The Royal Canadian Legion has always been a place for veterans, but in recent years it has opened its doors and removed memberships to the public, inviting everyone in to support those who have fought for Canada.
Golden’s legion, Branch #122 is a place to enjoy beverages, food, billiards, foosball, and more. They host live music shows, indoor garage sales, and have many options for other events.
Recently, members of the Royal Canadian Legion and Karen Whelan of Get Stuffed Buffets have come together to offer special event venue and catering services to community residents, businesses, and other organizations.
The legion in Golden offers the lounge, with a bar, a stage, Keno, pool, and foosball tables, to the community for rent. It also offers a meeting room that can seat around 30 people, and a hall for larger private events.
Offering a full bar service alongside catering options for special events, legion president Ed Coon says everything is available for special events like weddings, funeral teas, board meetings, and more.
One of the many things the legion continues to do is support veterans in the community. At the beginning of April, the legion hosted a roast beef dinner to raise funds for a veteran who is going through some tough medical issues. The local legion was able to raise more than $1,500 for the veteran, plus some donations that were given directly to them.
At the beginning of May, the legion plans to host a Harry Potter party, equipped with alcoholic butterbeer for adults, and non-alcoholic options for minors.
On May 25, a John Fogerty tribute will play CCR tunes on the main stage, and May 31 sees dueling pianos return to Golden.
D-Day is on June 6, and the Golden legion will host a dinner for veterans and members of the public on June 7, with live music by The Pickups to cap off the evening.
The legion is a bustling place for activity, and Coon invites all members of the public to come by and check it out.
The legion has hosted cribbage consistently, and a local team recently travelled to Cranbrook to participate in the zone crib tournament. They won doubles and the team competitions, and are on their way to Ottawa for the dominion playoffs.
The legion is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3 p.m., and stays open until it’s quiet. Feel free to drop by and see what great prices they have on beer and snacks, enjoy a couple games of pool, foosball, or Keno. With your support, the legion can continue to operate and assist veterans in the community.
For more information about booking a special event or renting one of the three spaces at the legion, call 250-344-6214.