Coming on home to Golden events this fall

Column by John Akal
Posted 9/30/21

Wow! After about a year and a half of treasure hunting to find some kind of live events to write about, this weekend has a huge abundance of them so we’re going to go a little Avenue Flashes “old …

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Coming on home to Golden events this fall

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Wow! After about a year and a half of treasure hunting to find some kind of live events to write about, this weekend has a huge abundance of them so we’re going to go a little Avenue Flashes “old school” this week and hit you with the highlight list like we used to do back in the day.

First up…Golden High School Homecoming.

That’s going to be happening this Friday, Oct. 1 with the parade down Washington Avenue at 5 p.m. and the football game kicks off at 7: 30 p.m. at Marv Kay Stadium on the Colorado School of Mines campus. You don’t need a map or address, just go west on 12th Street, you can’t miss it. They’ll be playing Standley Lake High School.

Yes, I’m an alumnus of Golden High School, class of ‘77. I remember marching in the band for the homecoming parades, almost losing my pants in front of Foss Drugs one year when the drum harness slipped down and sitting in the stands playing the fight song freezing with a blizzard going on around us.

A lot of things have changed since then. They built a whole new school, and the football team is actually winning games! So far, they are 5-0 and in 4A first place! Go Demons!

An Oktoberfest actually in October!

We’re all familiar with that classic German festival named after the month it originally occurred, but over the years people have been trying to get a jump on the competition by scheduling their’s earlier and earlier until nowadays they are almost all finished by the end of September. Well, our own Golden Mill, located at 1012 Ford Street in Golden is having their own Oktoberfest this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3.

Saturday will feature six Colorado beer tents pouring free samples of the freshest seasonal beers around. Sunday they’ll have live Polka music and lots of fun contests and activities for the whole family. Plus you can enjoy specialty food & ice cream all weekend long and purchase a commemorative Golden Mill beer stein at the host stand. Of course, the famous ‘beer wall” will be available too. For more information go to www.thegoldenmill.com

Frightful fun

Golden can be a scary place.

At least it can be around Halloween. That’s when you might want to go on one of the Colorado Haunted History: Murder, Mayhem and Madness tours. They have been happening regularly since June, but they just seem to be more at home at this time of year.

These are guided walking tours that meet at the Golden Visitor’s Center. You will visit several historic places around town and hear the colorful stories about lynchings, shootings, murder, mayhem and…Ghosts. Ya gotta have ghosts, right? This is a real wild west town with plenty of crazy stories that come with it, so if you live here, check this one out.

The tours will be happening on October 2, 8, 10, 16, 24, and 30. The times vary, with some dates offering two back to back tours, so go to their website at www.coloradohauntedhistory.com to see the full schedule.

Still Cruisin’

This coming Saturday, October 2 is the last Golden Super Cruise of the year. Lots of hot rods and classic cars will be taking over South Golden Road starting at 5 p.m. so plan your shopping trips accordingly.

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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