Friday, September 11, 2009

OCRA Chamber Chat

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 Sept 9, 2009

 IN THIS ISSUE: Ouray Hot Springs Pool Hours. Winter hours begin on Tuesday Sept 8:  Mon-Fri. 12-9, Sat. Sun 11-9.  Pool will be closed for cleaning October 19 through October 25, 2009.

Feature and other notices:  

Bachler' Mine will run tours until October 1!

Papillion's now closed on Wed. for the winter.

What are your winter hours and closures?

·   Thistledown Campground  to close for the season.

·   Farmers Market on Thursday! 2-6!

·    Fall hours for the Visitors Center

·    Special "dance in the park"

·    "Living in Bear Country"

·    Ouray County Railroad Days.

·    Open House for Indigo Paper Goods Barb Wade

·    WATERCOLOR with Meredith Nemirov

·    Painters of America 5th Annual Great Paint Out

·    Fall Landscape Photography Workshop

·    2nd Annual La Sportiva Ouray Mountain Trail Run

·    Polka Band booked for Oktoberfest!

·    Winter  Days of Play…
For a complete list visit

     Get ready for winter activities with a little crossfit with Allen, yoga at Inner Mountain and dance with Weehawken! Ouray, Colorado, we have it all!

Miss a feature? The campground host is leaving soon after Labor Day and the season is coming to a close.  Fees will not be required for use of Thistledown or Angel Creek Campgrounds from September 14 through late May 2010.  The campgrounds will remain open, but no services will be provided and the toilet will be locked.  Self-containment should be heavily promoted.  Barring that, campers should walk several hundred feet into the forest (away from the creek, campground, roads, and trails) and bury human waste in catholes at least 6 inches deep.  This is difficult to do in lower Canyon Creek and there is a lot of private property in the area, so, again, self-containment and removal is strongly preferred.

The six portable toilets further up the canyon will be removed for the season on September 15.

The toilet at Na-gach Day-Use Area, next to Amphitheater Campground, will remain open for an extended season through October.  This is the nearest USFS toilet, located just above the City of Ouray.


Fall Activities:


Monday – Wednesday          9-6

Thursday – Saturday             9-5

Sunday                                   10-4

September 10:
Living with Wildlife, "Living in Bear Country," Two Videos, Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m., Ridgway Community Center, free monthly series sponsored by San Juan Corridors Coalition, information 626-4496.

The weekend of September 10 - 13 will provide plenty of opportunity for area residents, railfans and history buffs to experience the railroad heritage of the San Juans as the Ridgway Railroad Museum presents the ninth annual Ouray County Railroad Days. This educational event celebrates Ouray County's world famous railroad history with a variety of events for everyone from the most serious railfan to new residents with an interest in the unique history of the area.

 Sunday, Sept 13: Barb Wade is expanding her graphic design business to include a line of stationery and greeting cards. To celebrate the launch of her new line, Indigo Paper Goods, she would like to invite chamber members to an Open House on Sunday, September 13th from 2-5pm. 102 Spruce Ct. (bottom of 5th Ave.) 325.4123 for more info.

 September  14-16, 2009: WOOD, WATER, ROCK:  PAINTING TREES, RIVERS, SNOW, CLOUDS AND MOUNTAINS IN WATERCOLOR with Meredith Nemirov. 9 am to 4 pm each day.  At the artist's studio and outdoors ~ Ridgway, CO


Saturday, September 19, 2009 Oil Painters of America (OPA) 5th Annual Great Paint Out, Ouray, Colorado 8am-8pm All PAAC Members and other artist are invited! Hostess: Romagean Personne 970-325-0270; Paint at a private ranch with lunch served; paint in town in afternoon with opportunity to sell. Dinner will be available. All costs must be paid by September 1st!

SEPT. 25, 26, 27 2009: Fall Landscape Photography Workshop with Kathleen Norris Cook

October 3, 2009, 2nd Annual La Sportiva Ouray Mountain Trail Run

10am – 2pm, Hot Springs Park, Ouray. 2 nd Annual La Sportiva Ouray Mountain Trail Run - 

This run circumnavigates a 13.9 mile loop around the City of Ouray on USFS trails. The run is 

scheduled to coincide with the Ouray Oktoberfest for even more enjoyment! Pre-registration required.

 For information, visit


October 3, 2009: 45th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing and Oktoberfest celebration! Beer, Brats and Bavarian Music: Return of the popular Bavarian band,  The Austrian Connection!!!!!!!!  Ouray Community Center 5-10 pm! Join us for spectacular  San Juan Mnt Color then stop in for an evening celebration with live music, local brews and more! 

Sponsored by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association. 


Restaurant Info:

Declaimer: This is information that restaurant members have asked OCRA to share with other members.  This is a consolidated list or reports and has not been solicited.

The Bistro at Billy Goat Gruff's will be opening for lunches at 11am, Thursday-Sunday. Our lunch menu will feature our fabulous burgers, salads and appetizers, as well as our slow-smoked BBQ Ribs. If you are looking for a great gathering place outside, try the Biergarten, which opens at 11am daily, and offers our indoor seating area with pool table, shuffleboard and foosball.  

Are you Gluten Free or is your diet as such?

-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 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.

- Khristopher's Culinaire also has Gluten Free products as well as Gluten Free and Food Allergy Cookbooks.  Khristopher's Culinaire, 733 Main St/PO Box 1831, Ouray, CO  81427, Phone/Fax  970-325-4089,,,

Weehawken Dances Classes: Drop-In Dancers Welcome!  Drop in rate:  $15/class 

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!


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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