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October Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

October is a "Scary" good time in Southwest Colorado!

million dollar highway fall colorsFrom scenic drives accross the Million Dollar Highway, to shopping to investigating one of the many ghost towns just miles from our front door, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a lodging experience second to none in Ouray! Let us help you to create an adventure specifically suited to your personal wants and needs this October!

Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Join us at the Wright Opera house at 7:00pm for a viewing of The Well-Diggers Daughter, a French film based in World War I, about love, family and the seductive beauty of the Provençal countryside.

ridgway farmers marketFriday, October 5, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

Friday, October 5, 2012 - Wrighteous Jazz/ Oktoberfest Celebration Michele Wilkinson Trio at the Wright Opera House in Ouray

Friday night, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, celebrate Fall with this dynamic trio for a night of musical fun.

oktoberfest ouray coloradoSaturday, October 6, 2012 - Oktoberfest & 48th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing

Head on down to the Ouray Community center from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and enjoy an evening of great food, beer and music as you wait with everyone for the Grand Finale: the drawing for a brand new Jeep!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: Sleepwalk With Me

Head to the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm, and enjoy this Indy comedy as you follow a comedian struggling through all th usual life issues, and is a sleepwalker to add to the fun.

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

fall foliage 2012 3Saturday, October 13, 2012 - David Baker and friends at the Wright Opera House

From 7:00pm to 9:30pm, tap your feet to the sounds of this musical great in one of the most beautiful historic venues in Southwest Colorado.

Monday October 15 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed

Every few months, the City of Ouray closes the city pool for a few days in order to provide maintenance they are unable to perform when the facility is in use. But don't let this dishearten you from a visit! There are still plenty of things to do in Ouray, and the tubs at the Box Canyon are still open for our guests.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk: History of the Utes

Ever wonder about the Native Americans who once lauded the Ouray Hot Springs as sacred ground? Head down to Ridgway from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for an in depth talk by Roland McCook on the history of the first people to live in this valley.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02Friday, October 19, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Rhythm Run 10K/5K

Starting at 12:00pm to 2:00pm, head to Fellin Park to join in or root for your favorite atheletes in the final marathon of the season.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: TBD

At 7:00pm, the Wright Opera House will again be presenting a fabulous independent film for movie enthusiasts.

beaumontSaturday, October 27, 2012 - 125th Anniversary Halloween Ball at the Beaumont Hotel

Pull out that favorite costume and head to the Grand Ballroom in the Beaumont for a hauntingly fabulous evening from 8:00pm to 12:00am. Sure to become a tradition, a Halloween ball in this beautiful setting is sure to get your blood flowing.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - HALLOWEEN!

Take the little ones out onto Main Street for Trick or Treating fun, then back to the Box canyon for a relaxing soak in the warm waters before digging into the goody bag!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Halloween Bash with DJ Sunday Smith at O'Briens Pub

Once the little ones have had their fill of candy, and are safely sleeping, get your costumes back on and wander over to O'Briens Pub for a night of costume contests and dancing from 10:00pm to 1:00am.

October is prime time for visiting Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Let us help you create the most memorable vacation in one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado.

 

 

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Museums of Ouray County

  
  
  

Experience the Vibrant Past of the San Juans!

ouray blacknwhiteThe history of Ouray County is resonant with all of the elements of a good western novel. Settled in the 1800's, Ouray is one of very few towns boasting such spectacular original Victorian Architecture undamaged by natural disaster, and maintained with so much love. Until the early 1960's, Ouray was the booming center of a huge mining community, filled with miners, saloons, churches, hotels, entertainment of many sorts, and its own hospital.

The town is named for Chief Ouray, of the Ute Indian Tribe, and also has the prestige of reaching a peaceful settlement with the Native Americans in the area. With such a rich and engaging history, it is no wonder there are such wonderful museums, celebrating Ouray County with contagious passion.


Ouray County Museum

ouray museumWith the decline of the mining industry and the railroad closing, the population of Ouray County could no longer support a hospital, which depended primarily on the donations of the miners it worked to care for. The building remained empty for some years, until it was purchased by the Ouray County Historical Society and recreated into a 27 room museum filled with the early art, gems, photographs and memorabilia of Ouray and its vibrant history.

