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 plenty to do in the Ripon area this week as the community sees a plethora of events.

Take a look:

Ripon College Jazz Ensemble will perform concert

The Ripon College Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

All may attend, and masks are required to be worn. The director is Paul Dietrich.

The program will be selected from: “Dance You Monster To My Soft Song,” by Maria Schneider; “Moten Swing,” by Buster and Bennie Moten, arranged by Ernie Wilkins; “Nzembo Na Mvula Zamba (Song of the Rainforest),” traditional Bambuti chant, arranged by Fred Sturm; “The Queen Bee,” by Sammy Nestico; “Quietude,” by Thad Jones; “Take Off (From Time to Time),” by Paul Dietrich; “That Warm Feeling,” by Sammy Nestico; “Ummm,” by Ayn Inserto; and “Well, You Needn’t,” by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Ian McDougall.

Local performers include Ripon College Associate Professor of Spanish Geoff Guevara-Geer, Virginia Pollock of Green Lake; Ripon College Adjunct Professor of Music Jessica Jensen; Danielle Boerson; Ruth Roltgen ’25 of Ripon; Erik Dietrich, manager of media and end user services; Alexander Herrera ’24 of Ripon; and Steve Yeomans of Green Lake.

RC Wind Ensemble, voice students will present concerts

Two groups of Ripon College music ensembles will perform Sunday, Nov. 21, in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Masks are required to be worn.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Toby Shucha, will perform at 3:15 p.m. Selections include Overture from “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Meditation” from “Thais,” by Jules Massenet; “Incidental Suite,” by Claude T. Smith; selections from “William Byrd Suite,” transcribed by Gordon Jacobs; “Dusk,” by Steven Bryant; and “The Washington Post March,” by John Philip Sousa.

Local performers include adjunct instructor of music Sandra Polcyn on bassoon, Ricardo Puente of Ripon on clarinet, Sam Erickson of Ripon on trombone, Tricia Walheim, Berlin on trombone and Jim Davis of Ripon on percussion.

“A Night at the Operetta,” featuring scenes from the light opera repertoire, will be presented at 7 p.m.

In collaboration with pianist and visiting instructor of music Deb MacKenzie, Ripon College voice students from the studios of assistant professors of music Paul Thompson and Erin Bryan will perform as soloists and in ensembles in works ranging from the comical works of Gilbert and Sullivan to the darker tones of Kurt Weill.

Local performers include Kai Liptow ’23 of Ripon and Ethan Mans ’24 of Princeton.

Friday — Moderna Booster Clinic:

Individuals interested in receiving their Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster may make an appointment at SSM Health Ripon Community Hospital by calling 920-745-3520 for a clinic Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will be set on the first-floor clinic.

Saturday — ‘Be the Light’ community event and lantern walk:

Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson St., will host a lantern-lit walk and celebration of community, kindness and more Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Individuals may gather outdoors to enjoy a campfire, gourmet cookies and popcorn courtesy of Patina Vie/Belle’s Treats, and a “Be the Light” art project with Carissa Sorensen. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., the event will shift to a presentation devoted to kindness and honoring helpers in our community with readings and applause. Individuals may contribute messages of kindness ahead of the event by emailing Linda DeCramer at decramer@riponlibrary.org. Attendees should dress for the weather and bring lawn chairs. This free event is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Ripon Public Library. Take & Make lantern kits are available for pick up at the library while supplies last.

Vines & Rushes concerts

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Live Music featuring Sarah Day Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sarah Day performs a variety of acoustic music with roots in country, classic rock, and folk. Influenced by female powerhouses including Stevie Nicks and Patsy Cline, Sarah brings soulful vocals and a fresh twist to classic tunes.

On Saturday, the winery hosts Live Music featuring Salmon Run of Appleton from 2 to 5 p.m.

Deer Widows Weekend on Watson Street

Join Ripon Main Street for Widows Weekend on Watson Saturday, November 20th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in historic downtown Ripon Wisconsin. We will be celebrating the holiday season with a much needed (but abundantly cautious) shopping event.

Participants who register for the event will receive a collectible canvas swag bag and MAP of participating businesses. Your swag bag entitles you to the special promotions for the day and free swag bag items as you shop from 10+ businesses along Watson Street!

Details for the day of:

Participants will begin their day in an assigned business based upon the number of people in their party. This will help the flow of the crowd for social distancing purposes. Participants will receive an email with your assigned location to pick up swag bags the day before the event. So be on the look out for it.

Saturday, November 20th between 10:00 and 11:00 am, you will pick up your swag bags from the designated business and kick off your shopping journey. Participants will enjoy special promotions along Watson Street from local dining, boutiques, and participating businesses.

Due to the COVID-19, a few extra precautions will be taken for the event. Social distancing will be practiced, and enforced by each shop, based on how many shoppers can be in any space at once. All shoppers/participants are asked to please wear a mask. (*This is under advisement of the current state face mask mandate. Shoppers who cannot wear a mask or face shield may be restricted from entry to some shops.) Select businesses will provide disposable face masks, but please come prepared with one. All businesses will ensure their shops are cleaned and sanitized for the safety of their guest. As well as have hand sanitizer on hand for participants.

Widows Weekend on Watson is sponsored by The American Alchemy, dear prudence shop, and Fiddler Creek. The day is shaping up to be a fun filled day of socializing, shopping, and dining.

To reserve your spot click the link and buy your tickets today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/widows-weekend-on-watson-tickets-125927704153?aff=efbeventtix

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