'TIS THE SEASON
A Regional Roundup of Holiday Events
by Watch Staff
Dec 01, 2011 | 1231 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is no shortage of holiday activities in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties, and many special events start this weekend, with everything from unique shopping opportunities to entertainment to visits with Santa, and more. With events continuing right up until Christmas, residents and visitors have multiple opportunities to shop local, eat local, and gather local.

MONTROSE COUNTY

Get into the spirit of Christmas this Saturday in Montrose with Merriment on Main Street and the Parade of Lights. Enjoy carolers, drawings, a Gingerbread House and Best Window display contest at A+Y Gallery from 3 to 5 p.m., capped off by the annual Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. Celebrating “A Vintage Christmas,” brightly lit floats will travel Main Street from Stough Ave. to Rio Grande. (To enter a float, call 970/249-5000).

Also on Saturday is the Ute Museum Holiday Open House and Ten Friends Arts & Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ute Indian Museum south of Montrose. (See related story page 19.)

Weehawken Dance, which has outgrown its Ouray performance space at the Wright Opera House, presents its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 at the Montrose Pavilion, beginning with a pre-show party and fundraiser at the Hampton Inn, 1980 N. Townsend, on Friday, 4:45-6:30 p.m. ($15 tickets include a pass to the performance).

The show presents highlights from Tchaikovsky's traditional Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, and features about 125 regional dancers (ages 2.5 through adult) in a production that is as lavish as Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece itself. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at weehawkenarts.org and many regional outlets. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children; reserved-seating tickets are $22-$25, available at weehawkenarts.org or by calling 970/318-0150.

The Valley Symphony Association presents special Christmas By Candlelight concerts, combining the talents of the 80-voice Valley Symphony Chorus under the direction of Lenore Hample and the Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mike Kern, this Saturday and Sunday in Delta and Montrose. (See related story page 18.)

Concerts will be held Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Delta Performing Arts Center and Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students 17 and under. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged and are available at Clubb’s in Delta, the Homer L. Sims Agency, the Howard Davidson Insurance Agency and DeVinny Jewelers in Montrose, by contacting the Montrose Pavilion Office at 970/249-7015, or by going online to valleysymphony.net. Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to either concert. For concert information, call 970/209-2295.

Montrose holiday events continue on Sunday, Dec. 11 with the Montrose Community Band’s Annual Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. The audience will take “A Christmas Journey,” enjoying many classic and modern holiday favorites. For more info, visit monstroseband.com or call 970/596-1188.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY

Now through Sunday, Dec. 4, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art presents “Red,” a holiday show featuring the work of 32 local artists, all producing red-themed pieces. Stop by the gallery to see these artists’ latest work, or go online to telluridegallery.com, where all pieces are up for auction. Call 970/728-3300 for more info.

In Norwood, Arts Community and Education is presenting two holiday events at The Livery. This Friday is Norwood Noel Night, featuring local crafts, cider, hot chocolate, coffee and, of course, Santa. Then on Dec. 9-10, the Norwood Holiday Bazaar takes place, featuring local gifts for sale, Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The annual Telluride Holiday Arts Bazaar is this weekend, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, at the Telluride High School cafeteria. The holiday shopping event showcases more than 40 regional artists and their wares, with gift items for every taste and budget. Shoppers will find body products, hats and accessories, candles, ceramics, clothing, edibles, ornaments, jewelry, baby items, cards, stocking stuffers, and more. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. There’ll be a “very special surprise” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., according to Bazaar organizers. For more information, call TCAH, 970/728-3930.

Telluride’s Noel Night is this Wednesday, Dec. 7. The favorite locals’ holiday event gives the community the opportunity to shop for discounted gifts, gather for refreshments and libations, sit with Santa, and carol on Colorado Ave. (See this week’s special Noel Night supplement for more information.)

Mountain Village revs up its holiday season on Friday, Dec. 9 with Jingle Jam and the annual Tree Lighting. The town’s own version of Noel Night features grab bag discounts at stores, food specials, Santa, and more.

Families will enjoy the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid Ranch on Wilson Mesa on Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa will be there, and guests will enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire, cowboy coffee and hot chocolate, and making wreathes. People can even cut down their own Christmas trees. Contact the Telluride Historical Museum for more info, 970/728-3344.

OURAY COUNTY

This Friday, Dec. 2 is Noel Night in Ridgway. Businesses on Sherman and Lena Streets have joined together in celebration with discounts, gift certificates, happy hour specials, refreshments and libations, all day until 8 p.m. Participating businesses include Day Glow Spa, Resource Artisans Gallery, Amber Art Boutique, Timber Creek, Cups, Unicas Southwest, and True Grit Café. Call 970/626-3272 for more info.

The 8th Annual Ridgway Holiday Art and Gift Sale takes place at the Ridgway Community Center this Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local artists will be displaying jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, pottery, wreaths, folk art, aromatherapy products, decorations and much more.  More than 10 local artists and craftspeople will be participating this year. Holiday drinks and snacks will ring in the spirit of the season. Call 970/626 2323 for more information.

