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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this September 2013

  
  
  

Time to get ready for the Beauty of Fall in the San Juan Mountains!

fall boxcanyonEvery year, the question on everyones lips is when will the aspen start to change? 

Unlike other places boasting spectacular fall colors, it is a little more difficult to pin point peak colors in Colorado. Just like the weather, which can change at any time, the aspens always seem to surprise us when they begin to change.

At the same time, we know its going to happen in September. Most likely. A lot depends on the weather. If we have an early frost, the trees begin to change earlier. If it gets too cold too quickly and stays cold for too long, the season will be shorter, and vice versa.

Regardless, taking a scenic drive through the San Juans in September is a memorable experience, and a photographers dream.

Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo

barrel racingSupport the 4H club as they display their hard work from the year at the Livestock Show, watch talented athletes display their abilities at the 4H Horse Show, and enjoy all of the traditional fun and excitement of a small town county fair. Kids 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.

Typically runs from Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. The 4-H Fair & Livestock Show is immediately followed by the CPRA Sanctioned Ouray County Rodeo. 

At the Rodeo, booths 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.

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

million dollar highwayDue to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. 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 investments, 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.

Thursday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Annual Quilt Show

ouray coloradoOuray County Historical Society's annual quilt show featuring dozens of historic quilts that were either quilted or pieced before 1960.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

fruitThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm: The Sherbino Presents : Bernie Nelson

Spend an evening with Nashville based singer/songwriter Bernie Nelson at Ridgways historic theater.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Divide Ranch & Golf Club: Fortuna Tierra Scholarship Golf Scramble

golf$65.00 per player includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and prizes(cash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place gross and net winners).

7:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM Shot Gun Start
Lunch and Prizes

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: Live Music - Mojo

Enjoy an evening of dancing and fun at Ouray's favorite night spot! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall.colorsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 13, through Saturday, September 14, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Weehawken Arts Sneffels Fiber Festival

weehawkenlogoFiber: it's more than just a breakfast cereal or wool from sheep!
Fiber Festival will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, featuring vendors and animal displays.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Presents Cathy Bolton

fall boxcanyon.2Cathy Bolton, is a singer/songwriter of extraordinary gentleness and grace. "She is an angel whose music speaks to your heart and sings to your soul," said the late/great Dennis Weaver. Come and enjoy a beautiful evening, including Dennis's song, "Dream Your Eagle," set to music by Cathy. www.tol23.com/eagle/

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, the UWP invites you to hike around with our staff and board members. This is an informal opportunity to get to know the county, and get to know your community. Please meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center with your good boots, water and snacks. Please regularly check the UWP website for cancellations or postponements.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Wright Opera House Summer Music Series Presents Shawn Mullins

shawnmullinsSince we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and band leader has undergone a series of trans-formative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ new found level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song cycle will likely be viewed as a flat-out revelation even by Mullins’ most fervent fans.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

boxcanyonfallsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm starting at Ridgway Hartwell "Town" Park: Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge 

Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge. A 15 mile time trial starting in the town of Ridgway and ending near the Divide Ranch and Country Club on Log Hill. Registration and entry fee of $40 which includes a T-shirt, refreshments and a grab bag of other sponor donated items. The route traverses the sub-divisions of Log Hill Village, Waterview Estates and Fairway Pines. For registration go to www.loghilllungbusterchallenge.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Prince Avalanche

Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Ridgway Railroad Museum - Ouray County Railroad Days

ridgwaytrainlogoThursday and Friday September 19-20. Guided hikes each day with historical narration along the Silverton Railroad grade. 

On the 19th we hike from Red Mountain Pass to the Guston townsite. Hikers will see Red Mt summit, the Knob, Red Mt townsite, the National Belle Mine, the Red Rt Wye, the Yankee Girl Mine, the Treasury Tunnel branch, the Guston Congregational Church, etc. 

On the 20th we long the Silverton Railroad grade from Guston to the Albany Mill site. Hikers will see the Guston Depot, Corkscrew Gulch turntable, Silver Bell Mine branch, Ironton Depot site, Albany Mill site, etc 

railroad museumEach hike is 3 to 4 miles downhill, some bushwacking, so you should be in good shape. Bring water, lunch, wear long pants, prepare for weather. We meet each day at Corkscrew Gulch roadhead, 7.8 miles south of Ouray's Beaumont Hotel on US 550. Tours led by Ouray County Museum Curator, Don Paulson
$10 per hiker (both Thur and Fri hikes for $15). Free to members of either the Ridgway Railroad Museum or the Ouray County Historical Society - membership card required.

Saturday Sept 21, 9 am to noon. Model Railroad Open House: Visit Don Paulson's Denver and Southwestern Railroad, a 30' x 40' HO/HOn3 railroad based upon the D&RGW/RGS railroads of Southwestern Colorado. Pick up directions to Don's house at the Ridgway Railroad Museum or call Don at 970-325-0931 for directions. Don's house is located 10 minutes from the Ridgway Railroad Museum. A map with directions will be available at the Museum. 

Saturday Sept 21 at 1:30 pm there will be an auto tour along the route of the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Sunday Sept 22 there will be an auto tour along the route of the Rio Grand Southern Railroad and the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm meeting East of Highway 550 & Vista Terrace in Ridgway: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts!

fall bcl3The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For September, the focus will be on the area east of Hwy 550 and Vista Terrace subdivision. Come learn about all the amazing artists and creative folks that you might not know about around town!

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House: Diamond W Wranglers in Concert

diamondw wranglersThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform. You'll clap your hands, stomp your feet, laugh, and sing along all through the performance! They'll be performing at the Wright Opera House Sept. 21, 2013. Come join us for a wonderful night of music and fun!

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Historic Western Hotel Restaurant & Saloon: Diamond W Wranglers in Ouray

diamondw logoThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform! Come see them at the Historic Western Hotel & Saloon dinner show in Ouray on Sept. 22, 2013. It will be a wonderful night of great music, gourmet food, and fun! (Seating limited to 50)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox: Quilter's Tea

tea partyThe Annual Quilter's Tea of the Ouray County Historical Society. Location: Venue Roscoe Fox, Cost: $5.00 donation. Quilt raffle winner will be announced.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Ouray County Museum: John Fielder Workshop 

Photo workshop with world famous photographer John Fielder. Contact Maria Jones at the Ouray County Museum for registration information.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park: Paint in the Park

dennis weaver parkPlein Aire event at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hosted by Public Arts Ridgway Colorado (PARC). Location Details: Dennis Weaver Memorial Park RiverSage Subdivision & Uncompahgre River (turn off of Hwy 550 N. of Ridgway) 

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Mt Sneffles Live and Silent Auction

The Mt. Sneffels Silent/Live Auction is the foundations largest fund-raising event of the year. The event has hundreds of auction items, live music, games, a great auctioneer, wonderful foods, wines and beer. Attendance at the event ranges from all over the country with most coming from the Western slope of Colorado. All Auction items are donated by local, regional, national & private supporters of the foundation. Popular donations are: all kinds and forms of Art and jewelry, offerings and items from regional retail, lodging, restaurants, services, national & international get-away vacations.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall bcl2The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center and Town Hall: PARC Wine & Cheese Benefit

Wine, cheese, live music and art auction to benefit PARC - Public Arts Ridgway Colorado.

 

tub.soakingEnjoy a scenic drive through Ouray County during your visit, and let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help plan the perfect September getaway! After a day of adventuring, nothing compares to a soak in the mineral hot springs.

Fall in the San Juans is truly a magical time to visit; filled with art and music and colors!

See you soon!




 

 


 




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