Holiday weekend rich in ways to bid summer farewell

By Clarke Reader

No matter what any of us do, summer never seems to last any longer, does it?

Children are back in school, you can feel faint traces of autumn’s coolness once the sun sets, and Labor Day Weekend is here. To help send off summer, here are five great ways to spend the long weekend… Read more…

Table Mountain Inn donates Holland House menus

By Mark Dodge

Our friends over at Table Mountain Inn (TMI) recently donated some old Holland House menus and TMI photographs. Apparently they were found and collected there over the years. Prior to opening in 1992, the Table Mountain Inn was home to the Holland House, a hotel famous for food… Read more…

Pondering, Listening, and Watching

City Council will have a study session (which means no public comment) tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. A few months ago, they asked the Planning Commission to see how other communities are handling short term rentals. As Golden has an increasing number of such rentals, Council wants to evaluate whether we need any changes to regulations for parking, fire and building codes, and number of inhabitants allowed. They will review the Planning Commissions recommendations tonight.

The Sustainability Board has recommended that building fees be waived for residential solar projects for the next two years. Council will consider that suggestions.

The Public Works department will brief council on the upcoming transition from quarterly to monthly water bills.

Golden History Lecture

Don’t forget tonight’s 6PM lecture: Early Golden City and the Quest for the CapitalWhen gold was discovered in 1859 in early Golden City, Colorado, the population of the Rockies exploded. Golden emerged as the best suited town to claim the mantle of leadership—which it did temporarily in 1862. What happened after was a messy, personal, and salacious battle to secure the permanent seat of power. Presented by Nathan Richie, Director at Golden History Museum & Park.  The lecture will be held at the Golden Community Center.  Learn more….

Golden River Sports (806 Washington – map) is having a free movie night tonight from 6-9. It’s a triple feature, including “Frontier: A Rush Sturges Film” along with “Wild Water” and Torryd‘s own “Xenogenesis III”! As always, tasty beverages will be supplied but feel free to bring your own too.

City Planning and Job-Hunting

Today is Museum Selfie Day (yes, that’s a thing). The History Museum is closed, but the Quilt, Mountaineering, Railroad, and Buffalo Bill Museums are open, as is Dinosaur Ridge.

State Representative Jessie Danielson will be at Cannonball Creek from 6-7 for News and Brews. This is a good chance to discuss issues impacting our district.

Guest House in Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a request to designate 1114 Illinois Street as a tourist home. They will also consider a site plan for a 68,000 ft. sq. office and warehouse structure in the Coors Technology Center. Finally, they will decide whether to grant a special use permit to allow 100% residential use on a lot that is adjacent to the new Senior Apartments at Highway 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road.  Learn more by reading the meeting packet….

There will be a multi-industry career fair tomorrow from 1-3PM at the Jefferson County Human Resources Building. Full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions are available. Learn more….

Tomorrow night from 6-7:30 Nathan Richie, the Director of the Golden History Museum, will give a lecture on Early Golden and the Quest for the Capitol. Learn more….

Preview of January Events in Golden

Happy New Year!  For details on any of the following, see the Calendar of Events:

1 – Monday
Ring in the New Year Ramble
2 – Tuesday
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library
3 – Wednesday
Bonfils Blood Drive at the Library
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
5 – Friday
Open Mic & Easel Night at Hillside Church
6 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Pediatric CPR/First Aid Class
West Side Live! Presents Takács Quartet
7 – Sunday
Family Fort Night at the Library
8 – Monday
FREE Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
9 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Golden Beer Talks – Rex Rideout, Music Historian
10 – Wednesday
Preschool Nature Nuts: Antlers and Horns
Jeffco Innovators’ Workshop – Why Has America Stopped Inventing
11 – Thursday
Let’s Dance for Toddlers at the Library
13 – Saturday
Babysitting Course
Interstellar Adventure Workshop
14 – Sunday
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Quilting Through the Stage Door
15 – Monday
NREL Walking Campus Tour
16 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: What IS a Dinosaur?
Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Miss Jane by Brad Watson
17 – Wednesday
Museum Selfie Day
Land Stewardship Series – Birding by Ear
Beacon Practice in Parfet Park
18 – Thursday
Wee Create – Paper Collage at the Library
Member Preview at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum: Early Golden and the Quest for the Capital