In addition to the exhibits within the museum, walking tours of the town and the Evenings in History lectures, take guests on colorful journeys into the past; mining, ranching, and so much more! Every month or so, a special exhibit featuring everything from the development of the Million Dollar Highway to the evolution of fashion serve to entrance visitors with the victories and defeats of the early settlers of Ouray.

Ouray County Historical Society
420 6th Avenue
P. O. Box 151, Ouray, CO 81427
Phone: 970-325-4576
Email: ochs@ouraynet.com

Ridgway Railroad Museum

d&rgDid you know that once the Denver Rio Grande Railroad travelled all the way to Ouray at least a couple of times a day? Transporting passengers and precious metals to and from the Rocky Mountains, the railroad was a large contribution to the revenue coming into and out of the San Juans.

For over fifty years, the Denver Rio Grande Railroad travelled the high country to Ouray, servicing travellers and transporting silver, gold and equipment to and from Ouray County. The town of Ridgway was actually created to accommodate the rail system, and has blossomed into a thriving community even after the derailment of the D&RGR.

Ridgway Railroad Museum transports each traveller back as The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad journeyed across the western states, changing the concept of transportation until it eventually was replaced in this area by highways and the automobile.

Explore the rise and fall of the rails in Southwest Colorado, through photographs, models, and historical documents as you are transported to the early days of mass transit and the trials and achievments of the Denver Rio Grande Railway.

This September, come on out to celebrate the railroad and its origins at the Ouray County Railroad Days Celebration. For thee days, enjoy guided hikes along several of the railroad routes through the San Juan Mountains, and explore the museum and all of the old rail cars and pictures of Ouray County's world-famous railroad heritage. From September 20 through the 23rd, immerse yourself in the colorful history of the rails!

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is located at the Junction of US Highway 550 and Colorado State Highway 62 in Ridgway, Colorado.
email: ridgwayrailroadmuseum@ouraynet.com
Mail: Ridgway Railroad Museum, PO Box 588, Ridgway, CO 81432

Ouray County Ranch History Museum

blacksmith shop ouray colorado bwImages of the Old West are filled with movie images of John Wayne type ranchers and cowboys bustin broncos and battling with the railroads over land rights; stagecoaches travelling across plains, and homesteaders working the fields. Often, the image of Ouray County is one of mining towns and all of the adventure of toiling deep in the mountains to strike it rich. There was however a large number of families coming to the Rocky Mountains to create a more permanent living off of the land, providing crops and livestock to maintain the mining community.

North of Ouray, the land evens out into fields and meadows which have long held a reputation of rich, fertile soil, capable of producing some of the best crops of alfalfa in the state. As Ouray County became famous for its rich mineral deposits high in the mountains and began to grow, ranchers took over the low lands, raising cattle and sheep to sustain the many towns and communities working deep in the earth. Fields were alternated between grazing and raising crops to feed the herds through the long winter months.

The Ouray County Ranch Museum encompasses the image of life as a settler with a variety of exhibits from a sampling of furniture and tools, to photographs of some of the first rodeos that bring to life the trials and triumphs of the early ranchers in Southwest Colorado.

At the edge of Ouray County, in Colona, Colorado, this original museum in the old Colona School and Grange, The Ouray County Ranch History Museum is sure to transport you into another time for a little while to complete the picture of life at the turn of the century.

Ouray County Ranch History Museum
206 County Road 1, Colona, Colorado
970-626-5075

 

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Annual Rodeo and Fair Returns to Ouray County!

  
  
  

Recapture a feel for the Old West in Southwest Colorado this year at the Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo!

This year, the Ouray County Fair theme is "Living the Dream, the Ouray County Way", and that is just what participants are going to do this year!

classic apple pieWhether you are a full blown city dweller, or a complete outdoor enthusiast, most likely you played "Cowboys and Indians" at least once in your childhood. Something about a rodeo seems to recapture the excitement and innocence of a new country beginning to stand on its own two feet, something as American as Baseball and apple pie, which reminds me, don't miss the Pie Baking competition!

ouraycountyfairshowKids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day. Having participated myself in 4-H, it is fun to see the club still running strong and teaching kids the importance of responsibility and hard work. At the end of the competitions, there is a Livestock Sale, which can be quite fun to watch, as the auctioneer entices the audience to bid higher. There are several classes of livestock to be judged, from market animals, to breeders, to horsemanship. There is also a dog show at 8:00am on Saturday, August 4, 2012.

ridgway.rodeoThere is a lot of debate as to where the first rodeo was held in the United States. Cities from Pecos, Texas to Deer Trail, Colorado vie for the distinction of home to the Rodeo. Regardless of where the event was first held, Rodeos across the country can all take pride in upholding the tradition and history of the American West. Ridgway does not try to pretend it was the first, only that it is one of the longest running and most famous. For decades, cowboys have travelled from all over the country to compete in this world class event.

hotdogsandbeerouraycountyBooths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.

