Museum News and Appreciating the Unappreciated

February 17, 2019

The Colorado Railroad Museum will be closed today through Friday for remodeling. Their big news is that they just received three new railcars, donated by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The PPCR is closed this year for restoration, and when they re-open, it will be with all new equipment. Fortunately, they have given some of their antique rolling stock to our Railroad Museum!

The Golden History Museum posted a photo of a crocus from their garden yesterday–plus, they’re offering free admission all year, so there are two good reasons to visit today.

Dennis Potter’s lecture on “The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder – Part 2” (Weds night at 6PM) is SOLD OUT. They will have a waiting list that night, so if you didn’t get a ticket, show up at 5:30 and ask to be put on the list.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is gearing up for their annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, which will be next Sunday (2/24) from 10AM-5PM. This is always a fun event, with free admission, crafts, living historians, and free birthday cake. Plan to attend next Sunday.

The Quilt Museum has two exhibits right now: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection. Both are fabulous, of course.

The Museum offered a class last month, as part of the previous exhibit, on Paper Art Quilts by Jane Mathews. Jane Mathews taught a class on how to create paper quilts, and it SOLD OUT. They are offering it again next Saturday, the 23rd. That one is almost sold out, so sign up soon!

Foothills Art Center will be closed tomorrow (Presidents Day), but they’re open today from 12-5PM. It’s a good day to visit the 2019 MEMBERS’ SHOW and the POWER OF PROCESS: A JEFFCO STUDENT EXHIBITION.

Appreciating the Unappreciated
The Jefferson County Coalition is looking for nominations for their Annual Good News Breakfast. This year’s theme is “Unsung Heroes…Not all Heroes Wear Capes.” Each and every day there are people in our community who are quietly doing good things to make our community better. These are people and/or organizations who go above and beyond, with little fanfare or expectation of being praised or recognized. You know who they are. They have done extra special things for their community, those in need, or for someone unable to do things for themselves. Help us find and share the stories of these Unsung Heroes doing good things for Jefferson County! We will honor them at the 2019 Good News Breakfast on April 30th. Nominations are due by Friday, February 22nd. Learn more and nominate someone….

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!

Railways–Extinct and Imagined–and Christmas Plays

December 17, 2018
Castle Rock Mountain Railway, circa 1913 - Golden CO

I was driving down North Ford Street yesterday afternoon, when the sun was at just the right angle to really highlight the old scar from the funicular railway.  For a few years in the 19-teens, Golden had two of these railroads.  One went up Lookout Mountain and the other other traveled up South Table Mountain to Castle Rock.

Tuesday Preview:
The Downtown Merchants are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Connects Workspace in the Armory Building.

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The Railroad Museum will host their monthly Director’s Storytime and Craft at 10AM Tuesday morning. Join fellow young train enthusiasts, in collaboration with the Golden Public Library, for a morning of rail stories and make-and-take crafts. Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission.  This month they’re reading The Polar Express!

This is the last week to see the Christmas plays at Miners Alley. The children’s show, The Story of the Nutcracker, will be performed every day, Monday through Saturday at 11AM, with an extra show Saturday at 1PM. A Christmas Carol will play at 7:30PM Tuesday through Saturday. The two final performances of A Christmas Carol will be Sunday at 1 and 6PM.

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

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade…and More!

December 1, 2018

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn, 8:30-10AM.

Craft Faire from 9AM-4PM at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Avenue (map).
Come support local craft folk to buy presents for the holidays (or yourself). Crafts include pottery, jewelry, hats and scarves, decorations, etc. Children’s Market – 10:00 a.m. to noon

Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10AM-4PM
Complete all of your holiday shopping in one spot while supporting a good cause. The bazaar is a great place for you to find all kinds of gifts for everyone on your list – large and small items, gifts for the home, gifts of food and snacks. The event helps support the Golden High School PTA. Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from over 90 local artists. Holiday and home decors, wreathes, jewelry, ornaments, fashion apparel, pet merchandise, gourmet food, and more! Free parking and admission.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is offering a free gift with admission from 10AM-4PM. 200 Violet Street, Suite 240 (map)

Holiday Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge 10AM-2PM. Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy (map).  Join us and decorate some fun dinosaur ornaments for the holidays! Free for FODR members – $2/child non-members

Santa at the Station from 10AM-2PM
This December Santa is making a special stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum to pose for photos with visitors during the day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!* Take a fun & unique family holiday photo this special season! Admission: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, no reservations required. *Santa will take a short lunch break around noon.

