Ripon Travel Guide

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

There’s a lot going on in the Ripon and Green Lake areas this week.

Public Meetings

The city of Ripon will hold a public information session on the Senior Activity Center and Trailhead Facility Monday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

  • The city and MSA Professional Services will present information on the project and solicit questions and comments from those in attendance. The city invites members of the community interested in the project to attend and provide feedback on the plans for this important community project.

The Ripon School Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Ripon High School Community Room.

  • It will discuss the Sources of Strength Platform and Approval the 2021-2022 COVID Mitigation Plan.

The Green Lake School Board meets at 5:00 p.m. Monday in Green Lake School’s Library/Media Center.

  • It will interview three applicants looking to fill a vacancy on the School Board and consider filling the vacancy. The applicants are Katie Carrier, Victoria Gundrum and Ron Triemstra.

Cause of the Mondays at Vines & Rushes

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Cause of the Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. today to benefit Grace Preschool. During the event, 25% of pizza sales and all cash donations go directly to Grace Preschool.

Grace Preschool is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian school for children from three to five years of age.

Their Mission: to provide children and their families with a quality educational experience in a safe, nurturing, faith-based environment.

Their Goals: to help three, four, and five year olds develop a positive self-image and to gain social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth through age-appropriate activities.

“The positive experiences students have at Grace Preschool will prepare them for kindergarten and set the stage for future years of schooling,” the winery says. “Stop by, eat some delicious food, and raise money for a great cause in our community! Don't forget the wine.”

Yoga in the Vineyard

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Yoga in the Vineyard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The class had two remaining spots as of Monday morning.

Gentle/Vinyasa flow-style yoga class appropriate for most levels will be offered. Class will be led by a rotation of Lotus Root Yoga instructors certified by Yoga Alliance.

The weekly class will be held outdoors near the grapevines. In the case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Please bring your own yoga mat, sunglasses and water.

Community price of $5 per class. Please pay outside with cash (exact change if possible). Lotus Root Yoga passes may also be used.

After yoga, purchase a glass of wine, check out the chef's menu specials and relax on the patio. Vines & Rushes offers a variety of beverages and food items.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 — Red Cross blood drive:

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold St., will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Individuals may schedule an appointment by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Those who donate throughout the month of August will get a free four-month special offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only).

Details are available at

Green Lake Concert in the Park

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host Concerts in the Park Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Deacon Mills Park Wednesday.

The free concert is presented by Green Lake Dental and will feature live entertainment by The Honey Pies and catering from Who Dat BBQ.

According to the chamber, The Honey Pies apply crystal harmonies and virtuoso instrumental skills to the best of traditional, contemporary, and original Americana music.

“There’s nothing better than being able to hang out at Deacon Mills Park in the warmth of summertime for the 2021 Green Lake Concerts in the Park Series,” the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce said. “Listening to live music, being by the lake, and enjoying a snack or refreshment – doesn’t sound like there’s a better way to spend a Wednesday night.”

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.”

Goose Blind Grill & Bar DJ Trivia Thursday at 7 p.m.

“Sign up with your family and/or friends! The live DJ Trivia host will display the questions on TV and offer up a variety of interesting trivia categories including: Movies, History, Music, TV, Science, and more,” the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website said of the event. “First, second and third places will get Prizes!”

Cones with the Cops

Ripon Police Department is partnering with Sweet n' Saulty Ice Cream Parlor to bring the community ice cream. In conjunction with National Night Out, the police department has decided to bring the night to the neighborhoods!

On Tuesday, Aug. 17t and Tuesday, Aug. 24 police officers will serve ice cream  and hanging out in the parks. Officers will be stationed at the four parks around the city.

"If you live in the area of that park come down to the park and join us for some ice cream," Community Liaison Officer Lindsey Michels said.

"On the nights we will be serving ice cream the police car will be escorting the ice cream truck through the neighborhoods, so listen for the ice cream music and sirens to remind you to come to the park and get some ice cream."=

  • Tuesday, August 17th:
    • 5pm-6pm: Murray Park
    • 6:15pm-7:15pm: Ceresco Park
  • Tuesday, August 24th:
    • 5pm-6pm: Barlow Park
    • 6:15pm-7:15pm: Selfridge Park

"Watch and listen for the police cars and ice cream truck on those two nights," Michels said. "We look forward to seeing you all out there, and having the community enjoy a sweet treat with Ripon Police Department Officers."

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