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What's happening this week in Ripon and its surroundings: Homecoming, concerts, painting, trivia, yoga and more | What do I do

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As we head into fall, there are still plenty of events to check out in Ripon and the surrounding areas.

take a look:

Homecoming Week Ribbon

The Ripon Area School District is gearing up for its homecoming next week, which culminates in a game of football and dance at Ripon High School (RHS).







Here are the community events the district has planned for Homecoming Week:

Monday 26 September:

  • Upperclassmen girls kick ball at Ingalls Stadium at 7pm

Tuesday 27 September:

  • Buff powder at the RHS gym at 6:45 p.m.

Thursday 28 September:

  • RHS Girls’ Volleyball – Junior League at 5:30 and University at 6:45 p.m. This will be Ripon “Pink Out” Night – to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Friday 30 September:

  • Homecoming Breakfast – 6:30-8 a.m. at RHS Commons. The cost is $5 for people over 5 years old and $3 for people under 5 years old.

  • Homecoming Parade – Downtown Ripon, across Watson Street at 4 p.m.

  • Homecoming Game – Ingalls Field 7 p.m. Premiere Show Homecoming Court Show and Honoring the Distinguished 2023 RHS Alumni Recipients.

Panel discussion on local politics – Wednesday







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“Local Politics: Challenges and Opportunities,” a panel discussion with three district public officials, will be presented on Wednesday at Ripon College.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Kresge Little Theater in East Hall. It is presented by the Center for Politics and the People and will be free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will address issues related to economic development, housing, and budgetary difficulties, as well as how current approaches work.

The discussion will also identify the similarities and differences between cities and counties in how issues are approached, who decision makers feel most responsive, and to what extent elected, appointed or appointed office-holders feel they have discretion in governing.

The speakers are:

– Laurie Palmieri, Mayor of Oshkosh. Palmieri served two terms as a member of the Oshkosh Joint Council and is in her second term as mayor. She received her BA in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her MA in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She currently serves as a commissioner for the Eastern Central Regional Planning Commission, chair of the Oshkosh Redevelopment Authority, and the Liaison Board for the Parks Advisory Board and Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

Palmeri served on numerous community boards and committees in Northeastern Wisconsin. She is one of the founders of the Middle Village Neighborhood Association and has played a leading role in establishing other neighborhood associations since 2011. She has been a resident of Oshkosh since 2008.

– Adam Sontag, City Manager of Ripon. He was city manager of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, from 2011 until 2021, when he accepted his current position at Ripon.

He has also served as a regional director for the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and a member of the Wisconsin Union of Municipalities Lobby, the Monroe/Vernon/Crawford Growth Fund Board, the Hillsborough Library Board, and the Hillsboro Lyon Club.

Majored in History at Ripon College with a major in English and Educational Studies. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

– Stephen Appel, chair of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Fond du Lac. He is a co-owner of Abel Dairy Farms in Eden, Wis. , family farm of six generations. He has been a member of the county council for over 10 years. He has also served on the University of Wisconsin Extension Education, Agricultural Life, and Recreation Committees.

The supervisor will be Henrik Schatzinger, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Politics and the People.

Pinterest Craft Club: Beanie Baby Taxidermy – Thursday

Remember the Beanie Baby craze in the ’90s? Take a trip down memory lane while creating a Beanie Baby wall art Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Ripon Public Library. Supplies will be provided for this adult program. Registration is required and can be done by calling 920-748-6160 or visiting the exit office.

Yoga in Karam – Thursday

Vines and Rush’s Winery will be hosting Yoga on the Vineyard Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

It is a gentle flow-style yoga/vinyasa class that will be offered and is suitable for most levels. The class will be led by a rotation of Yoga Alliance certified Lotus Root Yoga instructors.

The weekly class will be held outdoors near the vineyards. In case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat, sunglasses, and water. Community rate $5 per class.

DJ Trivia Knuth Brewing Co. – Thursday

Knuth Brewing Co. will be hosting DJ Trivia on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8pm which is a free event that will reward participants for their knowledge.

1st to 3rd place winners will receive gift cards. The Knuth Brewing Co., Ltd. The event as “always free and always fun”.

“Come and join the fun with friends,” the brewery’s website said of the event.

Live music featuring Joon Jae – Friday







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Vines & Rushes Winery will host live music featuring John Gay Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Jay is a rock guitarist, who will play some of the originals and covers of Jason Ezell, The Lumineers, Chris Stapleton, Zach Williams.

“Choose your favorite wine, cider, or handcrafted Knuth Brewing Co., order a made-to-order wood-fired pizza and sit back and enjoy the music,” Vines & Rashes’ Winery said on its website.

Pizza is served on wood from 4 to 8 pm

Albert Cummings performs at Thrasher – Thursday (Sold Out)







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Guitarist and songwriter Albert Cummings will perform on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrusher Opera House in Green Lake.

Cummings hit the music scene in strength and has continued to grow over endless tours and nine previous albums, even today with the release of the album “TEN”.

When Cummings began making plans for the sessions that would become TEN, his first signs that this would be a turning point for him was when he reached out to producer Chuck Ainley. With Ainley’s credits working with Mark Knopfler, solo and with Dire Straits, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Emilio Harris, and others, it was clear that this new album would be one for the ages.

Cummings knew a new scene for his music was right in front of him.

“When you walk into a room with a product like this, it seems like there’s a whole new world of possibilities ready to open up,” he said. “And it felt like things were going in a new and exciting direction.”

Now, as he continues to write and perform, dedicating himself to his profession, Cummings is ready to continue his musical journey.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Council on the Arts with funding from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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