Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour Gets Mentioned

In a story appearing in the Dallas Morning News about exploring the Colorado gold rush, the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour received a nice plug. Read about it here

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ouray has a new Interactive Travel Brochure

The Ouray Chamber Resort Association has put together a virtual brochure with help from

Visit the Ouray interactive travel brochure now!

Browsing the interactive travel guide is easy and fun. It showcases all the attractions and activities that the destination has to offer.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ouray Chamber Chat

April 15, 2009


  • Feature: Hungry? Backstreet Bagel OPEN  7am-6pm and Timberline Deli OPEN 11am-7pm ! The Buen and Bon Ton are your dinner hot spots!
  • MOVIE NIGHT! The Reader - Presented by the Ouray Movie Club this Friday
  • "Inspirational and Awareness" Documentary Film Series
  • The Hot Springs Pool closed April 13 -19, Weisbaden & Orvis OPEN!
  • Parent Prevention Night
  • After-Prom Party at the Western Hotel
  • "Photoshop Elements 6/7 WOW!" Class
  • Local Business Expo featuring YOU?… Registration information and more!
  • "Paws for Music" 
  • 2nd Annual Shred Event in Ridgway and Ouray!
  • "Favorite Music from the Movies" special performance at the Wright Opera House
  • Free training offered for non-profit organizations and board development.
  • Who is CLOSED and OPEN...Peak to Peak Bicycles Tuesday-Saturday 9-6
  • May and Summer Days! Mark your calendars: State Liquor License Workshop
  • Members links... if you are not listed and would like to be, just let us know!

Feature:   The Ouray Chamber in partnership with the Ridgway Chamber are hosting a Business Expo at the 4H Center in Ridgway.  It runs from 8:00am to 4:00 pm and let's business owners showcase their business or service. Mark your calendar to participate or to attend!

Friday, April 17th, The Reader - Presented by the Ouray Movie Club                   
Showtime: 7 p.m.
Doors: 6:30 p.m.
Place: San Juan Room - Ouray Community Center, Ouray, CO
Starring: Kate Winslet & Ralph Fiennes
Director: Stephen Daldry
Runtime: 124 min.
MPAA Rating: R|Parental Guide

Academy Award-Won-Best Actress-Kate Winslet
Golden Globe-Won-Best Supporting Actress-Kate Winslet
    "[Winslet's] fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights." - Pete Travers - Rolling Stone

Synopsis: When Michael is fifteen he has a brief but heated affair with Hanna, a woman in her mid-30's who finds him sick and feverish in the street and cares for him. Nearly a decade later in Post-WWII Germany, Michael has become a law student and is astonished to find Hanna had become a Nazi prison guard and was on trial for murder. He discovers a secret that might affect her sentencing but is too ashamed of their affair to come forward.
[Official Site]
[Trailer/Short Feature
Note: Everyone is welcome at $7.50 per ticket. 2009 Movie Club members may use their punch cards.

Thurs. April 18th, 2009 Top of the Pines presents an "Inspirational and Awareness" Documentary Film Series
"Power Paths"
 Power Paths is an inspiring documentary about how Native American communities are creating new ways to produce clean power as the Tribes attempt to restore lands devastated from the impacts of coal mining.
for more info on film, visit All shows will be held at the Sherbino Theater 6:30-9:30. film starts at 7:15  $8 donation.

The Hot Springs Pool will be
closed for cleaning and general maintenanceApril 13 through April 19, 2009 , June 23, 2009 , August 25, 2009 , October 19 through October 25, 2009

THURSDAY April 23, Parent Prevention Night, Learn how to talk with your kids about substance use.  Ouray Community Center 6:30pm.  Sponsored by Voyager Youth Program and Juvenile Diversion.  For more info: 626-4279  

SATURDAY April 25, After-Prom Party at the Western Hotel, Ouray, 11:30pm-2:00am Casino night for students with food, drinks, games and give-aways.  Sponsored by Voyager Youth Program and Juvenile Diversion.  For more info: 626-4279 

Saturday, April 25: Steve Traudt's "Photoshop Elements 6/7 WOW!" Class - April 25 
 Sign-up by Monday the 13th to get into the class at a discounted rate!  Photoshop Elements 6/7 WOW! Saturday, April 25, 2009  9 am - 4:30 pm. Price for those registering by April 13: $126 for Weehawken members or $140 for non-members, After April 13, $140 member /$154 non-member. For more information contact Ashley King: 970-318-0150 

