For some reason, we’ve all chosen to live in a state that gets really, really COLD for about a third of the year, but our Madison County Parks and the Winterset Parks & Recreation Department do a great job of providing opportunities to help us avoid cabin fever. The new outdoor ice rink is getting a lot of use, and the WPRD is planning a couple of fun events on the weekend of February 4th & 5th: a Frozen Field Slow-pitch Softball Tournament for adults (men and women, 18 and up) on the 4th, and a Winter Kite Flight for all ages on the 4th and 5th. The softball tournament will take place regardless of weather conditions and requires registration in advance by Feb. 1st, with a fee of $50 per team, times TBA. The Kite Flight event will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the 4th and 5th, with no fee. Just bundle up the family and bring your kites! Both events will take place at the Martin-Marietta Fields soccer complex.
In addition, the Madison County Conservation Board is offering a Community Ice Fishing event from 9:00 am to Noon at Criss Cove Park on January 28th. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. There will be staff from the conservation board and other experienced anglers there to provide instruction to any beginners. There will also be a limited supply of fishing rods and bait available for use during the event. More experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment. A fire and warm beverages will be provided, but all participants should come dressed for the weather in multiple layers of warm clothing. (This event will be held as long as the ice meets safety standards.)
The MCCB is also hosting a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike on February 10th. Pre-registration is required for this event (call 515-462-3536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Participants, children and adults, will meet at the Conservation Board office at 2273 Clark Tower Road at 7:00 pm before crossing the road for an adventure through Middle River Park guided by the light of the full moon. Snowshoes will be available for use during the event. This will be prime owl calling season, and you might hear a few along your trek! Explorers will then return to the Conservation Board office for warm beverages. If there is not sufficient snow, no problem — there will be a moonlit hike instead.
Question: What else would you like to see in the way of programs and facilities in the Madison County Parks? The Madison County Conservation Board is in the process of developing a long-term Capital Projects & Infrastructure Needs Plan for our county park system. They have developed a survey and would like to have YOUR input on areas of future development. Your response will be anonymous. If you use and appreciate our wonderful county parks, please support them by completing this survey by February 3rd. Thank you!
Winterset’s new Aveda salon at 107 N. John Wayne Drive (east side of the square) is now open and ready to welcome visitors to their Grand Opening on Friday and Saturday:
On Saturday evening, enjoy live music by Jacey Gutknecht at Covered Bridges Winery, with food starting at 6:00 by Rodell’s Smokehouse. Just $5.00 cover at the door for an evening of relaxation and entertainment in their warm new facility. Here’s a glimpse of some of their other upcoming events as well:
Also, be aware that the registration deadline for the WPRD’s annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance is January 20th. The dance is for young ladies in grades K-4 and gentleman companion (father, grandfather, uncle, etc.). It will be held on February 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Jackson Building.
Here’s a new discussion series that is starting at the Winterset Public Library on January 24th:
If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the 2017 Chamber Awards Night & Banquet, January 26th at 5:30 pm at the Jackson Building, you can buy them online here.
The Iowa Quilt Museum is hosting a series of classes this winter, starting January 28th. Also, if you haven’t yet seen the current exhibit “Stargazing: American Star Quilts”), its last day will be January 24th. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
The Winterset Library’s January book discussion will be on Thursday, the 26th at 7:00 pm, about the book The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.
The 2017 legislative session has begun in Iowa, and so begins a series of four Legislative Forums in Winterset, hosted by Farmers & Merchants State Bank in the Community Room. The first will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 9:00 am. These events are free and open to the public. Representative Stan Gustafson and Senator Julian Garrett will be in attendance and available for Q & A. The remaining forum dates are February 25; Saturday, March 25; and Saturday, April 22.
Another great class coming up at the Winterset Art Center: T-shirt Shredding with Kathy Wonderlin. I love all the revitalization happening there! The Winterset Art Center is also offering an “Art Adventures for Preschoolers” program on Wednesdays from February 1st – 22nd, with a choice of morning or afternoon sessions. If you are interested in having your pre-schooler experience art (without having to buy supplies or clean up the mess!), the Winterset Art Center can help. Visit the Winterset Art Center for more information, or click here to download a registration form.
Beginning February 2, HCI Hospice Care Services and Madison County Health Care Systems will be offering a new educational grief support group, “Understanding Your Grief,” using material from Dr. Alan Wolfelt and the Center for Loss and Life Transition. “Understanding Your Grief” will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30 PM, in the Education Room at the Chesnut Building, located at 901 S. 4th Ave. in Winterset. Groups will learn about Dr. Wolfelt’s 10 essential touchstones for finding hope and healing through loss. The groups are free and open to the public. Pre-registration will be required as seats for each group are limited. Please contact HCI Hospice Care Services’ local bereavement counselor, Mike Albert, (515) 462-5205 for more information or to register for a group.
Union State Bank is inviting the public to see their new facility on January 31st from 9:00 to 1:00.
Finally, here’s a fun annual INDOOR event that everybody loves:
That’s all for now. All community announcements on The Winterset Citizen are posted at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:
American State Bank
Angel Wings & CT
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Bridges Financial Associates
Covered Bridge Realty
Daniel Evans, Edward Jones
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
Midwest Heritage Bank
Newcastle Home Builders
Pine Creek Ltd.
Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department
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