The Golden First United Methodist Church. As a kid I spent a lot of time there, but I’m not a Methodist. I was actually a Catholic. But I ended up in their basement on more days than I can count. …
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The Golden First United Methodist Church. As a kid I spent a lot of time there, but I’m not a Methodist. I was actually a Catholic. But I ended up in their basement on more days than I can count.
You see, one of my friend’s Mom was the organist there, but he wasn’t just a friend, he was in a band with me. We both played trumpet in those days. We had another guy who played piano and one who played drums. I know, I’m a drummer now and you never heard me mention playing the trumpet, but back when we were 12 and 13, that’s what I played.
So we created this little band called Cromwell. Don’t ask, the piano player came up with that name. Must have been something to do with the British Invasion that hit the rock and roll scene a few years earlier. I know it doesn’t sound like a typical rock band, we couldn’t find a kid with an electric guitar or bass in the neighborhood, but that’s what we played.
Now, being in a band always requires one thing. Getting your equipment to the gig or rehearsals. That’s kind of a problem for you if you play the drums or piano and aren’t old enough to drive. This is where our guy’s mom came into play. She arranged for the Methodist Church to let us use their basement to rehearse during the day whenever we wanted to. It worked out great since they had a little stage and a piano already there and the drummer lived in the house right across the street. We’d each grab a handful of drums or cymbals and carry them to the church. We’d set up in there and jam for hours.
Once in a while we’d be able to get a ride to Kurt, the other trumpet player’s house to rehearse, which was a treat because his Mom would play with us and his Dad would too. He was a bass player and the band director at one of the junior high schools in the area. They taught us how to write our own music and arrangements and sort of coached us on what to do. But most of the time we’d rock out in the church basement.
Like three or four days a week. Some kids played baseball in the summer, we got together and played music.
So every year at this time, I get a kick out of being able to invite all of you to an event that happens right in that church basement. It’s usually my first offering to start the Holiday Season.
It’s the Golden First Methodist Church Holiday Craft Fair, now in it’s 34th year. It’s happening on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
They will have over 20 vendors there selling wonderful hand crafted items including jewelry, wooden items, crocheted and knit things, Christmas décor, cards, photography and a whole bunch of fresh baked goods. There will also be an entire room full of those treasured “White Elephant” gag gifts to check out.
You might want to plan on getting there in time for lunch because they always have that available as well, all cooked and baked by the United Methodist Women who also sponsor this event. Their home made pies are something you don’t want to miss.
The Golden First United Methodist Church is located at 1500 Ford Street here in Golden, but the parking lot is actually on Jackson Street at the back side of the buildings. This is held in the afore mentioned basement event room which has it’s entrance from that parking lot on the northwest side of the church. Just go down the ramp, you can’t miss it.
For more information give them a call at (303) 279-7811. This is the perfect place to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and find something unique and different.
So what ever happened to Kurt’s Mom and Dad? Well, as it turns out, they were, and still are, two of Denver’s top jazz musicians and every once in a while I still get to play with them. Dave and Ellyn Rucker.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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