The final schedule of events for this years rodeo has not yet been released, however it should be similar if not identical to the 2011 schedule. Keep checking in for an update, but for reference, 2011 events are below.


Aug. 31: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 1: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 12 noon., Horse Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Entries Open Class, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Judging Begins at Exhibit Hall, 1 p.m. Tractor Pull, 6 p.m.

Sept. 2: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Livestock Entries and Weigh-in, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Poultry and Rabbit Judging, 12:30 p.m. Goats, Yaks and Bucket Calf Judging, 2 p.m. Swine Show, 5 p.m. Sheep Lead, 6 p.m. Livestock Carcass Contest Measuring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carcass Educational Seminar, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 3: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sheep and Beef Judging Begins, 9 a.m. Round Robin Showmanship and Best Fitted, 1:30 p.m. Parade of Champions, 3:15 p.m.

Livestock Sale (terms: cash), 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Susan Long
Email: slong@ouraycountyco.gov
Phone: 970-626-3306

Location Details

4-H Event Center
22739 Hwy 550
Ridgway Colorado 81432 Ouray

 

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Griffin House at the Wright Opera House in Ouray this August!

  
  
  

The 1st Summer Music Series at the Wright in Ouray Presents Griffin House on August 11, 2012


wright opera house logoWhen the Friends of the Wright formed to create a Board of Directors in 2007, they had a vision of restoring this historic venue to its former grandeur, rekindling the dreams of Ed and Letitia Wright who originally built the Wright Opera House in 1881. This years Summer Music Series is just one of the many steps these desicated volunteers have taken to realize their goals.

griffin houseEach month this summer, at least one well known performer has filled the house, fans are amazed at the acoustics in this old theatre, and the experience of enjoying such talented musicians in such an intimate setting. This August brings a talented artist who has toured with the likes of John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, and been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Griffin House has been reffered to as one of Nashvilles greatest treasures. Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Mermaid Avenue albums by Wilco and Billy Bragg, his music posesses heartfelt lyrics and guitar.
Singer Songwriter Summer Series PosterSigned by the Vancouver based label Nettwerk in 2004, he released his first album after only five days in the recording studio with his band, and has spent the majoriy of the last few years touring,recording several “direct-to-fan” releases, a pair of EPs (House of David Vol. 1 & 2) and the 2006 digital release Homecoming. In 2008, House released Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.
There is just one more concert in the series this summer, but don't worry! The Wright has a full Fall and Winter Schedule as well.
So, make it a point to enjoy a show in one of the most historic venues in the country, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Soak in the hot springs while you are here, or head on out to Main Street for a shopping experience you wont soon forget. A weekend in the Switzerland of America, with great music, and small town charm is an experience you will not soon forget.

And don't forget to ask us about our Summer Concert Series Special for this or any other show you want to come and see!

 

 

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August 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado sparkles with activities this August!

box canyon rainbowAs the summer season hits its stride, all of the trails have been travelled enough to make them seem easy. Flowers and waterfalls are still everywhere you look, and the local restaurants are ideal for a refreshing cocktail or meal after a day of perusing the variety of original gift ideas in our many local shops.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Evening of History: "Big Horses, Wild Cows, and Outhouses -- Stories of the Lester Israel Family," presented by Ginny Harrington

ouray county museum evelyn walsh mccleane roomGinny Harrington, former Ouray County Historical Society Director, will present an evening of History on some of the more historic Ouray County Ranches. Note that this event takes place on Wednesday August 1st at the Ridgway Town Hall.

