Thursday, March 18, 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat

OCRA Chamber Chat

March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patties Day!



**Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service.  Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders requested from members. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!


IN THIS ISSUE:  Are you pet friendly?  The chamber is updating our Pet Friendly Places to Stay and Visit list- please review the list at the bottom of the chat and let us know if you have any updates for us. Thank you!


  • Ride the Rockies Banners for OCRA Members
  •        OC Business Showcase and Job Fair
  •        2010 Ouray County Wedding Guide
  •        Business Round Table
  •        Free Fly Tying Class
  •        Stone Circle - Celtic Music
  •        Sculpey Clay Cane Egg
  •        Movie Club – "Precious"
  • Business After Hours – Ouray Family Medicine
  •        Hot Springs Pool – Cleaning, April 12-21
  •        Trace Bundy, Guitarist
  •        Montrose Community Band Spring Concert
  •        Valley Youth Orchestra Concert
  •        Varooms and Balloons Festival
  •        Business After Hours-
    Blue Pear
  •        "The Golden Ticket"
  • Call for Entry
  • Ride the Rockies comes to town!
  •         Links to members
  •               Public Restroom locations
  •        Pet Friendly – updating the list as we speak!
  •               OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • For other current Calendar of Event items, please see
  •               Features and other notices: 

            Ride the Rockies organizers are going to provide the chamber with up to 50 banners for chamber members.  To reserve your banner - please call 325-4746 or email ouray@ouraycolorado.

            The Ouray County Business Showcase and Job Fair will be held April 10 from 10am-3pm at the 4-H Events Center in Ridgway.  The fee for participation in this event is $25 for OCRA or RACC members, $100 for non-members with a $50 credit toward membership. This is an opportunity for local Ouray County Businesses and businesses serving Ouray County to display their goods and services in a trade fair setting.  Job seeking businesses are encouraged to have their job descriptions and applications available.  Sponsored by the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ouray Business Roundtable. This event is open and free to the public.  If you are interested in participating in this year's event, please contact RACC at or 970 626-5181. 

            2010 Ouray County Wedding Guide – published by the Plaindealer and available for distribution.

            Business Round Table – Wed., April 21, 8-9:30, Ouray Community Center.  Open to everyone. 





March  20 - Free Fly Tying Class- Rigs Fly Shop- Topic Tying a better parachute Dry Fly.  With guide and commercial fly tier Matt McCannel. 3:00pm- 4:30 pm FREE fly tying class at our shop in Ridgway.  Equipment will be provided.  People can call RIGS for more details.


March 20 - Stone Circle - Celtic Music – 8:00-9:30 pm. Wright Opera House.  Tickets: $15.  This is a benefit for Friends of the Wright.


March 20 - Sculpey Clay Cane Egg. 11-12:30 ages 4-12 make a sculpey clay cane egg.  Learn to make clay canes that are sliced to cover an item or make jewelry.  These are patterned rolls of clay that can be flowers, spirals, leaf etc.  We will make two canes and cover a blown out egg with your own unique patterns to make a one of a kind Easter egg. Cost $13.00 Call to reserve a spot 325-7232.  Presented by the Painted Marmot.


March 26 – Movie Club night – "Precious"- Showtime: 7 p.m., Doors: 6:30 p.m., Place: Wright Opera House.  Winner of two Oscars. This film was the highest rated in our pre-season evaluations. We are very pleased to present the Oscar winner for best supporting actress and best screenplay. See it on the big screen in Ouray.


April 7-
Business After Hours-

Ouray Family Medicine  1st Anniversary.  Come visit and get to know us.  5:30-7:30, 325-9900, 824 Main St.


April 17 – Trace Bundy, GuitaristWright Opera House, sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Concert


April 25 – Montrose Community Band Spring Concert3pm.  Benefit concert for Friends of the Wright Opera House


May 7 – Valley Youth Orchestra ConcertWright Opera House.


May 7-9 – Varooms and Balloons FestivalRidgway, various locations


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


May 14 -16 – "The Golden Ticket" (Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) Weehawken Dance Program, Wright Opera House


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

Ride The Rockies (RTR) to Celebrate 25 yrs with an overnight stay in Ouray on JUNE 15, 2010!  RTR is one of Colorado's premier cycling events. Join 2,000 cyclists and embark on a fully supported, seven-day trek through some of the state's finest mountain communities.  The 25th anniversary tour will include seven impressive climbs and fun at every turn. Lottery applications will be accepted beginning February 7th.  All riders accepted will have their room reservations booked by Alpine Cyclists Connection based out of Ridgway. RTR will offer one large scholarship to a local non-profit! Details coming soon!   The Denver Post, 101 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 954-6700   

For more information:


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.


Where may I find Public Restrooms?


     Backstreet Bagel & Deli (718 Main St., moving to new location in June)

     City Hall (on 6th Ave. just east of Main St.)

     Hot Springs Park (North end of town by the pool)

     Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee (520 Main St.)

         Oak St alongside the River Walk Trail

     Ouray Riverside Inn & Cabins (1805 N Main St)

        Ouray Visitors Center (north end of town next to the pool)

     Painting Marmot Art Supply & School (612 Main St)

         Rotary Park- (north end of town- Ice Skating rink)




Dog friendly: As of 1/14/10

LODGING:                                                                                       Pet Fee:

        Comfort Inn, 1-800-438-5713; 970-325-7203                                      $10

        River's Edge, 866-739-4987; 970-325-4987                                       $10

        Riverside Inn, 800-432-4170; 970-325-4061                                      Fee free

        Ouray Victorian Inn, 800-846-8729; 970-325-7222                            Fee Free

        Best Western Twin Peaks, 800-207-2700; 970-325-4427  $10

        Ridgway Lodge & Suites, 970-626-5444                                            $10

        Timber Ridge Lodge; 970-325-4856                                                   $10

        Piecemakers Lodge – 714-641-3112                                                   Fee Free

        Ridgway State Park has a dog friendly yurt - $10 pet fee.


ORI (Ouray Reality and Investments) has misc. rentals that are dog friendly as well.


Dog supplies and toys etc: Ouray Mountain Sports, Variety Store, Duckett's Market, Apteka Convenience Store.


Places to Play:

        Ridgway State Park: Pets are allowed in the Dallas Creek area along the shore to swim. Leash law applies for all trails at the park.

        Ridgway River Trail- Leash law applies.

        Ouray Town Park- Leash law applies

        Rotary Park


Places to eat:

        Billy Goats Gruff PATIO


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









Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427


Rob Megna  (2010-2012)     

Backstreet Bagel                                

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: 970-325-0450

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

Faith Parry (2009-2011)

MorningSong B&B


P.O. Box 708

Ouray, CO. 81427


Jennifer Loshaw

Executive  Director

(March 2008 present)

Cell- 946-0053

Office- 325-4746

Office: P.O. Box 145

Ouray, CO. 81427







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!



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