Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chamber Chat 12 09 09 Chocolate, Wine, Parade, Movies, Skiing, OH MY!

IN THIS ISSUE: The Ouray River Trail has been groomed and is ready for cross country skiing! Kudos to Kevin!




The Ouray Movie Club is back!


Free Matinee to kick off Yule Night!

Yule Night: 

Parade in Main,  Santa at the Elks

Wine and Chocolate Festival

Open House at Healing Touch Therapy Spa's Beaumont location.

Weehawken fundraiser at Venue Roscoe Fox

Business Round Table


Opening Day of the Ice Park
Dec. 12- opening early!

Ouray Elks stocking stuffing and potluck

2nd Anuual Festivus Street Party

Open Mic at Backstreet Bagel


New year's Eve Parties

Winter  Days of Play… Ice Fest seeks volunteer's. Who wants the coolest swag??

Links to members


Feature and other notices: Movie Club is BACK!

Dec. 11:
The Ouray Movie Club is back at the Wright Opera House for our 2009-2010 Season. We are pleased to announce that at the end of the season, our profits will be donated to
Friends of the Wright Opera House.  Our premier, Away We Go. 7 p.m.   $7.50 per ticket.  Come early and purchase a season membership for $60; membership includes a punch card valid for 10 admissions during the 2009-2010 season.  Much more information including links to trailers are available at our blog,  Find us also on Facebook and become a fan: 


Yule Night -Dec 12- 5pm – 10 pm Events include but are not limited to: Yule Night Parade, Santa at the Elks, Light up Main St, Wine and Chocolate Festival,
Visit our fabulous retail shops and pick up the gifts that will make you VERY
popular with those you love! Details below!


Dec. 12: FREE MOVIE: The Yule Night celebration officially begins with a movie at the Main Street Theater, 3 p.m. The featured movie is, Christmas with the Kranks, starting Tim Allen and Jaime Lee Curtis.   Admission is free.  This program is made possible with the support of Twin Peaks Insurance, Alpine Bank of Ouray, Citizens State Bank of Ouray, Morning Song B&B and the Ouray Chamber.



Luther Krank and his wife decide to skip the Christmas and go to the Caribbean, but their plans are changed when his daughter decides to come home at the last minute.   They must perform a Christmas miracle to get the presents, decorations and food ready in time.


Dec. 12:

Voyager Youth Program and Weehawken Creative Arts Present: GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOPS registrations now being accepted! 
This "free" annual program is limited to 25 families in each community; one house per family and a pre-registration or reservation is required.
The Ouray Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 10 am until Noon at the Ouray Community Center.   The Ridgway Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Sunday, December 13th from 1 pm-3 pm at the Ridgway Elementary Schol (Condor Hall). 



Dec. 12- Yule Night
on Main Street with a bonfire and caroling 5 pm, and then a visit with Santa at the Elks Club 6 pm.  Live Nativity scene. Sponsored by the Ouray Fire Department and the Ouray Elks Lodge. Ouray, CO.


SATURDAY, DEC. 12:  Yule Night at Ouray Elks – 5:15 Santa arrives to meet children; 5:30 spaghetti dinner ($8 adults, $5 ages 5 – 10, under 5 free).  Open to the public. 626-4239.



Dec 12- Wine & Chocolate Festival:
A Celebration of Decadence 
  Wine and Chocolate at it's finest!-Local Chocolatier's, Western Slope Wineries, live music Free admission to the wine tasting with
$100 worth of receipts
per person from Ouray venues on Yule night
.  $10 to attend, tickets for chocolate tasting $1 each. People's Choice to be awarded.  7 pm – 10 pm Beaumont Hotel's Tundra Restaurant.505 Main Street, Ouray, Co.  325-4746 Sponsored by the Ouray Chamber and Morning Song B&B.


Dec. 12- Open House- Healing Touch Therapy Spa located in the Historic Beaumont Hotel- 505 Main St. Ouary, Co. 81427

Spa treatments, gift certificates. Stop in and view this amazing facility! 2-8 pm, 325-0415 for information


Dec. 17-
Business Round Table, 8 am – 9:30, Ouray Community Center.

