Now that Halloween is here the holiday season is upon us. For most people it includes all kinds of fun and spiritual occasions that concludes with New Years day. For me it runs up until Valentines Day because a whole bunch of people in my family have birthdays scattered throughout January so the gift giving season runs continuously for about four months. When it comes to shopping, I need all the creative ideas that I can find out there.
Well luckily two of my favorite holiday markets in Golden are about to open and if you follow my lead you can avoid a lot of time roaming aimlessly around the shopping mall and find some truly unique and special gifts for the people in your lives too.
The first one is the annual Craft Fair at Golden’s First United Methodist Church. It runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. It’s held in the basement of the church and features over 25 vendors selling their home made items which include all kinds of crafts like woodworking and hand knit creations, artwork, floral arrangements, delicious food items and a room full of “white elephant” gifts.
What are “white elephant” gifts? Those are the silly or novelty things you bring to those “everyone draws a name and brings a funny gift” parties you inevitably get invited to from work or any club you might belong to. If you want to be sure to find something that no one else will be bringing, this is the place to go shopping.
Now, you might have noticed that the hours of this fair coincide with lunch hour and that’s not an accident. The ladies of the church always put together a fantastic lunch that they serve and if you like pie, you will be in pie heaven as they bake some of the most incredible offerings that you could ever want to eat.
The First United Methodist Church is located at 1500 Ford St. in Golden, but you should enter the parking lot from Jackson street as the lot sits behind the building and is better accessed from that side plus the door to the basement is on the west side of the building. If you need more information call them at 303-279-3484.
The Foothills Art Center has a whole slew of artistic and creative events slated for the entire season but the main attraction over there is there is the Holiday Art Market that they call HART.
This is an absolute treasure trove of wonderful gift items created by some of the area’s finest artists. Everything from paintings and sculpture to hand woven clothing, pottery and jewelry is available there and the quality is extremely high. The entire center is devoted to this every year and it’s like shopping in a wonderland. They even have a room full of handmade Christmas tree ornaments and racks of original cards.
The HART kicks off every year with an opening reception where you can meet the artists and be amongst the first ones to start shopping. This years event is free and will be Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m..
The HART runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 29, admission to is free and it’s open to the public. The hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.. They are closed on Mondays.
For more information go to their website and explore other special events they have coming up at www.foothillsartcenter.org or give them a call at 303-279-3922.
Shopping solved, now back to my holiday research project. I’m trying to figure out who actually wrote those brilliant song lyrics : Fa-la-la-la-laaa la-la-la-laaa.
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 multimedia production.