November 13 Update
Light Up Ripley
The Women's Club is sponsoring the annual house decorating contest in Ripley. There is also a merchant's window contest. Send a note indicating that you want to be in the contest with your name and address  Send it to Ripley WOmen's Club, 215 N Third Street, Ripley, OH45167. Entries must be received by November 26.  Prizes are 1st- $100, 2nd-$60, 3rd-$40.  Sponsored by Alvin Wallace, Councilman, Bristow Drugs, and Applegates Auto Repair.  There are free greens at the red barn on 3rd Strteet (across from park).
Decorated Cookie Contest
The American Legion Aux. located at 2944 Elk River Road will judge cookies at the legion Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:00-3:00 for registration. Judging at 3:15.
Rules:  Free, open to amateur bakers only.  Categories: ages 8-12 and 13-18 with parent consent, 18 and over. Must be home made, no store bought, no outside help. Decorations may be store bought. Nothing that needs refrigeration. Prize for each category.

NOVEMBER 8 UPDATE
Ripley River Village Christmas is really coming together to be a fun weekend filled with music, crafts, treats, Santa, live reindeer and now ELVIS! Yes that is right on Sunday Dec. 2 of River Village Christmas Tyler Christopher the multi-award winner Elvis Tribute Artist will be bringing his show to RULH High School at 7pm. Tyler Christopher is recognized as one of the top tribute artists in the world. The Unique Elvis Show recreates the excitement of Elvis in his prime Doors open at 6pm and showtime is 7pm. There will be refreshments and pulled pork selections available before the show. The show is FREE to the public and is sponsored by a local resident. Donations to help with the cost will be gladly accepted. Check out Tyler Christopher Elvis on Facebook and YouTube. Sunday also features live reindeer and Santa at the Ohio Valley Manor Sunday afternoon at 2pm with refreshments and music. Make sure you bring the children to see the live reindeer. It is an amazing experience. Don’t forget that River Village Christmas starts Friday night Nov.30 at 5:30pm with the Ripley Library Tree Lighting and music by the RULH Elementary School. This if followed by the free Hot Chocolate Social and Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Library annex. Be sure to stock up on your winter ready at the book sale. There is a huge selection of books of every type for sale. During the book sale there will also be music performed by the Banks of the Ohio String Band. Friday night also features Harriett Jackson’s Holiday Happening at Co Hearts River House. A fun evening of dinner and music with Harriett will really get you into the holiday spirit. Please call Co Hearts for reservations. Saturday Dec. 1 starts off with the JROTC Jingle Run in Ripley at 8am. Come down and get some exercise with a nice run or walk through town and support our local JROTC program. Breakfast with Santa also starts at 8am at the RULH Elementary School and is sponsored by the FCCLA. Be sure to get your tickets in advance from the FCCLA for the breakfast that will also feature music, elf dancing and stocking decorating with Santa’s elves. 9am Saturday features Santa at First State Bank with pictures and treats! Be sure to stop in and visit with Santa, drop off your Christmas list, and check out the bank’s new location. The Nazarene Craft Fair also begins at 9am and the Naz Café will feature lunch and dessert treats. Merchants around town including Marla’s Salon, Citizens Deposit Bank, the Ripley Florist, Gil’s Shear Artistry, Judith’s Antique Attic, will have treats and specials. It will be your last chance to pick up raffle tickets for the giant River Village Christmas raffle that includes over 30 prizes from deShea’s, Co Hearts, Ripley Florist, Small Machine Repair, Dairy Queen, Blue Jay Carwash, John Ruthven, McCaughey massage and many more. Tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5 and all proceeds to fund the hundreds of luminaries, banners, and other RVC expenses. Look for the self serve raffle buckets around town at Bristows, Marla’s Salon, Ripley Florist, First State and Citizens banks. Saturday of River Village Christmas continues Saturday with the book sale and at 7pm the ever popular Community Concert at the Ripley First Presbyterian Church. Monti Mallow is conducting and the evening is packed with music, song and more. This concert will get you in the holiday spirit and really spotlights the amazing local talent in our community. Weather permitting hundreds of luminaries will light your way home from the Community Concert. Any questions or comments please contact the RVC committee hotline at 937-392-4576 or fredd@mikal.com


Watch for the annual Ripley Florist and Christmas store open house coming  November 10. Before the RVC weekend be sure to decorate for the Holidays with free greens courtesy of the RVC Committee in front of the big red barn on 3rd St.   Greens will be available Thanksgiving weekend.  Be sure to decorate your door for the Ripley Women’s Club Door Decorating contest that is judged before RVC with winners announced at the Library Tree Lighting on Nov. 30 at 5:30.  Get in on the huge RVC Raffle with great prizes/presents.  Buckets with tickets are at local Ripley merchants. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and all proceeds go to funding RVC expenses.  Merchants get your marketing opportunity sheets in asap for the raffle and coupon pages! Fax the info to Fred Dengler at 5135288264 or email to fredd@mikal.com. All through December see the Village of Lights display at Parker Park on Front Street.  

Nov. 30 Friday of RVC weekend starts at 5:30 with the Ripley Library Christmas Tree lighting and RULH 3-8 grade chorus providing Holiday music followed by the Friends of the Library book sale and Hot Chocolate Social.  The RVC Committee is honoring our companies and organizations that are celebrating an anniversary or major accomplishment.  If you know of any companies or organizations please get us their information!  Co hearts Riverhouse restaurant is hosting a Holiday Happening with dinner and entertainment.  Call to reserve your table. 

December 1
JUST ANNOUNCED- Breakfast with Santa, 8-10:30 at RULH Elementary
Prices- $15 one child, $10 additional child, $5 adults.  Tickets must be bought in advance.  On sale Nov. 12-16 at back door of Elementary 2:30-3:30 or call for tickets 937-392-4384 (Mrs. Skaggs or Mrs. Rau)
Saturday of RVC weekend starts with the JROTC RULH 5k Jingle Bell Run then at 9am at First State Bank get with SANTA!   Bring your wish list!  The Nazarene Craft Show and Naz Café are happening Saturday of River Village Christmas.  Crafters and vendors contact Robyn Castle at 1ccastle@excite.com and the Nazarene phone number is 392-4946.  The Steppin Out in Style Fashion Show at Co Hearts starts at 10:30am be sure to come and join the fun.  Only 50 tickets are available from the Ripley Women’s Club members. Ripley merchants will have treats and great prices during RVC weekend. The always popular Community Concert will be held at 7pm at the Presbyterian Church.  Get in the Holiday spirit with the beautiful organ music, songs, and stories.  More details will follow….

Hundreds of luminaries on Rt 52 – 2nd Street will light your way home on Saturday night!

December 2 Sunday is still in the planning stages.  If you have an event or idea bring it to the RVC meeting or email us and we will help promote it. 

Ripley Holiday events continue right up through Christmas. Michael School will present their Christmas Concert at St Michael’s Church and the RULH Music Department will present their Christmas Concert as well.  Watch the Ripley Bee for details and updates.  Also get on the RVC email list by sending your email to fredd@mikal.com

The RVC Committee is meeting on Sept. 11 6:30pm  at the Ripley Library.  A BIG thank you to everyone who is helping to make this a wonderful Christmas in our village.

Fred Dengler  RVC Co-Chair                                                           fredd@mikal.com