Avenue Flashes

E-Days on the wild side this year

Column by John Akal
Posted 4/11/19

We all have our annual traditions. Usually they revolve around some holiday or family event, but as I get older I find that I have developed a few annual traditions that have nothing to do with …

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Avenue Flashes

E-Days on the wild side this year

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We all have our annual traditions. Usually they revolve around some holiday or family event, but as I get older I find that I have developed a few annual traditions that have nothing to do with anything except my own forgetfulness.

I experienced one of those last Saturday. It’s become an annual, albeit inadvertent, tradition for me to decide to go to the grocery store right smack in the middle of the first day of the Golden Super Cruise. For the uninitiated that’s what happens on the first Saturday of every month. It’s a huge car show along Old Golden Road that involves a whole lot of hot rods, classic cars and almost any vehicle of interest cruising up and down the street and parking in the various lots so people can check them out. It also draws a pretty big crowd every month. That means it also can cause quite a traffic jam as the traffic is diverted away from where I always seem to want to go on those days.

Oh well … I did manage to get to the grocery store. Just not the one I was originally planning to shop at.

Another annual tradition is the Colorado School of Mines E-Days. That’s happening this weekend here in Golden. It’s a unique Spring event where they have a whole bunch of fun student activities, contests, concerts and demonstrations as well as a huge fireworks display.

It will be going on Wednesday through Sunday, April 10-14 on the campus. There will be a fireworks display on Saturday night that will be so loud you will swear you are in a war zone if you don’t expect it coming. You’ll be watching TV and the next thing you know, your windows will be rattling. I know it’s going to be loud because it’s always been the loudest fireworks display on the planet. It’s a mining school. They used to light up cases of dynamite for fun on E-Days. It’s a Mines tradition. Just don’t freak out when you hear the first ka-boom.

I also found out the theme for this year’s festivities is Adventure in the Serenget-E Days. I have no idea what that means. Hopefully they aren’t planning something with live lions or elephants that end up escaping and standing in my front yard when I get home from work at 2 in the morning. I don’t think they have a zoology department at that school with experts who know how to deal with that kind of thing.

So, here’s the schedule of events. Notice … Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Trust me, you want to know that in advance.

Wednesday, April 10th: Alphatraz, IM Fields, Noon-4 p.m., Poker Tournament, Periodic Table, 6 -9 p.m., Magician: Brian Miller, Volk Gymnasium, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11th: Getting Korny with KATs, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Comedian Pete Lee, Lockridge Arena, 6:30 p.m., Casino Night, Lockridge Arena, 8:30-11 p.m., Mr. Big Digger, Lockridge Arena, 8:45-10:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12th: Ore Cart Pull, Westside of Student Recreation Center, 7:30 a.m., Tesla Coil, Lockridge Arena, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Field Day - Stampede in the Serengeti, North IM field, 2:30-5 p.m. Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30-4 p.m., Friday Night Event- Stranded on the Safari BRKLYN, D Lot, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 13th: Mining Games, NW Campus Rd, 10:30 a.m., Cardboard Boat Races, Clear Creek, 9-11:30 a.m., Car Show, CTLM Lot, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Carnival, D Lot and North IM Field, Noon-3:00 p.m., Headliner Concert: B.o.B and Smallpools, D Lot, 7 p.m., Fireworks, North IM Field, 9:30 p.m.

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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