Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray is the Place to Play!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @04:19 PM

Relax in the Hot Springs, and Have a Howling Good Time Supporting the Arts in Southwest Colorado!

fall snow ourayJust because Halloween falls on a week night this year is no reason to stay in. In fact, it just means there are so many more options to celebrate and dress up! Spend a weekend with us at the Box Canyon Lodge and take in some entertainment! Wondering what to do in Ouray over the next few weekends? Well wonder no more! The Wright Opera House and other local venues have a full calendar of entertainment ready for you.

Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2012 take a blast into the past with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, starting each evening at 9:30 pm.

The pool is closed you say? Not to worry! Spend the weekend at the Box Canyon Lodge where our tubs are open 365 days a week, and celebrate the season at the presentation of one of the most popular cult classics in history.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02Remember those college days, when everyone would dress up as their favorite character from the film (mine was Magenta) and head on down to the late night theatre, props in hand? The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an event which demands audience participation. The sense of camaraderie as you sing along with Brad and Janet and dance the Time Warp is an experience not to be missed. Perhaps the best part of the Rocky Horror Show is that you have the actors on screen, and actors on stage lip syncing the entire show. Not sure what your lines are? Not sure when to throw out which prop? Not to worry! That's what the actors are there for.
rocky.horror.2The film centers around a young couple (Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon) who become lost in a storm with a broken down car. Seeing lights on in a castle down the way, they head to the front door for assistance. What follows is an evening bordering on ridiculous as they strive to survive the night and escape the clutches of Dr. Fank-N_Furter (Tim Curry). The film itself is a little silly, and if you are easily offended, perhaps not for you. What makes this such a classic is the great soundtrack and audience participation.

On Saturday, October 20, 2012, after the show, there will be an after hours dance.

Join the stage actors as they celebrate another fantastic performance. Stay on at the Wright Opera House after the show with a cash bar and Dance the Time Warp one more time! Show off your own costumes and share whatever is left in your goodie bag as you party the night away with your fellow moviegoers. This is a great time to meet a number of people in a truly festive setting. It is hard not to feel like you have shared something special with each other after a Rocky Horror Night.

Admission to the Rocky Horror Picture Show is by donation only. The suggested donation is $15.00 per person, which will include a goodie bag full of the props and fun for the show. There is an additional $10.00 per person charge to attend the after hours party on Saturday night. The show begins each evening at 9:30 pm. This is for ages 21 and older only.

war of the worldsSaturday, October 27, 2012, The Ouray County Players present the Staged Radio Show – War of The Worlds”

In 1938, general panic set in as Orson Wells presented an adaptation of the novel by H.G. Welles "The War of the Worlds" as a radio broadcast.

wright opera house logoThe story follows a radio news caster as he is confronted with an alien invasion. With special effect sounds new to the era, and the magic of radio- the show is presented as a series of news broadcasts- we follow reporter Carl Phillips as he updates the world on the state of affairs. Not realizing this was a dramatization, people genuinely believed we were in fact being attacked by aliens.

The Ouray County Players, under the direction of Mike Hockersmith, recreate the terrifying radio broadcast.

The show begins at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House, and will run until around 8:30, just in time to head on over to the Beaumont Hotel for their annual Halloween ball!

masks2Saturday, October 27, 2012, The Beaumont Hotel presents it 125th Anniversary Halloween Ball

Have you ever imagined a marvelous masquerade ball, held in one of the most beautiful and historic hotels on the Western Slope? Well, look no further! The Beaumont Hotel is hosting a costume party sure to please. 

Built in 1886 as one of the first luxury hotels in southwest Colorado, the Beaumont has a long history of honored guests and ghostly experiences. After several years of disuse, the hotel was restored to its previous state, with special detail to historic accuracy. The Grand Ballroom is precisely that, and a perfect location for an evening of dancing and entertainment.

Costumes are required at this event, which is $5.00 per person and runs from 8:00 pm to midnight. Prizes will be given for the best costume.

elks lodge haunted house 2012Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Ouray Elks Lodge Provides an evening of fun for the whole family!

Every year, the Ouray Elks hold a Haunted House extravaganza for kids young and old in Ouray County. This year, bring the kids in their Halloween best and join allthe other ghouls and goblins for dinner, a movie, and a Halloween Maze. The theme this year is based on the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games.

For only $3.00 per person, this event is one not to be missed, with fun for all! The fun begins at 4:30, and ends at 7:30, giving parents plenty of time to get the little ones settled with a babysitter before heading out to yet another Halloween party..........

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 O'Brien's Pub scares up a night of dancing and fun!

For the fifth consecutive year, O'Brien's is the place to be on Halloween. Whether it is a Saturday or a Wednesday, you will have a scary good time with all of your fellow monsters and ghouls, dancing the night away to the talented musical styling of DJ Smith.

box canyon lodge winter in ourayDid you not win at the Beaumont for best costume on Saturday night? No worries! Now is your second chance! Prizes will be presented throughout the evening for most original to most scary costume of the year. And with $2.00 drafts all night, this is sure to be a fun night. Be sure to have your designated driver though, because it gets pretty chilly in October, and no one wants to drink and drive!

Ouray is always a marvelous place to visit, and this time of year particularly so. With the last of the fall leaves blanketing the ground, the high country becomes white with winters first snows. As the area settles into the quieter winter months, it is a perfect time to spend a relaxing getaway. Mid week is perfect for a quiet escape, with few cars to challenge parking and romantic dinners uninterrupted by lines of diners waiting a turn. Soaking in the evening in our mineral hot spring tubs is an experience to be cherished, as the air becomes crisper in the evening, and you are surrounded in a mist of steamy bliss.

Don't miss out on the entertainment either. With so many great attractions, there is no better place to be this Halloween!



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