Ripon Travel Guide

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

Looking for something to do this weekend?

We’ve got you covered.

Vintage Shop Hop

Some of Ripon’s businesses are participating in the Vintage Shop Hop Friday and Saturday, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the event posting on the Ripon Chamber of Commerce website.

“Never shop-hopped? Well, get ready for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. 400 vintage shops, antique malls, ladies' boutiques, home decor, and consignment shops...with a few barn sales thrown in! And each and every shop is rolling out the red carpet for you with discounts, demonstrations, door prizes, food trucks, live music, treats, games, and more,” the posting said.

“Basic shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some shops open earlier and some open later.”

Participating businesses include Traded Treasures Thrift Store, Soul Patina, Fiddler Creek, Patina Vie, Hart Mercantile, Back Porch Gatherings and Chic Tique Girls LLC.

Visit for more information.

Ripon College Family Weekend

Ripon College is hosting Family Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Family Weekend, held each fall, provides several opportunities for parents and families to get a taste of Ripon College spirit and traditions and take part in dedicated networking opportunities,” Ripon College’s website says.

For more information, visit

Shimabukuro returns Friday to Thrasher Opera House

Musician Jake Shimabukuro will make a return visit to the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake Friday, Oct. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

Shimabukuro has taken the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk.

Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for Shimabukuro, his career has been filled with achievements.

Since he first came to the world’s attention with his original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”

Tickets are $40. Reservation for Costaki may be made by visiting or by calling 920-294-4279.

2nd Annual Pork Roast

Petals & Plows Greenhouse and the Kaufman Farm, located at 9129 Kaufman Rd, is hosting its 2nd Annual Pork Roast from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bless Your Animals at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Ripon welcomes community members to bring their pets or farm animals of all sizes to its first-annual St. Francis Day Blessings of Animals. The event will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. and will be held in the church parking lot at 217 Houston St. It will be held rain or shine, with the lower level of St. Peter’s being utilized in the event of inclement weather.

A formal service of blessings for all animals will begin at 11 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Canon Ezgi Saribay Perkins, who then will offer individual blessings to animals after the communal blessing service until 12:30 p.m. or until all animals have been blessed. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church also is affiliated with St. Mary’s Chapel in Wautoma, N2616 Bughs Lake Road. A similar blessing service will take place at the Watuoma chapel Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Annually around October 4, Christians worldwide celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with a blessing of animals and prayers for creation. Saint Francis of Assisi was a holy man of God who is associated with the patronage of animals. He loved all creatures and allegedly preached to even the birds.

“Animals can be brought to us to be blessed for their continual health and healing,” Perkins said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us at St. Peter’s to share our gift of prayer with all people and animals who live in the communities of Ripon and Wautoma. Our pets show us an innocent, yet powerful God-like quality of what it means to love unconditionally. It is most proper that they should be honored in the church. ”

For more information or questions, call Perkins at 417-380-9899 or email her at

Saturday, Oct. 2 — Holy Family Quilt Show

Holy Family Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual quilt show Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church at 177 West Pearl St., in Kingston.

At 9:30 a.m., Maria DeGroute will speak about “Pre-cuts and Templates.” Following DeGroute’s presentation, there will be a “Quilt Show & Tell.”

Individuals may bring their quilted items to show and tell a story to the group. Also included will be local vendors, a bake sale, a quilt raffle at 1 p.m., as well as food.

RC opens chamber music and jazz series Friday

Guest pianists Ian Moschenross and Julia Andrews will present a Chamber Music and Jazz concert Friday, Oct. 1, at Ripon College.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. It will be free and open to the public. Per Ripon College policy, all visitors to campus are required to wear a mask indoors.

The program, “Tragedy and Triumph: The C Minor Piano Concerti of Mozart and Beethoven," will feature Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, K. 491, and Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 37.

“The two works make a striking juxtaposition, showing the jarring shift in style over a span of fewer than 15 years,” said Jaye Alderson of Ripon College. “They demonstrate the arrival of the fully mature voices of these two artists, both at 30 years of age.”

During the afternoon, the artists will lead an open master-class with Ripon College students from the piano studio of Visiting Instructor of Music Deb MacKenzie.

The master-class begins at 4:15 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public, but masking is required.

Moschenross joined the faculty of Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 2017. He is a professor of music and teaches applied and group piano as well as music theory courses.

He is an active soloist, chamber musician and accompanist and frequently conducts master-classes.

