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Village Green

What's the Village Green?

A venue with green and a bandstand, the Village Green is the downtown's central gathering spot – home to winter ice-skating, the Ripon Summer Concert Series, and the Ripon Farmers Market. Special events, including Ripon's Memorial Day Celebration, are also staged at the Village Green – bringing community members and visitors together to enjoy, revere and gather.

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Village Green Beautification Program

Main Street is in the process of enhancing the Village Green in downtown Ripon with new park benches, flower planters, decorative lighting, etc. This project is quite possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a permanent fixture in the bright future of the Village Green by leaving your mark on history and sponsoring a beautification amenity. Find out how you can help!
Download Sponsor Form

Village Green Commemorative Brick Program

By ordering a personalized brick, you hvae an opportunity to commemorate your family, remember a loved one, honor a friend or promote your business.
Download Order Form

RIPON SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

June through August

The Ripon Summer Concert Series creates an opportunity that allows us to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin summer evenings with the companionship of family and friends. Week after week, we are treated to an outstanding line-up of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country and other music styles in a quaint outdoor setting.

Depending on the weather and the artists strength of appeal, anywhere from 500 to 1,500 visitors may be in attendance on any given evening. We generally enjoy about 10,000 guests during the entire summer of entertainment. The park opens at 7 p.m. on most Friday nights. Music generally starts at 7 p.m. but never runs past 11:00 p.m.

Downtown Ripon eateries and pubs bustle with activity before and after the event so come early, stay late, or both!! On occasion, community organizations serve food, typically brats and burgers but occasionally dessert items, as fund raisers for their groups. Visit the Ripon Summer Concert Series website for additional information.

WATSON STREET FARMERS MARKET

June through October

Every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning, vendors offer locally grown fresh produce at the Watson Street Farmers Market. People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It's fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for our local economy--buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business. The market, which runs June through October, takes place at the Village Green located at the intersection of Watson and Seward Street in Downtown Ripon.

The Watson Street Farm Market Regulations and other useful information can be downloaded by clicking one of the PDF links below.

Documents:
Watson Street Farm Market Press Release
Watson Street Farm Market Regulations
Farmers Market Handbook

VILLAGE GREEN ICE SKATING RINK

Ice skating is a longstanding winter tradition, and one of the few things that can lure Riponites from our cozy homes. Whether you are a novice or pro, getting out for at least one skate per season is a must. Bring the kids, a date, or meet a group of friends down at the Village Green and make magical memories that will be cherish for years to come.

While winter officially begins December 21st, please remember that Mother Nature decides when these outdoor activities can start. To prepare the rink for skating, volunteers need two to four weeks of below-freezing temperatures to adequately develop ice. Keep up to date on outdoor ice skating conditions by joining our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riponwisconsin.

VILLAGE GREEN BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

Ripon Main Street is in the process of enhancing the Village Green in downtown Ripon with new park benches, flower planters, decorative lighting, etc. We are hoping you may be interested in helping us out with this project. The Ripon Rotary Club has provided a $2,000 grant which was used to install the foundation for a brick path at the entrance to the Village Green. This is where you come in...we are offering a limited number of brick pavers which can be engraved with your very own special message. The pavers will be installed in the new landscaped entrance´╗┐. Each 4" x 8" brick is $100 and is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Click here for additional information or download the brick order form.

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING THE VILLAGE GREEN CONCERTS

The Ripon Summer Concert Series is operated by Village Green Inc., a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to organize year-round family activities at the Village Green. The members of Village Green Inc. consist of a small group of volunteers. Contact the Ripon Main Street office if you are interested in getting involved with a Village Green activity. Ripon Main Street, Inc. is hired annually to coordinate the involvement of various volunteer organizations to help with concessions and other event activities.

Ripon Main Street, Inc. underwrites the events that take place on the Village Green. In terms of the concert series, the risk associated with scheduling the entertainment rests solely with Ripon Main Street, Inc. The old saying "when it rains, it pours" really applies to the concert series. Bands are paid "rain or shine" so unfavorable weather conditions can really put a damper on future activity at the Village Green. To minimize the problem, cost of the entertainment is covered in part by the generous sponsorships we receive (see sponsor listing) and a portion of the concession proceeds. Any surplus is generally invested in the following years entertainment budget or used to help cover the previous years shortfall.

WHY DO WE ORGANIZE THE RIPON SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

The Ripon Summer Concert Series has become a Celebration of The Quality of Life we enjoy here in Historic Ripon, Wisconsin. Our community has had these types of activities going as far back as 1919 (see photo above). Since 1993, Ripon Main Street, Inc. has organized the weekly concerts which take place on Friday evenings at the Village Green. In addition to the concerts, the Village Green has blossomed into a gathering space for the community that supports numerous family activities including the Watson Street Farmers Market and the Village Green Ice Skating Rink.

New beautification improvements are being planned for the Village Green that will be implemented in the coming years. These improvements include additional park benches, landscaping, brick walk-ways and plaza, shelter with public restrooms. Click on the Village Green Beautification Project link below to see how you can help enhance the heart of our community.

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