Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chamber Chat -- June 10, 2009

OCRA Chamber Chat:
Please share with us your 4th of July activities,
special hours, etc. Thank you! Jennifer

June10, 2009

Taste of Ouray: A Festival of Flavor! TONIGHT! With Special performances by the Chameleon Ensemble and David Baker and Friends! Kids parade and more!


Montrose Harley Rally will be held June 18-20! 500 + are registered,

and they are going to visit Ouray!!

· Feature: Free days at National Parks.. see below for details!

· Jeep sales are great… River Side Inn and Cabins had the top sales for May!

· Mountain Bike Rentals

· Trail Update

· Taste of Ouray: A Festival of Flavor! TONIGHT!

· Art Opening June 12th

· Culinary Retreat Experience

· 14th Annual Love Your Valley Festival

· Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable

· Ouray County’s own prelude to the Bluegrass Festival

· Food Handler Safety class

· Evening of History "Ouray County Ranching Stories"

· Business After Hours: Ouray Mule and Carriage


· Free Concert in the Park!

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

· Trio Solesti

· Evening of History "Lake Lenore"

· Dinner until 10:00 pm… who is open? The Outlaw will be starting June 15!

· Ouray Mule and Carriage: starting this weekend will provide Stage Coach Rides on MAIN St!!! Call to arrange a guest pick up from your hotel to dinner!

· Summer Days of Play… July events! Mark your calendar! For a complete list visit

· Links

· Are you Gluten Free?


· Miss a feature? Where is BJ now a days?

Feature and other notices: The National Park Service will allow visitors free entry during three weekends this summer to encourage Americans to visit national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The fee waivers — one each month in June, July and August — will apply to all 391 national parks across the country, from Alaska to Florida. All 147 Park Service sites that charge fees for entry will waive entrance fees from June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16.. Entry fees being waived range from $3 to $25. That does not apply to fees charged for camping, reservations, tours or concessions.

New Service offered by River Side Inn and Cabins in collaboration with Peak to Peak Bikes! Bike rentals, Bike shuttle service and more! Contact River Side Inn or Peak to Peak for more info!

Trail Update: San Miguel R&B advises they are above the Tom Boy Townsite clearing snow. No estimate yet to clear the pass, but should be earlier than usual.



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 aka: The Play 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, Switzerland of America, 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 12: Ago Gallery - Fabric Art Gallery Show Calendar

Greetings OCRA Members!

Romagean's School of Visual Art Presents:

Now on sale at the Ago Gallery 445 Main Street, Ouray

Romagean Personne is an artist by trade and has write and had published a cookbook An Artistic Taste this book has 200 gluten free recipes with some of her art work. You will remember the painting on the cover as it appeared on the cover of the 2007 Ouray County Visitors Guide Art Opening June 12th through July 5th Featuring a Special Collection of Ceramic Art By Bill Wilson at the Ago Gallery of Fine Art. Reception June 12th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 15: The Colorado State Cooperative Extension Service is offering a Food Handler Safety class at the Ouray Community Center on June 15th from 2 to 5 PM. Cost for the class is $5.00 per person. The three hour course for food service workers covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. Contact Rhonda at the CSU Extension office for more information, 970-244-1839.The class is sponsored by:

  • Colorado State University Tri-River Extension
  • The Colorado Trust
  • Ouray County Public Health

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 17: Kort McCumber and his band, McCumberland Gap Ouray County’s own prelude to the Bluegrass Festival. On June 17, at 7:30 pm, Kort McCumber and his band, McCumberland Gap will return to the Wright Opera House for another musical love fest with the audience. The concert is sponsored by Citizen’s State Bank to assist the Friends of the Wright Opera House in their effort to purchase the building and create a center for the arts for Ouray County to complement the existing retail activity present there. Tickets are $15 and are available in Ouray at Buckskin Booksellers, Khristopher’s Culinaire, and Mouse’s Chocolate; in Ridgway, at Cimarron Books & Coffee and in Montrose at Ouray Silversmith. You may also purchase tickets by contacting Dee Williams at 970-318-1278 (cell) or via email at

