Lengthening Days, Full Moon, and Holiday Events

December 22, 2018
View from Vanover Park

More Celestial Excitement
Having passed the Equinox yesterday, we’ll have one extra second of daylight today . Woo-hoo!

The moon will be full at 10:48 this morning. That’s a bit confusing, since it won’t be visible at that time, but I read it on the internet, so it must be true, right? The moon will rise at 4:50PM this afternoon and set at 8:07AM tomorrow morning.

Closer to Home – Many “Lasts”
This is your last day to visit Santa (and get a photo op). He’ll be at Avenue Gifts (1212 Washington Ave.) from 11:30AM-3PM and at the Railroad Museum from 10AM-2PM.

This is also the last day to see the children’s play at Miners Alley: they’ll be performing The Story of the Nutcracker at 11AM and again at 1PM.

This is the last day to see an artist demonstrating and discussing his art at the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center. John Hamilton III will be there from 2-3PM.

This is your first, last, and BEST opportunity to enjoy a Celtic Holiday Music concert at Meyer Hardware. Jerry Barlow will be playing from 12:30-2:30PM. Enjoy the music and finish your shopping at the same time!

Horses and Beer (what’s not to like?)

December 16, 2018

Today is the last day to take a carriage ride downtown…what’s more, it’s going to be sunny and warm–nearly 60 degrees! Start your ride in front of Wings of Eagles, at 805 12th St. (map). The carriages will be running from 12-3PM today.

The carriages are available for private hire, so if you want to arrange a ride for visiting family or start planning a romantic Valentine’s date, contact Clear Creek Carriage Company.

The Library is having their monthly Global Sundae: Multicultural Family Ice Cream Social at 2PM. We’re a global community! Connect with other families, practice English, and eat ice cream while enjoying great conversation! Activities and crafts for all ages provided.

The breweries certainly give me a lot to write about:

10-11AM – Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing.
Join us for a special Sunday morning yoga class by the mesa in the beer garden with Suzanne Thomas Hauserman! We’ll have beers & brunch from Tony Guacamole Food Truck & Catering & J Street Kitchen and Food Truck following! Bring a mat.  $16 at the door which includes your first beer.

12-5PM – SJS-Open Terrarium Workshop at Coda Brewing Company.
SJS brings the peace of nature inside, infusing your daily grind with dirt therapy.Sweet Jane’s Succulents provides materials to build you own terrarium! Great for personal enjoyment as well as thoughtful, creative, living holiday gifts! We include:-various size & shape glass/ceramic containers-sand, rocks, pebbles & multi-colored moss-soil, variety of succulent/air plants & decorative touches. Price: Small: $20- 1-2 plantsMedium: $35- 3-4 plantsLarge: $50+–5 +plants. Go at your own pace with easy, step-by-step, directed instruction, ensuring a comforting, therapeutic and interactive planting experience!

12-3PM – Builds and Brewskies at Holidaily Brewing Company.
Trails snowed in? No problem! Come join us at Holidaily Brewing in Golden for some drinks and eats! Bring your Jeep and hang out with other Jeep owners.

6-10PM – Sunday Night Games and Vinyl at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
We supply the grown up games and the beer, you bring your favorites records and we’ll spin them!


Monday Preview
10-11:30AM NREL Walking Campus Tour. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Contact the Education Center at 303-384-6565 to check availability and make a reservation.

6:30-7:30PM Free Journaling Workshop at the Library, presented by Denise Richter

Final Parade

December 15, 2018

10AM-2PM – Visit Santa at the Railroad Museum. Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.
10AM-4PMFree Gift with AdmissionRocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
10:30-11AM –  Olde Golden Christmas Parade, downtown on Washington Avenue.
11:30AM-3PM – Photos with Santa at Avenue Gifts.
11:30AM-1:30 – Victorian Carolers on Washington Avenue.
12-3PM – Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (805 12th St.).
1-4PM Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses at Foothills Art Center.
1AM and 1PM – The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater.
2-3PM – Artist Demos at the Holiday Art Market, Foothills Art Center
4-8PM – Ace Hi Tavern Annual Christmas Party: bring a favorite dish to share.
7:30PM – A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse

Blaha Family in Golden Christmas Parade
Golden History Roundtable speakers Frank Blaha and Barb Warden with their daughter, Margaret Blaha – photo courtesy of Visit Golden

The final Golden History Roundtable will take place this morning at 11:30 at the Golden Library. We’ll have two short talks today.

Frank Blaha will trace Golden’s water history, from our earliest days of dipping buckets in Clear Creek to laying our first water pipes, to our pursuit of a “pure and wholesome” drinking water supply as Clear Creek became polluted by upstream mining and industry, to our current enviable position of holding senior water rights even as we pursue aggressive conservation goals. Frank is an environmental engineer and has done water quality research for the past 21 years. He also serves as the Beer Ambassador for the Golden Beer Talks lecture series! Paragraph

Barb Warden will give the second talk. She’ll describe Golden’s Christmas celebrations, beginning with our first Christmas ball in 1859 through our current month-long Olde Golden Christmas extravaganza. Barb is a history enthusiast, author of three books, and the publisher of Goldentoday.com.