Editorial: We give thanks ... for Dickens!

SEEMINGLY READY FOR Thanksgiving dinner are the occupants of the Ripon Study Club’s first-place winning Living Window in America restaurant. Gathered at the table are, from left, Ralph Colonna, Andy Gallun, Sarah Colonna, Andy Kaldunski, Julie Marie Contreras, Don Amsden, Shirley Williams, Faye Marchant, Sally Gallun, Sue Loomer and Norm Loomer. Tim Lyke photo

When it comes to Christmas, Ripon’s three-day celebration is a Dickens of a winner.

Last weekend, Ripon enjoyed its 19th annual frosty festival with winners emerging from the Quilt Show, gingerbread-house contest and Victorian-costume competition.

But big winner from the wonderful weekend was Ripon, itself.

While many were busy in the living windows, portraying scenes depicted on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post magazine by 20th century painter Norman Rockwell, others were living those moments throughout the weekend.

How Rockwellesque to be able in one weekend to tour homes; enjoy some jazz, polka or Brahms; make crafts at a church or listen to holiday stories at the library; perform at an “enchanted” venue; view quilts of many designs; whisper a secret wish to Santa; view nativity scenes from all over the world; and bat at a pinata during a Las Posadas festival.

Truly, Ripon provides modern-day Normal Rockwells a rich palette of colorful hues all year long.

Read the full editorial in the Dec. 10, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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