Weekend in Winterset • October 22

Legacy in Stone

For five years I worked directly across from the Madison County Courthouse and rarely did a day go by that I didn’t admire the structures beauty. This past spring and summer, while the courthouse has been dressed in its glorious metal scaffolding, I’ve missed being able to fully appreciate this historic structure. However, I know—lord, how I know!—that sometimes you have to make a mess before something gets better. (Have you cleaned out a closet lately?!)

The restoration project in progress, Legacy in Stone, will restore certain portions of the 1876 limestone edifice. Notable improvements include an ADA-compliant heated ramp to the south entrance, new windows, and buttoning up of the roofline.

While the official management of the project falls to the county supervisors, many community members and groups are doing what they can to help support the project and the fundraising to help finance the work.

Winterset Public Library

An impressive scale model of the courthouse is on display at the library courtesy of the Winterset Library, the Friends of the Madison County Courthouse, the Madison County Historical Complex, and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission. The courthouse model project was part of the Square One summer program led by Carol Liechty during the years 2008 and 2009. Through this project, Winterset students learned courthouse history, sketched their buildings of choice, and painted the buildings on to blocks surrounding the model.

The display also includes photos showing the courthouse from “Top to Bottom,” with views not commonly seen. Starting at the top you can see a photo of the inside of the dome. Beneath that are photos of the hidden second story of the courtroom, taken from the balcony concealed behind locked doors. Several photos show how the courtroom looked before it was remodeled in the 1960s. There are more interior views, including a photo of a basement room under the south steps where checker players gathered in the mid-1900s.  

Friends of the Madison County Courthouse

In addition to helping create the display at the library and circulating information about the renovation project, the Friends of the Madison County Courthouse have been hard at work for nearly a year helping to raise funds to complete the necessary improvements. If $660,000 can be raised, an additional $330,000 grant will be awarded by the Jeffris Family Foundation, meaning that every $1.00 that donors contribute will become $1.50 toward funding the project.   

Today, the group opened an online auction that consists mostly of items that were hand made from early 20th century tax ledger books found in the basement of the courthouse. The now-obsolete ledgers have been transformed into clocks, journals, knife blocks and more by clever local artisans.

The auction is open for bidding through Sunday, October 31st. You can support the Legacy in Stone project by bidding and by sharing the auction with other current and former Madison County citizens.

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This Weekend

Sonic the Hedgehog

Saturday • October 23 • 11:00am
The Iowa Theater

With support from the Madison County Women’s Giving Circle, the Iowa Theater is proud to host a new Family Film Series, which will continue into 2022. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or unused personal hygiene product at the door. All donations will be given to Matura of Madison County.

10th Annual Bras for the Cause Event

Saturday • October 23 • 5:30pm
Jackson Building, Madison County Fairgrounds

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and our local Bras for the Cause organization is raising both awareness AND funds this weekend at their 10th annual event. Doors will open at 5:30 and serving will start at 6:00. While you’re enjoying food and a glass of wine from Covered Bridges Winery, bid in the silent and live auctions and then dance the night away (until midnight at least) to the music of Hold On. Tickets are $25 at the door and all funds raised throughout the night will support uninsured or underinsured Madison County residents through mammograms and other cancer screenings.

Victorian Mourning

Saturday • October 23 • 6:30 pm OR 7:30 pm
Madison County Historical Complex

The Madison County Historical Society invites you to learn about Victorian mourning practices and see the Bevington Mansion set for the occasion. There will be two sessions, one starting at 6:30pm and the second at 7:30pm. There are still a handful of spaces available at each time—to reserve a place, use the button below:

No Time to Die

Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater

James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a dangerous new technology. R, 2hr 43min

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Coming Soon

Wellness Wednesday In Winterset

Wednesday • October 27 • Noon
Winterset Public Library

Halloween is right around the corner and for the final Wellness Wednesday of 2021, Linda Griffith Smith will share Winterset Cemetery Stories. Winterset’s cemetery is the largest in Madison County and the most active for burials, visits, and genealogical inquiries. It serves as the backdrop to sorrow, county history, Veteran commemorations, high school classes, and physical fitness. This session will look at all these facets and provide a few of its most intriguing stories.

Pumpkin Carving Bash

Friday • 10/29 • 5:00pm
Winterset Public Library

Time travel back to your carefree youthful days and carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween! This free pumpkin carving event held at the Winterset Public Library is designed for adults, but children are welcome. All supplies are provided by the Friends of Winterset Public Library. There is a limit of 10 participants for this event. Sign up using the button below or call the library at 515-462-1731.


Saturday • October 30
3:30 to 5:00 around the square, 5:00 to 7:00 around town

Winterset’s downtown merchants will welcome ghouls and goblins from 3:30 to 5:00pm before they head out into community at large from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Guys Power Sing & Totally Treble Festival

Saturday • November 13th • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Winterset High School with Madison County Music Co. and Heartland Youth Choir

Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to join the Madison County Music Co., Heartland Youth Choir and the Winterset High School Vocal Music department for a day of music-making on Saturday, November 13th. The Guys Power Sing and Totally Treble Festival will be held concurrently at Winterset High School led clinicians Sandy Miller, Artistic Director of Heartland Youth Choir, Megan Barrett, director of HYC Madison County, Jon Barrett, WHS Vocal Director, and Jim Cacciatore, Associate Conductor of Heartland Youth Choir.

Two groups of guest artists will also share in the festival: Remedy & Vox Infinitus, a cappella groups from Des Moines, who will prepare a special arrangements for the festival choirs.

The day will conclude with a free public concert at 2:30pm including performances from the Totally Treble Festival and Guys Power Sing choirs, Remedy and Vox Infinitus. Registration is $20 which includes music, a t-shirt, instruction & lunch. The festivals are open to singers in 5th grade through adult. Register by October 30th using the button below.

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Youth Basketball League Registration

Deadline November 12
Winterset Parks & Recreation

Registration is now open for both of our youth basketball programs. The youth basketball league will again be partnering with Adel Parks and Recreation, Van Meter Parks and Recreation, and Perry Parks & Recreation Department. The league is open for boys and girls in grades 1st – 6th grade.

The Lil’ Husky basketball program in partnership with Winterset Huskies is available for those boys and girls who are in Pre-K (kindergarten next year) or currently enrolled in kindergarten! Registration for both programs is only $30 per participant and includes a t-shirt or a basketball.

Adult Pickle Ball League Registration

Deadline November 28th
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

Rally your friends and join one of the fastest growing sports in America! The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick fast-paced, competitive match. Winterset Parks & Recreation is hosting an indoor league this winter which will include men, women & co-ed divisions. Registration fee is $30 per team.

Great Citizens…

The Winterset Optimist Club recognized Charles Williams as Student of the Month at their meeting on Friday, October 15th. Presenting the award is Winterset High School vocal director and Optimist Club member, Jon Barrett.

It’s a GREAT day to be a Winterset Citizen—
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