Ripon Travel Guide

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

The weather is starting to cool and fall is in full swing, but there’s still plenty to do in the Ripon area.

Check it out:

Cause of the Mondays

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Cause of the Mondays today from 4 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Ripon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education consists of over 190,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world.

“These vibrant, active women are the heart of the organization,” Vines and Rushes said. “25% of all food sales go directly to the cause. Proceeds from their cause night will go to the Wreaths Across America Program.”

Pajama Time at Ripon library

The Ripon Public Library will host Pajama Time Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Storytime shifts toPajama Time on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m.,” a posting on the Ripon Chamber of Commerce website reads. “This family-friendly evening for kids of all ages features just-a-little-bit-spooky books and interactive storytelling to tickle the funny bone and spark the imagination.

“Treat bags for kids, too! Wear what you wish; consider a costume or pajamas for a smooth transition to bedtime. Masks are required for ages 5 and up.”

Max Weinberg's Jukebox

The Thrasher Opera House will host Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

For 45 years, Max Weinberg has held the drum chair behind Bruce Springsteen & The E Street band, playing before millions around the world.

While anchoring the house band for Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 17 years, Max enjoyed expanding his role as bandleader and resident music historian.

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox comes armed with an unlimited repertoire of classic songs, engaging the audience in a truly interactive concert experience.

Weinberg invites his fans to create the setlist in real-time and his crack four-piece group plays the songs on demand.

Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll — your guests get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs — everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band's biggest hits.

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Town Square Community Center will host Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Join us for the Green Lake area’s most exciting annual gathering of businesspeople,” Town Square says. “Town Square’s third annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will honor entrepreneurs from two local companies that have proven that business success and community engagement can go hand in hand: Carrie Nolen of Sassafras Coffee and Joel Baranowski of North Bay Sport & Liquor.

“Our Keynote Speaker, Diane Cullinan Oberhelman will inspire you to take your own business to the next level. With roots in Green Lake, she has built a real estate development firm that takes projects from inception to completion.

“If you are thinking of starting a business — or growing your current business — this event is sure to convince you to turn your ideas into realities.”

Create fall-themed art at tissue painting class in Town Square

Learn how to “paint” with tissue paper Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Town Square Community Center.

During this art class, participants will turn tissue paper into pieces of art on canvas.

“Creative communities are communities that flourish,” Town Square Executive Director Fran Hill said. “This class is an excellent opportunity for our community members to flex their creative muscle and try something new.”

The class will be led by instructor Sue Benesch who has lived in the U.P. for 40 years, including living off-grid on the Stonington Peninsula. She has spent long, quiet hours concentrating on ways tissue paper, typically known as a children’s craft, can be turned into adult art.

The finished product has been mistaken for watercolor paint because of the layered transparency that tissue paper takes on when water is applied.

The project will have a fall leaves theme, incorporating autumnal-inspired shapes and vibrant colors. Materials are supplied and attendees will leave the class with a piece of art on canvas to decorate their homes or give as a gift.

Tickets are $40 and available at Class size is limited.

Tuesday, Oct. 19 — Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus concert:

The Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus will present a free confert Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Ripon Immanuel Church, 401 West Fond du Lac St. A free-will offering will be taken and refreshments will be available after the show. For more information or questions, call the church at 748-6695.

Sunday, Oct. 24 —Brat fry fundraiser:

The Harley family will host a brat fry fundraiser at Webster’s Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for Kameron Harley, a 5-year-old Ripon resident who recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor in his brainstem.

Funds will be used to support his rehabilitation as the surgery impacted his right side.

Donations can also be made to the “Kameron’s Brain Tumor Surgery & Medical Expenses” page on

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.”

“Come join the fun with friends,” the brewery’s website said of the event.

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