Informational seminars presented by the Ouray Community Development Committee with information of interest and value to those who participate in the Ouray Business Community. Call the City Resources Office for additional information - (970) 325-7065


DECEMBER 18 & 19: "NUTCRACKER"!!!!!!!!!!
Performance will be held on December 18 at 6 pm and on December 19 at 1:30 pm and at 6 pmat the Wright Opera House in Ouray.  Tickets will go on sale on December 7th  and will be available in Ouray at "Khristopher's Cullinare", "Buckskin Booksellers", and "Mouses Chocolates;" in Ridgway at "Cimarron Books and Coffee".

Reserved Seats and Member Rates are available only through Weehawken Creative Arts directly:  970-318-0150 or


December 18th, Weehawken Dance will  be hosting a special event and fundraiser at Venue Roscoe Fox tied to "The NUTCRACKER" performance There will be a short live auction at the event.   This special event will help Weehawken Dance raise funds for an assortment of dance program equipment needs and should be a great time.  If you are interested in helping Weehawken in this endeavor, or would like to attend the special event in conjunction with "The Nutcracker," be sure to mark your calendar for the night of the 18th.    


SATURDAY, DEC. 19TH:  Ouray Elks stocking stuffing and potluck, 6:00 PM.  Help prepare for Santa Delivers.


Dec. 20:
Festivus Street Party- 3pm -9pm or until we slide off the street! 6th Ave, Ouray- Fire dance performance by Dessert Embers!, carols, warm beverages and more! or 325-4746 for more info.


Dec. 20: Open Mic at Backstreet Bagel 3 pm – 6 pm. 325-0550, 524 Main St. Ouray.



THURSDAY, DEC. 24:  Santa Delivers courtesy Ouray Elks.  To arrange a visit from Santa, call 325-0095 (Ouray Area), 626-5862 (Ridgway area) by December 22nd.  We still need Santas – call if you can help.



THURSDAY, DEC. 31:  Ouray Elks New year's Eve Party., starting 6:00 PM.  Karaoke starts 7:30 PM, with finger food and drink specials.  Open to the public.  626-4239.


Beaumont Hotel New Years Party! Contact 325-7050 for more information.


Greetings on this very icy morning!

   Wow! welcome to Winter!  I am just back from visiting family in the Caribbean and asking myself why did I come back to Colorado at this time of year???   Oh well!  The Ice Park will open on time or earlier this year! and that is a good thing! 

   The chill of this morning is a definite reminder! Ice Festival!!  is 4 weeks from TODAY!  

I know most of  you are counting the days until Christmas! but I wanted to connect with you before that chaos sets in to wish you a happy holiday! and find out what your availability is for the Festival.   I did receive some responses from Mel's earlier email but it would help me out greatly for those of you who did not respond yet to just shoot me an email letting me know if you are available, what you have done in the past and what you are interested in doing this year.

I would encourage you to check out the 2010 festival schedule listed on the   It looks like a great line up of events and exciting things to attend as well as work at!  We will do our best to make it a great time for all of you as well. As we know and appreciate that we could not do it without you!


In advance.. thank you for all  you will do to make this years event the best ever!

Keep warm!




Winter Days of Play:


Open Mic. At Backstreet Bagel:

Sundays, Jan 3rd Jan 17th, and Jan 31st 2010!          

3 PM until 6 PM


Address: 524 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427

(970) 325-0550


Call:   John Randolph (970) 626-3105





Jan 7 -10: 15TH Annual Ouray Ice Festival 

Online Registration for the 2010 Ice Festival Climbing Clinics begins Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 9 a.m. MST.   Live auctions, lectures, and more.  Info:


Jan 15-17: The NEW Quickie! Jan 15-17- Chicks with picks weekend workshops. 4 to 1 ratio with their infamous Girly Guides!


Jan 24-28: Chicks with Picks "Complete Chicks"-


Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak (1/29)

If interested, meet at City Hall 7 p.m. to ski and then soak in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool 9-10pm.


2nd Annual Betty Ice Ball (1/30-2/1)




Mnt. Sneffels Spelling Bee  (2/2) – Special event that raises funds for educational projects throughout Ouray County. Info: or (970) 626-5726.


Winter Art Festival 2010 (2/12-14) – This unique event includes original arts and crafts by local artists.  Free admission.  For entry rules and registration form: or call Laurie at 970-325-0808


Cattleman's Banquet & Dance (2/14)

Annual event celebrating ranching lifestyle on the western slope.  Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, CO. 



Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak (2/27)

If interested, meet at City Hall 7 p.m. to ski and then soak in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool 9-10pm.



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