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Golden Eye Candy – Bud Rockhill – Thanksgiving Cyclist, 2021 – click to enlarge

Real World Events

8AM The 2021 Great Turkey Chase
Join Runners Roost for a 5K.  Registration includes a pair of Goodrs.  Don’t forget to order your pumpkin pie! Register

9-10:15AM Grateful Heart Yoga Class @ Pranatonic
We are offering one class today called Grateful Heart. Gemma will lead this beautiful practice. What a great way to start the day! In person or virtually live-streamed.  Register

11:30AM-1PM Golden Community Table Thanksgiving Meal
Golden Community Table will be serving a full Thanksgiving Meal in partnership with Golden Mill.  The meal will be in the community room (red door) 1500 Ford, from 11:30-1:00.  Everyone is invited to join this community meal. 
First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford Street (map)

Thanksgiving Day Store Hours

Safeway | 1701 Jackson Street | 303-278-1861 | Map | 6AM-6PM
King Soopers | 17171 S. Golden Road | 303-279-5458 | Map | 7AM-4PM
Natural Grocers | 2401 East St. | 303-279-2500 | map | CLOSED
Walgreens | 17222 S. Golden Rd. | 303-457-5823 | Map | 8AM-6PM

Thanksgiving Day Dining Specials

BRIDGEWATER GRILL @ the Golden Hotel
800 11th Street

17999 W. Colfax Avenue
Menu:  We will provide the turkey; you bring the sides.  RSVP Here

1310 Washington Avenue

1110 Washington Avenue
Special Menu 7AM-1PM

Golden Senior Santa Time

The Golden Senior Santa program provides holiday gifts to local senior citizens who may not have family nearby and are experiencing challenges. This brightens the holidays of a group in our community who are sometimes overlooked.

Participating seniors provide their “wish list” items which are available on tags that can be picked up at Windy Saddle, Launch Espresso or Connects Workspace (behind Café 13). Simply pick up a tag and return the unwrapped gift with the tag by December 14th.

This is an especially challenging year for some of the seniors in our community, and your thoughtfulness can make a huge difference in their holiday.

Golden History Moment

Grocery shopping at the Boston Company – Advertisement from the December 21, 1859 Western Mountaineer

According to the National Archives, Abraham Lincoln (in 1863) was the president who established the final Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving Day. The holiday had existed since George Washington’s presidency, but prior to 1863, the president was left to choose the date.

Perhaps that date flexibility explains why, in 1859, Territorial Governor Steel proclaimed December 29, 1859 to be A Day of Thanksgiving. It certainly wasn’t destined to be a foodie holiday. That was the settlers’ first winter in the area, and the diet was still heavily tilted to dried and preserved foods.

To the Governor’s proclamation, the December 21, 1859 Western Mountaineer replied

We are certainly very grateful to His Excellency for appointing Thanksgiving day, but the questions will keep forcing themselves upon us in our bachelor apartments. Where are we to get a turkey? Where the plum pudding and pumpkin pies? and O, where the cranberry sauce ? Echo answers, mockingly, cranberry sauce….

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!