Saturday, May 19, 2012, spend a day in Southwest Colorado with family, friends and frivolity!
Love Your Valley Music and Brew Festival, 2012
Every 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.
To 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!
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!
Mothers Day in the San Juan’s is sure to please any mom!
Mother's day is fast approaching. It is a time to celebrate the hard work and love of a mother. Whether a new mom, or a Great-great Grandmother, nothing compares to a Day set aside just for her. Southwest Colorado offers a variety of ways to show your appreciation for that special lady or ladies in your life. Whether you come up for the weekend, taking long leisurely drives through the spectacular scenery, soaking in the soothing mineral hot springs, and strolling through the many shops on Main Street, or come up for a few hours to enjoy a lavish brunch, there are a number of fabulous options to entertain and spoil!
From 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, Enjoy Prime Rib, made to order eggs & omelets, Eggs Benedict & other assorted breakfast and lunch delicacies at the Beaumont Hotel, truly an experience to remember. Complimentary Champagne or Mimosa for Mom! $26.99 Adult - $16.99 Children 12 & under.
For a plated Champagne Brunch, take mom to the Bon Ton St. Elmo between 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Allow the staff in this beautiful historic restaurant to spoil you and all of the moms in your party as you choose from a variety of decadent dishes sure to please! Prices vary based on menu choices.
Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Surprise her with a Mother's Day Salon held in a beautiful home in Log Hill, in Ridgway, Colorado! Program will be a selection of cabaret and Broadway tunes sung by Ruth Francisco Wilson, soprano, of Cortez. This is truly a special day to treat your mom, daughter, wife, or anyone you care about. Luncheon will be southwestern in flavor, prepared by Secret Garden Catering of Ouray. Tickets are limited, so reserve your space soon. $40 per person. Call970-626-2970.
At 1:00 pm, join the Ouray Elks Lodge for the Annual Mother's Day Ceremony. Honor moms who are still with us and those who have passed in a short program, then enjoy a free brunch and carnations for that special lady.
Once everyone has eaten their fill, walk off some calories with a short trek to the Box Canyon Falls Park, or a relaxing soak in the mineral hot springs may be just what the doctor ordered. No matter, what you choose, Ouray is definitely the place for a perfect Mother's Day!
Music and fun are on the menu at the Wright Opera House in the San Juans!
When asked, people born and raised in Ouray Colorado love to share stories of the glory of the Wright Opera House when they were young, in fact, stories of the entire area and all of its history are often just a hello away.
The Friends of the Wright, a non-profit organization, works with the ultimate goal of revitalising the Wright as a venue offering a rich and full spectrum of entertainment and culture to all of Southwest Colorado. Each year, this goal seems closer to achievement, with a larger calendar of entertainment, and increasingly exciting concerts and series on the horizon.
As we enter into the summer of 2012, the future looks brighter than it has in years for this historic theater. The Friends of the Wright and all of their supporters have worked diligently to once again act as the center of activities for the City of Ouray and Ouray County.
Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:00 pm - Colorado Childrens Chorale Concert
Sponsored by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, the Colorado Children's Chorale will be performing for one night only in Ouray. Come enjoy this award winning troupe of children from all over the front range for a show to remember! Tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $5.00 for Children - available at Buckskin Booksellers at the Beaumont in Ouray, and Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway and at the door or online.
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 4:00 pm - "Gotta Dance!" - Spring Dance recital & Solo Dance Exhibition
Join the students and teachers from Weehawken Creative Arts for a traditional recital and dance showcase (rather than a familiar storyline), featuring Weehawken Company Dancers in solo performances and will also have numbers from Weehawken’s tap, contemporary ballet, teen hip-hop and modern dance classes. Tickets for “Gotta Dance!” are on sale now through Weehawken at 970.318.0150 or online for $10 each. There is an online member rate of $8 for Weehawken Members.
Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2012 - "The Jungle Book" - Weehawken Spring Dance Show
Weehawken's larger spring production enjoy a full ballet and dance program set to the familiar storyline of “The Jungle Book.” This show will run on May 18 & 19th at 6 pm and in a matinee on May 20th at 2 pm. General Admission Tickets: $15 non-member adult / $13 member adult (online only) / $8 child. The Sunday matinee will also offer $10 Senior Tickets.
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 7:30 pm - Red Horse, Concert in the Opera House Singer Songwriter Summer Series
Featuring Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, this second concert in the summer concert series at the Wright will be an evening to remember.
Monday, June 18, and each Monday through July 30, 2012, 7:00 pm - " “Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel or Meen E. Moneybags" , Melodrama at the Opera House
Every Monday through the summer, the Board members of the Wright Opera House are pleased to present a melodrama written by Melissa Stacy, combining local history with a fun interactive story.
Wednedsday, July 4, 2012 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm - Melodrama at the Opera House
Special presentations of " “Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel or Meen E. Moneybags".
Friday, July 6, 2012 - Jude Johnstone -- Concert – Summer Music Series
The third in the series, yet another lgreat performer not to be missed!
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Sara Hickman – Concerts – Summer Music Series.
The Wright Oopera House Summer Concert series will offer two performances by Sarah Hickman; one at 2:00 pm on Saturday July 21, specifically designed for children, and an evening performance at 7:30 pm. Enjoy one or both!
Fri/Sat, Aug 4, 2012, 7:30 pm - WISE Bi-Annual Melodrama – Fund Raiser for Scholarships
Help us help local kids, and have fun at the same time!
Sunday, Aug 5, 2012, 2:00 pm - Women in Support of Education
More information to be announced.
Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 7:30 pm - Griffin House – Concert – Summer Music Series
Don't miss the next installment of the Summer Concert series featuring this talented artist!
Friday, Aug 17, 2012, 7:30 pm - “Vignettes in History”
Sponsored by the Ouray County Historical Soceity, a series of vignettes featuring the colorful past of Ouray.
Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, 7:30 pm - John Adams & Band – Concert --Tribute to John Denver
Celebrate the talent of John Denver with the Friends of the Wright Opera House!
Sat, Sept 1, 7:30 pm - David Wilcox – Concert – Summer Music Series.
Yet another talented performer in this beautiful venue not to be missed!
Sun, Sept 9, 2:00 pm - Jeff Solon’s Swing Band – Concert – Wrighteous Jazz Series 12 piece band with special appearance by vocalist Joyce Simpson
The first in the Wright Opera House Jazz Series to run through the winter months!
Fri, Sept 21, 7:30 pm - Gabriel Gladstar – Concert
The final concert in the summer concert series, enjoy the music of another fine performer!
Of course, there are always possible additions and changes, so we will keep you posted, and of course the entirre staff at the Box canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is happy to arrange your Ouray adventure!
May blossoms in Southwest Colorado!
As the four wheel drive roads begin to dry and the snow melts from the high peaks, the rivers swell and waterfalls roar. Wild flowers begin to bloom, and more and more of the famous four-wheel drive jeep trails are cleared and accessible for another season of adventures in the high country. May is a spectacular time to visit the San Juan Mountains and Ouray, Colorado!
April 1 - May 15 - Tax Professional Special
To reward accountants, tax preparers and CPAs, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has special rates for accountants to help them relax after the busy tax season finally ends.
Location: Ouray Colorado, Box Canyon Lodge
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
Wednesday, May 9 – Ouray County Historical Society Benefit – A Taste Of France
Join your fellow history, wine and French food enthusiasts for a four course meal featuring traditional French cuisine, complimented by a selection of French wines exclusively imported for the Beaumont Hotel and unavailable anywhere else in the United States.
Ages 21 and up only for this event. Price is $75.00 per person. Seating is limited so please make your reservation soon at 970-325-7000.