Friday August 3, 2012 through Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday

This 9-day event is the 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday starting on Friday, August 3, 2012 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2012. In addition to the art show, there will be daily art demonstrations, door prizes, classes, etc. The entire show is free to the public.
Friday 8/3 & Saturday 8/4 - Show open 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 8/5 through Friday 8/10 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8/11 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday August 3, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

wright opera house ouray coloradoMelodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/ Half-Marathon (and Kids Run)

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoThere will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run

Saturday, August 11, 2012 and Sunday, August 12, 2012- Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous

The Ridgway Town Park will be teeming with the artistic talent of the area as local artists and entertainers gather to share at this event. Head down to the park from 8:00 am and spend the day enjoying free live music, and perusing the booths of local talent.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Griffin House

griffin houseEnjoy this truly gifted singer/songwriter as he takes you on a heartfelt tour through musical bliss! 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 through Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Third Annual Ouray Canyoning Festival

cascade falls canyoneeringThe Ouray Canyoning Festival offers a great opportunity to discover canyoning/canyoneering, explore new canyons, make new friends; to share ideas and information; and to learn new skills and techniques.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - Vignettes of History~ War & Angels

hot block 7th aveAppetizers at 4 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox, dinner at 5:30 pm in the Tundra Dinning Room of the Beaumont Hotel, followed by feature presentation in the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm: Judy Winnick portrays "Irena Sendler, Angel of the Warsaw ghetto" A one act play by Judy Winnick.


Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register

Tuesday, August 21 through September 28, 2012 - OCHS Quilt Show

The annual Ouray County Historical Society Quilt show runs from August 21st to September 28th. The show features more than three dozen quilts which were either stiched or quilted prior to 1966.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Classical Cafe - an informal classical music concert

This is the opening concert of the 2012 San Juan Chamber MusicFest season. Max Levinson, piano; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Nurit Pacht, violin, will introduce classical music in an informal concert, set in cabaret style.

Friday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26, 2012 - Ouray Heritage Weekend

This weekend-long celebration of Ouray’s unique history include many heritage events throughout Ouray County like a mule race, special programs at local museums and fun, family events that highlight the areas rich mining, culinary, mountaineering, and cultural heritage.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Grillin' & Chillin' Brew & Music Festival

grillin n chillin2012 will be the sixth year that Ouray celebrates regional craft brews, energetic music, fantastic food, BBQ competitions, the non-profit community and family-friendly fun. Visitors can taste their way through more than fifteen regional ales and get to chat personally with the brewers, who consider this their one of their favorite brew fests. National recording artists keep spirits high all afternoon and compliment the high-pitched giggles of kids flying across Fellin Park on a zip line.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray's Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Concert presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Max Levinson, Artistic Director and Piano
Allison Eldredge, cello
Nurit Pacht, violin

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Family Classical Music Concert

music noteFamily Concert appropriate for children preschool through high school. Come and learn a bit about the wonderful, rich heritage of classical music.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Salon Dinner Concert

Dinner Salon Concert -- Finale to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest 2012. Gourmet Dinner provided by Secret Garden Catering and intimate dinner concert in a lovely Ridgway home. Reservations are essential -- call 970-626-2970.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Friday, August 31, 2012 - Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo

ridgway rodeoCome on out and support the 4-H Members and our great community!!!!
2012 Ouray County Fair Schedule TBD. 

Ouray and Ridgway offer a wide variety of fun for the entire family! Give us a call at the Box Canyon lodge and let us help you plan your perfect vacation adventure!

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July 2012 Calendar of Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

July in the San Juan Mountains is a spectacular time to visit!

Imogene Ophir7 26 10 389   CopyEvery season in Southwest Colorado holds a special magic. July is the peak of the summer season, with wildflowers blooming everywhere, waterfalls around every corner, and all of the high country four wheel drive trails open, a number of activities and interests are met.

Thursday April 19 - July 5 - Otto Mears Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

million dollar highway scenic drivesMost Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investing, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - Compassion Weekend

This is a non timed event taking place all around the community. Volunteers will provide assistance to members of the area, and the finale is a 10K race on July Fourth.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information. This is a weekly event from June 6 to August 29. Our bingo (open to the public) is every Wednesday night EXCEPT Independence Day week, when it will be on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Old fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

One of the most cherished traditions of Ouray’s old fashioned Fourth of July celebration is the water fights on Main Street that grew out of the old mining days of Ouray in the late 1800s.

fireworks in ouray coWednesday, July 4, 2012 - Ourayce

Starting at 8:00am at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Almost Every Wednesday Movie

Free showing of E T on the big screen at the Wright Opera House after the water fights at 4:00 pm and then again at 6:30pm.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Ridgway Free Summer Concert Series Presents: March Fourth Marching Band with local band Funkdafari opening

funkdafariHead on out to Ridgway from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to enjoy the first Thursday Concert in Hartwell Park in July! The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships.

