A swell summer Saturday itinerary

Posted 8/3/21

I had some work to do up in the mountains last weekend and got to experience, once again, what flash flooding looks like up there. It was kind of a wet Saturday and all around the area, but up in our …

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A swell summer Saturday itinerary


I had some work to do up in the mountains last weekend and got to experience, once again, what flash flooding looks like up there. It was kind of a wet Saturday and all around the area, but up in our higher elevations it can get a bit dicey when the rocks and mud start washing down on the road. I don’t think many of us have seen anything as massive and continual as what’s been happening up in Glenwood Canyon, with I-70 being closed, cleared, opened and then closed a few hours later with another mud slide crashing down. Now they are just routing everyone on a four hour detour around the whole area. Who knows how long that’s going to be an issue? Nobody. It’s all going to depend on Mother Nature for a while.

But, that’s OK because this coming weekend looks like it’s going to be awesome here in Golden. No significant rain in the forecast, and it’s going to be shorts and sandals weather.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at a few fun things you can do to fill up your Saturday schedule this week. We’re talking about August 7 here.

You can start out your day with a little trip to Golden’s Farmers Market. That’s happening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Golden Library at 1019 10th Street. It happens every Saturday while the weather is warm and you can find plenty of fresh produce, other food items including things you can purchase to eat on the spot so it’s a good place to catch some breakfast in the morning. There are also some local craft and wellness vendors as well as booths highlighting various things available around our community. Plus they have some live entertainment too.

You can find out more about it plus a list of vendors and information about what they are doing for Covid protection by visiting their website at www.goldenfarmersmarket.org.

Next stop on the Saturday tour is to drop by the American Mountaineering Center for the American Alpine Club’s Mountaineering Books and Vintage Gear Sale. They will have lots of interesting stuff for sale and it’s a great opportunity to pick up some books that are usually a little pricey when new and get them a lot cheaper. Many of those are kind of timeless and good reference guides if you are an outdoor enthusiast.

As to the Vintage Gear, I wasn’t sure what they meant by that until I looked in my own closet and realized that pretty much everything I own fits into that category. Hey, you know what they say …They don’t make things like they used to, so you might find an interesting treasure made of wood, leather or metal that’s a lot better than the cheap plastic junk they make nowadays.

That will be running from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in conference rooms C & D at the American Mountaineering Center located at 710 10th Street. Proceeds go to benefit the American Alpine Club’s library.

And, you don’t want to forget that it’s the first Saturday of the month and that means the Golden Super Cruise will be filling up South Golden Road with lots of awesome classic cars and hot rods both on display and just cruising up and down the street.

I usually end up driving through this every month because I forget it’s happening and decide that it’s a good time to go to the grocery store or something and wind up in kind of a traffic jam. But every month I spot something new and cool I want to check out and my little shopping trip turns into a two hour expedition. Yeah, instead of just grabbing a quart of milk, I find myself wandering all over the place looking under the hoods of cars that are amazing and talking with their owners. It’s a really fun, laid back event that you should check out at least once during the summer.

The cruise is 5- 8:30 p.m.. Just drive down South Golden Road, it’s kind of strewn all over the place in almost every business’s parking lots. Trust me, you can’t miss it.

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

John Akal, Avenue Flashes


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