With less than three months until ‘All Roads Lead Home,’ the Ripley Reunion 2015 organizing committee is nearly ready for the event, which runs July 30-Aug. 3.
The committee will officially open Reunion Central, on the southeast corner of Huron and Queen Streets, Saturday, May 16, during the popular village-wide yard sale. Merchandise, including men’s and ladies' golf and baseball shirts, sweaters and T-shirts, as well as hats, beer mugs, plastic glasses, coolie cups and bottle openers, will be available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Reunion Central will also feature tickets for the Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, dances, the original HAWK Theatre show, ‘Railway to Ripley’ (two performances), and the 19-plus show by world-famous impersonator Roy LeBlanc. Meal tickets and registration forms for the Mammoth Parade, Ambassador Competition and Civic Awards, Ripley’s Amazing Race, Beard/Mullet Growing Contest and a long list of sports, including the tug-of-war, bed races, outdoor volleyball and the kids’ road hockey tournament, will also be available at Reunion Central.
Reunion Golf sold out quickly, so thanks to those who signed up early.
Bunting will be sold at the storefront in 25-foot ($10) and 100-foot ($40) rolls (three colours). Although bows will not be pre-made, instructions on how you can make them at home will be available. If you would like to pre-order bunting so the committee can better predict the amounts it should have on hand as it enters the summer months, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kathleen Scott at 519-396-3727 and pay upon pick-up at Reunion Central.
The Ripley History Book Committee has fewer than 400 books left to sell. The 'Families and Farms' book is an update of the 1985 Huron Township and 1995 Village of Ripley history books, so be sure to get yours at Reunion Central today. The history book committee will be reprinting a small number of 1975 history books leading up to the Reunion. Learn more at www.hurontownshiphistory.wordpress.com.
The Parade Committee continues to look for families, individuals and farmers to enter their float or horse/team in the Mammoth Parade, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. from Pollock’s farm just east of Ripley on Conc. 8. E-mail email@example.com or call Jane Elliott at 519-395-5690 for more information. Registration forms are available at www.ripleyreunion.ca or Reunion Central.
The Reunion’s Back-to-School Committee is looking for people to lend school photos (labelled if possible) and school memorabilia (gym suits, rings, concert and graduation programs, etc.). Items need to have the owner’s name, address and phone number on each item so they can be returned after the Reunion. Items can be dropped off with committee members Dianne Simpson, Julie McGuire, Helen Orr and Jean MacDonald.
Reunion schedules are now available at various locations around village and on the website at www.ripleyreunion.ca. There is a full slate of events, starting with the Ambassador Competition/Civic Awards, Thursday, July 30, right through to the fireworks and closing dance featuring Brad James, Monday, Aug. 3. Keep up-to-date on all the news on the Reunion Facebook page and on Twitter @Ripley2015.
The Reunion Committee appreciates Emily Gibson at Stockyards Western Apparel in downtown Ripley for being a welcoming host of Reunion merchandise in her store for the past two years. She provided shelf space and allowed the committee to reach far more people with its merchandise than it could have otherwise. Appreciation also goes to Ripley Variety, the Township of Huron-Kinloss and Pollock Electric for selling tickets and Beard Permits.
The Reunion's Back to School committee is excited about their traditional event, being held at Ripley-Huron Community School, on the town's western-most edge.
Back to School will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9-11 a.m. It will be followed by the Mammoth Parade.
The committee needs former students to dig out their old school photos (labelled if possible) and memorabilia (gym suits, rings, concert and graduation programs, etc.). Items need to have the owner’s name, address and phone numbers on each item so they can be returned after the Reunion.
School memories can be dropped off with committee members Dianne Simpson, Julie McGuire, Helen Orr and Jean MacDonald.
With only 100 days left until the 'All Roads Lead Home' Reunion, it is time to start making your plans for the weekend.
There are numerous events (and a full schedule will be posted soon!), some of which require pre-registration. Whether it's vying to be the Ambassador of the Reunion, nominating an outstanding resident for a Citizenship Award, entering a float into the Mammoth Parade, or taking part in the Tug of War, Beer Garden Olympics, Bed Races or many other fun sports events, pre-registration is required.
