Funding the Symphony and Selling the Astor House

June 17, 2019

The Downtown Development Authority will meet in City Council Chambers at 6:30. They will consider a grant request from the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra to help pay the costs associated with their free summer concert in Parfet Park. The Symphony is requesting $4900 to defray the $8560 cost of presenting the concert. According to the meeting memo, “The Grants Committee was divided on the application. One member is not in favor due to the repetitive nature of this request and because the City’s Special Events Committee offered some relief for Parfet Park fees. Another member supported the application as JSO is still actively pursuing other funding avenues.”

The DDA’s grant application form states that “The DDA does not intend to become a regular, anticipated funding partner with any organization. We hope that our limited funding will enable worthwhile organizations to establish permanent funding sources; rise to new levels of service; meet an urgent need or take advantage of a unique opportunity. Likewise, if we can help build a small or large improvement that will last for many years and contribute to life in Golden we are interested in making one-time or occasional contributions.”

Of course, it’s hard to find other funding sources for a free event, and it would be hard to point to a more appropriate funder than the Downtown Development Authority. According to their web page, their grants are intended “… to help businesses thrive, enhance arts and culture opportunities, and make downtown a wonderful place to visit.”

They will also hear a report about the Astor House. The committee that has been reviewing proposals recommends that the City sell the building to the owners of the Dove Inn. For details, review the meeting packet or watch the meeting….

Tonight’s 6PM lecture at the History Museum, Western Women through American Art, is sold out for members, but $10 tickets are still available for non-members. Museum members might want to call, to see if there have been any cancellations: 303-278-3557.

The Library will have Story Time Under the Stars from 7-7:30 this evening. It’s a special starry night Story Time for all ages. The lights dim as we read about the moon and stars and get ready for bed. Pajamas, blankies and stuffed animals encouraged. This event is suitable for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers.

New Terrain Brewing will host Fireside Pickers starting at 6PM.
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse will have Open Mic from 6:30-9:30.

Tuesday Preview:
10AM – Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
11:30AM – ED Talks: Pikes Peak Batholith – Colorado Precambrian at the Geology Museum
1PM – UFOs in America at the Library (adults)
2PM – Local Liquor Licensing Authority
6PM – GURA and DDA Joint Open House
7PM – Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board

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….

Support Art + Trout, Herbs, Livestock, and More in Golden Tonight

May 29, 2019

Foothills Art Center is developing a new program to encourage creativity in children at the local elementary schools. As they explain, Without imagination and the investigation of ideas, knowledge will languish. And creativity isn’t just for artists. Even those in S.T.E.M.-related fields benefit from thinking creatively. Henry Ford imagined the automobile instead of the faster horses others were breeding. Elon Musk is working on an underground tunnel system with car elevators and a hyperloop instead of improving ground transportation. Envisioning solutions like these requires more than technical ability; they demand imagination, creativity, and a sense of belief in the impossible. It is easy to take creativity for granted. But it is a precious energy, and it’s something to be nurtured and protected. If this sounds like something you would like to support, please visit their donation page. In the meantime, learn more about this program….

6-6:30PM – West Denver Trout Unlimited is having a Women’s Casting Meet Up tonight from 6-6:30PM at the Mountaineering Center. Ladies, come on out and learn how to rig up and cast with some fun gals from Colorado. Bring your rod or borrow one of ours. Anyone is welcome! Free wine provided! Join us!

The Casting Meet Up will be held before the 6:30 Trout Unlimited meeting, which is also at the Mountaineering Center. Tonight’s speaker is Levi Lambert. Levi, a self-described fly fishing addict, grew up in western Montana, fishing the rivers and creeks of the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding areas. After graduating from the University of Montana, he and his wife moved out to Colorado to live on the South Platte River, near the town of Deckers. A passion for teaching the technical aspects of fly fishing and for providing anglers with the tools to improve their overall fishing experience is what led him to become a full-time guide. This should be an entertaining and informative presentation. We hope to see you there. Learn more about the West Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited….

5:30PM – Lookout Mountain Spring Evening Herb Walk
Come explore the variety of herbs surrounding our ranch in their spring form. It is important to know how plants develop throughout the year and identifying features at each stage. We’ll peruse a field moist from winter snow, and a Douglas fir stand – both offering different clues for upcoming summer blooms. These plants, though found in different micro-climates are common to foothills region so they will become familiar to you. Build relationship, learn identification, and which plants are useful throughout the year. Free event, requires registration. Email: to register.

6-7:30PM – A Different Kind of Pilgrim to Early New England at the Golden History Museum Learn more….

6-7:30PM – Ukulele Wednesdays at the Library
Got a Ukulele? Know a few chords or songs? Jam with us and other ukulele enthusiasts the last Wednesday of each month. These are not lessons, just a chance to play with others. Suitable for: Ages 13+

6-7:30PM – Hiking Colorado’s 14ers at Bent Gate Mountaineering
Learn more….

Dinosaur Ridge - Golden Cultural Alliance Member

6-7:30PM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
This talk focuses on a group of dinosaurs with spikes on the tail and plates along their backs–the stegosaurs! Free. Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO (map) RSVP at

Tonight’s Music:

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM