Creative conversations to occur at Golden Fine Arts Festival

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Concert in the Park Tonight

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra - Golden Colorado

The Golden Fine Arts Festival continues today from 10AM-5PM.  At 6:30, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform a FREE concert in Parfet Park!

Bring your family and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of great music as you relax on the lawn.

The JSO, under the direction of Associate Conductor Steve Mallinson will perform a variety of familiar music from around the word including Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, Star Trek Through the Years and American favorite In the Moon and Sing, Sing, Sing.

It’s a good old-fashioned concert in the park that the whole family will enjoy!

The Golden Library will have a viewing party tomorrow from 10-1 to watch the solar eclipse.  They have only a few of the eclipse-viewing glasses left, and they’re keeping those few for sharing during the viewing party.

Art and Produce

Golden Fine Arts Festival - Golden Colorado

The Golden Fine Arts Festival takes place on 11th Street between Arapahoe and Maple today and tomorrow from 10AM-5PM.  The 27th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, is one of the largest and most prestigious juried art shows in the country. The 2-day Festival features over 130 artists from 20 states, including many from Colorado. Artists will be juried in various media categories such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, and photography. The GFAF has free admission and will include food vendors, live music, locally brewed beer, and free art activities for children. We invite you to join us for this wonderful art show located adjacent to beautiful Clear Creek.

Both Farmers Markets will be running today–the main Golden Farmers Market at 10th & Illinois from 8-1 and the Neighborhood Farmers Market in the Methodist Church parking lot (15th & Jackson) from 8-2.

The School of Mines Blaster’s Service Extravaganza is taking place today, so expect to see gangs of very smart and helpful young people roving around Golden.


M-Climb - Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

The incoming students for the Colorado School of Mines will do their traditional M-Climb this morning.  They will hike up Mt. Zion with a 10-pound rock from their hometown to add to the M. As is tradition, they will coat their rock with fresh whitewash at the mountainside monument.  The M Climb will kick off around 7:30 a.m. on the South Intramural Fields as members of Blue Key Honor Society spray paint the hard hats of incoming students. Then the students will hike up Mt. Zion to add their rock to the M.  Keep an eye on the M this morning to see if you can spot them!

Tonight is the third of four weeks of Movies & Music in the Park.  The Kalama Polynesian Dancers will begin performing at 7, and the movie, Moana, will be shown at dusk.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs!

The Golden Fine Arts Festival takes place this weekend on 11th Street, so make sure you take time to attend Saturday or Sunday (or both)!  The weekend will wrap up with a free concert by the Jefferson Symphony on Sunday night in Parfet Park.

Back to School

Back to School - Golden Colorado

This is the first day of classes for the Jefferson County Schools.  It’s also move-in day for the students at the Colorado School of Mines.

Are you ready for the Golden Fine Arts Festival this weekend?  Because it’s ready for you!  They’re going to have 138 artists, plus food vendors, draft beer, and wine.  Bring the kids, because they will have free face painting from 10:30AM-4:30PM, both Saturday and Sunday.

They also have live music scheduled both days:

Saturday the 19th
10AM-12:30PM Funk it Up
1:30-4:30PM – Chris Thomson & Friends (Coral Creek)
Sunday the 20th
10AM-12:30PM – Half Pint & the Growler
1:30-4:30PM – Thunder & Rain

Art and Music and a Beautiful Day in Golden

Golden Community Center

The Community Center will be closed tomorrow through the 28th, so if you have a desperate need to work out, better do it today.

Golden Fine Arts Festival

This is the second and final day of the Fine Arts Festival.  The weather is beautiful, and the art is fantastic, so make sure you get there between 10 and 5 today.  There’s live music too:  Smith House will be playing from 10-1, and Golden’s own Thunder and Rain will be on stage from 1:30-4:30.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in Parfet Park

Tonight is a real treat:  the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra AND John Akal’s Ultraphonic Orchestra will play a FREE concert in Parfet Park at 6:30.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a great community event.

Art, Produce, Trees, Trains, and Politicians

The Golden Fine Arts Festival will be open from 10-5 today on 11th Street.  The Farmers Market will run from 8-1.  There will be a tree-climbing class in Parfet Park at noon.  Too late to sign up, but it might be fun to watch.

The Golden Quilt Company at  1108 Washington Ave. sponsored a Bird House Decorating Contest in honor of the Fine Arts Festival.  They had 29 entries!  Please stop in and vote for your favorites in the adult and youth categories.

Whistle Stop at the Railroad Museum - Golden CO

The Railroad Museum has an interesting event today.  Their Whistle Stop Tour will feature historical reenactors as well as current politicians speaking from the back of a historic railcar.  Echoes of history!  Here’s the schedule:

popsicle10:30 – Franklin D. Roosevelt Reenactor
11 – George Athanasopolos, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress District 7
11:30 – Golden Mayor Marjory Sloan
11:45 – Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe
12:30 – Jessica Tillapangh & Michele Ames Representatives of Yes on SCFD
1 – Franklin D. Roosevelt Reenactor
1:30 – Pie Eating Contest

You can also take your photo with a Stilt Walking Uncle Sam and Popsicle the YES on SCFD Bear, and get information on voting from the League of Women Voters.

Movies and Music Tomorrow Night

Moonrise over Castle Rock in Golden CO

The moon was full at 3:26 this morning.  Tomorrow night, during Movies and Music in the Park, the moon will rise at 8:45 PM.  I love sitting in Parfet Park and watching the moon appear over Castle Rock!  Tomorrow night’s band, “Flock of Beagles,” will start playing at 7, and the movie (Zootopia) will start at dusk.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, so bring a sweatshirt or a blanket!

Don’t forget tomorrow night’s opening reception for the Golden Fine Arts Festival.  It runs from 5:30-7, so you’ll have plenty of time to do that before the movie!

Business and Fine Art

The City of Golden and Traxion Business Accelerator are holding an event tonight from 6-9, to celebrate entrepreneurship in Golden.   The event is designed to allow Golden’s business and community leaders to meet and celebrate start-ups.  The $25 admission covers appetizers, beer pairing, dinner, networking, and live music by the 5280 band.  The featured speaker will be Keith Villa, the founder of Blue Moon.

Volunteer for the Golden Fine Arts Festival

The Golden Fine Arts Festival has a few volunteer slots still open.  If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding way to volunteer in the community, sign up to help this Saturday (the 20th) or Sunday (the 21st).

Speaking of art…Foothills Art Center is hosting “Method and Meaning with Textile Artist Jan R. Caron” this Thursday, 18th, from 5-6PM.  Jan will discuss her artistic process and critique other artists’ work in the current show, Fine Craft Invitational.  That show will close on September 4th, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’d better hurry!

Juried artists bring A-game to Golden

By Christy Steadman

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