Ripon Travel Guide

Known for its downtown attractions, live music shows and historic sites, the city of Ripon offers a little something for everyone.

There’s a lot to do in Ripon and surrounding communities this week.

Check it out:

Markesan Pearl Harbor vet remembrance

The Markesan community will honor Navy Hospital Apprentice 1st Class Keefe Connolly, who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Monday, Nov. 8.

On behalf of the Abendroth-Connolly American Legion Post 282 and the city of Markesan, there will be a memorial service for Connolly held at the Markesan Middle School Gym at 100 E. Vista Blvd, Markesan at 11 a.m.

According to the Markesan Police Department, Parking for the service will be in the middle school parking lot right in front of the entrance to the middle school/district office. A parking attendant will be in the parking lot the morning of the service.

The middle school doors will open at 10 a.m., and ushers will be on hand to assist the public. The service will conclude at approximately 11:45 a.m. with a processional to the Markesan Memorial Cemetery beginning at noon.

The procession will leave the Markesan Middle School and travel down East Vista Blvd and then turn left and travel south on Margaret Street turning right onto Manchester Street where it will travel west until the procession enters into the new cemetery on the north side of Manchester Street.

The community is urged to line the processional route to show your respect and honor to Keefe Connolly and his family. The public is welcome and invited to park in the parking lot of the old Arctic Cat dealership located at 77 S. Margaret St., which is located directly across from the Shell Gas Station. There will be a brief graveside service with the Navy conducting the service at the cemetery.

Those that wish to view the graveside service can walk to the cemetery from the processional route or there will be an overflow parking area at the Markesan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is located right next to the cemetery.

Ripon-area communities to hold Veterans Day programs

In honor of Veterans Day, area communities and schools will celebrate those who fought for our country Thursday, Nov. 11.

Here is what’s happening:


On Thursday, Nov. 11, a Veterans Day Program will be held at 9:40 a.m. in the Ripon High School Gymnasium.

The event is coordinated and hosted by the Ripon High School Student Council, but is sponsored by local American Legion Post 43, as well as Ripon’s local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5278.

The public, as well as legion members, VFW members, veterans and family members may attend.

The gym will be open to guests and visitors at 9 a.m.

Masks are required for attendees. Visitors should park in the west and south parking lots, those nearest to the high school campus.

Chairs will be available on the gym floor for guests, veterans, and those unable to utilize the bleachers to sit on.

Green Lake

Green Lake will hold a program Thursday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. outside of Town Square. The program will be presented by American Legion Willis Chapel Post 306.

Legion Commander Art Claggett will lead the ceremony, while the legion’s Chuck Hardesty will serve as the keynote speaker. The legion also will fire off a 21-gun salute.

Terrace Shores Evangelical Lutheran Church Director of Student Ministries Ryan Jingst is slated to provide the invocation, while the Green Lake High School choir and bands and middle school band will play music to the program.


The Rosendale/Brandon School District will hold its annual Veterans Day program Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Brandon School gymnasium.

It is scheduled to start with a skydiver at 9:30 a.m., with the program in the gymnasium getting underway at 9:45.

The community may attend the program, which will feature guest speakers and participation from the Brandon Elementary School students.

State Sen. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) will serve as the keynote speaker and Chief Warrant Officer Nathan M. Grundy will be the military speaker.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 — Sharing Table Meal:

The Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon will hold its Sharing Table Meal. The event is an indoor dining only community meal that will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 920-851-7610.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 — Fight for Disability Rights:

Internationally recognized disability advocate Judith Heumann will be a special guest Wednesday, Nov. 10 for Ripon College’s Center for Politics and the People. Her talk, “Judy Heumann: Our Fight for Disability Rights,” will be presented virtually via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Registration may be accessed at Alexandria Games in downtown Ripon will host a watch party during the webinar.

Knuth DJ Trivia Thursday

Knuth Brewing Co. will host DJ Trivia Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is a free event that will award participants for their knowledge.

First through third place winners will be awarded gift cards. Knuth Brewing Co. describes the event as “always free, always fun.”

Ripon’s Christmas in the Village

Kick off the holiday season and discover Ripon, Wisconsin’s unique shops and restaurants during the annual Christmas in the Village event which takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 12-13, 2021. Those strolling up and down the sidewalks will find unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more.

Friday night activities include a visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Village Green located at the corner of Watson and Seward Street in downtown Ripon, and carriage rides through the historic district. Santa is scheduled to arrive in downtown Ripon at approximately 6:00 pm, guided into the district aboard the Ripon Fire Department ladder truck. Santa will light the decorations on the bandstand and greet those in attendance.

Activities planed for Saturday include a visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus, and a Live Reindeer Display. All activities take place outdoors at the Village Green. Please dress appropriately.

Thrasher Concerts

Thrasher Opera House is hosting three concerts this week.

The first features Judy Collins Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions,” Thrasher said of Collins.

The second concert of the week on Friday at 7:30 p.m. features Darell Scott.

“Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Scott was named ‘songwriter of the year’ for both ASCAP and NSAI,” Thrasher said. “After recently touring with Robert Plant and the Zac Brown Band (2 years with each), and producing albums for Malcolm Holcomb and Guy Clark, Scott is busy as always, writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself in life.”

The third concert of the week features Carsie Blanton Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and John Prine, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana,” Thrasher said. “Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece ‘handsome band,’ Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in a joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.”

In the spirit of shared safety for the band and audience, Carsie is requesting that we check vaccination cards or negative COVID test result status upon arrival of all guests.

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