Here is where New Year’s Eve fun can be found

Column by John Akal
Posted 12/24/18

It’s getting close to Christmas so I hope that those of you who celebrate it are getting all your ducks in a row. There’s the last minute shopping that never seems to end. If it’s not for gifts …

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Here is where New Year’s Eve fun can be found

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It’s getting close to Christmas so I hope that those of you who celebrate it are getting all your ducks in a row. There’s the last minute shopping that never seems to end. If it’s not for gifts it’s for food or drinks. That’s one thing that usually has to wait until the last few days. You really don’t want to eat a week-old pie or drink spoiled eggnog or something. And of course there’s always something you forgot. For parents that’s usually batteries. Here’s a tip. Buy batteries. There, now I’ve given you the extent of my good holiday advice. Everything else, well I’m that guy who still has fifty things to finish on Christmas Eve.

I guess I get that from my grandfather. He had a routine. He did all his Christmas shopping on his way home from work on Christmas Eve. That was back in the days when department stores all had a gift wrap service. Somehow he’d always get it done and make it home in time to decorate the tree. Yes, they used to do that on Christmas Eve too. Things have become a little reversed nowadays. People start decorating in October and can’t wait to take everything down on Dec. 26. Years ago Christmas started on Christmas Day and went on for twelve days after that. It ends on the day when the three Wise Men were supposed to have arrived at the manger, bearing gifts. I guess it took them a little longer to do their Christmas shopping than my Grandfather. Not to mention how long it had to take to drag a chest full of heavy gold across the desert.

But fear not. It will all come together like it always does and if you missed something, well … It will be on sale for half price the day after Christmas.

I still adhere to that traditional 12 day schedule, much to my wife’s chagrin, but when you write a column featuring events you have to be a little bit ahead of the game so people can plan for upcoming things. So please forgive me of I seem to skip past Christmas this week and look forward to the next big event night, New Years Eve.

Now, my plans for New Year’s Eve are pretty much the same every year. I’m a professional musician and that’s the biggest work night of the year for us. It also pays double scale and lots of years my band gets booked back for the following year right on the spot. So, I don’t ever do a lot of planning for what I’m going to do this upcoming New Year. I’ll be watching you guys have fun and play Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

But if you are looking to go out and celebrate, here’s a few fun things happening right here in Golden.

For those of you who like to celebrate early, especially of you have young children, the Golden Library will be taking advantage of the world time zone differences and be tuning into the midnight celebration live from Paris. That happens at 4 p.m. our time so they have a little party planned at the library from 3:30-4:30 p.m.. They will be ringing in the New Year with crafts, games and music for the whole family. But, preregistration is required as space is limited. Just got to www.jefcolibrary.org and click on the “Events” tab.

The Golden Library is located at 1019 10th Street here in Golden and you can call them at (303) 235-5275 for more information.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse planning something special this year. They are offering a four-course dinner consisting of Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Salad, 14-16oz Prime Rib and 1/2lb King Crab leg entree plus a Crème Brulee for $60 per person. The Prime Rib with be rare to Medium this year. Let me tell you, the food at this place is fantastic. Their kitchen staff takes great care to prepare some of the best food around.

Dinner followed by their 2nd Annual New Year’s Bash. The Jane’s Gang Band will be playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is the place to rock in the New Year. And yes, they will have champagne and party favors at midnight.

You will need to make reservations soon as seating there is also limited. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse is located at 17999 W. Colfax here in Golden. You can give them a call at (303) 384-3644.

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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