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Lots of fun to be found in Golden this summer

Column by John Akal
Posted 7/5/18

As we travel from place to place in our daily lives we all tend to take the path of least resistance. We get in our cars and try to find the easiest way to navigate around traffic and find our …

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Lots of fun to be found in Golden this summer

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As we travel from place to place in our daily lives we all tend to take the path of least resistance. We get in our cars and try to find the easiest way to navigate around traffic and find our favorite routes to get from point A to point B. Usually I try to avoid going through any downtown area and take some kind of bypass route.

But for some reason during the past weekend I ended up needing to drive strait down Washington Avenue and right through downtown Golden. In fact I did that about five times over a couple of days and at all hours. Morning, afternoon, and evening. And do you know what I saw? A really happening and fun little town with plenty of things going on all over the place and loads of happy smiling faces.

Sometimes when you live in a place for a long time, you forget to enjoy some of the wonderful things that take place in your own back yard. So, today I’m going to mention two things happening here all through the summer that you can have a lot of fun with and not have to spend a nickel to attend. Yup, they’re free!

Let’s start out with what’s going on in Golden every weekend. If you have lived her for a little while you were probably aware that we have had a thing called “ First Fridays” going on for a number of years. That’s where the local merchants would stay open late on the first Friday of each month and there would be some special things like live music and other attractions on the street to make it a little bit festive.

Well, for the rest of the Summer you won’t have to wait for the first Friday of the month to have that experience because that’s been changed to what’s now called Golden Weekends.

So, on every Friday and Saturday night until August 31, downtown Golden will be coming alive by having it’s own brand of street fair going on. Dozens of businesses will be open until at least 8 p.m. and offering in-store specials, demonstrations and samples as well as bringing displays right onto the sidewalk. Restaurants will be open and you can sit outside at many of them. Plus there will be live music on the street corners as well as free carriage rides.

Participating merchant businesses will be marked with a gold balloon at their front doors and as an added incentive, parking will be free on the weekends as well. This is sponsored by the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners (DGMP) with support from the Downtown development Authority and presented in appreciation of the Golden community.

This happens every weekend except during Buffalo Bill Days and not on the Saturdays that the Golden Super Cruise is scheduled for. More on Buffalo Bill Days in my column next week.

Which brings me to my next item. The Super Cruise. This is Golden’s answer to American Graffiti or something. Kind of a blast from the past with a modern twist.

It happens on the first Saturday of each month from 5-8:30 p.m. and is a hot rod and classic car lover’s dream. Basically people bring their cars and either park them for display in the business parking lots along South Golden Road, including Golden High School, or just drive them in cruising fashion up and down the streets. But the cruising factor stretches through the whole city of Golden, although it’s kind of disrupted by traffic being detoured at Johnson Road. There is a map of the preferred cruising route through downtown on their website.

People bring lawn chairs and sit on the sidewalk to watch the cars drive by or walk up and down the street to see the cars parked with their hoods up and proud owners eager to chat about their cars. Plus there are vendors, radio station displays and other goodies. You can find out all you need to know at www.goldensupercruise.com.

The next Golden Super Cruise is on July 7 but it’s pretty easy to remember the first Saturday of the month.

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