Friday, February 5, 2010

Chamber Chat 02 04 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat

Feb 4, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: Go for a Climb and then Wine and Dine your Valentine in Ouray! Check the local newspaper for Valentines Specials!  

Welcome New Chamber Members:

Café Ouray

Fresh Outlook Snow Removal

Ridgway Mountain Market

Ouray Travel

San Juan Balloon Adventures

Southwest Spirit Antiques

Tellurides Limo Service

True Grit Cafe

Visual Adventures Graphic Design



Spelling Bee! Get your team together!

Art Classes at Ago Gallery

 "write your heart" with Weehawken and Beth Paulson

Business After Hours at the VIC! Wed. 02/10/2010

Living with Wildlife monthly series

Winter Art Festival

Wine & Whiskers Carnival

Guided Ski Tour of Red Mountain Mine District


AND MORE….. What to plan for the rest of winter and early spring?

Links to members



Feature and other notices:

Ago Gallery will offer a 10% discount, (with a coupon from the chamber)

on a complete custom frame that cost $100.00 or more. We will also give a 20% discount on all jewelry that has been hand

crafted by Romagean.  This offer will run from now until February 19th. Store hours are 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Wed. through Sat. Art classes will begin this February!


February Hours:

Open Wed. ~ Fri. ~ Sat.

11:00 ~ 4:00p.m.

Closed Sun. ~ Mon. ~ Tue. ~ Thur.

Art Classes

Every Wednesday

1:00 ~ 3:00p.m.

I will be closed if road conditions are bad

For Questions please call



Montrose, CO., (February 4, 2010) –  The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest want to remind ice climbers that there are group-size limits in certain areas of the Forest.  These areas, known as Skylight and Horsetails, are within the Ouray Ranger District.  Citing the need to protect public safety, reduce user conflict and to provide for better recreation experiences for ice climbers in two popular winter recreation areas, restrictions prohibit:




February 6: "write your heart" on February 6th with Beth Paulson and Weehawken! for more information Also,don't' forget to check out ALL the classes Weehawken has to offer! Thanks Weehawken for contributing so much to Ouray!!



Feb 10- Business After Hours- The Victorian Inn- 5:30-7:30, 50 Third Avenue, 325-7222


Thursday, February 11, "Wildlife Collision Reduction on US 550," 7 p.m., Ridgway Community Center.  Part of the free SJCC Living with Wildlife monthly series.  Refreshments provided. Information: 626-4496.



Feb 12-14 Winter Art Festival 2010– This unique event includes original arts and crafts by local artists.  Free admission.    Wonderful opportunity to purchase artwork for your home or as a gift. FREE ADMISSION! Demonstrations! Silent Auction Friday through Sunday, Fri. 9:00a-Noon Registration & Set-up. Fri. 1:00p-7:00pm - Show open Sat. 10:00a-7:00pm - Show Open Sun. Noon-3:00pm.  For entry rules and registration form: or call Laurie at 970-325-0808.


Feb 14-Cattleman's Banquet & Dance

Annual event celebrating ranching lifestyle on the western slope.   Social hour 6pm, Dinner 7pm, Dance 9pm.  Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, CO  Tickets $25 sold in advance, Citizens State Bank, Ridgway Hardware, Murdochs in Montrose or call Amanda 209-6429/Bruce 626-5407. 



Feb 17- Business Round Table- Topic: Finical Resources. Meet in the San Juan Room at the Ouray Community Center.  8-9:30am


February 20,  Wine & Whiskers Carnival, 4H Event Center, Ridgway. A Second Chance Humane Society fundraiser – unique and energizing entertainment for a very worthy cause!  An evening of Mardi-Gras-style entertainment featuring complimentary wine and beer, decadent chef samplers, a live & silent auction stocked with hundreds of items, a sizzling Fashion Cabaret, and music and dancing.  Doors open at 6 PM - Tickets are $35 at the door or at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway. Call 626.2273 for more information or visit:


February 20, 2010: Guided Ski Tour of Red Mountain Mine District

Meet at the Ouray Visitors Center at 10am

Why:  Fundraiser to benefit the Ouray County Historic Society and Uncompahgre Watershed Planning Partnership

The tour will take 4 hours, from 10am-2pm, and will include a catered lunch plus a hot toddy/tea and coffee. The cost is a minimum of $25/person (write checks to OCHS) and reservations are required. There is a limit to the tour group size, and we will meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 10am to carpool to CR 31. Please R.S.V.P. to Andrew Madison at: , and for questions, please call Don Paulson, 325-0931. Deadline to
RSVP is February 17th.