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 21: Free Concert in the Park! On Sunday afternoon, June 21, the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio will perform a concert at Ouray’s Fellin Park starting at 4:00 p.m. This concert will be the first free Summer 2009 concert sponsored for the community by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Jeff Solon and his Durango-based group perform classic jazz composition, blues, boogie woogie, and also original compositions. Their instruments include guitar and keyboard as well as Jeff Solon on tenor saxophone, harmonica and flute. The Jeff Solon Trio has produced several CDs, which are available for purchase on their web site,

So bring your lawn chairs or blankets and picnic (no alcohol permitted) to the park in Ouray for what is sure to be a lively and entertaining concert by this regional band. If needed, the rain venue will be the Ouray School.

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

Free Days: each of you must complete a Temporary Encroachment Permit application form if you place merchandise on the sidewalk for sale. If you have NOT completed the form because you don’t have benches, flower pots, etc., then go to City Hall to get the form and the front desk can assist with that step.

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 1: Deadline date to register for the below class is July 1, 2009

Robert Parham Photography Workshop

Award winning photographer Rober Parham leads this two-day workshop that will explore the essential elements of scenic/landscape photography in the heart of Colorado's grandest high mountain scenery. Price 285.00. Deadline date is July 1, 2009. Minimum students 3 maximum 6. Contact Ago Gallery for more information.

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!

*Painting Marmot: Make your own T-shirt $12.00 and face painting all day.

*San Juan Mnt. Guides: offering zip-line rides again on the 4th of July. We will be offering the rides from 11:30 am til 1:30 pm. After the parade and before the water fights. The cost is $10per ride.

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.

Summer in the San Juans 2009 Work Shop

July 11 and 12: Robert Parham Photography Workshop

Contact Ago Gallery for more information.

July 11 and 12: Plein Air Painting in the Beautiful San Juan Mountains
Cost is 285.00. Romagean Personne: We will travel to some wonderful but not
forgettable places to paint in the San Juan Mountains. If the weather is bad the class
will take place in doors at Montrose Center for the Arts, 219 A East Main Street,
Montrose, CO phone 970-252-0241 or visit Minimum
students 4 maximum 12
  July 13: A Painter's Photography Class by Romagean Personne, Cost 75.00

Students will experience the following: What to look for when shooting a photo to work from. Distinguishing which details will help in producing a painting. How to use the camera as a tool. What to leave out when working from the photograph.

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. 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 18th 1-5: Paint whimsical Horses with Alice Billings at the Painting Marmot Cost: $60.00 (please sign up at the store and) Deposit $15.00. Sketch your horse live at the Ouray Livery and Paint it with acrylic paint. Instructor is longtime Ridgway artist Alice Billings. Alice is known for her paintings of horses and is an avid horse woman. She works with therapy horses and rescued horses 612 Main St.. 970-325-7232

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. 612 Main St.. 970-325-7232. 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 . 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. 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.

Are you Gluten Free or is your diet as such?

-Tundra, Bulow’s- let your server know

-Bill Goats Gruff- let your server know

-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.


Karen Avery (2009/11) President

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs 325-4981

Chris Bonatti (2007-2009) Vice President

The Outlaw Restaurant

HM: 325-4366

Nancy Wolkin (2009-2010)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?

Ouray Massage Therapy has a new location at 8th & Main. (in the Cutting Edge building)
A pleasant healing decor with a Balinese theme. Offering Therapeutic Massage,
Spa Treatments and retail Chinese Therapeutic Oils, Homemade Organic Lotion &
Aromatherapy Sprays. I will also be teaching some workshops as well.
More info on my website:
Locals get $10 off all sessions all year. Contact: 318-1113 
                                   Best Regards, B.J. 

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