The following are tentatively the things I'd like to plan for 2011:
An Easter event - expanding and improving on last years Easter egg hunt, and taking advantage of the late April date for Easter (and the hopefully nice weather that will come with it) I have an idea for an engaging activity for the kids of Ripon, along with their parents.
A Community Picnic - One aspiration of starting the Jaycees, was to bring back Riponfest, but doing so in a way that made it more family and community oriented. A big part of my idea for this was making the core event more along the lines of a community picnic, with activities and entertainment that would have a broad appeal to the people of Ripon and beyond. The scope of what we can plan this year may not be quite up to that, but even just start small this year, could lay the foundation for something bigger to develop in years to come.
Softball tournament - I feel there may be a greater interest in a softball tournament, rather than a kickball tournament. This event I would like to tie in with the community picnic. Not necessarily on the same day, but perhaps in a close time frame; and if possible a softball game could be included in the picnic activities.
A Murder Mystery Dinner - This would be an engaging Halloween event. Like a haunted house or forest, people of the community would be invited to attend a special occasion, where they would get to meet interesting characters, with rich back stories and personalities - when suddenly, the unthinkable happens; there's been a murder. There are suspects and clues everywhere; and it's up to the guests to solve the mystery of 'who done it, and how?'
Community Christmas Tree - I would very much like to do a tree on the village green again, in 2011. It all came together at the last minute for 2010; with more planning and involvement from the rest of the community, it could be even better this year, especially in coordinating it with Chamber of Commerce for Dickens of a Christmas.
One addition I'd like to add to the tree decorating event: Santa. What could be better, and what more picturesque setting than Santa Claus and some of his helpers, meeting the kids and having pictures taken, while setup in front of the community Christmas tree. Why I bet we could even arrange for Santa to give the kids something to put on the tree, if they didn't bring anything themselves.
A Winter themed, theatrical production - Towards the end of the year, in conjunction with holiday festivities, I would like to put one some kind of Christmas/holiday themed play; along the lines of "A Christmas Carol," or "It's a Wonderful Life." We could do it as a full on stage play, or even radio show - maybe both, depending how it comes together.
Those are my ideas, at least thus far. What are some of your's? Submit your own in the comments bellow.