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Cherry Pie is returning to Ripon Summer Concert Series — Friday

This week’s Horicon Bank Ripon Summer Concert Series features the return of Cherry Pie, one of Wisconsin’s top rock cover bands.

The concert, which is sponsored by Alliance Laundry Systems, takes place Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Green in historic downtown Ripon.

Out of the arenas of the ’80s comes the music that rocked the world. Wisconsin’s own Cherry Pie recreates that sound of the era. The band aims to put on a big show, with extensive stage lighting, fog and pyrotechnics, along with strong musicianship and theatrics.

Cherry Pie is well known for performing over-the-top renditions of hits by Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue and many others. Since forming in 1999, it has performed more than 1,000 shows, racked up awards and have been featured on stages including Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair.

The concert series, which is organized by Ripon Main Street, Inc., takes place Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Green located at the corner of Watson and Seward streets in downtown Ripon.

A variety of beverages are available, and participants may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Carry-ins are not allowed in the park as beverage sales help cover entertainment expenses.

Next week’s concert will feature Madison County.

Saturday — Steve Gillespie performs comedy at Thrasher

Ripon native and comedian Steve Gillespie will perform at the Thrasher Opera House Saturday at 7:30 p.m. He will be joined by Ryan Kahl and Senthil Rajasekharan.

Tickets for Gillespie’s performance are $20 and are available at or by calling 920-294-4279.

Saturday — Conservation Field Day returns

The fifth-annual Conservation Field Day will be co-hosted by the Green Lake Association (GLA) and the Green Lake County Farm Bureau Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Albright Family Farms.

This family-friendly event includes conversations and educational opportunities around soil health, reducing runoff and cover crops, along with children’s activities and a complimentary lunch.

It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested for an accurate head count for lunch. RSVPs may be made by calling 920-294-6480 or online at

 Hot Summer Nights — Friday

Fiddler Creek will host a Hot Summer Nights event Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Join us for a late-night shopping experience in downtown Ripon,” the business says.

“We will be staying open till 8p the 3rd Friday every month this summer. Grab dinner in town at one of our fantastic restaurants, do some shopping, then head down to Music in the Park on the green.”

The Market at Town Square — Friday

The Market at Town Square is an outdoor event every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. It features fresh-off-the-farm goodness and handmade items.

“Enjoy the delights as local growers and artisans will show off their wares that you and your family will love,” Town Square says. “Live music, kids' activities and more.”

October Tree live at the Tap — Friday

October Tree will perform at Town Square Tap Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Quickly becoming a regular on the central Wisconsin music scene, October Tree plays originals and covers from 1968 to today from multiple genres with genuine sincerity.

Live Music featuring Rock River's Glen Navis and Mike Bautz — Friday

Vines & Rushes Winery will host live music featuring Rock River's Glen Navis and Mike Bautz Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Glen Navis & Mike Bautz will play a blend of country, blues and rock cover music.

On Saturday, the winery hosts Live Music featuring Kyle Megna & Ross Catterton from 2 to 5 p.m.

“Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton are two strong songwriters that play in the same band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons,” the winery says. “Seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” keeps you entertained for hours.”

Kerkey Knees at Town Square Tap — Saturday

Local favorites the Jerkey Knees will play at Town Square Tap Saturday.

The Tap features craft beers, cocktails and wine, and a spectacular setting with an indoor/outdoor space overlooking the Mill Pond.

Murphy’s 1st Birthday Bash — Sunday

Murphy is turning 1 and Murphy’s on Green is throwing a big party to celebrate Sunday at 2 p.m.

“We have 2 great Bands: Love Monkeys and Big Shoes to Phil & Friends,” the business says. “Great drink, food and friends and the best live music in Green Lake.”

Princeton Flea Market — Saturday

Wisconsin’s largest outdoor flea market in Princeton City Park takes place Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. and runs through the early afternoon.

“Enjoy unique finds and treasures,” the Princeton Chamber of Commerce says.

Existing vendor information or details on becoming a vendor at the Princeton Flea Market, can be found on the Princeton website, or by calling the Chamber office at (920) 295-3877.

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