Andrews is an active performer of chamber music and jazz piano across the Midwest. She received a master of music degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and degrees in piano and music theory from Texas Tech University.

She has served on the piano faculty of Knox, Monmouth and Cornell College and now owns Piano Works Piano Studio in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Community Theatre hosting auditions

The Ripon Area Community Theatre will hold open auditions for an original radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Sunday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the First Congregational Church in Ripon.

Masks are required to be worn inside the church.

Formerly called the “Ripon Summer Players,” the theater group has rebranded as The Ripon Area Community Theatre (RACT).

“We’re very excited to do a radio play,” said Brian Reilly, director and author of the production. “This will be our second production of the year, and the first production under the banner of the Ripon Area Community Theatre ... Being a Christmas-themed play, this will be a good start for the second act of our community theatre group.”

A Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is set in Victorian England, where the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future in an effort for him to better understand the world and his place in it.

Auditions are open to ages 10 years and older. Actors will potentially voice multiple parts and should prepare to showcase their voice character skills and accents during auditions. Auditions also will be accepted by submitting a recording of at least two distinct characters. A recorded audition should be between 1 to 3 minutes in length and may be emailed to

Rehearsals will be held once a week on average, generally Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m., with plans to do a live performance during Dickens of a Christmas the first weekend of December.

Live Music featuring Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston Duo

Vines & Rushes Winery is hosting live music featuring the Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnson Duo Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Erin often works in a duo with her partner, guitarist Jeff Johnston. With 30 plus years of performing, he has developed a well-traveled musical fluency that compliments Erin's extensive repertoire and songwriting style,” Vines & Rushes says. “Together, Erin and Jeff provide a dynamic and versatile musical experience for their audience.”

Artisan Marketplace

Are you ready for another Artisan Marketplace at Vines & Rushes?

The vineyard and Great Room will house a plethora of vendors who will have handcrafted items available to purchase as a gift, or for yourself, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating vendors include: SilverWear by Darlene, Schmitz Family Crafts, Eve's Creations, Ferrel's Flock, Olive Juice Farms Canning and handmade goods, Mary Schoenfeld, Farmhouse Macrame, Carefree Co, Warming Hands Mittens, Auburn Woods, Lemon Blossom Fairy Soaps, Cream City Creations, Twistery Fiber, Anita Eichman, Copper Heart Designs, Indivijulie, BC Stonewear, Sea Glass & Pebbles, Bold Rabbit Beads, Honeybuzz, Mark Spanbauer, Nancy Lemiesz, OliAnna Jewels, Grand River Pottery, JRae Custom Designs, Stella Blu Bohemian Boutique, Island Boy Adventures Books by Sue Drexler and Element Coffee Company.

Town Square will recreate supper club experience

Town Square Community Center will recreate the classic supper club experience Saturday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. during its first Wisconsin Supper Club event.

The event will include dinner, drinks, live entertainment, dancing and offer nostalgic touches and surprises.

According to Phil Burkart, one of Town Square’s founders and current board members, Wisconsin was the historic home of the supper club back in the ’40s and ’50s. Going out for dinner was a special event and the supper club offered an evening of camaraderie, food, drink and entertainment.

Town Square is planning on recreating this experience several times a year, starting with its inaugural event Oct. 2. Food will be served by area restaurants and caterers. Future dinners already are being planned with some fun twists, hoping to create a new Green Lake tradition.

“When guests step into our ballroom, we want them to feel like they’ve been transported to those iconic Wisconsin supper clubs like Ishnala or Schwarz’s,” Burkart said. “The food and drink will be part of that, but it’s also the social element of ‘dinner as a destination’ that we hope to achieve.”

The first Supper Club event, catered by Goose Blind Grill & Bar, will feature a prime rib dinner, baked potato and sides, relish tray, salad and bread basket with cheese dip.

A cash bar will offer beer, wine and a signature drink reminiscent of supper clubs.

No supper club experience would be complete without live entertainment. Special guest and singer Anthony Loefelchelli will perform favorites from classic crooners like Frank Sinatra,Tony Bennett, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Square lobby.

Guests will move upstairs to the ballroom for dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment and dancing begin at 8 p.m. Dressy attire is requested; jackets preferred.

Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a premier table of eight which includes two bottles of wine and V.I.P. seating.

Live music at Tall Paul's

Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  Kick off October with live music by Quint and Buck Fifty at Tall Paul's, 318 Watson St., Ripon.

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