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Goosetown takes off again

Column by John Akal
Posted 3/3/21

It looks like things are starting to open up around the area. COVID levels have dropped and Jefferson County has been elevated to Level Blue which means that restaurants and bars can operate at 50% …

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avenue flashes

Goosetown takes off again


It looks like things are starting to open up around the area. COVID levels have dropped and Jefferson County has been elevated to Level Blue which means that restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity and Last Call has moved to Midnight. Some of our local establishments have started booking bands and hosting live music again in March. Those places include The Buffalo Rose, Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, In The Zone and The Golden Moon Speakeasy. So, check with your favorites and see what their schedule is. Some of it is still being determined and may be subject to the weather. I’m sure there are a few more places.

Speaking of the weather. It’s March, so that means … Who knows what that means around here? Spring is right around the corner but some years March is our snowiest month. But this weekend looks like it’s going to be pretty nice so you might want to get out and about. By now most of our vitamin D levels have to be tanking. A little fresh air and sunshine might be in order.

It also might be a good time to check out something new. Golden has a fun place opening up, and it’s looking pretty cool. It’s called the Goosetown Event Center and it’s located in…Goosetown.

Goosetown? Some of our long time Golden residents will know exactly what I am talking about, but if you are new to the area you probably have no idea where Goosetown is so let me backtrack a bit.

Starting in 1870’s, this was originally Golden’s German district and sat just north of Coors. It was a few square blocks bordered by Ford Street, Clear Creek, the eastern city limits and Highway 58. Once upon a time it was a thriving little neighborhood that had it’s own restaurants and even a tavern. The origins of it’s name came from either the large flock of geese that Adolf Coors kept, or possibly by the cackling of the female inhabitants who lived there. Yeah, I know. It sounds pretty sexist today, but I don’t make this stuff up. Back in the 1800’s nobody gave that kind of remark a second thought.

Over the years the neighborhood went through lots of changes and today most of the houses that were once there have pretty much disappeared. But a few of the historic structures are still around in in use. The most notable of these would be Golden’s American Legion and Masonic Temple buildings. Even though it was once a separate community, now it’s a part of downtown Golden.

Which brings you up to speed on what area we are talking about. But now there is a new chapter starting and it combines a bit of history with a new face-lift.

The Goosetown Event Center is located at 514 9th Street here in Golden and is sort of nestled in behind the American Legion. The building was constructed back in 1865 and is designated as an historic landmark and Jefferson County’s oldest commercial property. Cheryl Jordan, the new owner, has somehow managed to do extensive internal renovations while keeping the exterior structure 100% in tact. The result is a totally charming small event center that combines a lot of history with some modern upgrades. It has a kind of trendy historical feel that some of our other establishments in Golden share. It even has a terrific landscaped outdoor patio. This is the place you want to check out for small weddings or other gatherings.

But, in addition to being a strictly rental type of venue, they will also be hosting some fun public events and this weekend they will be having what they call a “Soft Opening”. It’s going to be happening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 4-6. Thursday’s event will feature music by D.J. Whitepueo from 5-8 p.m. and a food truck from Chewey’s Asian Fusion Tacos. Friday will see live music from Matt Weatherbee and the Knarlbillies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday will have the funk band Whip Snap performing from 5:30-7:30 p.m.with Pink Tank’s food truck there as well.

For more information you can visit their website at www.goosetownevents.net. It looks like it’s going to be a nice addition to the story of Goosetown and worth seeking out. Just forget about my mentioning the cackling ladies that lived there. I think they moved out a long time ago. But, you might still see a goose!

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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