Saturday, April 25:  -- Business Expo
The Ouray Chamber in partnership with the Ridgway Chamber are hosting a Business Expo at the 4H Center in Ridgway.  It runs from 8:00am to 4:00 pm and let's business owners showcase their business or service.  Admission is free to the general public.  There is limited booth space available so contact the Ridgway Chamber at 626.5181 or to reserve your spot. NO FORMS NECESSARY! This event that will showcase our diverse local businesses and services.  The cost to participate is $45 for RACC members, $100 for non-members!  This secures a 10'X10' space for your presentation.  The event will be held from 8 am-4 pm at the 4-H Event Center.  Yet another benefit of being a OCRA or RACC member!  This event will be free to the public.

We are going to ask folks to come and attend and learn about all the products and services that we have in our county ...  Think LOCAL in all your purchasing decisions!

April 25th  - "Paws for Music" Canceled!

April 25th  2nd Annual Shred Event……
Protect yourself from Identity Theft! We will be providing a shred truck for anyone who has paperwork they would like to shred.  

Alpine Bank in Ridgway Saturday, April 25, 2009

119 Liddell Drive • Ridgway  8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

917 Main Street • Ouray        10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


 "Favorite Music from the Movies"

Sun., April 26, 2009, 3 PM,

Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

Director                         Emcee

Toby King                   Jim Opdahl

 Tickets: $10 (Fundraiser for FWOH & MCB)

Available at Buckskin Booksellers, Ouray

Cimarron Books & Coffeehouse, Ridgway

Or call John Ast, 325-7255/901-8455


Wednesday, April 22: Free training offered for non-profit organizations and board development. Area non-profits are invited to attend a free Board Development Seminar. Event is to be held at the Montrose Regional Library 1:30pm. Brown Bag Luncheon with guest speaker Noel Hagan. To register or for more info, please call Melanie Hall 901-6575,

April Closures… and… who IS open:

Retail: The Blue Pear will be closed from Easter Sunday, April 12 through April 30 to freshen up and rejuvenate for the upcoming season.

OPEN: Peak to Peak Bicycles OPEN Tuesday thru Saturday 9-6

The Coachlight

will remain OPEN thru the month of April on Friday,

Saturday, & Sundays at 5:00 p.m.  The Coachlight Restaurant will then open 7 days a week starting in May.

Restaurants Closed:                                                                                                               Bistro at Billy Goat Gruffs  Closed Sunday April 12th thru Monday April 27th.

Bulow's Bistro
  Closed March 30- May 7.                                                  
Closed April 6- April 29.

is Closed from Monday the 13th -Thursday the 16th                                          
Friday the 17th regular days and hours.                                                            

Historic Western Hotel: Open May 15 details coming soon!

Bistro at Billy Goat Gruffs: We are going to a 5 day schedule until summer (when we'll go back to at least 6).  So, we will be open Tuesday thru Saturday, closed on Sunday and Monday. We're open at 5pm daily, and we have gone back to our one weekly special "Thirsty Thursdays" with $2 drafts all night (we aren't running any of the other specials we were doing during the winter).  For this summer, we are planning to do lunch and dinner in the Bistro, as well as extended hours for the Biergarten. I'll get you that information when we get a bit closer, but I wanted to put a bug in your ear! We may also be adding a 'play' area in the Biergarten to be a bit more family-friendly down there, and give the kids somewhere to stay busy while their parents have a Liter :)


May and Summer  Days:

May 1, 2 at 7 p.m. &  May 3 at 2 p.m. Ouray High School presents: Little Shop of Horrors a musical comedy by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken Rated PG13.   Tickets are $7.00 adults and $4.00 students
Ouray School Stage.   For more information call Director Nancy Nixon, 970-325-4505 ext 46.

Monday, May 11, 2009: State Liquor License Workshop 11 am -3 pm, Ouray Community Center. Please register by May 1. for State Liquor Workshop!

Who should attend: special events permitees, local gov. staff, bartenders, servers and liquor licensees.  To register or for more information please contact Kathy Elmont, 325-7061 or

 Ouray Beautification Committee:

·        "Spruce-up Ouray": Saturday, May 16, 2009; from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM AND Sunday, May 17, 2009; from Noon to 4:00 PM.

·        Committee meetings - monthly, the second Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 PM in the Community Center's San Juan Room. 

