woman? We might not see many women within Western American art, but that does not mean women never ventured west or were not making art out west. Come explore the important Western women including the first Anglo woman that traveled west, the partner of a prominent western artist, and women artists working in the West, among many more. $0 Members; $10 non-members. Presented by Colleen Sullivan, Program and Marketing Coordinator at the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection Register here….