Spring in Ouray
Spring in Ouray
Spring is in the Ouray air. We have had snow followed by warm sunny days when we can eat our lunch outside, then more snow. Typical spring weather. Even though the Ice Park will be open for a couple of more weeks, we are ready for spring and so is Ouray.
In the garden, the earliest plants are coming up: poppies are emerging and the iris are returning to life. The sheep have come into town to look for food and pose for pictures (or maybe the other way around). Other signs of spring are all around as well. We are now being awakened by the “yak yak yak” of the resident Magpies as they build nests and begin to repopulate the species. Haven’t seen a robin yet but that is just a matter of time.
Mudfest is coming
The other great indicator of spring is mud and lots of it. After all, they do not call April mud season for nothing. So we have two choices, ignore it or embrace it. In Ouray we embrace it with Mud Fest, a celebration of all things mud. Ouray County Mud Fest is scheduled for the last weekend in April. It starts off on Friday April 26 at 4:00 PM with Mud Jam at the Ouray Community Center featuring the David Starr Band and guest pourers from the Mountain Air Music Committee. Mud Fest activities continue at the Ouray County Fairgrounds on Saturday, beginning at 9:00 AM. If watching (or participating in) 4X4 vehicles navigating obstacle courses and racing in the mud, motorcycles doing crazy things in the mud, antique tractors pulling in the mud, and other muddy activities sound exciting, then this is your time to come have fun in Ouray County! This is a great opportunity for participants and spectators, young and old, to get down and dirty all weekend long.
The Music Scene
For non-mud fans, exciting programs are also scheduled for the Wright Opera House this spring with the Wrighteous Jazz series. The first show is on Saturday, Mar 23 with Blues Indigo. Blues Indigo is a jazz/blues duo featuring Mike Gwinn on guitar and vocals, and John White on alto sax, flute and bass. The series concludes with the Max Wagner Trio on Saturday, April 20. The group is led by tenor saxophonist and jazz vocalist Max Wagner has developed an individual sound and approach to modern jazz.
Here at the Inn spring is also a time for spring cleaning and spring hotel improvements. This year is no exception. We are working on a number of projects that we hope you will see when you visit. (Notice we said when, not if) We have replaced the exterior room lights, rebuilt the pool house, added a guest laundry and replaced a couple more bathrooms. Still to come is a remodel of the front desk and private space for a guest computer. It is a lot to do but we hope to get through the list in time for summer.
So plan to come out and celebrate mud (or non-mud) with us. Call us at 970-325-7222 or check our calendar of events to find out what is happening in Ouray, make a reservation and come help us celebrate spring.