Holiday Homes Tour

Holiday Homes Tour
Painting by Golden artist Becky Pearson

The 2015 Holiday Homes Tour will take place on Sunday, December 6th.  This year’s tour will focus on homes in the 12th Street Historic District.  The Homes Tour is one of my favorite Golden traditions, because it’s so interesting to learn more about some of the oldest homes in the city.   Some of the homes have been on the tour repeatedly, and in many cases, I saw them as they were first being restored, and later saw them in their fully-restored glory.  If you’ve never been on this tour, let this be the year to start the tradition!

If you start this year’s tour early, you’ll have the chance to tour the fabulous new Marv Kay athletic facility on the School of Mines campus.  Let’s give a big THANKS to the Golden Landmarks Association for organizing this annual event!  Learn the details and purchase tickets….

Golden Holiday Traditions

The Golden Transcript needs to hear from Golden residents, for a story they’re writing about Golden holiday traditions.  They would like your answers to these questions:

How do you celebrate the holidays?
What is your favorite holiday tradition? (Why?)
What makes this time of year special?

If you are interested in sharing your traditions, please email Crystal Anderson at – you might see your story shared in the paper.  The deadline for stories is 11/25 (tomorrow).

Be a Tool 5K Elf RunElf Run photo by Dave Powers

Speaking of traditions, the 5K Golden Elf Run is only in its second year, but seems likely to be with us for years to come:  last year was a big success!  The race will take place this Saturday morning (November 28th), starting in downtown Golden under the Welcome arch.  Why not sign up now?  The first 200 people to register will receive a free elf hat, and everyone who participates will enjoy a pancake breakfast after the race.  Proceeds from this race benefit the Be A Tool Neighborhood Rehab ProgramRegister now!

Thanks for the flowers!

Nona Brown working on the garden at the Golden History CenterNona Brown at the Golden History Center – photo by Dave Powers

Now that the gardening season is over, I want to thank several volunteers who maintain some of the flowers along the Creek and downtown.  Many people probably assume that the City maintains all of our public gardens.  City workers do maintain the planters along Washington Avenue, as well as the gardens in the parks, and they do a fine job.

Several garden spots, though, are planted and tended by volunteers–people who just spotted a garden that needed some love, and adopted it!

Golden Gardeners Club
Clare Taylor and Jean Cava work in the rose garden at the Golden History Center.

Table Mountain Garden Club
Nona Brown maintains the heritage gardens at the Golden History Center.
Swiss Hoffman and her new helper, Judy Archuleta, take care of the Friendship Garden at the west end of the Clear Creek History Park.
Cindy Shook tends Loveland Gardens, located on the east side of the 1100 block of Washington Avenue.

Independent Gardeners
Vickie Wagner takes care of the gardens around the Golden Visitors Center.  Vickie also serves on the Visitors Center Board of Directors.
Carolyn Grenier tends the garden at the Golden Library.

See some photos of the gardens and the gardeners!

Mines wins a national championship!

Colorado School of Mines Cross Country team - national champions! Golden Colorado
Yesterday, the Colorado School of Mines Men’s Cross Country team became the first National Champions in the school’s history!  You can welcome them home this afternoon at 3:15 at the new Marv Kay stadium.

Mines teams are winning tournaments (volleyball) and breaking records (swimming and women’s cross county) all over the place!  You can follow Mines athletics at

Revving up for Christmas

Nutcracker, Miners Alley Children's Theater Golden CO

Miners Alley Children’s theater is opening a new production today:  The Story of the Nutcracker.  The play will be performed every Saturday through December 20th at 1PM, and is sure to be delightful!  Tickets are $10, and are available online or at the box office.

You may have noticed that the holiday lights are going up, and some are turned on at night.  The major lighting event is the Candlelight Walk, which occurs on Friday, December 4th.  I’m looking forward to a new addition this year:  the Clear Creek History Park now has electricity, and is going to be lit for the holidays!  As usual, the holiday lights will stay up till the end of the Denver Stock show in January.

A Solitary Experience:  The Polar Express at the Railroad Museum is very popular, and the entire run is almost sold out.  Several runs still have one single ticket available, so if you’d like to experience it, you can…on your own.  It’s quite charming, and well worth doing.

Enjoy the peace

This will be the last fairly quiet weekend before the mad rush of holiday events.  Starting this Thursday, we’ll have races, parades, fireworks, concerts…all the Olde Golden Christmas madness you’ve come to expect!

cupcake-02Windy Saddle Cafe is hosting a free cupcake walk tonight from 7-8.  Kids ages 2-10 can dance around to the music of a local band and win cupcakes.

Here are the music options for the weekend:

ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9:00 p.m.
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Colfax CannonBalls 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. GRAPPA MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO – Patrice LeBlanc on Grand Piano 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WINDY SADDLE CAFE  – The Clawhammer Band 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9:00 p.m.
THE BUFFALO ROSE -The Atomic Punks w/ Motley Inc 8:00 p.m.
GRAPPA MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO – Patrice LeBlanc on Grand Piano 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Ski movie and parking meters

Tonight at the Mountaineering Museum (10th & Washington), Powder7 will present a screening of MSP’s latest ski flick.   At 6pm they will have Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery beer and free admission to the museum.  The doors open at 7pm for the film and the movie begins at 8pm.  All proceeds go to the American Mountaineering Museum.  To get tickets please visit–Other/sale
Or stop by Powder7 (880 Brickyard Circle) for $5 tickets!

parkingmeterCity Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Tonight’s hot topic is likely to be downtown parking.  City staff has been studying our over-taxed parking capacity.  They have concluded that the biggest factor in our parking congestion is 200-300 cars each day coming to the School of Mines.  The college charges for parking, and the city offers it for free, so Mines people park in downtown lots.  The city plans to start writing more parking tickets, and they are recommending that Council approve permit parking for some downtown spots, and paid (metered) parking for some spots.

There are no public hearing items tonight, so if you want to address council, you must be there at the beginning of the meeting, for the general public comment period.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 8 and through the city website.


Do something good


The Christian Action Guild (CAG), is collecting new, unwrapped toys for its annual Santa Shop.  Invitations will be sent to Golden’s (client) at-risk families who will shop (free of charge) at the Guild location for their children’s holiday gifts.  Although any new toy will be accepted gratefully, items most needed, geared toward 7 – 17 year olds, are:  LEGOS, family board games, puzzles, “tween” makeup, jewelry, and gift cards (Claire’s, Target, Walmart, movie theaters, etc.).   Please, no stuffed animals.

Items can be delivered to the Christian Action Guild (1401 ford St.) on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-3:30, and Saturdays, 11-1:00 or during business hours at Bob’s Atomic Burgers (1310 Ford St.), Golden Curves, and Golden Walgreen’s (17222 S. Golden Rd.) on-or-before Friday, December 18th.

Highway 6 and 19th St. Preview

At the November 12th City Council meeting, the Public Works department and Karlyn Tilley, Communications Manager, described how they plan to communicate when the Highway 6 and 19th St.  project starts.  They will have a public kick-off meeting in January.  The January Informer is going to be a special full-color edition, almost entirely about this construction project.

6 and 19th phase 1Approximately January -June, no changes in traffic patterns

For the first 5-6 months after construction begins, everything will be happening alongside the current roads, with work on the on- and off-ramps.  Next summer, after most of the Mines students leave town, they’ll start construction right on Highway 6.

6 and 19th phase 2Next summer, Highway 6 is torn up and traffic routed to the sides

During construction, they plan to have a dedicated website that will always have the latest construction info.  They also plan to have signs, a telephone hotline and an opt-in email list, and they’ll be installing webcams.