Here are some of Golden’s best holiday deals

Column by John Akal
Posted 11/28/18

Well, I guess this past weekend was some kind of utopia for those folks who would classify themselves as “shopaholics.” As I’m writing this, Cyber Monday is about to hit. I like that one. I can …

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Here are some of Golden’s best holiday deals


Well, I guess this past weekend was some kind of utopia for those folks who would classify themselves as “shopaholics.” As I’m writing this, Cyber Monday is about to hit. I like that one. I can do all my shopping while sitting here in my underwear.

I did stumble on something kind of crazy over the weekend. I have had my eye on a little set of drums and was looking on the most popular auction website to see if someone might have a used one for sale. I didn’t find a second hand one, but I did find a well known music store running sale on new ones and they knocked $100 off their usual price. But, right in their listing was a section called “similar items” that showed the same drum set being sold by their biggest competitor for $1 cheaper. I thought that was kind of funny. So, I bookmarked it and an hour later went back to look and now the first one had it $10 cheaper than the second one. An hour later, the second one was $10 cheaper than the first one…This went on all night until they were topping each other by $1 every fifteen minutes. By the time they finished they were practically giving the drum sets away. Yes, I am going to have to find a plausible explanation to my wife as to why I needed to buy a 13th set of drums. I guess I could just say that at those prices I had to use a lot of self control not to buy five of them. Hmmm, that’s probably not going to get me out of having to clean out the garage … again.

But enough about shopping. How about a little holiday entertainment?

Well, you are in luck because this is the weekend that the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will be holding its annual Christmas Concert. In fact, you are extra lucky because this year they are having two performances.

They will both be happening this coming Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church located at 7530 W. 38th Avenue, just east of Wadsworth Blvd.

The early performance starts at 3 p.m. and the later one will be at 7 p.m. The concerts will be featuring special guest Vocalists Steven Taylor and La Tanya Hall who will be lending their voices to a variety of holiday favorites that will be sure to put you in a festive mood. The Orchestra will also be performing Rossini’s lively La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Overture as well as selections from Grieg’s well known Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 and 2. The concert will be conducted by Dr. William Morse.

Tickets run $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, $10 for Students and $5 for Children. You can order them in advance by going to or by calling the box office at (303) 278-4237. You can also do some holiday shopping there. They will be running a silent auction featuring many unique gifts. No, they won’t have any drum sets going cheap.

And now for something completely

Of course we all know that this is the time of year that you are supposed to get visions of sugar plums dancing in your head or something, but honestly, what the heck is a sugar plum? I don’t know, but they have a fairy and she dances in the Nutcracker Ballet.

As we all know, there are many productions of that ballet every year but Golden’s own Virtuosity Dance Center will be presenting theirs with quite a different twist. They will be performing a wild and different interpretation of the classic with dancers of all ages performing in many genres of dance including jazz, hip hop, tap and acrobatics along with ballet to the original Tchaikovsky score with a little remix thrown in.

The performances will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7, and 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Golden High School Theater. Tickets run $12-24 and you can get them at or by calling (720) 515-7099. Golden High School is located at 701 24th Street in Golden.

No, they won’t be selling cheap drum sets there either. Although I did buy a snare drum there for $2 once.

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


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