Friday, September 10, 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat September 9, 2010

**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!


Reminder: 2011 Visitors Guide is being produced as we speak. All members wishing to be included in the guide should have their renewal completed by Oct. 15, 2010.


  • US 550 night closure schedule as of 09-08-2010
  • Seasonal Business updates as of 09-08-2010
  • 8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series:
  • Business After Hours / Annual Meeting Sept 15 at the Visitors Center!
  • Jeep Jamboree dates: Sept 18-20
  • Chief Ouray Gun Show- OCT 2 &3
  • Cardboard Recycling For Businesses- info
  • Links to members
  • Updated OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS contact list- updated 08/13/2010
  • Feature:

    Weehawken's 2010 Scholarship Program:  Weehawken Creative Arts is pleased to offer scholarships for classes and workshops to deserving people interested in taking advantage of the cultural and fine arts events offered. See WEEHAWKEN CREATIVE ARTS - 970-318-0150    WWW.WEEHAWKENARTS.ORG
    for details.


Seasonal Closures/Hours: Please send us your updates!


2010 Fall Hours:


    The Ouray County Ranch History Museum will be open from 1-5 pm every Sunday afternoon through Sept. 26, after which it will be closed for the winter.

    Divide Ranch- closed Mon. & Tues. Will close for the season- late Oct.

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center will open

 September 7 through late October – 8 am to dusk

Bachelor Mine Tours- Open through Sept 15. Tours at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2 pm.



    Angel Creek & Thistledown Campgrounds will remain open (with a fee) through 9/12.  After this date, USFS may stop collecting fees and terminate services any day,     depending on     weather and the hosts' departure for the season.  There are no gates on these two campgrounds, so they really remain open to the public year-round, but no services are available and no fees will be collected after the hosts leave.


    Box Canyon Lodge- open 365 days per year, Lobby hours 7:30am to 10:00pm

    The Hot Springs Inn will close for the season on 10/31/10.



    Backstreet Bagel OPEN 7 days a week

    The Bistro at Billy Goats Gruff- last day for the season will be this Sunday, September 12th.

    The Biergarten will be open till the first week in October, and will be open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch and dinner, closed on Mondays.

    Buen Tiempo is OPEN 7 days a week

    Hot Springs Swim and Snack is OPEN 7 days a week

    Ouray Brewery- open Friday-Monday from 11a-9p for both lunch and dinner and

    4p-9p Tuesday-Thursday for dinner only.

    Bon Ton- open year round


    Buckskin Booksellers plans to be open every day of the year, as we have been the last 9 years

    Ouray Glass- open all winter, pretty much everyday

           Rigs Fly Shop and Guide Service- Open 8-6pm 7 days a week thru Labor Day and then  Closed on Sundays.



For an updated CALENDER OF EVENTS,

please see




US 550 closure schedule thru 9/6/2010

Night Work Closure Schedule

Please note - US 550 at Bear Creek Bridge will be closed tonight and tomorrow night with a potential closure on Thursday, September 9.   If you plan on driving US 550 on Thursday we encourage you to call the hotline at 970-325-9892 to verify the closure. 

US 550 closure schedule thru 9/10/2010

Tuesday September 7

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Wednesday September 8

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Thursday September 9**

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Friday September 10



    ** ACC may not need Thursday's closure.

The Bear Creek Bridge project, located two miles south of Ouray on US 550, started on July 26, 2010. The project design widens the Bear Creek  bridge, provides  improved parking to the north and a cantilevered walkway to allow visitors a better view over the canyon edge onto the falls below.  Crews will suspend work for a winter shut down in October 2010 and will return in the spring with a final completion in November 2011.  This project was made possible through Colorado FASTER – 09-SB-108 funding.              


You may receive regular updates by enrolling at
or calling our
information Hotline at 970-325-9892. 

As for the shut down, it is a shutdown for the winter is of the project not the highway.

 Commuters and community members are encouraged to sign up for regular electronic updates by enrolling at
or calling the project hotline at 970-325-9892.  You may also visit the CDOT website at information on other CDOT projects statewide visit or call 511. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!


8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series:

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is once again hosting the 8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series featuring Max Levinson, Artistic Director/Pianist, Irina Muresanu, Violinist, and Tom Landschoot, Cellist. These world renowned artists will perform in several concerts, private events and master classes.


Saturday Concert … "Happy Birthday Tribute" Concert featuring the works of Chopin and Schumann to be held Saturday, September 11th, 7:30 pm at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway. Tickets are $20 for adults, students Free with school ID.


Piano Master Class … Sunday, September 12th, 2:00 pm at the 4-H Event Center, Ridgway

Cello Master Class … Sunday, September 12th, 2:00 pm at the Ridgway Secondary School Music Room. For information and reservations call Mary Ella House 970.325.4381. $20 donation requested.


Young People's Concerts … Monday, Sept. 13th at Ouray School - 10:15 for Elementary students and Monday, Sept 13th at Ridgway Secondary School Music Room - 2:00 for High School and Middle School students


Salon Concert … "A Musical Feast" featuring a Brahms Trio in C major and other short pieces to be held Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 pm. Dinner catered by Secret Garden Catering, Ouray. Tickets are $75 for OCPAG members or $80 for non-members and can be purchase online only or by calling 970.626.2970.


Tickets may be purchased at Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, Cimarron Books in Ridgway, Jovis Coffee in Montrose or online at  Saturday concert tickets will be available at the door.


Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is a not-for-profit organization, bringing quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway. Our purpose is to sponsor presentations and performers of the highest caliber in the performing arts for the enjoyment of Ouray County's residents and visitors.


For additional information on this event, please contact:


Ouray County Performing Arts Guild

P.O. Box 14, Ouray, CO 81427 or

Sue Hillhouse (970) 626-2970



BAH Sept. 15, 2010- Ouray Visitors Center. Stop in at the best Visitors Center around! Meet the staff and volunteers as well as the new Board of Directors President- Lezah Saunders. This event is open to all members of the community.

Sponsored by MorningSong B&B and the Ouray Brewery.

Oct 13- Painting Marmot


Sign up now to be a host! Jan, Feb, March and April are still available.


Jeep Jamboree dates: Sept 18-20- 22nd Annual – expect the jeeps and their drivers to visit us then.



Chief Ouray Gun Show to be hosted Oct 2 & 3 at the 4 H Center in Ridgway, Colorado.

Admission is $5 or $8 for a two day pass. 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Event is open Sat. Oct. 2 9am- 5pm and Sun. Oct. 3 9am -3pm. Food available during he show. Enjoy the fall Colorado and the gun show in one trip! For more details please contact- 4H Director: Rod Hodge 970.325.9908



SATURDAY, SEPT. 25TH: OURAY ELKS CHARITY BALL FUNDRAISER. Steak and shrimp dinner served 6:30 PM $25 adults, $10 under 12, RSVP required 325-0425; Bingo at 8:00 PM, $10/card, cash prizes; Forgotten Treasures silent auction; Karaoke starts at 8:15 PM. Open to the public - come have a ball with us! This is our main fundraiser for scholarships, medical aid and more. 325-0425 for information.


Cardboard Recycling For Businesses- info

Regarding the new cardboard dumpsters for businesses,
 it is located on Oak St/ River Road just past the City Shop
going north into the big fenced-in area.
It is open 7am to 3:30 pm Mon- Fri.

Fee arrangements have yet to be determined.

This is a CDC project.


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  -

·                    Ouray Travel:  allows visitors to book into Ouray     

    lodging, find airfare and car rentals 24 hours per day, just like major travel

    sites such as Travelocity and Expedia.

·    Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

·                    Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more

·                    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.


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