Friday, July 6, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright; Jude Johnstone

The third in this series of great performers at the Wright Opera House, enjoy the introspective, jazzy sounds of this popular singer/songwriter.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Monday, July 9, 2012- Melodrama at the Opera House

wright opera house ouray colorado"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress, learn a little history. Fun for the whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - Evenings in History - History of Wright Opera House

Enjoy a presentation on the History of the Wright Opera House presented by the Ouray Museum as part of the Evenings in History Lecture Series.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray Museum

Enjoy a two hour guided tour of the Ouray County Museum led by Curator Don Paulson. Learn about the history behind the exhibits. $10 charge per person (OCHS members $5). Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Tour runs from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7:00 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Ridgway Free Summer Concert Series Presents: Shinyribs (featuring Kev Russell of the Gourds) with Pretty Gritty opening

ridgway railroad museumThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews availale for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Friday, July 13, 2012 - Ouray Library Preview Book Sale

Come to the Friday Preview Sale for the best selection of books at the Ouray Community Center from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Tour is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Ouray Library Book Sale

booksThe Ouray Public Library Book Sale features thousands of items, including fiction, nonfiction, easy, junior, and young adult collections, as well as movies and audio books. Come early for the best selections. Come late for the best deals. Whatever you do, come by the Ouray Community Center to stock your shelves and support your local library. We hope to see you there! Sale is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in the Massard Room.

Saturday, Juy 14, 2012 - Philippines Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction

Dinner (Asian cuisine with beautiful Asian decor) and silent auction to raise funds for the upcoming mission, "Operation Christmas Share" which provides gifts, clothes and school supplies for the needy and orphaned children in the Philippines. Silent auction includes native handmade crafts, jewelry and pearls from the Philippines as well as gift certificates from local businesses. Donations only. Meet at the First Baptist Church of Ouray; dinner is from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

tony rosarioDance and play the night away from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub to the musical talent of Tony Rosario.

Monday, July 16, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Monday, July 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

roland mccookFree ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta. He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45, lecture will run from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center at Town Hall.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - Evening of History: "The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendery Watering Holes," by Tom Noel

Meet at the Ouray Community Center from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm with Tom Noel, Professor History at the University of Colorado, Denver presents an Evening of History on "The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendary Watering Holes."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7:00 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Ridgway Free Concert Series Presents: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds with The David Starr Band opening.

music noteThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews available for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Sara Hickman childrens concert

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm take the family to the Wright Opera House to enjoy this special childrens concert by the truly talented Sara Hickman.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Guided Walk of Historic Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Walk begins at 3:00 pm and will last approximately 2 hours.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Sara Hickman

sarah hickmanFrom 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Sara Hickman will appear once again at the Wright Opera for a full length concert.

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - Evening of History: "Ouray County Schools: 1876 to 1950," presented by Don Paulson

Learn about the history of Ouray County's early schools. Ouray originally had 13 separate school districts ranging from Red Mountain Town in the south to Colona in the north. Talk presented by Ouray County Museum Curator Don Paulson. Meet at 7:30pm to 9:30 pm at the Ouray community Center.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Ridgway Free Concert Series Presents: Rose’s Pawn Shop with Katie Glassman opening.

roses pawnshopThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews available for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Monday, July 30, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

 

hot tubs box canyonTravel the Million Dollar Highway, soak in our mineral hot springs, tour the high country by vehicle or on foot, then come home to a relaxing evening and let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge help make your stay a perfect memory!

 

 

 

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Folk Sensation 'Red Horse' to play in Ouray, Colorado

  
  
  

Wright Opera House Summer Concert Series Presents Red Horse this June

music noteConcerts in the Park in Ouray and Ridgway are becoming a standard in the warmer months, and with venues such as the Wright Opera House making a strong comeback, hearing popular performers in an historic theatre seems much the norm. This summer, The Friends of The Wright Opera House are proud to present the 2012 Summer Concert Series; featuring an exciting line up of entertainers sure to please!

