To the Editor:

With the inception of “Dickens of a Christmas” 30 years ago, its premise has been to thank our local community, as well as our customers, for their continued support of Ripon businesses.

The event encourages community, celebration, and conviviality. Living Windows has been the cornerstone event of Dickens since its very beginning.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce wisely has cancelled the event. However, as downtown business owners we recognize and appreciate the residents of Ripon as well as our out-of-town customers. We also realize that folks will be downtown on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6 until 8 p.m. (regardless of the cancellation). Some of us would still like to recognize our community by providing some Victorian style windows for visitors the evening of Dec. 5 to say: “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

We ask that folks follow recommended guidelines for COVID 19. Masks are mandatory and we also recommend 6-foot social distancing.

— Ellen Sorensen

628 State St.

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