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A motorcycle wash and drive-in movies to be found

Column by John Akal
Posted 8/4/20

Meanwhile, back to abnormal … Last week I was able to write a column with an event that I could elaborate on with a bit of Avenue Flashes history in my normal fashion. This week everything is …

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avenue flashes

A motorcycle wash and drive-in movies to be found

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Meanwhile, back to abnormal … Last week I was able to write a column with an event that I could elaborate on with a bit of Avenue Flashes history in my normal fashion. This week everything is either haywire or just kind of simple.

For instance, this Saturday, Aug. 8, Avalanche Harley Davidson is having a free Bikini Bike Wash plus free demo rides and free prepackaged ice cream from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. They are located at 18425 West Colfax Avenue here in Golden. If you miss that one, they are holding another one in two weeks on Aug. 22. If you need more information … Seriously? It’s a bikini bike wash and it‘s free. What else would you need to know? This event falls under the “kind of simple” category.

Here’s one that started out as really fun, promising and innovative, but went a little haywire as far as including it in this week’s column is concerned. Usually on the first four Friday nights in August the City of Golden sponsors their free Movies and Music in the Park series that features a band playing first, followed by a family friendly movie in Parfet Park. But, this year, due to the COVID restrictions, they aren’t able to go ahead as planned, so they came up with a terrific alternative. They relocated it to one of the old Heritage Square parking lots and turned it into a good old fashioned drive-in movie night and renamed it Movies and Music in the Parking Lot. Brilliant! They are going to be showing the movie Grease with Derek Hall and the Possibilities opening the show.

Now, here comes the “haywire” part. Unfortunately, due to the current crowd capacity restrictions, they are forced to limit the number of attendees and instead of just showing up, you needed to get a ticket in advance and all of this week’s available tickets are already spoken for. So, if you didn’t get a ticket yet, you will need to wait until the next show.

The good news is that they are planning another one for Sept. 11. So here comes the fun part. They haven’t selected a movie for that night yet and are leaving it up to the public to vote on one. All you need to do is go to www.guidinggolden.com and there is a place where you can cast your vote for one of four movies. The choices are The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Frozen II or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The polls are open until Aug. 14 and they will let us know the results and when tickets for that show will be available. I will be keeping my eye on that and keep you posted.

So, here’s a few things you can do right now that don’t have any particular schedule.

First off, most of our Golden downtown businesses are open and so are our restaurants. If you have been down Washington Avenue recently you probably noticed that the on-street parking has mostly been roped off and lots of our restaurants have tables set up out in the street. I have to say, it is one of those things that kind of turned lemons into lemonade because it really does make for a fun and festive atmosphere in town.

I also want to mention that visiting downtown Golden can be kind of like a treasure hunt. There are lots of great little shops to visit, but there is more to it than just Washington Avenue. You need to take a stroll down some of the side streets and also Miners Alley. That’s the alley way between Washington and Arapahoe. There’s a whole bunch of stuff back there. Restaurants, micro breweries, shops and even a live theater. Then there are some places that have basements with other little shops and corridors with more. If you live in Golden, you owe it to yourself to do a bit of exploring some afternoon. You’ll be amazed at what you might find that you had no idea existed here in town.

I found a few places that I had totally missed just by doing a web search for something in particular and seeing them pop up. I had no idea we had a gun shop right downtown. It’s a little hidden away, but it’s there and thriving. There’s a candle store in the back of the same building. Did you know that was there? I didn’t and I’m downtown almost every day. There’s a thrift shop on Arapahoe Street and even a doggie spa on 12th Street, so take an afternoon and wander around a little bit. Golden is a great town that is full of surprises.

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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