Olde Golden Christmas on Parade 10:30-11
Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after, including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of CommerceToday’s Grand Marshal will be out new Fire Chief, Alicia Welch, with special guests Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl!

Pictures with Santa at Avenue Gifts 11:30-3PM
Bring your camera and make a great holiday photo at Avenue Gifts, 1212 Washington Avenue (map).

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 12-3PM
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Golden. Rides start at 12th Street between Washington and Arapahoe in front of Wings of Eagles, weather-permitting.

Olde Golden Christmas book by Barb Warden

Golden Hayride from 12-3PM
Free hayrides on the popular Golden Hayride one hour after the Christmas Parade. Join Santa on the ride. Pick-up point in front of Gold Mine Cupcakes, 700 12th Street (map)

The Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley’s Children’s Theater 1PM
Nearly everyone knows the tale of the Nutcracker: A gift to Marie from her Godfather Drosslemeier on Christmas Eve. Sadly, the beautiful Nutcracker gets broken and later that night Marie goes to check up on it. To her surprise, it has come alive, and a story-within-the-story begins! The audience is invited to become a part of the Nutcracker story and everyone gets to live happily ever after.

Pictures with Santa at Foothills Art Center 1-3PM
Enjoy a free family picture with Santa Claus while exploring and shopping the Holiday Art Market featuring fine handcrafted items and holiday gifts! Free

Artist Demos at Holiday Art Mart 2-3PM
Gain a deeper insight into the art-making process on Saturday afternoons during the Holiday Art Market with demonstrations and artist talks from Joni Emily.   Foothills Art Center

Golden Landmarks’ Holiday Shoppe 2-7PM
Old Fashioned Holiday Shoppe, featuring hand-crafted ornaments, decorations, and accessories for the home and holidays.  Takes place on the decks at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop and in the Golden Landmarks Association office…all at 14th and Washington.

Golden Concert Choir presents Handel’s Messiah at 4PM
Golden Concert Choir sings Handel’s Messiah – Part II & Additional Selections. Tickets online or at the door.

Art Rocks the Toad! at 4-7PM
Join us for an intimate evening of live art and music for Art Rocks The Toad! You will have a chance to win one of three original Jesse Crock paintings live! Entertainment provided by Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys.  Mountain Toad Brewing, 900 Washington Avenue (map)

Spirits in the Wind Gallery Open House from 5-8PM
Christmas Open House with refreshments. Spirits in the Wind Gallery 1211 Washington Avenue (map)

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley at 7:30PM
This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only five actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this brand new adaptation that is destined to become your favorite holiday celebration!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 7:30 p.m.  Sunday – 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Woody’s Downhill Saturday 9-midnight
Check out the latest ski and snowboard flicks and enter to win A-Basin and Loveland lift tickets, Never Summer snowboards, and sweet gear from Vans, Icelantic, Bent Gate, Powder 7, Vital Outdoors, IFA Prowear, Geigerrig, Larson’s Ski & Sport, and more! $3.50 pints $13 pitchers

Author Visit, Black Friday, A Christmas Carol, Live Music, Elf Run

November 23, 2018

Author Rich Grant will be at the Railroad Museum from 1-2 this afternoon to sign copies of his latest book: 100 Things To Do In Denver Before You Die: Second Edition.

Today is Black Friday, and lots of Golden’s locally-owned small businesses have special deals today.  Please make sure you check today’s Golden Business News to see if something catches your eye.  There will be even more specials tomorrow, for Small Business Saturday.

It’s time to get your tickets to this year’s version of A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse:

This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only five actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this Miners Alley adaptation that has already become your favorite holiday celebration!

Tonight’s Live Music

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

Barrels and Bottles – Giant Zero, 6PM

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – The Tony Luke Coup, 7PM

Saturday Preview

5K Elf Run in downtown Golden to support Be A Tool

The Be a Tool 5K Run will begin at 8:30 tomorrow morning under the Howdy Folks arch. Mens & women’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall winner and 1st place for 12 and under will receive a medal.   It’s not too late to register!