Also in Saturday is the annual Fortuna Tierra Club’s Holiday Home Tour on Log Hill Mesa, 12-4 p.m. In its 7th year, Bob and Rita Bond, Michelle and Jay Kyne, Don Henderson and Patricia Jennings, Marilyn Mueller and Harry and Janet Pritchett are hosting this year’s festively decorated home tours. The tour begins at the Divide Ranch and Club, located off County Road 1 on Log Hill Mesa. Enjoy holiday sweet treats and warm up with coffee, tea or warm cider while browsing the Gift Boutique for great gifts displayed for sale by local artists, crafters and photographers. Continue to celebrate with an afternoon of fun and good cheer touring five festively decorated homes. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the event; all ticket purchases are tax deductible. For more information, contact Robbin Minkel at 970/626-4293.

Ouray welcomes the holiday season with a long weekend of special events, shopping and winter cheer with Yule Fest, Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11. The town will be aglow with decorated windows, twinkling lights and Santa’s chuckles. The weekend features holiday music at three different events, a Wine, Chocolate and Cheese celebration on Saturday, visits with Santa for kids and pets, Gingerbread House Workshops and great shopping opportunities at local small businesses, many of which are featuring holiday specials and events.

Shoppers have a chance to win a holiday gift certificate courtesy of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association by participating in the Ouray Holiday Scavenger Hunt. A special ornament will be hidden in many Ouray shops, restaurants and businesses. Participating businesses will have glowing white luminarias outside their doors. Turn in at least ten “finds” by the end of the weekend to enter a special drawing on Dec. 12. Visit OurayColorado.com, the Ouray Visitors Center or participating merchants for a full list of participating businesses and more details on all of the events. 

Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers present a benefit holiday jazz concert for the Wright Opera House on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. With an extensive song list that ranges from Miles to Motown, Chuck Berry to Steely Dan, and Rogers & Hart to Robin Ford, they will also have some favorite Christmas songs for this Yuletide celebration. Advance tickets are $15. Call 970/325-4399 for ticket information.

Saturday starts off with the annual Gingerbread House Workshop presented by Weehawken Arts and Voyager, serving 25-30 families in the Ridgway-Ouray area. Families arrive at the Ouray Community Center to find an assembled house to decorate with candy and goodies, and then take home to enjoy for the holidays. A limited number of registrations are still available through Weehawken, 970/318-0150 or weehawkenarts.org.

Second Chance Humane Society is bringing Santa Paws to the Wright Opera House on Sat. from 1-3 p.m. Santa will hop off his sleigh (a.k.a. Mobile Mutts & Meows RV) and head to the Wright Opera House to sit with family pets for keepsake portraits. Call 970/626-2273 or visit adoptmountainpets.org for more information.

To kick off Yule Night, the Ouray Elks have arranged for children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5 p.m. at the lodge at 421 Main Street. They can tell Santa all about their holiday wishes and have their pictures taken. Afterward, the whole family can enjoy a chili supper starting at 5:15 p.m., with chili, cornbread, salad, dessert and a beverage for just $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5–10, or free for kids under 5. Hot dogs and chips will also be available.

Meanwhile, there will be much action on Main Street, with Ouray Art Walk and Main Street Caroling at restaurants from 5-8 p.m.; and the Ouray Fire Department Holiday Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:30 p.m. Over at the Ouray Community Center, the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest enables patrons to sample small-batch Colorado wines, chocolates and cheeses from 7 to 10 p.m. The Woodland Winter Wonderland-themed benefit for Art Partners of Ouray, Montrose and Delta includes a costume contest, photographic portraits, and music by the Celtic and Chamber music by Chameleon Ensemble. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at many regional businesses, or $15 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/WineChocolateandCheese for more information or contact Faith Parry at faith@morningsong HYPERLINK "mailto:bnb@gmail.com" \t "_blank" bnb@gmail.com, HYPERLINK "tel:970.%20325.4913" \t "_blank" 970/325-4913.

Tony Rosario & The Trutones cap off Yule Night with live music at O’Brien’s Pub starting at 9 p.m.

Another Gingerbread House Workshop takes place Sunday, this time in Ridgway. (Contact Weehawken, 970/318-0150 or weehawkenarts.org.) Meanwhile, Main Street shopping and scavenger hunting continue throughout the day in Ouray. And finally, Yule weekend wraps up with the Ouray County Chorale Christmas Concert at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Pettengill, 970/626-4239. For more information on individual Yule Festival events and participating businesses, visit ouraycolorado.com.

Christmas celebrations in Ouray continue Tuesday, Dec. 13 with the Ouray Woman’s Club Annual Christmas Program at the Ouray Community Center, 1 p.m. Entertainment includes the Ridgway Elementary Choir and group caroling. Members and guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Elks Club Santa Delivers program, cookies to share with shut-ins, as well as holiday staples to donate to the Ridgway Community Food Pantry. For more info., call 970/325-4816.

For more holiday events in the region, refer to The Watch calendar, pages 20-22.

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