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering - Golden Colorado
19 – Friday
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (19th-21st)
20 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Casey Brown
Wee DIY – Snow Globes at the Library
DIY Lab – ColderDojo
21 – Sunday
Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship
22 – Monday
STEM Girls at the Library
Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
23 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods
24 – Wednesday
Workshop Wednesday at the Library: Toy Hacks
What you need to know about college admissions and the SAT at the Library
25 – Thursday
E-Books on Your Kindle – Free downloadables from the library
Library for All – Program for adults with Disabilities
26 – Friday
UllrGrass Music Festival (26th-28th)
Opening Night for Fun Home at Miners Alley Playhouse
27 – Saturday
Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Winter Nature Journalling
Class at Foothills Art Center: Painting with Plastic Wrap
Felt and Sew an LED Bracelet at the Library
Golden Lions Club Chili Supper
28 – Sunday
Nan’s Hundred Club Rocky Mountain High Tea at the Quilt Museum
29 – Monday
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
Spanish for Kids
Sustainability Ideas for the Family
30 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
31 – Wednesday
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101

Free Rides and Super Moons

Full moon over Golden Colorado

Coors Light and Coors Distributing Company are sponsoring FREE RIDES on RTD on from 7PM New Year’s Eve to 7AM New Year’s Day. The green call-n-ride buses won’t be operating, but the light rail and the #16 bus from Golden to Denver will be running.  Learn more….

This is the last day for the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center.  This is also the last day that the Golden History Museum will be open; however, I visited the museum for one last look on Wednesday and found that most of it was already cordoned off and swathed in tarps.  We’ll just have to wait till their grand re-opening to visit our favorite artifacts.

We’re in the middle of having three “Super Moons” in a row.  The first was on December 3rd; the second will be on January 1st–New Year’s Day–and the third will be on January 31st.  You will probably recall that a Super Moon appears extra-large, because it’s extra close to Earth.

The Day After Team - Golden Colorado

Happy Birthday Tracy!

We’ll have a few quiet days in Golden this week–a somewhat welcome respite after all the holiday hoopla. Just a few reminders….

The Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center will be open through the 30th. The Golden History Museum is open, with free admission, through the 30th. After that it will be closed for several months while they remodel. I’m going to stop in there for one last look at the WPA Diarama of 1860s Golden.

If you have out of town company, take them to the Quilt Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Mountaineering Museum, or Railroad Museum….at least, that’s what my relatives are interested in. Yours might be more interested in local trails.

The Golden Library started a very popular event a couple years ago: they have a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration for families at noon on December 31st, with party hats, noisemakers, a balloon drop, and bubblewrap “fireworks.” Their registrations are already full, but they’re still accepting people for the wait list.

Do it while you can!

Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center

Have you visited the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center? They have hand-crafted pieces by dozens of artists, in a wide range of prices. This is, of course, a major fund-raiser for the Art Center. Foothills is open from 12-5 today and 10-5 every other day of the week.  The Holiday Art Market runs through December 30th. Go see them!

The Golden History Museum is about to close down for several months while they remodel, so you should make a point of getting in there before December 30th to see the current exhibits.

The Buffalo Bill Museum will be changing out their exhibit, “A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen” at the first of the year, so you only have about 3 weeks left to see it.

Miners Alley Playhouse will perform A Christmas Carol twice today–at 1 and again at 6.  This play runs through December 23rd, so you have less than two weeks left to see it.