Craft Fairs and Concerts and Train Wrecks in Golden

November 2, 2018

Golden United Methodist Church Craft Sale - Golden ColoradoThe Golden United Methodist Church is holding their 34th Annual Holiday Craft Fair from 10AM-4PM today and 9AM-3PM tomorrow. Over 20 vendors with crafts of all kinds, bake sale (including awesome homemade frozen fruit pies), and White Elephant items. Delicious lunch available for purchase both days 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1500 Ford Street, Golden, CO (map)

The Jeffco Schools are releasing the kids early today, so the the Library is hosting Freaky Friday–games, crafts, and Legos from 2-3:30. From 5-7PM, the Library will host Teens After Dark: Teen Video Game Night. Enjoy friendly competition and play some video games with friends. Snacks provided.

CSM Arthur Lakes Libraray Concert - Golden CO

Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines Campus is offering a free concert (Walton and Wood, Rockabilly) today from 12-1PM. Performances are free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring your lunch, sit back, relax, and enjoy music, poetry, theater, and other fine entertainments! 1400 Illinois Street, Golden, CO (map)

At 6:30, you can enjoy Colorado Rails and Cocktails at the Railroad Museum. Tonight’s subject is Train Wreck!

Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

Train wrecks occur for many reasons and leave a lasting impression, join Kris Autobee as she looks at these accidents from an historian’s perspective. The 1921 Pueblo flood and the fire on William Jennings Bryant’s train and of course the famous Casey Jones wreck are all explored.

Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Doors open at 5:30PM for early enjoyment of Museum displays, bar opens at 6:00PM and the presentation starts promptly at 6:30PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:00PM.Admission: $20 for members and $25 for non-members. 21 and older only.

Advance tickets required. Order online. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:00PM.  Minimum Age: 21

Mines Little Theater Group will present Neil Simon’s Rumors tonight at 7PM in the theater at the Mountaineering Museum (710 10th St.). Tickets are $7 for Mines people and $10 for the general public. The performance will be repeated tomorrow at 2PM and again at 7PM.

Tonight’s Live Music:
Barrels and Bottles – Wylie “Crazy Horse Jones Reggae, 6PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – John Adam Smith, 8PM
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM

Saturday Preview (details in the calendar):

The Methodist Church Craft Fair continues, from 9AM-3PM

The Golden Terrace Village annual craft fair Saturday from 9AM-3PM.

Councilor Rob Reed will fill in for Councilor Charis-Graves at tomorrow’s 10AM Coffee with a Councilor at Bean Fosters. (Saoirse is in Ireland!)

Demon Dash 5K Run/Walk 9AM

Class at Foothills Art CenterFigure Drawing from the Model: Step-by-Step 12:30-5:30PM

Free workshop for kids at Home Depot: build a model military helicoptor (in honor of Veterans Day) 9AM-noon

Fandomonium (like a mini-ComiCon, sponsored by the Library) at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 4-8PM

Powder7’s Ski Season Kickoff Party 6-9PM

West Side Live! Presents Wasted on the Young 7PM

Night at the Museums – Free admission to Dinosaur Ridge (4-9PM) AND the Golden History Museum (5-9PM)

Halloween Celebrations, a Coat Drive, and Drug Take-Back Day

October 27, 2018

Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

The Railroad Museum is running their Trick or Treat Train today and tomorrow from 10AM-4PM.  Lots of tricks, a few treats, a maze, and a lot of fun!  Learn more about the Trick or Treat Train….

The School of Mines Society of Physics Students is holding their annual Haunted Physics Lab today from 10AM-1PM.  Club members will demonstrate various experiments in the spirit of Halloween.  This is also a good chance to see their fancy new building, because it’s being held in the new Coors Tek Center, 1523 Illinois Street (map)!

National Drug Take-Back DayThe Golden Police and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office are both participating in National Drug Take-Back Day today from 10AM-2PM. Clean out your medicine cabinet!

Natural Grocers are celebrating mushrooms with three events today: the Magic of Mushrooms at 11AM, Charlie the Chicken Mushroom! also at 11, and Assembling a Colorado Mycoflora at noon.  Learn more about these magical mushroom events….

Mountain Side Gear Rental is hosting its Second Annual Share the Warmth Gear and Coat Drive today from 10AM-2PM. Homelessness affects thousands of Jefferson County residents, many of them families with children under 18 years old. Join Mountain Side Gear Rental in helping those that are less fortunate and in need and make a difference in the community you work and live in. Easily drop off your gently used gear from your car at Mountain Side Gear Rental with one of our great volunteers.  Learn more about the coat drive….

Colorado Haunted History will give their Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tour twice tonight–once at 7PM and again at 9:30PM. This tour is fascinating, and solidly grounded in Golden History.