It’s time to start thinking about decorating! The Ripley Reunion 2015 decorative bunting comes in our three Reunion colours: blue, green and light green. We are selling a 25’ package for $10 and a 100’ package for $40. Each package includes all three colours.
You can help the Reunion Committee out by pre-ordering your bunting. There are two ways to pre-order: purchasing a package from our online store (http://ripley-reunion.myshopify.com/) OR emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and pay when you pick-up in Ripley.
Please note, bows will not be pre-made, but instructions will be available upon purchase.
Stay tuned for pick-up times this summer and more information about bunting.
Registration for the Ripley Reunion Golf Tournament, on Friday, July 31, is now open.
To register your team, email Ainsdale Golf Course at email@example.com and include your credit card number in order to book your spot. You can also leave a message at 519-395-5555 (with credit card) to secure your place.
Only 36 teams of four will be accepted. Fill out the registration form and attach it to your email.
Tee-off is at 11 a.m. and there will be buses back to Ripley after the tournament.
The Ripley Reunion History Book Committee is excited to announce the 2015 Families and Farms History Book will be launched on Dec. 18!
The Committee, which has spent three years working on the update of the 1985 and ’95 history books, will hold a launch party upstairs at the Ripley Arena on Dec. 18 from 7:30-9 p.m. , with the official launch at 8 p.m. Refreshments and snacks to follow.
Over 600 of the 1,000 books have been pre-ordered and can be paid for and picked up at the launch and afterward at 44 Queen St. (former Village Flower Shop) on the following days:
Friday, Dec. 19 – 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 29 – 2-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30 – 2-8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Watch the website for further details for book pick-ups as they become available.
The Ripley Reunion organizing committee is holding a Pop-up Shop on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Arena. Not only will our amazing line of clothing be available – as it always is at Stockyards Western Apparel in downtown Ripley and on our online store – it's also the first time our dance and meal tickets will be sold!
The tickets, which make fantastic stocking stuffers, are available for:
Thursday, July 30 - Youth Dance ($10)
Friday, July 31 - 19+ dance featuring Blackwater Draw ($20)
Saturday, Aug. 1 - Shriners Fish Fry ($15 Adult, $7 Children)
Saturday, Aug. 1 - 19+ dance featuring The Lulu's Band ($20)
Sunday, Aug. 2 - Ham Supper ($15 Adult, $7 Children)
Shaving permits for local men who want to remain clean-shaven in 2015 will also be available for $5.
To save the hassle of carrying various tickets on Reunion weekend, a wristband ticket will also be sold at the Pop-up Shop. The $45 wristband will provide admittance to the Friday and Saturday night dances (Sunday will be a free dance and features Crazymaker), as well as the $5 cover charge for the beer gardens on Monday, Aug. 3, which run from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and feature Left Turn Clyde and The Brad James Band.
There will also be new merchandise options available at the Pop-up Shop, with etched beer mugs, Mason Jar glasses and cooler bags the latest hot items to wrap and put under the tree for the ones you love. These fantastic additions to our line of merchandise will also be available at Stockyards after the shop.
The Ripley History Book will also be for sale on Nov. 29. Currently, 600 of 1,000 books are pre-sold, so get yours before it's too late! If you've pre-ordered your $70 book but have yet to pay, you can also do so at the Pop-up Shop. An official launch for the Farms and Families book, which updates the 1985 and '95 Reunion books, is being planned for mid-December. Watch Facebook and www.ripleyreunion.ca for information as it's available.
Remember, the Pop-up Shop and Stockyards merchandise are cash only. Dance/meal tickets will be available at the Township of Huron-Kinloss office after the Pop-up Shop and can be purchased with cash or debit. Tickets will not be sold at Stockyards or online.
Don't forget, our online store ships anywhere in the world, so even if you aren't in Ripley you can still get all your great Reunion merchandise in time for Christmas.
The Reunion's online store for 2015 merchandise is now live, just in time for Christmas!
Get all the great Reunion 2015 through our store, and have it shipped anywhere in the world. It's the perfect way to get gifts to your loved ones who can't make it home for Christmas.
The online store is located at http://ripley-reunion.myshopify.com/, and new items will be added in the coming days. As always, all our merchandise is available at Stockyards Western Apparel in downtown Ripley.