The summer concert series consists of five performers visiting Ouray through September.
On June 9, 2012, the folk sensattion Red Horse will wow crouds with a collaboration of three talented Folk singer songwriters sure to have you tapping your feet.
In July, 2010, Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson and John Girka, all well known and popular folk singers, decided to team up, creating a group teeming with talent. these performers complement one another with lilting harmonies and a distinctive soud which enhances the unique talents of each member.



eliza gilkysonEliza Gilkyson
, a Grammy nominated artist, has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. Inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2003, and recognized with 3 Austin Music Awards and 4 Folk Alliance Music Awards, one of which was for “Song of the Year” for her tune “Man of God.”


john gorkaWorld renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka has recorded eleven solo albums, six on Red House Records. His latest, So Dark You See, featured the song “Ignorance & Privilege,” which was highlighted as one of the top folk songs of 2009 by NPR Music. His award-winning songs have been recorded and performed by such notable artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith and Mary Black.

lucy kaplanskyDescribed by the New Yorker as 'a truly gifted performer with a bag full of enchanting songs', Lucy Kaplansky is an acclaimed singer songwriter having recorded seven albums with Red House Records, two of which were awarded Best Pop Album of the Year by the Association for Independent Music.

 

This second concert in the series will start at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House. Of course, with seating for only 220 guests, these intimate shows do fill up fast, so be sure to call and get your ticket soon!

 

 

 

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Ouray and Ridgway Colorado: June 2012 Events

  
  
  

June in the San Juan Mountains heralds a season of outdoor splendor!

Imogene Ophir7 26 10 295   CopyThe snow is melted, wildflowers are blooming, and the High Country is calling. This year is the first season Ouray has joined the Summer Concert Series, a series of free concerts in the park every Thursday. Ridgway has been hosting concerts each Thursday in July for a couple of years now, and with the addition of Ouray to the line-up, it's just more fun for everyone! Of course, concerts in the park are fabulous, but there is so much to do in Ouray and the surrounding area, they are just the tip of the iceberg! Jeep trails are opening and wildlife is prolific. The wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin are an incomperable sight, not to mention the eclectic assortment of restaurants and shops where treasure await!

Thursday April 19 - June 30 - Bridal Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

 

Bridal Exhibit, "A sampling of Bridal Gowns 1883-1966," opens and runs through June 30th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Thursday April 19 - July 5 - Otto Mears Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

Otto Mears Exhibit opens. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investing, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Saturday, June 1, 2012: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

Dance the first night of June away to the musical styling of Funkdafari

Imogene Ophir7 26 10 389   CopyWednesday, June 6, 2012: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Taste of Ouray at the Ouray Community Center

The annual Taste of Ouray celebration features tantalizing and delicious samplings of local cuisine, brews and wine, music and family activities. 

haldenThursday, June 7, 2012: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Mountain Air Music Series Presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool - Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams

Come dance and play at Fellin Park. Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams with Honey Don't. Local Brew provided by the Ourayle House Brewery, poured by the Ouray Parks & Recreation Committee.

Saturday, June 9, 2012: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Corkscrew Gulch Turntable Hike; Ouray County Museum

Meet at the Museum at 9:00 am, and ride up to the start point of this three mile hike on Red Mountain on the right-of-way of the Silverton Railroad from Guston to the turntable. Price is $10.00 per person.

Saturday, June 9, 2012: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Summer Music Series at the Wright: Red Horse

This second concert in the series will start at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House. Of course, with seating for only 220 guests, these intimate shows do fill up fast, so be sure to call and

obriens pub4Saturday, June 9, 2012: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am - Live music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

The North Fork Flyers will take you on a musical journey of dancing and fun! Not to be missed.

Sunday, June 10, 2012: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm -Live Music-Acoustic Sunday on the Patio at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

Mike Gwinn from the North Fork Flyers will be performing on the Patio during Happy Hour. (Weather permitting)

 Monday, June 11, 2012 (All day or non-timed event): Ouray Hot Springs Pool is closed for Cleaning

The Hot Springs Pool will be closed for one day. Water will be drained and the entire pool will be power washed. The Hot Springs Pool is scheduled to reopen on June 12th. Please call ahead to check water conditions - 970-325-7073

imogene basin waterfallsTuesday, June 12, 2012: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Evening of History: "Utes in Colorado" presented by Andrew Guilliford at the Ouray Community Center

An Evening of history with Andrew Guilliford, Professor of History at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Andy will speak on "The Utes in Colorado - The Ute Trail, Ute Peeled Trees & Modern Utes."