Tonight’s Golden City Historic Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl is sold out, but they’re offering one final one on Halloween (Wednesday). Stories come to life as you meet the ghosts who haunt the streets of Old Golden City. You will feel the energy of Golden’s darker past while enjoying some of the best pubs and saloons in town!

Halloween parties in Golden CO

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, New Terrain Brewing, Golden Moon Speakeasy, Miners Saloon, the Ace Hi Tavern, Jolynn’s Food & Spirits, the Rock Rest Lodge, and the GLDN Mill are ALL having Halloween parties tonight! Get the details from our Halloween calendar at GOLDENHALLOWEEN.COM.

Golden Businesses up for Auction, Yeti Night, Jared Polis, and the Haunted Railroad Museum

October 22, 2018

YETI Night in Golden Colorado

The Library is hosting a meeting from 6-7:30 tonight on “Alzheimer’s Education: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body. Learn more….

This is a busy week in Golden. Here are several items you might want to get on your calendar:

The Briarwood Inn equipment is up for auction this week, and tomorrow is the day (from 9AM – 4PM) to go inspect the items. If you want to buy something, place a bid online.

The Arthur Lakes Library on the School of Mines campus will host an ED Talk (by Ed Raines, Collection Manager for the Geology Museum) on the People of Leadville Colorado. 4PM.

Golden Library - Mad Scientist JarsThe Library will host a workshop on Wednesday to make “Mad Scientist Jars.” This is for kids aged 8 to 12. As of last night, there were only 4 spots remaining, so if you want your kids to participate, sign them up now!

Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis will be at the School of Mines on Wednesday from 7-8PM for a meet and greet and Q&A. You are invited. Ben Parker Student Center, 1200 16th Street (map).

Golden High School Play - She Kills MonstersHeritage Square Amusement Park Auction, 10:30-6:30.

YETI Night at the Mountaineering Museum, 6-9PM.

Golden High School play: She Kills Monsters. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7PM and Sat at 2PM. Buy tickets Online.

Fall Gear Sale at the Mountaineering Center, 6-8PM.

Exhibit Opening Reception at the Quilt Museum from 6-8PM: Fabric Challenge and Paper Art Quilts of Jane Matthews

Haunted Railroad Museum (paranormal investigators) 7:30-10PM.

Cool Weather and Lots Going On

October 6, 2018

Autumn in Golden Colorado

Cool, cloudy weather is here, just in time to remind us of why some things are shutting down for the season. Here’s what’s happening in Golden today:

FINAL Golden Farmers Market for the season
Last chance till next spring to buy fresh produce, baked goods, salsa, etc. from the Golden Farmers Market.
Fall Tack Sale at the Horse Protection League
You’ll find incredible bargains on saddles, bridles, headstalls, blankets…everything the well-dressed horse needs! And for your own dressing needs, check out their new HPL-branded t-shirts and hoodies.  For the little ones, you’ll find some cute and cuddly stuffed horse toys.
Green Homes Tour
This year’s tour includes 7 homes in Golden and many others in Arvada and the foothills. The homes will be open from 9AM to 4PM and you can visit as many or as few as you like. You can register for the tour and receive the map and guidebook online or do it in person at the Jefferson Unitarian Church – 14350 W. 32nd Ave (map).
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Golden City Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will be Bean Fosters this morning to talk to constituents about any questions or concerns they have regarding Golden.
Worldwide Photowalk
On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photograph.  The Golden group will meet in the Library parking lot.  More info….
Avalanche Harley Davidson is hosting Hogtoberfest and will be serving $1 beers • Free brats and pretzels.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to teach, but what he learns there nearly frightens him out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod learns of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman.
Golden Elks 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Golden Elks invite you to attend an Open House event at their Lodge, 16795 W. 50th Avenue, Golden, CO (map).
FINAL Golden Super Cruise for the Season
Classic cars will congregate along South Golden Road and will be seen driving around town all day.  If the weather is nice, car owners often continue to visit Golden on first Saturdays throughout the winter, but October is the last official cruise for this year.
Model Railroad Show at the RR Museum
The High Plains 3 Railers present a weekend of 3 Rail Model Railroading at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of classic toy trains from 1925 to the present.
Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse
The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas—the seas themselves aren’t very calm—and one couple is thinking about having a child. LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Live Music
Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Golden Moon Speakeasy – Anthony Russo, 8PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Liquor Biscuit, 4-8PM

Many thanks to the people and organizations who support "What's Happening in Golden."