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 Goldentoday.com, 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!

An Art-Centric Day in Golden, Plus Music

June 6, 2019

The Public Art Commission meets this morning at 9AM in City Council Chambers. They will review the final draft of an Art in Your Park brochure. (That’s a program where City plans to put temporary art installations in parks throughout the city.) They will discuss plans for an Open House during Arts Week. They will consider ways to promote the new art installation off of highway 93 at the north entrance to town. Staff will provide updates on the Community Art Partnership (local young artists), a “Greetings from Golden” mural to be placed on the History Museum, and a project to decorate several signal boxes.

The Commission will discuss relocating the statue of the Prospector & Burro. That piece was originally located at 13th and Washington and was moved down by the creek for a while. A statue of a bicyclist replaced it at 13th and Washington. The bicycle statue was hit by cars or trucks several times. Citizens submitted a petition to get the prospector back. Recently, a truck jumped the curb and hit the base of the statue, so the city is considering relocating it again. See the agenda for more details about these topics.


The Library will offer Wee Create: Outdoor Art for preschoolers and toddlers from 11:15AM-noon.


Foothills Art Center will have a members-only preview of their new show, “Amuse Yeux,” from from 6-8PM. Join us Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6 pm for Member Preview of Amuse Yeux. Over 60 works for sale under $300. Please be aware, this is a FAC Member Only event. Please renew or join ahead of time. Please bring your membership card for faster check-in.


Tonight’s Live Music:
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke at 9PM
Columbine Cafe – High Road Home, 7-9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6-10PM
Golden Hotel – Teresa Caroll, featuring the swinging trio of Joe Lopez bass, Ron Jolly piano and Dave Rolhf drums, 6-9PM
New Terrain Brewing Company – Music by the Mesa, 6-9PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Bruce Cole, 5-9PM


Friday Preview:
8AM-4PM Huge Rummage and Bake Sale at the Golden Gate Grange (map)
5-7PM Golden Weekends: Free Carriage Rides and Live Music Downtown

Art on Tap, History Lecture, City Council, Live Music, Full Moon

April 18, 2019

The City’s Bike Library opens today. It is located behind the Visitors Center (10th & Washington). You can borrow one for free for two hours or all day for $10. Learn more….

The Library is offering “Cardboard Creations” for preschoolers – tweens from 4:30-6:30. It’s a car! It’s a plane! It’s whatever you imagine, but it’s definitely not just a box. Using cardboard, Makedo™ screws, tape and a lot of creativity, there’s no limit to what you can build. Drop in and build. Supplies provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have some tough decisions as to what to do tonight.

6PM – Foothills Art Center is hosting Art on Tap tonight. They’ll be playing Bingo. Test your luck and knowledge of art and have fun with friends! Beer provided by Golden City Brewery. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT. Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

6PM – The Golden History Center is hosting a lecture tonight. Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why. Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. $0 Members; $10 non-members Register.

6PM – The School of Mines will hold a Community Meeting from 6-7PM at the Ben Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom (map). They will discuss Sustainability (Phase II Energy Performance Contract), Construction Projects (Green Center – North Chiller Plant, Parking Garage/Classroom Building, Spruce Hall, Jackson Hall – Partnership, Facility Operations North, Facility Operations South, Utility Infrastructure Improvements, and MP Parking lot), and the Mines Master Plan (Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building, Washington/18th Parking Garage, 14th Street shared pedestrian/vehicle way, Mines Park Daycare Center).

6:30 – City Council will have a Study Session (no public comment) in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Historic Preservation Board’s Preservation Plan: The preservation planning process worked on developing a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of Golden’s historic and cultural resources. The plan identifies important stories that reflect Golden’s history and culture, looks for ways to improve the interpretation, understanding, and enjoyment of Golden’s stories, and identifies sites and resources that are part of telling those stories. Council will also review a draft of a Board and Commission Manual. You can see both documents in tonight’s meeting packet….

Tonight’s Live Music:

Full Moon:

The moon will be full at 5:12AM tomorrow morning. It will rise at 7PM tonight and set at 6:45 tomorrow morning.

Friday Preview:

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the rundown on the many Easter celebrations you can expect on Saturday.