A ‘most wonderful time of the year’

Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa takes place Dec. 7

Posted 11/6/19

The 21st Century is a busy age. But the holidays are the time of year to slow down a little and celebrate family and community. The Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa will offer just …

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A ‘most wonderful time of the year’

Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa takes place Dec. 7

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The 21st Century is a busy age. But the holidays are the time of year to slow down a little and celebrate family and community.

The Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa will offer just that, said Jim Kammer, a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, which is the venue that’s hosting the event.

“It’s an old-world Golden event during a busy age,” Kammer said. “It’ll warm your heart — and your stomach.”

The Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa takes place on Dec. 7 at the Calvary Church in downtown Golden.

“Breakfast with Santa will be a great kickoff to the holiday season,” said Scott Bristol, a Golden State Farm agent who is one of the event’s sponsors. “It will showcase what a great community we have here in Golden.”

Entertainment includes interactive holiday storytelling by the Golden Library’s Bethany Hall and Emily Vrotsos who will be dressed as Santa’s elves, caroling with Calvary Church’s music director Alli Coffey and guest appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Golden Fire Department will be serving the breakfast.

“There’s times when the community will see us in our uniforms, other times in our firefighting gear,” said Golden Fire Rescue’s Capt. Tina Gustafson. “And then sometimes in a chef’s hat and apron.”

Golden’s firefighters enjoy being a part of the community, added Golden Fire Rescue’s Lt. Tony Orlando

“It’s fun to be with kids outside of the fire department so they see that we’re people, too,” Orlando said. “And it’s the time of year to get together and celebrate.”

A portion of the proceeds from Breakfast with Santa will go to Golden’s volunteer fire department and Calvary Church’s free Lunch and Life program for Colorado School of Mines students.

“The holidays are a special time of the year,” said Tami Bandimere, president and coordinator of Bandimere Speedway’s Race to Read program, another sponsor of the Breakfast with Santa event.

“Getting involved with youth is important to us,” Bandimere said. “This is something fun for us to be involved with during our off season.”

Carol Ann Bowles, lead organizer for the Breakfast with Santa, is excited about how the community came together and got involved with the event in various ways, she said.

“The jingle bells can’t wait to jingle and the carolers can’t wait to carol,” Bowles said. “All of Golden is looking forward to this most wonderful time of the year.”

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