Friday, May 29, 2009

Chamber Chat

OCRA Chamber Chat: Annual Members Meeting will be held 6/03/09 at 9 am. Held at the Ouray Community Center! Meet the publishers of the 2010-2013 Visitors Guide and hear what the chamber had been doing for YOU!

May 29, 2009

The Visitors Center is currently seeking volunteers to assist with Visitors Services! Stop in for training (where is that map?) and share your stories of Ouray with visitors! 325-4746.


· Feature: Sierra Mccfarlane

· Trail update

· Arts Beat hosted by OCPAG

· Adoptathon

· Are you Gluten Free?

· Ouray Farmer’s Market

· Taste of Ouray: A Festival of Flavor!

· Culinary Retreat Experience

· 14th Annual Love Your Valley Festival

· Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable

· Evening of History "Ouray County Ranching Stories"

· Business After Hours: Ouray Mule and Carriage


· Evening of History "The Mesker Iron Fronts on Ouray's Main

· Trio Solesti

· Evening of History "Lake Lenore"

· Who has been featured? This link that was aired on KOAA on 5/12/09 Go to this site and look at the Top Video Stories on the right side of the page and select “Amazing Ouray” from the selections below it.

· Summer Days of Play…BINGO, July events! Mark your calendar!

For a complete list visit

· Links

· A message from Mild to Wild Rafting


· Miss a feature? What is a radio pet fence?

Feature and other notices: Congratulations to Sierra Mccfarlane the 2009 Jeep Raffle Scholarship Recipient!

Does anyone need ink for HP88 Inks? If so, contact the chamber, we have some from a broken printer….

Trail Update: Upper Cascade Falls and Portland Trail are prime for Hiking right now!

Trails ready to hike (As at May 13th)

Although there may still be a few downed trees and lingering mounds of snow further up, particularly on the north and east facing slopes, the following trails are ready to hike:

Ouray Perimeter trail, Ice Park Loop, Corbett Creek/Dallas Trail, up to below the Aspens, Portland Mine, Sutton, to the large avalanche between the two creeks, Lower and Upper Cascade Falls, to the top ledge, Twin Peaks and Oak Creek, to the junction, Old Twin Peaks, Silvershield, Baldy, to the summit, Storm’s Gulch, Alpine Mine Overlook, to the junction until you encounter snow, Dexter Creek, for 1.5 miles and Bear Creek, to Grizzly Bear Mine. The Trail Group has completed work in the Amphitheater and moving on to several other trails in the next two weeks.

With unseasonably warm temperatures forecast for the next ten days, several other trails up to about 10,500 feet should begin to open up. Compliments of Kelvin Kent.

Friday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m.
A 3-course Progressive and Entertaining Dinner

5:30 - Appetizer at: the Kiva of Chipeta Sun Lodge (cash bar), catered by Secret Garden
Poetry Reading - Art Goodtimes, Poet, Activist, Mycologist
Art will read from his recent book "As If the World Really Mattered."

7:00 - Main Course at: Drake's Restaurant
Music - Ken Crombie Jazz Trio with John Tuttle and John Allen

8:30 - Dessert and Coffee at: Ridgway Public Library
Artist and exhibit - George Kernan, painter. Meet this fine local artist

Main course choices are:
Sliced Roast Beef with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable
Spinach, Feta, and Tomato Souffle topped with cheese and served with rice
1/4 Herb Roasted Chicken served with rice and vegetable

Tickets: $50 per person (Spaces limited)
Call 626-2970 to reserve your place (by Wednesday, 5/27/09)

Our website at
contains an Event Calendar and biographies of other artists we are bringing to the county.
If you would like to become a member of OCPAG, you can find the membership form by clicking on this link:

We appreciate your support!

May 30: Adoptathon Second Chance Humane Society is sniffing out good owners for homeless pets! On May 30th from 9:00am to 3:00pm the Second Chance Humane Society is hosting its annual Adoptathon! Come and meet some great dogs and cats. You’ll also enjoy music performed by Tony Rosario and the Pour Boyz! For more information please contact 626-2273.

Are you Gluten Free or is your diet as such?

-Tundra, Bulow’s- let your server know

-Bill Goats Gruff- let your server know

-Artisan Bakery-just ask!

-Papillons on Main – Call ahead and let them know

-Spangler House B&B- Call ahead and let them know (vegan and gluten free)

-Ducketts Market : has lots of available products which are wheat and gluten free. We are also open to bringing in new Wheat free or Gluten Free products on your faves list. Let us know we always welcome your feedback and we're all about happy tummies. 970-325-4397

-Ago Gallery has a new cook book that will be out this May 28th that has 200 gluten

free recipes in it as well as art work by Romagean. This book will be for sale

through Ago Gallery and San Juan Pottery.

Thursday, June 4, (and every Thursday until mid-Sept.) Ouray Farmers Market, 2-6 pm. Ten or more local farmers, homemade breads, cheese and more. Sustainable workshops such as: solar dehydrators, make a bow drill, compostable seedling pots, salves, and more!! For more information or to volunteer, etc., please contact: Trevor or Erin- ourayfarmersmarket@ Sorry, no crafts.

June 10: Taste of Ouray: A Festival of Flavor! Culinaire and Wine Festival Ouray Community Center 4:30-9. Beverages provided by Colorado Boy Brewery, Ourayle House and Montaya Distilleries from Silverton, CO. Several Western Slope Wineries will be on hand as well! NA and gluten free beer too! ALSO there will be a book signing: “An Artistic Flavor” a gluten free recipe book by Romagene Person.