Location: Beaumont Hotel – Historic Grand Ballroom, 505 Main Street, Ouray
Friday, May 11, 2012 – Box Canyon Falls Opens for the Season
The Box Canyon Falls Trails and Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in May, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and 8:00 am to dusk after Labor Day. Experience the splendor and beauty of this park just a short walk from your front door.
Location: Ouray Hot Springs Pool, 1230 Main Street, Ouray
Saturday, May 12, 2012 – Flat Rowdy with Friends of the Ridgway Library
Join this fun and original fundraising benefit for the Ridgway Library!Flat Rowdies are all over Ridgway this month; pick your favorite, then head over to the Ridgway library on May 12 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm to bid at the Live and Silent Auctions and enjoy some fantastic appetizers and cocktails. Tickets are $20.00 for early purchase, and $25.00 at the door. Children 10 and under free.
Location: Ridgway Public Library Community Room – 300 Charles Street, Ridgway
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – Mother’s Day Brunch
Spoil the Moms in your life with a decadent Brunch in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Beaumont Hotel from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Price: $26.99 adult, $16.99 children 12 & under. Reservations recommended.
Location: Beaumont Hotel – Historic Grand Ballroom, 505 Main Street, Ouray
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – Mother’s Day Sunday Salon
This Mother’s Day from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, enjoy a program of Broadway, film and cabaret selections performed by Ruth Wilson Francisco, Soprano. The afternoon begins with a gourmet lunch served by Secret Garden Catering in the lovely home of Julia Johnson, followed by an intimate and wonderful music program.
Price: $40.00 per person. Tickets are limited, please make reservations.
Location: Private Home on Log Hill, Ridgway CO
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Ridgway Love Your Valley Fest
Spend the day in Ridgway at this free festival featuring live music and several local breweries! To sample all of the brews, the cost is only $20.00 per adult, but there is much much more to enjoy! Activities for children, adults, and even some especially for your furry friends, this should be an event to remember!
Price: Free Event, Brew Sampling is $20.00.
Event runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Ridgway Town Park, Ridgway CO
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill
Dance the night away to the musical stylings of Kinetic. A great night awaits!
Event runs from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am
Location: O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray CO
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - ROCC Parking Lot Sale
Don't miss the sale of the year ROCC Parking Lot Sale. 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.
Location: ROCC Parking Lot, Ridgway, CO
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - Studio tour at Artist Ann Dettmer's
Join Weehawken Arts for a studio tour at home of artist Ann Dettmer - painting demonstration and light refreshments. Contact Susan Opdahl at 970-325-4005
Location: Private Residence, Ouray, Co.
Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27, 2012 - Balloons n' Vrooms
One of Colorado's most scenic events with colorful hot air balloons and beautiful classic cars amidst the majestic San Juan Mountains. Food, local brews and fun for the whole family. Free concert in the park.
Location: Multiple Locations, Ridgway, Co.
Monday, May 28, 2012 - Compassion 5K
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill
The night doesn't have to be cut short after the balloon Fest closes til morning! Head on over to the Pub and tap your feet to Effrum The Bear, truly a night to remember!
Event runs from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am
Location: O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray CO
Beginning in Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this is the second annual Compassion Run, operating in conjunction with the Compassion Weekend in June which raises funds for families in need in Ouray County.
Location: Fellin Park, Ouray, Co.
Scenic Southwest Charity Tour travels the Million Dollar Highway!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 27, 2012) – The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America announced today the course for its April 28 – May 4 cross-country motorcycle trek. More than 175 riders will join the 18th anniversary ride beginning in Napa, Cal., and travel over 2,500 miles before finishing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded by former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty, the Charity Ride raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp created to benefit children with chronic or life threatening illnesses.
In 2012, for the first time riders will pass among the sprawling redwood forests of California and travel both "The Loneliest Road in America" (U.S. Highway 50) and "The Million Dollar Highway" (U.S. Route 550). In addition to 25 planned fuel stops, the 2012 Charity Ride route will make overnight visits in Redding, Cal.; Reno, Nev.; Richfield, Utah; Grand Junction, Co.; Albuquerque, N.M.;and Lubbock, Texas.
