Several community organizations partnered with the city of Golden to host the first-ever Celebration of Golden: Commemoration of Our Resilience at the Colorado School of Mines Quad on Aug. 28. Golden …
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Several community organizations partnered with the city of Golden to host the first-ever Celebration of Golden: Commemoration of Our Resilience at the Colorado School of Mines Quad on Aug. 28.
Golden United, School of Mines, Act Locally Golden and Home in Golden worked with the city to throw the event, which featuring food, music and booths hosted by local groups.
Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg, Councilmember Bill Fisher and other community leaders gave speeches to kick off the celebration, followed by musical performances from Mines’ marching band and local folk band Alibi. Golden eateries Bob’s Burgers, Basic Kneads Pizza, Golden Poulty and Meats and Eddy Hotel provided food for those in attendance.
Event Volunteer Joy Bauman said the Celebration of Golden was meant to provide an in-person community gathering after over a year of Coronavirus-induced social distancing measures.
“We came together to have a celebration of COVID being over and being out again,” said Bauman. “We also wanted to celebrate the medical workers, people who died and anyone affected by COVID.”
One of the community groups in attendance was the Golden Community Garden, whose representative, Michelle Herd, said she was hoping to raise awareness of ways that folks in the community can get involved with the garden.
“The garden is for the community, not just the gardeners that have plots there,” said Herd. “There are educational seminars, gatherings of people, there’s a labyrinth there and a lovely flower garden there that people can walk around.”
The Golden Anti-Racism Collective had a booth that featured educational exhibits and community outreach prompts. Group member Ty Scrable said the group is focused on outreach, policy discussion and education, and is still active and holding in-person meetings.
“We just want people to know that we’re still around,” said Scrable. “There was a lot of social justice things that were started in the lasty year after George Floyd, but we’re still around, we’re still doing work. A lot of it is more behind-the-scenes rather than forward-facing, but we would like give people the chance to join and make the word a better place.”
The event was free and open to the public.
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