Sunday, February 21 CABIN FEVER DAY.  Voyager Youth Program hosts CABIN FEVER DAY at Top of the Pines from 11 am-3 pm 

Games, races and hot drinks.  Cross-country ski rentals available.  Join us for this FREE family event at beautiful TOP.  For more info:  Voyager 626-4279   



Feb 27-Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak

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



March 10- Business After Hours- Morning Song B&B 5:30-7:30, 316 6th Ave Ouray



April 7- Business After Hours-
Ouray Family Medicine
1st Anniversary, 325-9900, 824 Main St. , <


May 12- Business After Hours-
 Blue Pear: 5:30 – 7:30, 450 Main St, Ouray , 325-0450, <>



Summer Fun!:

August 7th-8th, 2010: 26th ANNUAL RIDGWAY ARTS & CRAFTS RENDEZVOUS - Don't miss the 2010 Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous, Ridgway Town Park

Ridgway is located at the junction of Highways 550 and 62, in SW Colorado, Gateway to the San Juan Mountains.

Montrose, Ouray and Telluride are just a few miles from Ridgway. We are an important town on the San Juan Scenic Highway, the most beautiful and popular tourist route in Colorado. We offer artists and patrons a well organized, quality show. We are known for one of the most picturesque locations for booth set-up and for shoppers in our spacious town park and for successful sales for our vendors. The Rendezvous is a juried show with a commitment to quality. We market our show extensively in the region and the state and many patrons plan to attend the show a year ahead of time.

The organizers offer live musical entertainment all day both days of the show and several attractions are geared specifically to children. The event is fun for

the whole family and there is no admission charge. Our show is based on ALTITUDE (Ridgway is 6,987 ft in elevation with cool, clean air) and

ATTITUDE (we treat our vendors and patrons right!). We hope to see you this summer.  If you are a vendor and would like to apply for booth space, please call (970) 318-0150 or visit for an entry form.


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.


2010 OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Contact information                      Committees


Karen Avery (2009-2011)


Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs


P.O. Box 439

Ouray, CO. 81427





Jill Schoenebaum (2008-2010)                 Vice President       

4 J+1+1 RV Park

W) 325-4418 

H) 325-4864

P.O. Box F

Ouray, CO. 81427




Nancy Wolkin (2009-2010)


Denim of Antiquity

Store: 325-4924

Cell: 596-1079

P.O. Box 1493

Ouray, CO. 81427




Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427


Rob Megna  (2010-2012)     

Backstreet Bagel                                

Cell: 530-575-1333

P.O. Box 1466

Ouray, CO. 81427



Alan Cook (2009-2011)

Timber Ridge Lodge, Mattherhorn

 Motel, Antlers Motel and

Hypoxia Crossfit


P.O. Box 285

Ouray, Co. 81427



Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear

Shop: 325-9838

Cell: 252-256-4312

P.O. Box 128

Ouray, CO. 81427




Paul Choate (2010-2012)

Outlaw Restaurant



P.O. Box 1227,

Ouray,  Co. 81427


Ridgway Chamber Liaison



Scott Campbell (2010-2012)

Riverside Inn &Cabins

 & Jeep Rentals


P.O. Box 342

Ouray, CO. 81427




Ridgway Chamber Liaison

Jennifer Loshaw

Executive  Director

(March 2008 present)

Cell- 946-0053

Office- 325-4746

Office: P.O. Box 145

Ouray, CO. 81427







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