Two-time Daytona 500 winner (2009, 2012) Matt Kenseth, former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage, NASCAR legend Harry Gant and former NBA star and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty also plan to participate for all (or part) of this year's ride.
"The Kyle Petty Charity Ride makes a real difference in children's lives," said Walker, who's participating in his seventh event in 2012. "It's not only the kids we visit with along the route, it's the donations that help sponsor thousands of trips to Victory Junction that make this ride so special."
Past notable riders include Robin Pemberton, Vice President of Competition, NASCAR; 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart; NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip, Geoff Bodine, Steve Park, and Kenny Schrader; supermodel Niki Taylor; PGA golfer Davis Love III; Orange County Chopper co-founder Paul Teutul, Sr., among others. Since 1995, more than 7,000 riders have logged 10.1 million cumulative miles alongside Petty and donated more than $14.5 million to primary beneficiary Victory Junction and other charities that support chronically ill children.
Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route can contribute through the "Small Change. Big Impact." program, which accepts donations at the Ride's pit stop locations. The public can also make a $10 donation by texting RIDE to 27722. Reply to the confirmation text with the word YES to confirm the donation, and $10 will appear on the user's wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Online donations are also accepted at http://www.kylepettycharityride.com/donate.php.
The 2012 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is made possible by sponsors Coca-Cola, Pilot Flying J, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing and FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Freightliner, Krispy Kreme and FGX International.
To follow Petty and the riders live, fans should visit facebook.com/KPCharityRide or follow Kyle and the ride on Twitter:@kylepetty and @kpcharityride. For detailed information on Ride pit stops, or for more information on Victory Junction and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, visit kylepettcharityride.com.
2012 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Schedule
Day 1 Saturday, April 28 Napa, Cal., to Redding, Cal.
Day 2 Sunday, April 29 Redding, Cal., to Reno, Nev.
Day 3 Monday, April 30 Reno, Nev., to Richfield, Utah
Day 4 Tuesday, May 1 Richfield, Utah, to Grand Junction, Co.
Day 5 Wednesday, May 2 Grand Junction, Co., to Albuquerque, N.M.
Day 6 Thursday, May 3 Albuquerque, N.M., to Lubbock, Texas
Day 7 Friday, May 4 Lubbock, Texas, to Fort Worth, Texas
For more media information, visit www.kylepettycharityride.com/press_kit.php.
About The Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Led by NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raises awareness of and funds for Victory Junction and other charities supporting chronically ill children. The Charity Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 18th year, the Charity Ride has donated more than $14.5 million to Victory Junction and other children's charities, with 7,000 participants logging more than 10.1 million cumulative motorcycle miles. For more information about the Charity Ride, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.
About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by the Petty family in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C., with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, Kan. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, groups and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information or to donate, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
April Showers bring May flowers...and mud season in the San Juan Mountains.
Every year, the residents of Ouray County dread the spring thaw. Not because we so love snow by that time of year, nor is it because we aren't thrilled to see all of the brightly colored wildflowers complimenting seasonal waterfalls that form overnight. Everyone is looking forward to heading up into the high country; hiking and jeeping in the San Juans. What everyone dreads is the mud.
It's a fair trade, and we all know it, yet there are times during mud season that people eventually throw up their hands in resignation. Spring cleaning is postponed until the streets have had an opportunity to dry out a little, hikers are a little taller after a walk in the backcountry, and pretty much every car in the rockies is the same shade of reddish brown.
In recognition of this red-headed step child of a season, Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce and Ouray Chamber and Resort Association are excited to announce the First Annual Ouray County Mud Fest on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Ouray County Fairgrounds.
Activities will encompass all that is muddy; from 4X4 vehicles navigating obstacle courses and racing in the mud, motorcycles performing muddy stunts, and antique tractors pulling in the mud just to name a few. Food and beverages both hot and cold will be available at booths throughout the Fairgrounds, as well as local merchants offering a variety of souvenirs to remember this festive event.
