Ripon Travel Guide

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

Although summer is gone, there’s still plenty to do in the Ripon area this week.

Check it out:

Ripon Area Fire District to host fire prevention open house

The Ripon Area Fire District (RAFD) will host a fire prevention open house Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The open house will be at the Ripon Fire Station, located at 515 Aspen St. (behind Homan GM).

Masks will be mandatory inside the fire station due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature fire engine rides, handouts, displays and fun for the whole family, according to a handout from Ripon Fire Chief Tim Saul.

Tuesday, Oct. 12 — Sharing Table Meal:

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon will hold its Sharing Table Meal Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. Indoor dining only will be offered. All are welcome.

For more information, call 920-851-7610.

Ripon Public Library will host semi-annual used book sale

The Friends of the Ripon Public Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale Thursday, Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 16 in the basement of the library at 120 Jefferson St.

Properly worn face coverings are required and the number of shoppers allowed in the sale rooms will be limited. No children under age 8 allowed except by appointment.

Thousands of books have been donated recently and those in the last chance room are priced at $0.25 and $0.50 as well as $0.10 for children’s books. The showroom contains many new displays, including antiques and collectibles, vintage adult and children’s books, vintage record albums and country music.

Newly expanded sections include Civil War, World War II and Vietnam War history, social justice, western and young adult fiction, and Christian and Amish fiction. A selection of audiobooks priced at $0.50 or 3 for $1 also will be available. Collections of recipe books, art books religious books, and children’s books also are available.

Cash and checks will be accepted, as well as credit cards for purchases over $10.

The mission of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library is to promote and support public resources and community programs at the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support this mission.

RC panel to discuss local news, political engagement

Authors of the book, “News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement,” will speak Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Ripon College.

The free talk by Jennifer Lawless and Danny Hayes will be presented by the Center for Politics and the People. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. via a Zoom webinar. Registration for the webinar may be made at

“This study shows that the demise of local journalism has played a key role in the decline of civic engagement,” Amazon said of the book. “As struggling newspapers have slashed staff, they have dramatically cut their coverage of mayors, city halls, school boards, county commissions and virtually every aspect of local government. In turn, fewer Americans now know who their local elected officials are, and turnout in local elections has plummeted.”

Ripon College live theater reopens with futuristic drama

Zoe Kazan’s play, “After the Blast,” will be presented Thursday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 17 by the Ripon College Department of Theatre.

Performances begin Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. in Benstead Theatre of the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts on Union Street.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. They may be made by calling 748-8791 or email

There is some mild drug use and a few instances of foul language in the play, so it is recommended that the play is appropriate for high school age and older.

Per Ripon College policy, all visitors to campus are required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.

“The members of the theatre department are excited to invite the general public back into the theatre after a year of restrictions,” director Robert Amsden said. “Theatre is all about community, so ‘reopening’ for live performances is great for us.”

In “After the Blast,” all humankind has moved deeply underground to wait out the natural repair of the surface and atmosphere after a worldwide nuclear disaster. Some nations, such as the USA, were able to prepare in advance and have functioning societies completely underground. Because the play is not peering very far into the future, the people and the technology encountered look remarkable familiar.

“It is easy to see ourselves in these characters,” Amsden said.

The play is a drama about Anna, played by Mattie Ryback, ’22 of New Berlin, Wis., and her husband Oliver, played by Braeden Senkle, ’25 of Valencia, Calif. The two of them are working to be approved for “fertility” by a government agency so they may have a child.

Storytime at the library

The Ripon Public Library will host Storytime Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Growingchildren into readers is the storytime mantra. Adult and child participants,aged 0-5 years, enjoy the best books complemented by music, movement, play, anda focus on early literacy learning. Storytime facilitates child/caregiver bonding and provides a venue for caregivers of young children to connect and support one another.

Find The excitement at 9:30 a.m. in the lower-level Nash Room. Registration is not required.

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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