GCA Secrets Revealed

February 12, 2020

So What Is “The Golden Cultural Alliance?”
The Golden Cultural Alliance was formed in 1998 so that Golden’s cultural groups could support each other with advice and marketing. February had always been a slow month in Golden, so the GCA offered to liven up the month with special exhibits, concerts, and lectures. We had fewer culturals back then (and far fewer events!). They were run mostly by volunteers, and none of them had significant marketing budgets. Early members of the Cultural Alliance were the Golden Pioneer Museum, Friends of the Astor House, Foothills Art Center, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and the Jefferson Symphony.

We had a new walking tour brochure that year, leading people through the 12th Street Historic District. The Cultural Alliance decided to promote both the walking tour and the special cultural events by naming February “Heart and Sole” (like a foot) “of Golden Month.” After a few years, the association with the walking tour was lost, so the month was renamed “Heart and Soul of Golden Month.” The footsteps in the artwork lasted several more years, until the jazzy new red heart was designed a few years ago.

The Cultural Alliance published a hardcover cookbook one year (2003), which included volunteers’ favorite recipes and beautiful photographs of Golden. That book, alas, is long-since out of print.

For many years, the Cultural Alliance would select a pair of super-volunteers from the community and name them “Golden’s Sweethearts” for the year. The Sweethearts would be invited to exhibit openings, opening nights for plays, symphony concerts, etc. The list of Sweethearts includes many of Golden’s heavy-hitters from the early 2000’s: Pete Smythe & Jacquie Craig, Helen & Hal Leith, Donna and Tom Plummer, Mary & Hal Shelton, Mary & Charlie Ramstetter, Carol & Chuck Baroch, Joy & Jack Brandt, Jean & Ed Dorsey, the entire Tiberi family, Bill and Charlene Pazar, Ted and Frani Bickart, Vern and Vickie Wagner, Carol Christensen, Kathy & Kevin O’Connor, and Heidi Markley. The Sweetheart program lasted through 2013. We still gather and publicize the Heart and Soul of Golden events though!

Today‚Äôs Heart and Soul of Golden events are brought to you by the Library and the Golden History Museum–both members of the Golden Cultural Alliance.

9:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
11:15AM Discovery Play at the Library
4PM Extreme Science Challenge: Squishy Circuits at the Library

6PM Unconventional Women of the West at the Golden History Museum
In this presentation by The Legendary Ladies, you will meet fascinating women who made unique contributions to the American West. In first-person living history, various characters will share their struggles and triumphs as they visited and lived in the West. $0 Members; $10 plus online registration fee  non-members. Register

Other Wednesday Events:
Golden Walks: Wednesday Morning Celebrating Life
10AM Volunteers of America (VOA) Weekly Meals
6PM Mines Community Meeting

Another (Unrelated) Heart Event:
6:30PM Heart of Golden 2020 Visioning Workshop
The City is hosting another Heart of Golden event tonight. This is a repeat of the January 29th workshop, so if you were able to attend that one, you have the night off. As a reminder, “Heart of Golden” is the City’s project to see how (or if) the community wants to remodel the property along Clear Creek and build new municipal buildings.

Tonight’s Music:
5PM Dave Frisk at Rock Rest Lodge
6PM Tony Rosario at Buffalo Rose
6PM Open Mic Night at Cannonball Creek
6PM Bunny Blake at Miners Saloon
6PM Jam Night at Mountain Toad Brewing
6:30PM Open Mic Night at Smiley’s

Thursday Preview:

9:15AM Baby Time at the Library
10:15AM Toddler Time at the Library
11:15AM Wee Create at the Library
1PM Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group at the Presbyterian Church
4PM Family Yoga at the Library
6:15PM Overeaters Anonymous at Natural Grocers (map)
6:30PM Overeaters Anonymous at the Methodist Church (map)
6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting
7PM Dinosaur Ridge After Dark: Salacious in the Cretaceous
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune