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Celebrate Your Winter Holidays in Ouray

Ouray’s WinterFest offers you a holiday season filled with fun events to celebrate the start of winter in Ouray. During this busy time of year let WinterFest and Ouray be your relaxing, friendly and spirit-filled getaway from the stress of the holiday season. Whether you are a local or a visitor, we are here for you with friendly shop owners, unique treasures for your loved ones, great treats, soothing sulfur-free hot springs, soft beds, and unique winter culture and adventure for the whole family!

Keep up with all the WinterFest events on our Facebook Page, the Ouray County Community Calendar and the Alpenglow Arts Alliance Website.

Ongoing:

December 2019

Through December 23: Visit with Bernard, Santa's Head Elf and Santa & Mrs. Claus, 4-6 pm, Santa’s Café (Ouray Picnic Basket @ Ouray Hot Springs Pool)

With Santa busy in his workshop at the North Pole, Bernard, his Head Elf is coming to Ouray to check on who has been naughty or nice and report back to Santa. Bring your kids to Santa's Cafe until December 12 to add their name to the list. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Santa's Cafe between December 13-23. Your kids can visit and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Mrs. Claus is sure to have her basket filled with candy canes.

December 4: 2019 Volunteer & Patron Appreciation Day, 3:45 pm, Ouray Public Library

3:45 pm: Miss June's Kids Holiday Story & Craft, 4:00 pm: Teen Zone Pizza & Drawing, 4:00 - 5:30 pm: Volunteer & Patron Appreciation Party. Thanks to all our volunteers and all those who support us with their patronage throughout the year.

December 4: Winter Re-opening with David Nunn Live, 6 pm, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Don't miss the upcoming official winter/spring re-opening of Four Corner's Restaurant featuring Chef Chuy Jr. and live music by David Nunn.

December 4: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright: Leonard Soloway’s Broadway, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

Over a 70 year career, legendary Broadway producer Leonard Soloway stages over 100 shows. Show 7 pm, doors 6:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 5, 6, 7, 8: The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Sweets, 6 pm (additional 1 pm matinee on the 7th and 8th), Montrose Pavilion

Weehawken Dance Presents Beloved Holiday Nutcracker Ballet, and new this year, Nutcracker Sweets at Montrose Pavilion December 5-8, 2019. Talented local dancers from Ouray County, Montrose, Cedaredge, Paonia and beyond usher in the holiday season at the Montrose Pavilion with performances on Dec. 6, 7 (matinee and evening) & 8 (matinee) in Weehawken Dance’s enchanting annual production of The Nutcracker, plus a very special performance on December 5 of "Nutcracker Sweets" featuring our pre and primary level dancers witih support from class assistants and upper level lead dancers. Under the artistic direction of Natasha Pyeatte, Weehawken's shows have become an eagerly-anticipated Christmas tradition in the region over the past twelve years. Weehawken's Nutcracker presents highlights from Tchaikovsky's traditional Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, and will feature over 100 dancers in each show (ages 8 through adult), in a production that is as lavish as Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, itself. From the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, every scene glitters with its own dreamy radiance, reflecting Pyeatte’s talent, vision, and boundless energy as a teacher and choreographer. This will be the ninth year of Weehawken Dance offering their fall productions at the Montrose Pavilion, after incredible turnout of audiences since 2011.

December 6: Noel Night and More!, 5 pm, Downtown Ridgway

Friday, December 6th from 5 pm - 9 pm -- you'll find treats and deals along the way -- and Santa too! There will be a light parade circling Town Park at 5ish. Bonus: Kid Parking at Voyager from 5-8 pm -- drop your kids at Voyager for a holiday movie with Santa while you shop -- AND gift wrapping services!
Participating businesses (alphabetical): 610 Arts Collective, Amulet Arts, Art by the Park, Cafe Ridgway A la Mode, Cimarron Art Glass, Cimarron Coffee & Books, Colorado Boy Brewing Co, Cowgirl Creations Flowers, Crumb Bakery, Dragonfly Fiber Arts Center, Eatery 66, Glow Day Spa, Kane Scheidegger Photography, Lizzie Tilles Photography, Lucky Find Consignments, Lupita's Bizarre Bazaar, Mountain Girl Gallery, Mountain Market Ridgway, Panji Bags, Ridgway Adventure Sports, Ridgway Liquors, Ridgway Pilates, Ridgway Real Estate, Ridgway Wrench, Ridgway Yoga Shala, Rocky Mountain Cannabis, San Juan Wine & Liquors, Steps Tavern, Taco Del Gnar, Timber Creek, The Vault, Western Slope Rides.
PLUS -- the 16th Annual Holiday Art & Gift Sale at the Ridgway Community Center (Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 9 am - 4 pm).
AND The Ouray County Ranch History Museum HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE with wreaths, garlands, ornaments and historic mugs for sale on Friday from 5-9 p and Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm.

December 7: Yule Day Celebration, Downtown Ouray

Celebrate the start of the holidays in Ouray with our annual community Yule Day celebration!
Many of our 32 local shops will offer special treats and extended hours. We are celebrating the whole day, starting at 10:00 am through the end of the parade. Check individual shops for special hours. Also have lunch or a beverage at one of the 15 restaurants, 3 breweries, and 1 distillery that will be open. Dip in the hot springs, enjoy the indoor climbing wall, get a massage or a fresh holiday haircut while you are out and about!

Don’t miss your chance to get your holiday photos with Santa at the Elks Lodge starting after the parade. Please come join us around the fire pits for carols, s'mores and mulled cider around the community Christmas tree at 5:00pm and join in on the parade at 6:00pm as a participant or a spectator.

Ouray Elks Charity Brunch, 8 - 10:30 am, Ouray Elks Lodge

Main Street Shopping - starts at 10:00 am

Ouray Hot Springs Pool - opens at 11:00 am

Margaret Henderson Exhibition Opening, 5 pm, Wright Opera House

Community Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:00 pm, 701 Main Street

Annual Ouray Jeep Raffle, 5:30 pm, 701 Main Street

Christmas Parade: 6 pm, Main Street (5:45 parade line up at bottom of 8th Avenue, anyone can join for free. Cash prizes for Best in Show!)

Yule Night Elks EventsYule Night Elks Events, 6:00 pm, Ouray Elks Lodge. Pictures with Santa. Right after the parade the Fire Dept. will return Santa and the Mrs to the Lodge for pictures.Get a picture with the whole family or just the kids. No charge, photos will be emailed to you. Chili Supper (starts at 5:30 pm) in the upstairs Lodge room (Chili, Corn Dogs and Hot chocolate).

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A special thanks to Ouray's Alpine Bank Branch for sponsoring the Best in Show Parade prizes of $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place!

December 8: A Christmas Story, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle." Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 8: Songs of Peace and Joy, 7 pm, United Church of the San Juans

Directed by Allyson Cotham, Paino, Dale Laidlaw, Free Will Offering

December 9: Holiday Kick Off Concert – Tessa Lark, Michael Thurber, 7 pm, Brickhouse 737

Live in Ouray presents Award-winning violinist Tessa Lark and virtuoso composer/bassist Michael Thurber have come together to create a duo unlike any other. By fusing their classical and American music influences, they have created a wholly original sound, which they bring to audiences around the country in a charismatic live show. Highlights of their 2019-20 season include a headlining debut performance at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival; a debut at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center in collaboration with legendary flautist Marina Piccinini; and the guest-hosting of a live broadcast of NPR's
From The Top. The duo's debut album Invention, which intersperses arrangements of J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions with original compositions by Lark, Thurber, and Eddie Barbash, was released on August 8, 2019.

December 9: Comedy Sports N' Shorts VI, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

The Ridgway High School Drama Dept. presents the return of live improv with our 6th Annual Comedy Sports N’ Shorts, featuring the RHS improv troupe, "Always Acting Up!" at the Sherbino Theater! The Red and Blue teams will again be battling it out on stage for your laughs in a comedy sports improv format that is guaranteed to entertain! The evening will also feature hysterically funny comedy scenes that will have you rolling in the aisles! As always, the CSNS improv shows are very interactive, family friendly, and completely unpredictable! If you've never seen the Ridgway High School performers in action, it's a must see! One Night Only! Adult Admission with any donation at the door, Students only $5. Space is limited!

Colorado Gives Day, all day

Support all of our amazing local nonprofits that do so much for our community. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Donations are accepted through ColoradoGives.org or give directly to your favorite local nonprofit directly.

December 10: Monthly Welcome Home Alliance Veteran's Coffee, 10 am, Sherbino Theater

Every Branch. Every Era. Every Ability. Offering coffee, donuts and camaraderie. Mike Trickey and April Heard will be there bringing information to you on topics such as: Navigating the VA, Housing, Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities, community resources, VA benefits, recreation and mental health.

December 10: Elementary Winter Concert, 6 pm, Ouray School

December 10: Open Bard Literary Series: Nick Arvin, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

Nick Arvin’s most recent novel, Mad Boy (Europa Editions, 2018), won the 2019 Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and was described as “a finely honed literary achievement” by the Denver Post and “a condensed epic” by the Sydney Morning Herald. His first novel, Articles of War (Doubleday, 2005), won the 2006 Colorado Book Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was selected for the One Book, One Denver reading program. Arvin’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. He lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation.

December 11: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright: Opehlia, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance secretly kindles between the two as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince begins to unravel, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark. Show 7 pm, doors 6:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 11: Karen Risch Presents “No Individual Heroes,” 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

Ouray County, Colorado, a popular tourist destination, has dramatic mountains and amazing winter ice climbing. Challenging terrain and high altitude can push visitors to their limits and beyond. deaths from unforeseeable accidents, at altitude, can occur in bad weather or areas that make helicopter rescue impossible or extremely dangerous. For five decades the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team has helped those in trouble in this unique place. as journalist Roger Anderson wrote: "the San Juans, for all their seemingly benign majesty, can be as unforgiving as they are beautiful." Karen Risch’s latest book, No Individual Heroes: Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, was published in August 2018. A 14-year veteran of the team, she lives and works in Ouray. Her lifelong backcountry experiences – hiking and mountaineering -- have proved useful in producing Hiking Trails of Ouray County and the Uncompahgre Wilderness Map and Guide and Hiking Ouray With Kids – And Everyone Else! for the Ouray Trail Group.
Doors at 6:30 pm, Talk at 7:00 pm. Entry by Donation (suggested $10) or reserve a seat for $15.

December 12: Middle & High School Winter Concert, 6 pm, Ouray School

December 13: Annual Bluecorn Beer & Beeswax Party, 5 pm, Blucorn Beeswax

Join us for our festive annual shindig! $10 beeswax candle making for kids big and small starts at 5pm, with libations and holiday shopping in our cozy storefront.

December 15: Weehawken’s Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, 1 pm, Ouray Community Center

For years, Weehawken has presented the "Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops". This fun, family event is a wonderful holiday tradition. Families must reserve a spot in advance and will arrive to the location to find an assembled house that needs the magic of decoration. In this, they peruse tables of candy and goodies that can be added to the structures. As a team, families decorate their house and then get to take the house home for enjoyment during the holiday season. Please note charge is per house, families are welcome to reserve more than one. $15, reservation required.

December 15: Toy Story 4, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 15: Ouray County Chorus “Carols and Cheer,” 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

The community is invited to the “Carols and Cheer” choral concert performed by the Ouray County Chorus on Sunday, December 15. The OCC will sing music of the season featuring many popular favorites in a variety of arrangements, as well as a few new winter pieces. There will also be additional special musical numbers in addition to the prepared music by OCC. The chorus is represented by soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices of numerous community members from all around Ouray County. They are under the direction of Laurie Wenzel from Montrose, who has directed the group for the past three years and accompanied on piano by Dee James of Ouray. The OCC is supported Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. For more information about the chorus, visit ocpag.org/ouray-county-chorus. The concert is free, however donations are appreciated. Donations help offset the purchase of music for the choir and compensation for the director and accompanist. Doors at 6:30 pm, Music at 7:00 pm. Entry by Donation.

December 17: ArtBar: Gin & Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults, 6pm, Sherbino Theater

For years, Weehawken has presented the "Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops". Now it is time for the grown-ups to have some fun! Prizes for best solo, duo and group house! Make sure to reserve your spot for this fun evening of gingerbread house decorating for adults only! Register solo, as a couple or as a group of up to 4. You will arrive to the location to find an assembled house that needs the magic of decoration. Decorations and frosting provided, and you are welcome to bring additions from home. Please bring a sheet pan or large box top to bring house home on. Registration includes, house, materials, and adult beverages. Ages 21 and up only.

December 18: Alpine Bank Holiday After-Hours, 5 pm, Alpine Bank Ouray

The annual holiday celebration for local businesses and Alpine Bank customers.

December 18: More-Than-A-Movie Event: Elf, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

Kick off the holidays with dinner and a movie! Dinner & Movie Bag-o-goodies. Buddy's Menu: Spaghetti Noodles with strawberry, coconut, chocolate, and raspberry sauce, marshmallows, and S'Mores Pop-Tarts. Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. Show 7 pm, doors 6:30 pm, $8 admission.

December 19: Alpine Bank Family Movie Night Presents “The Lion King,” 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Come join the fun at the Alpine Bank Family Movie nights at the Sherbino. Entry by donation, movie concessions will be available for purchase, as well as, adult beverages for the big "kids" in the family.

December 20: Christmas Cookie Contest, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

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Come to the first Christmas Cookie Contest sponsored by Kristopher’s Culinaire. Enter or just eat and vote on Friday December 20, 7pm at the Wright Opera House just before The Mysto Magic Show. Christmas Cookie Contestants need to be at the Wright by 6:30 pm. Three contest Winners get a gift certificate from Kristopher’s Culinary. You can find more information and contestants can enter on the Winterfest Ouray Facebook Page.

A special thank you to Khistopher's Culinaire for sponsoring this year's inaugural cookie contest. We can't imagine a tastier sponsor! 

December 20: Mysto Magic Show, 7:30 pm, Wright Opera House

The Mysto Magic Show is the perfect evening of FUN and magical entertainment for the whole family. Kids will flip over his magic and gut-busting sense of humor! Adults will be awe struck by the illusions unfolding before their eyes! With Mysto the Magi's vast experience of over 10,000 performances everyone is entertained! Show 7:30 pm, doors 7 pm, $18 advance, $20 door, $10 students.

December 20: Sherbino and Full Tilt Saloon Present “The Comedy Zone,” 8 pm, Sherbino Theater

The Nation’s largest comedy network for top stand-up comedians has partnered with Sherbino Theater and Full Tilt Saloon to bring you a night of comedy with Kenny Smith with opener Bob Lauver. Kenny Smith is the funniest guy you’ve never heard of. For more than a decade Kenny has somehow managed to stay just below the radar. But not for long. Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00. $13 in advance or $22 for reserved seats or $18 at door.

December 21: Art Speak, 3 pm, Ridgway Public Library

Come together to share works of art once a month: INSPIRE AND BE INSPIRED! Art Speak is an opportunity to join with other artists here in Ridgway and from the surrounding areas. Free of charge. Embrace the opportunity to GET OUT OF THE STUDIO! Bring up to 3 pieces of art that you'd like to share with your art community. See who's working on what! Share what you're working on. All levels welcome, feedback is given only when asked for. Embracing each individual's creative process and encouraging the creative process to blossom is what this monthly event is all about.

December 21: Community Return of the Light Celebration, 5 pm, Ridgway

Celebrate the return of the light with poems, songs, stories, or just your presence!

December 21: DZI Foundation and Sherbino Present Kelly Cordes: The Stories We Tell, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

A climber’s odyssey through passion, belief, and truth. As an undersized kid who wanted to be a cowboy, Kelly Cordes never dreamed that the mountains would define his life. But he stumbled upon an obsession that took him to places of unimaginable beauty, infused his world with meaning, and forced an endless confrontation with failure. His experiences in climbing and in life intersected with a larger journey as he sought to uncover the truth in his award-winning book The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre. Climber, writer and self-proclaimed margarita specialist Kelly Cordes was an editor for the American Alpine Journal from 2000-2012, and his book, The Tower, won the 2015 nonfiction outdoor literature categories of the Banff Mountain Book Awards and the National Outdoor Book Awards. He also co-authored Tommy Caldwell’s 2017 bestselling memoir, The Push. Kelly lives in Estes Park, and has established major new alpine routes in Alaska, Peru, Patagonia, and Pakistan. Doors at 6:30, Talk at 7:00 pm. $20 entry, advance tickets available.

December 22: The Grinch, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 22: The Wizard of Oz, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.

December 24: Santa Deliveries to Ouray County Children, 5-7 pm, Ouray County

To arrange a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve call (970) 596-1219 and leave a message or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Peggy needs the children's names, ages, and the address where Santa needs to visit. The visits will take place between 5 ~ 7 pm on Christmas Eve. This event is open to all Ouray County families

December 25: Christmas Dinners at Ouray Restaurants

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration, 5pm, Ouray Elks Lodge 492

The Lodge will host a New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 31st. This event is open to the public, and will feature finger food, karaoke at 7:00 and drink specials – no cover charge! Come on out and enjoy New Year’s Eve at YOUR Elks lodge.

December 31: New Year’s Eve & Tavern Grand Opening, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

1920s Style! Ring in 2020 the Wright Way at our New Year’s Eve Bash. Start the evening off at KJ Wood Distillery with a decadent 4 course meal catered by The Goods with Cocktail Pairings by KJ Wood Distillery. Then move to the Wright Opera House from 9pm to midnight where there will be live jazz from The Kevin McCarthy Trio, Special Dessert and a Champagne Toast.  But beware! Prohibition (18th Amendment) is enforced at midnight! We’ve heard a rumor that the police may raid the party. Venture outside on Main Street to enjoy the City of Ouray’s Fireworks Spectacular. The front doors of the Wright may be locked, but surely there’s another way back into the Tavern (a.k.a. The Not-Quite-Wright Speakeasy)! Visit our website for Package Options www.thewrightoperahouse.org HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 2020

January 1: Ouray Fireworks, midnight, Ouray Main Street

January 3: David Nunn Live, 6 pm, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Don't miss winter at the Four Corner's Restaurant featuring Chef Chuy Jr. and live music.

January 4: Kids’ Climbing College, 10am-2pm, Ouray Ice Park Kids’ Wall

The 2020 Kids Climbing College (KCC) will be a free opportunity for kids ages 7-17 to try the exciting sport of ice climbing. Held annually at the Ouray Ice Park Kids Wall, The KCC is a super fun way for youths to get a taste of this great local winter sport. The Kids' Wall is a specially developed 40 ft high, 140 foot wide slab of ice located on top of the ice park with easy walking access. It features a dozen different routes with various levels of difficulty for all the kids. The KCC is free, ages 7-17, first-come-first-serve. San Juan Mountain Guides will provide harnesses, helmets, boots, crampons, and ice tools. Participants should bring: an adult to sign paperwork, warm clothes, gloves, winter boots/ski boots and warm hat (ski clothes work well for climbing). Participant’s families should park in the designated Ice Park Parking areas and walk up to the Kids Wall.

January 4: No Man’s Land Film Festival benefitting the Ouray Ice Park, 6 pm, Ouray Community Center

Chicks Climbing and Skiing's annual fundraising event to benefit the Ouray Ice Park. All proceeds from the admission, adult beverage sales and silent auction of gear will go to the Ouray Ice Park's operating budget to keep the ice flowing all season.

January 4: 6:10 at 610 Artist Reception: Leah Diament “I Have Words,” 6:10pm, 610 Arts Collective

Join us on January 4th for the first exhibition of the new year, Leah Diament's "I Have Words", a visual expression of the difficulty and intricacy of the communication process through collage. This exhibition examines the foundations of our personalities and the aspects that have been added on. By delving in to the fabrics of people’s lives, the collage cyanotypes carry the depth each person holds. About Leah Diament: I am a Denver based photographer with a passion for street photography and portraiture. My photography aims to highlight the ridiculousness and beauty in day to day life. I love to take photographs and bring them in to the 3D world through alternative print processes and collage techniques. I find myself most inspired when I am experimenting with new printing processes and films. The thrill of exploring a new way of expressing my favorite medium keeps me looking for new ways to capture people in their most authentic moments.

January 5: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

January 7: ARTbar: Impressionist Landscapes with Anne Hockenberry, 6 pm, Sherbino Theater

Come paint with us!Create this whimsical landscape with a loose impressionistic painting style. Artist Anne Hockenberry will lead you through the steps to paint a 16 x 20 inch canvas. Bring a friend and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of art. No experience necessary and all materials are provided. At Weehawken and Sherbino's ARTbar we strive to provide a positive, creative outlet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our hope is to inspire the community to discover their imaginative side and cross the bar into other dimensions of creativity. The classes we offer require no experience (and of course, liquid inspiration will also be available!). Open your door to creativity and give it a shot! $40 includes instruction, all materials, a drink AND you'll go home with your very own masterpiece!

January 8: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

January 9: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 96-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.
Program: sometimes, i think about dying / U.S.A.; FAST HORSE / Canada; Suicide By Sunlight / U.S.A.; Muteum / Estonia, Hong Kong; Crude Oil / U.S.A.; The MINORS / U.S.A.; Brotherhood / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden. Doors at 6:00, Films at 6:30. $11 for adults, $7 for students 18 and under, advance tickets available.

January 10-12: San Juan Skijoring & Utepils Festival, 12 – 10 pm, Ouray County 4-H Center and Fairgrounds

We are excited to bring this great event back to Southwest Colorado. Races start 12 noon Saturday and Sunday. Look for more great vendors in 2020 as well as a jumbotron with instant replays for your entertainment. Tickets - $10 for general admission, Kids under 18 and Active Military get in free. Look for less expensive tickets online prior to the event. And don't forget that anyone can compete, even if it's for fun.
Competitor Sign-Up & Reception Party, 6 to 9 pm Friday Jan. 10th at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort. Great food and cash bar will be available for everyone.
Saturday the 11th races will start at 12 noon with the Junior class (12 and under). Snowboard, Novice, Sport(amateur,) Open(pro) and finally the Switch-a-roo will round out the day. The 4H-Center will be open throughout the weekend with live feed of the event playing, vendors, full bar, skijoring apparel and more. Good parking is limited, overflow parking will be down County Road 12.

Utepils Beer Festival will be back with amazing micro-breweries from around the area pouring beer Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Only $20 plus general admission for all you can drink. Please pace yourself! 
Saturday Evening Social at the Ridgway Firehouse. Make your way to the firehouse after the last competitor run to listen to a live band. At 6:30 a benefit dinner will be served by local athletics and the Calcutta will follow. 
Sunday the 12th races will again start at 12 noon with the same race schedule. 
Sunday Night Awards and after party will take place at our fav, The Full Tilt Saloon.

January 12: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

January 13: Ekphrastic Writing Workshop: Leah Diament's "I Have Words," 6 pm, 610 Arts Collective

Join creative writing instructor Tessa Cheek for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts Collective's latest exhibition. This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level, from beginner to pro. We'll discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing -- i.e. writing in response to a work of art. Through a series of guided viewing and writing exercises, we'll practice both art appreciation and art creation! Bring a notebook, writing utensil and a sense of wonder. $10 Tuition.

January 14: Monthly Welcome Home Alliance Veteran's Coffee, 10 am, Sherbino Theater

Every Branch. Every Era. Every Ability. Offering coffee, donuts and camaraderie. Mike Trickey and April Heard will be there bringing information to you on topics such as: Navigating the VA, Housing, Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities, community resources, VA benefits, recreation and mental health.

January 14: Open Bard Literary Series: Frank Coons, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater

Frank H.Coons, a Lithic Press poet, heads south to share his work. Frank is a veterinarian and poet in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. His first collection of poems, Finding Cassiopeia, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He lives with his wife, Teresa, and two dogs. Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation.

January 15: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

January 16: The AJ Fullterton Band, 7:30pm, Sherbino Theater

Playing on average 200-250 shows each year, A.J. is often hailed as, “The Real Deal", and is frequently called one of the hardest working young musicians on the scene. Raised as an only child in the mountains of rural Western Colorado, A.J. was brought up surrounded by numerous styles of music ranging from; Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots, & Blues. His biggest musical influences ended up being found in his parents' collection of Classic Rock & Blues records. Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll. In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society's "I.B.C Competition" , as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society "Members Choice Awards":Colorado Blues Society "Members' Choice Awards": - Young Performer (2016) - Best Guitarist (2017) - Best Solo/Duo ( 2016, 2017, 2018) - Best Band (2017) - Best Male Vocals (2017) - Best Slide Guitar (,2016 2017, 2018) - Best Songwriter (2017) - Best Acoustic Act (2017, 2018) - Best Local Recording [“Kalamath”] (2017). Fullerton has played such events as; The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN., The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, Bohemian Nights New West Fest, and The Durango Blues Train. Doors at 7:00 pm, Music at 7:30 pm. Standing Room Show. $12 in advance or $15 at door.

January 19: Ouray PARC WinterFest Games, 12-4pm, Rotary Park Ice Rink (no-snow alternate – Fellin Park)

Enjoy fun games on the ice at Ouray's Rotary Park. The PARC games will include free ice skate rentals at the pool, broomball, a fire, food, music and special games. All ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy some beyond-average ice rink activities.

January 19: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House

January 21: Backcountry Film Festival on Tour! Presented by Citizens State Bank, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

Calling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The fifteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival comes to Ridgway on January 21st, presented as part of the Citizen's State Bank Outdoor Recreation Series. Produced each year as a celebratory, backcountry community event by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands. By partnering with groups like Sherbino Theater at a local level, the Winter Wildlands Alliance raises funds for these groups and communities through the annual Backcountry Film Festival national tour.
Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Films in this year’s program include:
Can’t Ski Vegas - Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson, Drawn to High Places - Elise Giordano + Outdoor Research, Endless Winter: Chapter 1 - Nikolai Schirmer, KHUTRAO - Agreste Chile, Leave Nice Tracks - Marius Becker, Dan Cirenza, Kyle Crichton, A Climb for Equality - Caroline Gleich + Rylo, Colter’s Route - Sawyer Thomas + Riis Wilbrecht + Dynafit, Backflippers - Luigi Dellarole, Climate Change in the Kennels - Denali National Parks, Peak Obsession (32:30) Cody Townsend + Bjarne Salen
Doors at 6:30, Films at 7:00 pm. $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under HERE. Presented as part of the 2020 Citizen's State Bank Outdoor Recreation Series.

January 22: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House

January 22: Sherb Nerds, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater

Get ready to for another round of Sherb Nerds Trivia!! Sherb Nerds is the Sherbino's trivia nights that feature several rounds of trivia questions with varying topics such as history, film/TV, science, music, and geography, led by local quiz masters. Teams may have up to 6 people, with a variety of prizes up for grabs throughout the night. Doors and cash bar at 6:30pm. Trivia at 7:00pm. Suggested $5 Donation.

January 23-26: 25th Anniversary: Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray Ice Park & Ouray Community Center

Celebrating 25 Years! The 2020 Ice Festival will be our biggest yet! Come Celebrate our 25th Anniversary. For three days and four nights Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers. Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember. Nightly events include multimedia presentations by leading climbers, music, food, dance parties and a live and silent auction overflowing with screaming deals of the latest outdoor gear! For news articles and short videos about the Ouray Ice Festival and the Ouray Ice Park, visit our Instagram and Facebook page. 
***There is no registration needed to attend the Ice Fest. You are welcome to climb with your buddies in the park, watch the competitions, and visit the vendors for free as usual. The things that do cost money are the nightly events and the clinics.
*An All Access Pass can be purchased (in December) to ensure entry to all the events. All Access Pass prices will be posted in mid-December.
*We are pleased to partner again with San Juan Mountain Guides to provide over 100 clinics and seminars for the Ouray Ice Festival. They will be previewing clinics for the 2020 Fest early November 2019, then clinics go for sale in late November 2019.

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