Celebrate the start of fall with a bountiful feast

Posted 9/19/18

OK, let’s see a show of hands here. How many of you think of autumn as starting on the day after Labor Day? Yeah, I do too. I mean, growing up school starts, the sports there were called Fall …

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Celebrate the start of fall with a bountiful feast

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OK, let’s see a show of hands here. How many of you think of autumn as starting on the day after Labor Day? Yeah, I do too. I mean, growing up school starts, the sports there were called Fall sports, the leaves start falling off the trees and you start wearing darker colors and looking for your sweaters.

But, as most of us know, the official first day of fall doesn’t come until Sept. 22. Usually we are well on our way to cooling off a bit by the time it actually gets here, but this year it’s a little different. Record setting September high temperatures in the 90’s for over a week kind of made us forget that summer is supposed to be coming to a close. I mean seriously, when was the last time you thought about getting heat stroke in Colorado after Labor Day? The weather we’ve seen recently has been a bit strange to say the least.

Oh well. We all know that the heat wave is going to come to an end, and maybe this year it will make the official start to fall seem a bit more in step with our interpretation of the season.

Personally, fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather that’s not too cold, I always look forward to the leaves on the lawn and the trees turning color.

So now that you have read my 2018 fall primer and know that Sept. 22 is the first day of the season, how about a couple of things happening this weekend you can attend to mark the occasion?

First on the list is Miners Alley Playhouse’s production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Now, if there is one story that captures all the feelings that come with fall, this would probably be the one. In fact, this story is so famous that they don’t even offer a description of it on their website like they do for every other production they present. Just a picture of the Headless Horseman on a background of fall colors with leafless trees and some bats flying around. That is about all you need to know, huh?

Yes, it’s kind of a Halloween story, but it’s running on Saturdays at 1 p.m. from Sept. 22 through Oct. 27, so it’s timing makes it one to add to your fall calendar. On Oct. 20 and 27 they will have two shows. One at 11 a.m. and the usual one at 1 p.m.

Tickets run $12 for both Children and Adults, so that’s simple and pretty reasonable. You can order them by going to www.minersalley.com or by calling the box office at (303) 93-3044. They are located at 1224 Washington Avenue in the back of the old Foss building here in Golden.

How about a Harvest Dinner?

There is an organization here in Golden called Go Farm. They are a nonprofit group dedicated to improving out local food system and connecting people to where their food comes from. They offer several programs that include Farmer Assistance, Local Food Share and Community Access. It’s an interesting organization and you can find out more about it by visiting www.gofarmcoop.org.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, they will be hosting a good old fashioned Harvest Dinner at the Golden History Park. The dinner itself will be prepared by Miners Saloon and will feature seasonal ingredients that will be highlighted in several ways. The event will focus on preserving the Colorado harvest, and everyone will learn about different techniques that allow us to eat locally all year long.

It starts with a welcome reception will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m., where guests can mingle and walk around the park to see preservation related programming. Then everyone sits down to enjoy a fresh and delicious farm-to-table dinner with friends and neighbors. It’s a fundraiser so tickets run $75 a seat.

For more information you can go to their website or call them at (720) 580- FARM (3276). That should be just the kind of thing to get you into the mood for the Fall season this year.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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