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12/7/2011 10:27:00 AM
Downtown buzzed for Living Windows
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Grace Pre-School students have fun with fake snow in a Living Window display last week Friday.
Who won the Dickens' contests this year?

Living Windows

First — Ripon Rotary’s “A Christmas Carol” (at Edward Jones); 

Second — Ripon Girl Scouts’ “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (at Imagineers); 

Third — Ripon College Dance Team’s “The Nutcracker” (at Hamilton’s Ladies Apparel).


Enchanted Forest

First — John Scott Horner Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 

Second — Ripon VFW Post 5278 - Auxiliary 

Third — Grace Pre-School


Gingerbread Contest

Adult — Ann Wehrle, New London, Wis.

Child — Amelia Taylor, 9 years old, Ripon 


Dickens of a Quilt Show

Dickens Challenge: “Blow Me Away”

First (tie) — Bev Wallace, Berlin, “The Perfect Storm”

Second — Mary Jo Ochalla, Omro, “Chloe Have You Been Eating Algae Again?”

Third — Deb King, Butte Des Mortes, “Blow Dandelions Away”


Bed Size Quilts

First — Marilyn Belmer, Brandon, “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler”

Second — Elaine Olson, Green Lake, “Dear Jane”

Third — Caroline Retzlaff, Ripon, “To Have & To Hold”


Baby & Lap Quilts

First — Julie Feidt, Ripon, “Scraps and More”

Second — Elaine Olson, Green Lake, “Tulips”

Third — Kathy Borgardt, Pickett, “Settlers Pride”


Wall Hangings

First — Bonnie Berndt Japuntich, Phillips, “Out and About in Colorado”

Second —Debra King, Butte Des Mortes, “Winter”

Third — Caryl Brix, Wautoma, “My Whig Rose”


Clothing & Accessories

First — Kathy Borgardt, Pickett, “Wool Penny Table Runner”

Second — Gill Krueger, Neenah, “Santa Mantle Scarf”

Third — Karla Spinks, Green Lake, “Damask Cape”


First — Courtney Winkel, Oshkosh, “Little Sis”

Second — Sarah Bice, Brandon, “Ocean Star Blessings”

Third — Alyssa Pionke, Pickett, “Farm with Grandpa”


Special Feature Category:

First — Pat Bednarek, Ripon, “Sunbonnet Sue Watering Her Flowers”

Second — Sue Reifsnider, Beaver Dam, “Stars Are Forever”

Third — Roxy Schouten, Brandon, “Sunday School Singers”


Extra Awards

Early Bird Prize Drawing — Chris Worrall, Pat Bednarek, Caryl Brix, Janet Coatts, Judy Weber, Carol Schulz, Alyssa Pionke, Dorothea Bourdo and Joann Ingram

Ian Stepleton

Visitors to downtown Ripon Friday night for the Dickens of a Christmas Living Windows might have noticed something missing from past years:

Elbow room.

The signature event of Ripon’s annual winter festival was packed even before it officially started at 6:30 p.m., and stayed that way through the end.

It was a strong beginning to Dickens of a Christmas — a fact not lost on its organizers, the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce.
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“Living Windows had the highest attendance we’ve seen in years,” said Angela Wiese, chamber events coordinator, “which was partially due to the weather cooperating.  The downtown was packed most of the night.”

But the weather wasn’t the only thing generating that warm feeling downtown.

“There was more live music than we’ve had in the past, which was really popular,” Wiese said. “Our new activities went really well [too].  White Christmas on the Green was a success with caroling groups from the Ripon schools and children decorating a community Christmas tree.”

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