Also be sure to watch this website and our Facebook page for pop-up shops, where we'll be selling ticket and dinner packages, which will give you access to our Friday and Saturday night dances, as well as two dinners, all in one simple bracelet (though single sales will be available as well). Merchandise will not be sold at these events.
Stay tuned for more information on dates and locations for our pop-up shops!
Stop by our Pop-up Shop next Saturday at the Ripley Fire Station during the annual Fireman's Breakfast, 9 am – 1pm. We will have some new merchandise available including ladies tank tops and unisex baseball tees just in time for Ripley Mushball weekend!
Wow, what a great night last night! Thanks to everyone who came to the dance - it was another wild night in Ripley and a great way to kick off the 2015 Reunion!
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped organize the evening, sell tickets and work the bar; Julie McGuire for the fantastic photo booth; Colleen Gillis at the Township for making everything tick; Ripley Variety, Pollock Electric, Stockyards Western Apparel, Miller Insurance and Everlastings for selling tickets over these many months; and, for donating the great midnight lunch, Pine River Cheese, Ripley Variety, Farmer’s Diner and Pizzeria, the Ripley Parents Auxiliary, Sobey’s and Zehrs.
Although our big event for 2014 is now over, a lot of work will continue as we plan for the July 30-Aug. 3, 2015, Reunion. Watch Facebook and www.ripleyreunion.ca for more information and thanks again for a great night!
Although the actual Ripley Reunion festivities won’t begin until July 30, 2015, the organizing committee is hosting a huge fundraising dance on May 10, 2014, at the Ripley arena.
The dance, which will feature The Brad James Band, is a great way for Ripley natives, current residents and friends from surrounding towns to bring in the summer months with a bang. As we say, ‘All Roads Lead Home,’ so get your $20 ticket today at Ripley Variety, Stockyards Western Apparel and Pollock Electric in Ripley, Miller Insurance in Kincardine and Everlastings in Lucknow. Contrary to local rumour there are still tickets left, but we don’t recommend waiting too long to get yours!
Aside from great friends and great music, the dance will also be a perfect time to pick up your Reunion 2015 merchandise, which includes golf and T-shirts, coolie cups, bottle openers and our wildly popular Reunion hoodie. If you can’t make the dance, remember these items are always available at Stockyards Western Apparel in downtown Ripley.
The Reunion committee, which has been meeting consistently for three years, will use the proceeds of the dance to secure bands for the mammoth parade, entertainment for dances and the purchasing of merchandise for the main event, Ripley Reunion 2015, which runs July 30-Aug. 3, 2015.
The organizing committee continues to reach out to our business community for sponsorship, and we’d like to recognize Pine River Cheese, Ripley Variety, Farmer’s Diner and Pizzeria and the Ripley Parents Auxiliary, as well as Sobey’s and Zehrs in Kincardine, for donating the food for the Kick-Off Dance. Without our community partners, these events would be much more difficult to hold. To learn more about our sponsors, or to lend a hand, visit www.ripleyreunion.ca/sponsors.
The age of majority event runs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and a bus to Kincardine will be available after the dance.
Keep up-to-date on Reunion happenings at www.ripleyreunion.ca, on our Facebook page and on Twitter @Ripley2015.
We know many Ripley natives don't live close to the village anymore, yet still want to get their hands on some beautiful Reunion 2015 merchandise in time for Christmas.
To make life easier, the Reunion website is now featuring online shopping for merchandise of all kinds. You can choose your quantities and sizes for all merchandise through the website. Visit the 'Merchandise' page (or on the left side of the page) and begin shopping through our secure and safe site. There is a minimal charge for shipping.
You can also get Reunion merchandise at Stockyards Western Apparel in Ripley, and Reunion Kick-off Dance tickets for the May 10, 2014, dance are availabe at Stockyards, Ripley Variety and Pollock Electric, as well as Miller Insurance in Kincardine.
After a successful pop-up shop on Nov. 16, select Reunion merchandise is now available at Stockyards Western Apparel in downtown Ripley.
Golf and T-shirts, coolie cups, bottle openers, hats and the limited edition (and incredibly popular) hoodies can be purchased in time for Christmas.
Cash only please.
