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There’s plenty to do in the Ripon area this weekend.

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Ripon College presents theater production ‘Everybody’

“Everybody,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a modern adaptation of the classic play “Everyman,” will be presented Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Benstead Theatre of the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

All may attend, and masks are required to be worn. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are recommended by calling 920-748-8791.

The play follows the character Everybody on a journey of discovering the meaning of life. The 15th-century morality play “Everyman” is one of the first recorded plays in the English language. The original themes of fellowship, kindred, goods, discretion, five wits and knowledge now are explored as friendship, kinship, stuff, mind, five senses and understanding.

A unique aspect of this adaptation is that at each performance, there will be a different arrangement of which cast members are playing which roles, to be selected by lottery each night. Each actor has memorized the script and is ready to go on stage as any character, offering a possible 120 combinations of cast arrangements.

The director is Lillian Brown, visiting professor of theater. She noted the play contains symbolism of death and life, ideas of friendship and kinship, a comedic twist and even some dancing.

“It’s been exhilarating to watch the play take shape,” Brown said. “I’ve grown to appreciate the willingness of the students to jump in and try new things. As a director, I have a deeply collaborative approach so it has been rewarding to see each of the actors take the roles and transform them into their own.”

Friday, Dec. 10 — GLA Holiday Open House:

In celebration of winding down its 70th year and to show appreciation for the Green Lake community, the Green Lake Association (GLA) is hosting a holiday open house at its office.

The community may stop by anytime Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. to say hello to the GLA staff, get their lake questions answered and enjoy light snacks and beverages.

Those interested in doing some holiday shopping may purchase GLA and Green Lake merchandise at the event.

Items such as Green Lake beach towels, GLA wine tumblers, water bottles and hats will be for sale.

Anyone who missed out on getting this year’s lantern featured in the Shine a Light event will have the opportunity to purchase a lantern as well.

In addition, attendees will also receive a limited edition GLA 70th anniversary ornament while supplies last.

The GLA office is located at 492 Hill St. on the second floor of the Town Square building.

Saturday, Dec. 11 — Second City returns:

Join Thrasher Opera House Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for Second City’s “It’s a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life.”

The show is sponsored by Adam’s Rib.

Tickets are $32. For more info or to order tickets, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com or call 920-294-4279.

Sunday, Dec. 12 — Christmas Cantata:

Grace Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, 430 West Griswold St., will host a Christmas Cantata Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.

Christmas Open House & Live Music featuring Sundae + Mr. Goessl

Vines & Rushes Winery is hosting an open house Saturday. The open house begins with a visit from Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Before or after their visit with Santa, we will have special activities/crafts for our younger visitors,” the winery’s website says. “Before you leave, treat the kids to a wood fired pizza, serving from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.

After the children's activities, the vinery will have live music with Sundae + Mr. Goessl from 2 to 5 p.m.

  • Winery Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Food Service Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Santa and kids activities: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Live Music: 2 to 5 p.m.

Live Music featuring Dan Braaksma & Al Muenchow

Vines & Rushes Winery will host live music featuring Dan Braaksma and Al Muenchow Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Local musicians, Dan Braaksma & Al Muenchow, will be playing a blend of country, blues, jazz, and rock cover music on Friday, December 10th,” the winery says. “They have a great sound and quite a following. Don't miss it.”

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