Once the day concludes at 5:00, bring the whole family to the Ouray Community Center from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for the Ouray for the Mud Ball hosted by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, activities and games for the kids!
Advance tickets will be available for purchase at local retailers or at the gate the day of the event.
Tickets: Adults - $8 Children (5-17): - $5 Family - $25
If you would like to participate in the 4x4 obstacle course and/or mud run, pre-register with us or sign up the morning of the event (4x4 vehicle required, of course!).
Competition: Single event - $20 Two events - $30
The best ideas for your romantic proposal in the San Juan Mountains!
Congratulations! The mere fact that you have been out there on the World Wide Web searching for this particular topic in Colorado is a reason to celebrate! Here in Ouray, Colorado, there is no shortage of memorable places to pop the question.
Our beautiful little city is tucked into the Southwest Mountains and offers couples the chance to experience Victorian charm, tranquility, romance, and our infamous hot springs!
Popping the Question
Admittedly, we women have the upper hand in this department. For most of us, we have had our dream proposal figured out in our head at a very young age! We started out watching all of the Disney Princess classics and learned very early on that we all have a Price Charming out there, just waiting to slip on our lost slipper, awake us from a deep slumber with a sweet kiss, and of course we would really like to be whisked away on a noble steed! It is also a good possibility that all of our little woodland rodent friends will be coming to live with us as well. Hopefully, this isn’t a problem.
Once we little girls become women we have a different scenario in our mind. We want the element of surprise! We want to see that beautiful ring when we least expect it, taking our breath away! Take us to a memorable location and simply ask, “What are you doing for the rest of your life?”
The most obvious rule of thumb is to know your significant other’s likes and dislikes. If she is a sports fanatic and loves to share your season tickets then you may well be searching for “the guy” who controls the Jumbotron.
But, if she is captivated by magnificence of waterfalls, inspired by breathtaking mountain vistas, and craves the serenity of a field of wildflowers then Ouray is the ideal place for you to stage the perfect proposal.
Setting the Stage with a Surprise Picnic
During the spring and summer months the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot springs has a beautiful overlook area directly above our natural hot springs. Just imagine you and your partner, climbing the stairs up to a meadow with a beautiful picnic already in place. Marvel at the 360° views that surround you and dine on a gourmet selection of goodies from a local caterer. The rest is up to you! If you would like to make this moment happen just let us know when you make your reservation and we will take care of the rest! Because we will be special ordering your picnic please give us at least 5 days notice.
The Box Canyon Falls
If you take a ten minute walk up the road by our hotel you will find the Box Canyon Falls. This impressive natural wonder will certainly captivate your sweetie. Once inside the park, enjoy the roaring falls that crash to the river bed 285 feet below. As you stand below the falls, embracing your love next to the crystal clear pool of water at your feet, whisper in their ear how much you love them and then produce that little box.
Proposing On Top of the World
Well, it may not be the literal top but 10,000 feet or more above sea level can sure feel like it! During the summer months in Ouray wildflowers flourish in abundance in the high mountain valleys. You're sure to find several waterfalls cascading down from the peaks as the snow melts high above. Most of these areas are only accessible by 4x4 vehicles with high clearance. If you don’t have your own 4x4, Ouray has top notch Jeep Tour Companies that will take you up there for an experience you will never forget! The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has a great Half Day Jeep Tour Package. Once you get to the top and are surrounded by wildflowers, find a perfect place to drop to one knee.
Making it Happen
The Box Canyon Lodge and Ouray Event Planning would love to help you pull off the perfect proposal! We can arrange for intimate picnics, Jeep Tours, carriage rides, balloon rides or whatever else you desire to make your special day happen. We look forward to helping you in any way we can. Please give us a call today at 800-327-5080.
About the Author: Nikki Komar works at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. She works with many of our groups including family reunions and destination wedding couples. She lives with her husband and four children in Ouray.