Thursday, June 14, 2012: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Mountain Air Music Series Presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool - The Pimps of Joy time at Fellin Park

Celebrate summer at a free concert in the park! Dance with the Pimps of Joy time with Phoebe Hunt from the Belleville Outfit. Local brew by the Ouray Brewing Co. poured by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department.

mt sneffels half marathonSaturday, June 16, 2012: 8:00 am - 11:00 am - Trail Town 10-Miler

 

This is the first year for this 10k race, part of the 2012 Race Series, which will begin in Trailtown in Ridgway, Colorado, following a course along County Road 10, or Cow Creek Pass, a beautiful stretch of trail.

Saturday, June 16, 2012: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - 1st Annual Wine for Music Town Concert Series Fundraiser at the Ridgway Community Center

A benefit to raise funds for Ridgway’s Summer Concert Series of free concerts in the park this July, enjoy live music with the Jeff Solon Jazz Duo, raffles, wine tasting from a wide array of diverse wine selections, fabulous appetizers to compliment each variety of wine, and a free commemorative wine glass! Tickets are $25.00 per person.

Saturday, June 16, 2012: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ROCC Talk - History of the Utes at the Ridgway Community Center

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. 

wright opera house ouray coloradoMonday, June 18, 2012: 7:00 pm - Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, and worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Evening of History: "The Revenue Mine" presented by Bob Larson at the Ouray Community Center

Learn about the history of the Revenue Mine, one of the most important Mines in Ouray County. Ouray mining engineer and surveyor Bob Larson will talk about the over 100 year history of the Revenue Mine. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - 101st Army Band -- Dixieland Band Concert at the Wright Opera House

101st Army Band, Dixieland Band aka "The Rough Riders" will play a great program of swing and Dixieland favorites. Admission is free.

ouray music festivalThursday, June 21, 2012: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Mountain Air Music Series Presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool - O'Brien Party of 7 Featuring Tim & Mollie O'Brien at Fellin Park

Free live concert in the park; dance the night away outdoors with this talented group of performers. Local brew provided by the Horsefly Brewing Company poured by the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team.

 Friday, June 22, 2012: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Woman's Club Annual Rummage Sale at the Ouray Community Center

This annual event and fundraiser is to benefit local non-profit organizations in Ouray County via grants given in October 2012.

 Friday, June 22, 2012: 7:30 pm to end - Bluegrass Concert with Honey Don't at the Wright Opera House

Famous in their own right, the Honey Don't is a duo who is also half of the popular Sweet Sunny South Bluegrass Band.


big horn male femaleSaturday, June 23, 2012: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Woman's Club Annual Rummage Sale at the Ouray Community Center

This annual event and fundraiser is to benefit local non-profit organizations in Ouray County via grants given in October 2012.

Saturday, June 23, 2012: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

Tony Rosario and the Blue Heelers will make for a great night of music dancing and fun!

Monday, June 25, 2012: 7:00 pm - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, and worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family.

wildflowers peak in july in ourayThursday, June 28, 2012: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Mountain Air Music Series Presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool - Chuck Prophet at Fellin Park

The last in the Ouray concerts in the park series, don't miss an evening tapping your feet to live music on Thursdays in June! Local Brew provided by the Telluride Brewing Co. poured by the Ouray Ice Park.

Friday, June 29, 2012: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Trio Solisti Chamber Music Concert at the Ouray County 4-H Center

Trio Solisti from New York is one of the finest chamber music trios in the country. We are honored to host them in Ouray County for the 10th year. Adult tickets are $20 available at local outlets and $22 at the door.

Saturday, June 30, 2012: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm - Ridgway River Festival at Rollans Park

A FREE watershed celebration. Activities will include a whitewater rodeo, down-river races, the Junk of the Unc race, and fun at the Kid's Eddy. LIVE MUSIC, local food vendors, and a beverage tent will round out the day. 

Imogene Ophir7 26 10 298  jeepingBoasting access to over 500 miles of scenic four wheel drive trails, varying from simple dirt roads accesible in a common sedan to rough tracks almost invisible to any but the most seasoned off road enthusiast, it would take weeks, if not months to explore all Ouray County has to offer. End your days of adventure with a soothing soak in our all natural mineral hot springs, blessedly free of the scent of sulfur, and nights filled with music and culture.

 

 

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Make it a Memorial Day Weekend to remember in Southwest Colorado!