Free Carriage Rides in Golden ColoradoToday will be sunny and low 60s–a good day for a carriage ride, and perhaps lunch or a bit of shopping downtown. The carriages, which are sponsored by the Golden Chamber, will be giving free rides from 12-3PM.  There’s only one weekend left for the carriage rides, so do it while you can!


The Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship will meet at the library from 2:30-4:30. It’s double the high fiber fun at the Golden Library! Do you sew? Knit? Crochet? Embroider? Spin? Weave? Want to? Come to Golden Library’s DIY Lab on the first Tuesday of the month (and selected Sundays) to show us your work in progress. Or bring a project idea and your curiosity and we’ll get you started. Suitable for: Adults.

Both “Ooh!” and “Ah!”

Golden Chamber of Commerce's 30th Annual Candlelight WalkThe Golden Chamber’s Candlelight Walk is my favorite Golden event of the year, and tonight will be a beautiful night for it–unseasonably warm, with an almost-full moon. Meet at 6PM at Foothills Art Center (15th and Washington) for the walk. Bring a candle or glow stick, or buy one there. The crowd will be led by Santa Claus and will start down the hill at 6:30. When they get to the Visitors Center, the Mayor and a local girl will flip a switch and light the lights along the creek. It’s an “ooh” and “ah” moment! Afterwards, we’ll have a brief fireworks display, courtesy of the City.

Leadership Golden 2017 OrnamentThen you can walk around and enjoy a number of fun things. There will be a Christmas carol sing-along in Parfet Park, by the dragon statue; dancers performing in the Rotary Amphitheater along the creek; music and free admission at the Golden History Museum; more music and cookies at the Golden Library. The Golden Kiwanis Club will be serving roasted chestnuts at the Clear Creek History Park. The artist who designed this year’s Leadership Golden ornament (Julie Leidel) will be signing ornaments at the Visitors Center.

Christmas at Baby Doe's Clothing - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget to visit the downtown stores, because many of them are planning live music and free treats this evening. The Candlelight Walk is an enchanting event–Golden at its best.

For the complete run-down on the Candlelight Walk, tomorrow’s parade and other downtown events, and everything Christmas in Golden, check the calendar at

The Rest of November

The Golden Library has “Ukulele Wednesdays” on the last Wednesday of the month–and that’s tonight–from 6-7:30.  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+

Dinosaur Ridge is having an Everything Dinosaur Talk tonight, about Archosaurs, at 6PM.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a public meeting tonight from 6:30-8PM to discuss bears in the metro area. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the euthanization of the sow and cubs at the Apex Trail in September, ask questions about bear management in Colorado, and discuss how the community can move forward and assist with positive actions for bears locally. Jeffco Open Space Office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO (map)

Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will hold “Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Sketching Mammals” from 5:30-8:30. Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Then start keeping a sketchbook nature journal! Join us for a free journaling field trip in a Jeffco Open Space Park each month and make this activity a habit.   Registration and more information.

The Golden History Museum is hosting a lecture tomorrow night at 6PM, “Murder and the Shanghai Prize Fighter.” Robert S. “Batt” Battalino was a prizefighter who was good enough to star on the TV sports show The Greatest Fights of the Century, and was evil enough to commit murder in the foothills west of Golden. You will hear the story of Batt’s life, his crime, and the bond he formed with the County Sheriff as he faced death in the gas chamber. Learn more….

Foothills Art Center is having an “Art on Tap – Ugly Sweater Decorating Party” Thursday night from 6-8PM. Bring an old sweater and meet us up in Petersen Classroom to adorn it for the upcoming holiday season. Golden City Brewery will be providing the beer, and we will be providing the decorating supplies (paint, glitter, and a plethora of unique items). Bring a friend or a date and get crafty with Foothills staff members. 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.  Learn more….

After That
I’ll be posting the preview of December events tomorrow, so I can spend Friday December 1st rhapsodizing about the Candlelight Walk.