Monday, May 11, 2009: State Liquor License Workshop
11 am -3 pm, Ouray Community Center. Who should attend: special events permitees, local gov. staff, bartenders, servers and liquor licensees.  To register or for more information please contact Kathy Elmont, 325-7061 or

May 12:  Job Fair to be hosted at the Ouray School! Details coming soon! This event is open to the public and we encourage you all to recruit or look for a job at this event. Hosted in part by Ouray School,  Community Development Committee, OCRA and the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce.

Ouray Trail Group: Work days: Every Monday and Thursday beginning Monday, May 18, 2009 and ending Thursday, September 17, 2009. Contact: Phil Wolkin @ 325-4368. Meetings monthly (April – September) – the third Tuesday, beginning at  9:30AM in the Community Center's San Juan Room.

Wed, May 20: Business After Hours: The Blue Pear and the Friends of the Wright Opera House. 5:30-7:30. This event is open to all chamber and citizen members.

May 30: Adoptathon at the SCHS shelter in Ridgway.

Thursday, June 4, Ouray Farmers Market, 2-6 pm. Contact  Ouray Farmers Market:
Details coming soon! For more information or to participate in the planning, serving on the board, volunteering, etc.  please contact: ourayfarmersmarket@

June 17, Business After Hours: Ouray Mule and Carriage. 5:30-7:30. This event is open to all chamber and citizen members.

July 18th - "Paws for Art" :  Formerly the Fur Ball, this new Fun-raiser has been upscaled to a casually elegant early evening event featuring a Live Art Auction, complimentary wine, beer, appetizers and live music. Although this event is to benefit homeless dogs (and cats), dogs will not be attending this year as they tend to get unruly when they drink too much wine. However, pet lover or not - you won't want to miss this Art Auction – with artist contributions of all genres this will be a uniquely fun evening at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village.

July 24-26: The Ouray Chalet Inn & Synergistic Visions Present...

San Juan Majesty Digital Photography Workshops with
Steve Traudt

Dick Colby

Inspiration & Instruction in Ouray, Colorado!

 Summer Wildflower & Landscape Workshop
Photoshop Elements
July 24-26, 2009. $339. Join professional photographer Steve Traudt for an exciting photo workshop timed for the famous wildflower explosion. We begin Friday at 6 pm with a classroom session. Saturday is a full day of field trips, review sessions and more training, including some bonus Photoshop Elements work in the evening (bring your PC or Mac laptop computer loaded with Elements 6 or 7). We are back in the field Sunday morning with the workshop concluding about noon. Subjects covered include exposure control, close-ups/macro, panoramas, high dynamic range HDR, lighting, composition, depth of field and much more. Need a room too? Book at the Chalet Inn for special discounted workshop prices. You won't find a better value or more exciting workshop. Small class size for more one-on-one time including constructive reviews by Steve. More workshop details at:


Announcing the First Annual Colorado Peace Ride

August 9 - 12, 2009 Colorado Peace Ride: Join this amazing tour along one of the 10 most scenic routes in the country! The Colorado Peace Ride is a 4-day, 238-mile tour along the entire San Juan Skyway loop: Peace Ride Route . Think sweeping vistas, epic climbs topping 10,000 feet and sweet stretches of downhill, beginning in historic Durango, with overnight stops at the hot springs of Ouray, the legendary town of Telluride and the grounds of the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. This eco-friendly ride funds services for a wide range of causes, providing unique support in strategic planning, project facilitation, team building, and worker rejuvenation. The Peace Ride is a fully supported tour with an affordable entry fee of just $200, and Olympic rider and coach, Colby Pearce, has designed the training schedule. Ride limited to 500 cyclists so register online now! For more information: Colorado Peace Ride

September 25-27: Autumn Color Workshop
Photoshop Elements.

$359. Join Steve for a magical photo experience in Ouray at the height of autumn color. We begin Friday night at 6 pm with a lecture. Saturday features field trips and review sessions. Sunday morning is another field trip and after lunch is a special bonus of a hands-on Photoshop Elements class with some of Steve's favorite techniques. We conclude about 4pm. You'll learn composition, panoramas, HDR, exposure control, lighting and much more. Bring your laptop computer (PC or Mac) loaded with Elements 6 or 7. Need a room? Book at the Chalet Inn for special discounted prices. Small class size; less is more! See
for details.


Requested links for the chamber chat:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ouray Colorado article features the Beaumont Hotel, the Ouray Hot Springs pool and the Box Canon Falls as a favorite for active vacations.

There are many more hiking trails and you can see details at or contact the Visitor Center in Ouray for more details.