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Exceptional entertainment every E-Days

Column by John Akal
Posted 4/13/18

I warn you about this every year ... it’s coming. Saturday night at about 9:45 p.m. Batten down the hatches. Put your dogs in the house. Make sure your home owner’s insurance covers broken …

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Avenue flashes

Exceptional entertainment every E-Days


I warn you about this every year ... it’s coming.

Saturday night at about 9:45 p.m. Batten down the hatches. Put your dogs in the house. Make sure your home owner’s insurance covers broken windows. I’m giving you fair warning because those folks living right in Golden who miss reading this are going to be jumping through their ceilings and freaking out on Saturday night.

What am I talking about? It’s one of Golden’s longest running annual traditions, the Colorado School of Mines E-Days are happening this weekend!

For the uninitiated, it’s kind of a weekend Spring break event for Mines students and alumni, but everyone is welcome to attend. It was originated to give the students a chance to relax for a weekend before the mid-term exams began but it’s grown into a major happening centered around the Mines campus.

Now, before you start thinking that this is going to be some kind of weekend where the kids all run amok around town, that’s not what I’m warning you about. It’s actually a really well organized event with lots of fun activities put together by the Colorado School of Mines Student Activity Council. It’s major events will be happening from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15 all over the campus.

So, here’s the full schedule of what’s happening. You might want to consult a campus map on line if you don’t know where these places are located. You can find out more and order tickets at www.minesactivitiescouncil.com.

Thursday, April 12: All these events will be happening at the Lockridge Arena starting with Comedian Michael Kosta at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) followed by a Casino Night from 8:30 to 11 p.m., accompanied by the Mr. Big Digger contest from 8:45 to10:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13: Ore Cart Pull, outside of the Recreation Center, 7:30 a.m., Tesla Coil Demonstration, Lockridge Arena, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Field Day, North IM field, 2:30-5 p.m., Trebuchet Competition, Q Lot, 2:30-4 p.m..

Friday night’s big concert event features Bad Luck In Bermuda as well as EDM Artist Slumberjack at the D Lot starting at 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 6:30 p.m.. The concert will be followed by student DJs.

Saturday, April 14: Mining Games, Q Lot, 8:00 a.m., Cardboard Boat Races, Clear Creek, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Car Show and Drift Trike Race, CTLM Lot, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Carnival, D Lot and North IM Field, 12-3 p.m., Crawfish Boil, Sigma Phi Epsilon Lawn, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday night’s big concert event feature the band Public opening for Saint Motel at the D Lot, starting at 7 p.m. With the gates opening at 6:30.

OK, now pay attention here. This is what I have been warning you about. The highlight of the weekend are the Fireworks blasting off from the North IM Lot at 9:45 p.m. (weather depending). Now, this isn’t your typical Fourth of July fireworks display. First off, it’s happening on a night that no one expects to see fireworks, so if you aren’t aware of E-Days happening, it will scare the wits out of you. In the middle of your favorite Saturday night TV show — KABOOM!

Second, it may not be the worlds largest fireworks display, but I can assure you it’s probably the world’s loudest fireworks show. Back in my childhood they used to blast off cases of dynamite, now they keep that tradition alive with lots of those fireworks that just give a white flash and go boom. Really loud booms. It’s a lot of fun, just remember it’s happening or you’ll be chasing your dogs down the street for an hour afterwards. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, OK?

The last event of E-Days is on Sunday, April 15 and it’s the Pi Phi Pancake Phiest (Feast, get it?) at the Student Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to Noon. So, Ore Diggers, have a great weekend!

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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