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Summer Nights start Thursday

Weekly music family fun in downtown Ripon

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POSTED June 8, 2014 9:59 p.m.

A two-street section of historic downtown Ripon will be closed for several Thursdays during the early evening.

The Ripon City Council gave their OK for blocking off East Main Street between Nourse and Stockton streets.

The 5-0 vote by elected leaders paved the way for the Ripon Chamber of Commerce’s go-head for Summer Nights.

“Not only will it be centrally located but our restaurants will be open for extended hours,” Executive Director Tamra Spade said.

This inaugural event kicks off Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., in conjunction with the City of Ripon’s Farmers’ Market.

Like Farmers’ Market, Summer Nights will be held each Thursday through July 20.

“It will be a place where people can buy food, shop and socialize,” Spade said.

For now, alcoholic beverages won’t be allowed in the “contained” area of the downtown street. Police Chief Ed Ormonde indicated that businesses are still required to keep all beverages on their property as specified under their ABC licenses,

“This year will be a family event – we’ll see how it goes,” said Spade, who indicated that the Chamber might look at later date to seek possible changes to the existing ordinance on alcoholic beverages on city streets.

The designated two-block section of downtown will have tables setup with live music playing.

Councilman Dean Uecker inquired on the type of music?

Spade responded, saying; “It will be different theme each week – Jazz, Blues or Country (music).”

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