Massard Room:

4:30-7: Food service 5-9

5 – 7 Kids Creation Station: hosted by Weehawken Creative Arts

6:30 – 7:30: Mystery Box Culinary Cook-

San Juan Room:

5-9: Dessert Service and Musical and Theatrical Performances

Chameleon Ensemble 5-6:30

David Baker and friends 7:30-9

Our Proud Sponsors Include: Backstreet Bagel, Khristopher’s Culinaire, Ouray Performance Art Guild, The Western Hotel and Saloon, Ouray Chamber Resort Association and Red Hat Distribution.

On June 9, 10 and 11 Weehawken Creative Arts will present a "Culinary Retreat Experience" with Sara Sharpe and the Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray. During this three-day adventure, students will learn incredible recipes in the kitchen and enjoy a relaxing break in Ouray!

June 13th 12pm – 6pm 14th Annual Love Your Valley Festival

Music, food and fun for the kids! Enjoy great music by The Last Bus and High Plains, Micro Brew Sampling with a cool glass for $20 per person, delicious food provided by Blue Ribbon Barbeque and Sandy’s Kitchen. Fun and Games for the whole family! Doggie Obstacle Course, Chalk Walk Art and much much more!

June 13 – Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable Hike – Sponsored by the Ridgway Railroad Museum and OCHS (guided $10 fee) Call: 970-325-4576 to reregister.

June 16 Jane Bennett, Evening of History "Ouray County Ranching Stories"

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

June 19 & 20 – ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE!! Sponsored by the Ouray Woman’s Club. Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. Fantastic bargains! Clothing, antiques, furniture, books, and many more treasures. Ouray Community Center.

June 23 - Tom Hillhouse, Evening of History "The Mesker Iron Fronts on Ouray's Main Street"

June 26 – Trio Solesti – world renowned chamber music trio from New York, 7:30pm, 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, CO Info:

June 30 - Karen Griffiths, Evening of History "Lake Lenore", Ouray Historical Society

Summer Days: on going and dated:

WEDNESDAYS until Aug 26 OURAY ELKS BINGO, 7 PM at the Ouray Elks lodge. Open to the public.

July 4 - Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Parades, kids games, fire hose water fights, Elks Club BBQ, and spectacular fireworks display! Fun for the whole family!

July 7 - Don Paulson, Evening of History - "Late 19th and Early 20th Century Ouray Photographers"

July 10-12 – Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run in the scenic, rough mountains of SW CO.

July 14 – Carolyn Kelly, Evening of History - "Historic Ouray Homes"

July 15-18: FJ Cruiser Summit

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 21 - Tom Rosemeyer, Evening of History - "The Camp Bird Mine"

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

San Juan Majesty Digital Photography Workshops

with Steve Traudt and Assistant Dick Colby

Inspiration & Instruction in Ouray, Colorado!

July 25, 26, 29 & 30- Diamond W Wranglers Cowboy western singing group, 7pm, Wright Opera House. Western Music Album of the Year! Info, call John – 970-325-7255

July 31 - Artists Alpine Holiday – 49th Annual National Juried art show. Enjoy the creative and unique art work of artists in various mediums–oils, watercolors, photography

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:

· Jeep road condition updates:

· Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun -;

· Ouray County Watch-

· City of Ouray: (view City Council Agendas prior to the meetings)

· Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) –

· Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) –

· Ouray County Arts Association (OOAA) –

· Ouray County Historical Society:

· Ouray Ice Park:

· Ouray Trail Group -

· San Juan Mountain Guides: New Classes

· Weehawken Creative Arts (WCA) –

· Yankee Boy Conservation Association:

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

“A thunderstorm is God's way of saying you spend too much time in front of the computer”

So read the memo and get outside for a whitewater adventure. You’re going to get wet anyway, so don’t let the rain scare you away.

Mild to Wild Rafting



Karen Avery (2009/10) President

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

Chris Bonatti (2007-2009) Vice President

The Outlaw Restaurant

HM: 325-4366

Nancy Wolkin (2009-2011)Treasurer

Denim of Antiquity

Store: 325-4924

Cell: 596-1079

Clint Boots (2008-2010) Secretary

Citizens State Bank


Rob Megna (2008-2009)

Backstreet Bagel

Cell: 530-575-1333


Bill Leo (2007-2009)

Ouray Mountain Sports


Jill Schoenebaum (2008-2010)

4 J+1+1 RV Park

w)325-4418 H) 325-4864

Rick Smith (2009-2011)

O’Brien’s Pub


Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear


Cell: 252-256-4312

Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service. Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!

Miss a feature?

The Ouray County Historical Society is currently accepting entries for its annual photo exhibit "San Juan Memories". $5 per photo entry fee, ribbon winners from the past may not submit any previous prize winning photo, entries due by June 25, no more than three entries by any one artist, juried by Jack P. Arrington, Boulder, CO photographer. Opening July 8. Juried first place prize - $75, Juried 2nd place prize - $50, Juried 3rd place prize - $25. Peoples Choice Award - $25. Any single individual can only win one award. Contact museum for details. For further details please call the Museum 325-4576 or stop by the Museum at 420 6th Avenue in Ouray.

Dog Care for the day and for your yard! Little Paws and Dog Watch can help! Little Paws will take care of your pup when you are working or gone on a trip! Daily, overnight or weekly care @ $15/day per dog. For families with multiple dogs, a discounted price of $12.50/day per dog is given for visits longer than 3 days. Daily walks, playtimes, and any basic grooming needed are included in the fee. Pick-up and drop-off services are available for a small fee.

A pet containment system from Dogwatch is a radio pet fence that uses an electronic radio signal. Our underground dog fence keeps your pet IN a designated containment area, such your backyard or OUT of an area like your garden! All pet fencing systems are a form of electronic dog fence and should not be mistakenly referred to as an electric fence that contains livestock with an electrified wire. Indoor options also available!


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