Friday, October 23, 2009

Chamber Chat 10 22 09 What do Rocky Horror and Send out Cards have in common?

OCRA Chamber Chat:

Oct. 22, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Board of Director's Nominations NOW being sought!  Please send suggestions to the chamber and our nominating committee will follow up with those individuals! Make a difference, be an active member of the Board of Directors!

             Did you love the flowers this summer? Let the Beautification know with a letter of support!

            Rocky Horror Picture Show

            Send out Cards with Sat. Oct 24.

            Trick or Treat on Main Street Halloween


            Info on Heritage Tourism

            Seasonal Closures- hours and what not


            Locals day on the train -- Sunday, November 1st. 

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!

Links to members





Feature and other notices:  

The Hot Springs Pool will be CLOSED for cleaning and  general maintenance: October 19 - 25, 2009


Ouray is nothing short of Bountiful with Weehawken! Check out their website for a full list of fabulous classes!


The Beautification Committee needs emails/ letters from the community in support of grant and funding requests so they may continue their efforts in Ouray.   Letters of support are a very important part of the process and your support in this way would be very much appreciated. Please send email/letters to  . Committee meetings - monthly, the second Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 PM in the Community Center's San Juan Room 



October 23 &24 Rocky Horror Picture Show- A Benefit for the Friends of the Wright Opera House. Doors open at 9:30 show at 10 pm. $12 donation for your  "RHPS" goodie bag at the door, costumes encouraged. Over 21 only


Saturday, Oct. 24- Send out Cards with, just in time for the holidays! We are going to show people the SendOutCards.Com system. You are able to take your photographs and digital graphics and easily incorporate them into your own personal greeting card.  When you click "Send Card" we print the card, stamp it, and mail it for you.  A card to a group is a feature that allows you to do Holiday cards in minutes.  A free gift is given to all attendees and there is no charge for admittance.  The event is taking place Saturday, October 24 between 3:00 and 5:00 pm at Backstreet Bagel.  Bring a friend and have fun!


Saturday, Oct. 31:
Trick or Treat on Main Street Halloween Night from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: THE CITIZENS STATE BANK OF OURAY . Post the attached poster in your window to let the kiddies know to stop in!

Saturday, Oct. 31: The Ouray Elks Lodge 492 will once again be presenting their Haunted House on October 31st.  This is a favorite event for area children and adults alike; this year's theme is the Haunted Mansion, loosely based on the recent Disney film. The fun begins at 6:30 PM and runs until 8:30.  Admission fee for one trip through the house and a goodie bag is just $3 per person, with a $10 rate for a family of four.  Come experience the Haunted Mansion, complete with the Dining Room, the Library, the Graveyard, the Attic, the Pit, and the singing statues.  For more information, call Manette at 325-0095.

Heritage Tourism:

"We are proud to announce the release of a new research study that reveals the popularity of cultural and heritage travel in the United States - travel to the very places that are featured on!

This study, conducted by Mandala Research and sponsored by Heritage Travel, Inc. and, is the first of its kind to segment cultural and/or heritage travelers. It reveals that 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural and/or heritage activities while traveling (118.3 million adults each year). Even more important is cultural and heritage travelers spend an average of $994 per trip - compared to $611 spent on the average U.S. trip. This contributes over $192 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

The study delves into the specific habits of cultural and heritage travelers, the reasons why they travel, and the activities they enjoy while traveling - providing detailed and valuable industry information and reconfirming the size of this lucrative market. For more information and statistics from the study, please read our recent press release:

New Study Reveals Popularity of U.S. Cultural and Heritage Travel

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact us at 202-588-6200 or by email at "

Best regards,


Scott Gerloff            

Vice President, Partner Relations




Change of Hours? See below for updates!


Winter Hours

P.O. Box/

Artisan Bakery

Closed Tuesdays, closed at noon on Sunday, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.


Backstreet Bagel & Deli

Open Year Round b-fast and lunch



Bon Ton  325-4951

Closed Tues and Wed starting late Oct. Specials: Thursday -Pasta Night


Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant 325-4544

Closed for lunch



Bulow's Bistro Restaurant


Closed Oct. 10 until Thanksgiving.

Will re-open for lunch and dinner.

Tundra-Closed for winter


Coachlight Restaurant & Tavern

Open 7 days a week at 5:00p.m. thru September and then starting in October we will go to our winter schedule of Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Coachlight Restaurant is now open Tuesday thru Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Our last day for the summer season will be Saturday Sept 26, 2009


Gold Belt

Closing for the winter


Historic Saloon Restaurant

Closed for the winter, open for catering and special events.





O'Brien's Pub


Closed Nov.  1-19 and on TUESDAY's

Specials: Poor and Hungry Monday

Dart League this winter!


Ouray Café'



Ouray Swim & Snack House





Outlaw Restaurant

4:30 until 9:00 7 days a week until the middle of October and then it will be 5:00-9:00 6 days a week (Closed Mondays). Also we are going to be closed Nov. 8-19.  We will be open Saturday the 7th and then reopen on Friday the 20th.



Papillion Main

Closed on Wed

Specials: Monday Night Football Buffet, Music on the weekends


The Bistro at Billy Goats Gruff

CLOSED for the winter


Timberline Deli and Catering


Open 7 days a week.

Specials: Thai Dinner on Sat and Sun

Fried Chicken 7days a week



* Ouray Hot Springs Pool Hours: Winter hours begin on Tuesday Sept 8:  Mon-Fri. 12-8:45, Sat. Sun 11-9.  Pool will be closed for cleaning October 19 through October 25, 2009.

*Ouray Mule and Carriage will run tours ALL winter! Details coming!   We are now giving tours by reservation and no longer doing the hourly runs. We've had good success in the last couple weeks operating this way so unless the roads are not passable don't hesitate to direct people to call us at: 970-708-4946 to set up a tour.        

*San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours will run until Nov. 1.                                      

*V&S: Open 9-9 7days a week thru out Sept



            Jim Pettengill, scholarship chairman at Ouray Elks Lodge 492, has announced that application forms for scholarships from the Elks National Foundation and for local Elks scholarships are now available.  "There are two principal kinds of national and state scholarships," said Pettengill.  "Legacy Awards are available to children or grandchildren of active Elks, and Most Valuable Student Scholarships are available to anyone – you do not need to have an Elk in the family to apply for a MVS award.  In addition, the MVS applications are used by the local lodge to award four scholarships to local students."

            Deadlines for these Elks scholarship applications have changed this year.  MVS applications must be turned in to either the student's school counselor or to Pettengill no later than November 2, 2009; Legacy Award applications are sent directly to the Elks national office, and are due by January 8, 2010.  "This year application forms must be downloaded from the Elks national website at " said Pettengill.  "Click on Scholarships and follow the instructions.  Anyone needing information or assistance can contact their counselor or call me at 626-4239.  The early deadline is approaching rapidly, so students should start the process now.  Helping our local students to further their education is one of the most important of our community assistance programs."



What are your winter hours and closures?


Requested links for the chamber chat:

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

Jeep road condition updates:

Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun -;

                     Ouray County Watch- 

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  -

Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more. The perfect gift!

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.


2009 OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                                                                                                              

Karen Avery (2009/11)  President                                                                                    

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs



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


Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear


Cell: 252-256-4312


Alen Cook

Timber Ridge and Matterhorn Lodges

Cross Fit



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