  
  
  

Annual Balloon and Classic Car Festival in Scenic Ridgway, Colorado not to be missed.

balloonfest ridgwayThere is no way to describe the awesome beauty of watching over twenty hot air balloons acsend over the valley of Ridgway at night, glowing in a magnificent display, and this is just a small portion of the Annual Balloons-N-Vrooms Festival in Ridgway, Colorado. Two dozen hot air balloons complement an auto show featuring over 100 classic autos from all over the region, with a wonderful bazaar at the Ridgway Town Park, showcasing jewelry, art and an assortment of treasures from local proprietors. Don't eat before you go though! There will also be booths offering a variety of culinary delights and brews!

The schedule of events for this three day spectacular are as follows:


Friday, May 25 - Event Opens at 4:00 pm until 9:30 pm


Car Cruise - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the crowds and watch a parade of classic cars from all over! Ooh and aah at each of these examples of auto excellence!


classic carsMusic by Ralph Dinosaur - 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dance and celebrate in the park to the rock n roll antics of this performing icon of the Western Slope!

Balloon Glow - half an hour after sunset

Look toward the intersection of Hwy 550 & 62, or take a break from the frivolity at the park for a moment to drive over and watch as 2 balloons lift off with special glows. Definately a sight to remember.


Saturday, May 26 - 7:00 am - 9:30 pm


Mass Balloon Lift - 7:00 am

Bright and early, watch a variety of balloons off in the bright morning sun.

balloons n vrooms ridgway2Pancake Breakfast - 7:30 am - 9:30 am  at the Ridgway Firehouse

Enjoy a great full breakfast to get you going for the festivities of the day!

Tethered Balloon Rides - 7:00 am - 10:00 am

If taking a hot air balloon ride has always been on your bucket list, but you didn't want to go on a full ride, then this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Art and craft festival - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wander the booths at the park and find that special something either for that special someone or for yourself!

Car Show - 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After you picked your favorite car or truck out of the parade last night, see if you can find it...or perhaps a new favorite!

Live Music - 10:30 am - 8:00 pm

All day as you enjoy the art show and looking at the cars, dance to the beat of a number of local and regional talents!

10:30 - 12:00 Bassie and Walter
12:30 - 2:00 Midnight Mesa
2:45 - 4:15 North Fork Flyers
5:00 - 7:30 Stronghouse Blues Band


Sunday, May 27 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mass Balloon Lift - 7:00 am

Bright and early, watch a variety of balloons off in the bright morning sun.

ridgway car showCar Show Cruise to the Divide Ranch & Country Club; Brunch

Follow the cars to the Divide Country club and enjoy spectacular views as you enjoy a lovely brunch.

Art and craft festival - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wander the booths at the park and find that special something either for that special someone, or yourself!

Live Music - 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Steve Felberg 9:00am - 11:00am
Gregory Eagle And The Sky Ponies 11:00am - 1:00pm
Doug And Heather 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cimarron 3:00pm - 5:00pm

While you are in the area, take a scenic drive, hike a couple of trails, fish in the river or the reservoir, and of course soak the day away in our natural mineral hot springs!

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Ridgway Colorado Concert Series - Love Your Valley Fest

  
  
  

Saturday, May 19, 2012, spend a day in Southwest Colorado with family, friends and frivolity!

Love Your Valley Music and Brew Festival, 2012


hartwell park ridgwayEvery summer, the city of Ridgway hosts free concerts in the park on Thursdays with family friendly music performed by a variety of talented and well known artists. The music genre leans in the Americana roots direction, with acts playing bluegrass, folk, funk, swing, country, alt-country, jazz and their own combination of those styles. Booths are open throughout the park, offering a variety of snacks and microbrews, as well as the offerings of local shops.

colorado boy logoTo fund these free events, Ridgway holds a couple of events, the first of which this year being the "Love Your Valley Fest". The event itself is free, with live music performed by Shed, a variety of activities sure to please adults, children, and dogs, and a number of microbreweries on site offering a sampling of their most popular brews!

pints on barweb (1)For only $20.00 per person, those over 21 can try brews from regional breweries such as Steamorkws, Telluride Brewery, Silverton, Ouray, New Belgium, Ska, Colorado Boy and the list goes on! And don't forget the ROCC Parking Lot Sale in the Ridgway Community Center Parking Lot right next to the Park! Booths of local treasures and trades will be lined up for you to shop till you drop! Sale runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Love Your Valley Fest runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 19, 2012, giving everyone plenty of time to sample and enjoy everything this fabulous festival has to offer!

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