Stockyards, as well as Ripley Variety and Pollock Electric in Ripley, and Miller Insurance in Kincardine, also have Reunion Kick-Off Dance tickets for sale. The May 10, 2014, dance, which will feature The Brad James Band, are $20 each and a perfect stocking stuffer for the tough-to-buy-for on your Christmas list.
Online shopping will soon be available at www.ripleyreunion.ca so watch for another convenient way to get your Reunion swag!
The Ripley Reunion 2015 organizing committee is holding a merchandise pop-up shop at the Ripley arena this weekend
On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., shoppers can fill their Christmas list with Reunion hats, golf and T-shirts, hoodies and more. Tickets to our Kick-off Dance, to be held May 10, 2014, make the perfect stocking-stuffer so get yours on Saturday or at downtown Ripley locations afterward. Tickets for the dance, which will feature the Brad James Band, are $20 each.
Cash only for the merchandise and Kick-off dance tickets, and all proceeds go to the Reunion 2015 organizing committee, which is already meeting monthly in preparation for the July 30-Aug. 3, 2015, homecoming.
Huron Township History Book pre-sales and gift certificates will also be available for purchase on Saturday, with cash or cheques accepted. Time is running out to purchase the Reunion’s history book, which is an update of the 1985 township and 1995 town histories. Learn more at www. hurontownshiphistory.wordpress.com.
If you can’t make it to Saturday’s pop-up shop, online shopping will soon be available through this website. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Ripley2015 for updates.
As you may have read in the previous post, the Ripley 2015 Reunion organizing committee is asking for the community's support in order to get a head start on some projects, including purchasing merchandise, creating a float for local Fall Fairs and planning the Reunion Kick-off Dance, which will be held May 10 at the Ripley arena.
As our way of saying thanks, we will update the website with the names of the people, organizations and businesses who have generously donated to our Reunion.
So thanks to the Ripley Classics oldtimers hockey team for giving the Reunion effort a boost with your donation!
Although thousands won't descend on Ripley for another 23 months, the Reunion 2015 organizing committee is hard at work.
Under the guidance of chair Amanda Farrell, committee members are meeting regularly to lay the groundwork for what will undoubtedly be an amazing time. From ordering merchandise to organizing entertainment and events, planning is well underway for the Reunion, which runs July 30 to Aug. 3, 2015.
The committee is currently seeking community, organization and business sponsorships to help us launch our float for the Lucknow and Ripley Fall Fairs, pre-ordering merchandise so you can fill this year's Christmas list, and provide seed money for the May 10 Kick-off Dance, to be held at the Ripley arena. If you or your business would like to donate to the 2015 Reunion, please contact Amanda Farrell at 519-386-7461 or Dwight Irwin at 519-395-0106.
The Reunion committee is also building a presence online, with a new website at www.ripleyreunion.ca, as well as on social media at 'Ripley Reunion 2015' on Facebook and on Twitter @Ripley2015. Bookmark the homepage, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the Reunion 2015 happenings.
If you would like to volunteer for a committee, visit the Volunteer page on ripleyreunion.ca.
Also remember to pre-order your 'Families and Farm's' Huron Township History Book at www.hurontownshiphistory.wordpress.com. There will only be 1,000 books sold, so pre-order for your whole family now.
The Ripley Reunion Organizing Committee will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 26, at the Huron-Kinloss municipal office in Ripley.
The committee has been meeting regularly for over a year and the events of the 2015 Reunion are beginning to take shape. You can follow the committee's happenings via this website, on our Facebook page and on Twitter @Ripley2015.
Anyone who is interested is volunteering for a committee leading up to and during the 2015 Reunion are encouraged to contact any of the following organizing committee members:
Amanda Farrell - Chair
Matt Farrell - Grounds
Kathleen Scott and Rebecca Cohoon - Merchandise/Decorating Dwight Irwin - Publicity
Kent Liddle - Sports
John/Jane Elliott and Mike/Laurie Gallant - Parade
Christine MacDonald - Ambassador Pageant
John and Darlene McIntosh - Bands
Back to School - Dianne Simpson
Registration - Tracey Howe
If you'd like to help out with our expanded bar committee, please contact Dwight Irwin. Families interested in spending some hours working the bar at the entertainment tent beside the arena are encouraged to contact us as well!
We are also looking for an Entertainment committee chair to organize the various events during the weekend.