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April 2013 Happenings in Ouray and Ridgway Colorado

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Invites you to Celebrate Spring in the Switzerland of America!

boxcanyonfallsSpring is in the air! March 31, 2013 is the official closing date of the Ouray Ice Park, but do not despair! Traditionally one of the quietest months of the year, April is a perfect time to get away and enjoy a truly peaceful vacation. As the snow in the high country begins to melt, hiking trails and scenic drives multiply daily. A short drive up the Million Dollar highway provides a feast of seasonal waterfalls easily accessible from your car. The land trades in her blanket of wintry white for a rainbow of wildflowers and the fresh green of brand new grass. Take a walk up to the Box Canyon Waterfall and experience the full impact of this natural wonder as the cavern resonates with the sound of winters melt off thundering through the canyon right before your very eyes. 

Take advantage of a walk in pottery class at Weehawken Creative Arts, or enjoy an award winning Indy film at the Wright Opera House. Live music abounds on the weekends, and of course there are always the soothing waters of Ouray's natural mineral hot springs.

Activities in Ouray and Ridgway this April:

spring flowers.3Monday, April 1, 2013 - All Day

Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days Registration Opens

Bringing together local government, business, non profit and community leaders together from across the Western Slope, the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference serves as a connection for the State's most influential funders to participate in a three day series of workshops focused on the needs of Western Slope Communities. This year, June 17 through June 19, 2013 is a perfect opportunity for funders and nonprofits to develop relationships and ultimately ensure increased recourses for the Western Slope.

ironton ghost townWednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisque ware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

wright logoFriday, April 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Welcome to the Punch - Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

This film from the UK tells the story of a former criminal forced to return to London to protect his son, who has become involved in a crime gone wrong. Follow the story as it delves deeper into conspiracies.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

weehawkenartsWalk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisque ware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

weehawkenlogoWalk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

sherbino masthead9Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

waterfalls near ouray colo in julyThursday, April 11, 2013 - Film  - "Split Estate" - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sherbino Theater - Ridgway, Colorado

Thought provoking documentary on the issue involved with gas and oil drilling.

Friday, April 12, 2013 - Like Someone in Love - Movie Presentation 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

This Japanese film tells the story of a young prostitute who develops an unexpected connection to an elderly widower she had originally been sent to as an escort.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

snowshoeing2Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ski with the UWP - Ironton Park

An informal ski/snowshoe event at Ironton Park. Every second Saturday until the snow is gone, join the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership for an exciting adventure with like minded people. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am or up at Ironton by 10:20 am. No charge, just bring your gear and have some fun!

Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed

As if April 15 doesn't already have a bad reputation, the city pool will close for five days for cleaning and maintenance. But not to worry! The tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge will be open and ready to welcome all the last minute tax filers with a soothing soak.

baby.deerWednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

million dollar highway.2Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Thursday, April 18, 2013 through Friday, July 5, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

million dollar highway crystal lakeOtto Mears Exhibit - Ouray County Museum, Ouray, Colorado

Learn about one of the most influential entrepreneurs of Colorado. From mining to politics, newspapres to the Million Dollar Highway the life of Otto Mears is a fascinating journey in living the American Dream. This exhibit was so popular that it has been held over for another season. If you haven't been to the Ouray Museum, this is the time to go, and if you have been before, it is time to visit again!

ouraybreweryThursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Brushes, Beverages, and Beyond! - Ouray Brewery, Ouray, Colorado

Artistic expression has never been so fun! Join your fellow art enthusiasts at the Ouray brewery to create your own masterpiece based on the work of Antoni Gaudi. The price of the class includes materials and a pint at the Brewery. After the class, share your experience over appetizers or dinner at a discounted price!

elkFriday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end

Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Colorado

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, enjoy dinner and karaoke at the Lodge. Members and Guests welcome. Menu varies. Price is $7.00 per person.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

War Witch - Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

Follow the story of Komona, a 12 year old girl forced to become a soldier in sub-saharan Africa during a civil uprising.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

fly fishing in southwest colorado1Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

rigsRIGS Free Clinics: Tenkara fly Fishing "On The water" Rod demos, Techniques & Innovations - RIGS Adventure Co., Ridgway, Colorado

Come explore Tenkara – the fastest growing segment in fly fishing – no reel, just rod, line and fly! Learn more about the latest technique in ultra-light fly fishing, cast rods and watch demos “on the water” while our certified Tenkara Network Guides introduce methods and tactics for Tenkara success. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm to end

maxwagnerMax Wagner Trio - Wrighteous Jazz - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

Tenor saxophonist Max Wagner and his trio complete the current Wrighteous Jazz season.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Montrose Community Band - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

The Montrose Community Band will take you on a musical journey for the afternoon. Enjoy a Blues Brothers Medley and Yackety Sax performed by these talented musicians directed by Toby King. Tickets are $10.00 per person.

earthday (1)Monday, April 22, 2013 - All Day

Earth Day - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray, Colorado

Come visit Ouray this Earth Day, and enjoy a green getaway! The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is offering complimentary rooms to anyone who drives their hybrid car to see us on April 22!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

WEDS JAM NIGHTS 233x300Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

cimaronWine & Dine for Weehawken - Cimaron Cafe, Ridgway, Colorado

Enjoy a decadent 5 course dinner and wine pairing with entrée choices of chicken, seafood or beef. Dinner is $60.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included)with 25% of the proceeds going directly to Weehawken Creative Arts. A silent auction will be held during this event. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 970-626-4426.

weehawkenSaturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

mudfest.2Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ouray County Mud Fest - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

The Ouray Chamber and Resort Association and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce present the 2nd Annual Ouray County Mud Fest. Bring your own 4x4, or just come watch the fun as vehicles compete through obstacle courses filled with muddy fun. Activities for the kids, a marathon, and plenty of food and beer will abound for a festive fun day for all!

obrienspubSaturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Live Music - The North Fork Flyers at O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Colorado

Enjoy an evening of toe tapping fun with one of Southwest Colorado's most popular performers.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Sherbino Presents: Joint Point!, Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado

Live music for you pleasure after a day of dirty fun at the Mud fest! Not to be missed.

mudfest.3Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ouray County Mud Fest - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

The 2nd Annual Ouray County Mud Fest is just too big for one day! Celebrate Spring and the end of the Mud Season at this festival celebrating all things muddy.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 8:00 am

Mud Fest 5K - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

Race your way out of the mud Season with the first Annual Mud fest 5K! This is the first and newest addition to the 2013 Ouray County Race Series, and what a great way to get your feet wet than a quick 5K to start a great season of marathons!

So, if at first glance you were thinking to yourself that there isn't much going on in Ouray County in April, these are just a few of the great events you will enjoy after a day or evening of soaking and relaxing with us at the Box Canyon! Give us a call and let us help you create a Spring Getaway that will be second to none!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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