Spring Break! Weekend in Winterset

Why not kick off Spring Break with a fish-fry dinner this evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall? They started last weekend and will continue on Fridays from through Lent, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The price is $9 for adults and $5 for kids (maximum $25 per family). The menu includes fried fish, baked fish, baked potatoes, french fries, cole slaw, green beans, corn, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, beverages and dessert. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, and served with a smile!

Re:home is open this weekend, today until 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. In addition to lots of fresh spring decor, they’re having a special of 20% off all dining tables of original price $330 or more. Stop in to see their beautiful and ever-changing selection!

As of this morning, there were still a few seats available in the Spring Blossoms painting party at Winterset Art Center this evening at 7:00 pm. The class will learn to paint spring blossoms. All supplies are provided. Food and drink will not be provided,  but painters are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks to enjoy during class. Register at this link.

Since January, participants in The Winterset Stage’s 2017 Children’s Theater Class have been learning all about what it means to be a stage actor and preparing for a production. Help them celebrate the end of their learning experience by attending their final performance of The Jungle Book on Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 am at The Winterset Stage. The show is free and open to the public.

Robin Paul of Madhaus Gallery is hosting an event called “Spring is for the Birds” on March 11th, where participants can learn to make glass birds. Find out more here.  She will also be starting a new Beginning Glassblowing class on March 14th, on Tuesday nights through March 28th.

Also on Saturday, participants can learn to transform copper, brass and sterling silver sheet metal into simple but stunning earrings at 1st Avenue Collective’s Let’s Get Hammered earring class. Learn how to use a disc cutter, as well as hammer and texturing techniques to complete your project. You will receive materials to make two pairs of earrings. Make additional earrings for the cost of materials, time permitting. No jewelry experience needed, just a desire to create. Call 515-505-4396 for reservations.

The third and last class in Junior Quilter Days at the Iowa Quilt Museum is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, participants will make a Lucky Shamrock.

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Spring Break Kids’ Activities

Several local organizations have planned some fun activities for students during spring break week, March 13-17, such as the Winterset Public Library and the Winterset Art Center.


Another popular class being offered during Spring Break is the annual Babysitting Clinic hosted by ISU Extension & Outreach of Madison County. The babysitting clinic is for youth grades 5 and above, and will be held on Monday, March 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Madison County Extension Office on the square in Winterset. Youth will learn about safety, basic first aid, nutrition, caring for infants, the business of babysitting, child development and age appropriate activities for youth. Registration is required by Monday, March 6. Class size is limited to the first fifteen registrants (and usually fills up, so act fast). The cost to attend is $25, which includes all necessary materials and two snacks. Youth are asked to bring a sack lunch. To register or to learn more, you may visit the Madison County Extension Office, call 515-462-1001 or e-mail hargrove@iastate.edu.

Coming Soon

On Monday, March 13th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, the Historical Society is hosting a “Preserving Our Past” Soup Supper Fundraiser to help restore the historic Fountain on the grounds of the Bevington Mansion. The cost is $5.00 per person. The fountain was orginally located in the Winterset City Park and was relocated to the Madison County Historical Complex in the 1980s. Due to vandalism and age, it is currently in need of repairs. To help by attending the soup supper, call 515-462-2134 for details or to purchase tickets.

Heartland Fiber’s annual Fiberpalooza event will take place at the Winterset Elementary School gym on Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fiberpalooza is a full day of yarn and fiber, notions, food, classes, vendors, demonstrations and seminars for yarn enthusiasts and crafters. The entry fee is just $3.00! For more information about individual classes during the day, visit heartlandfiber.net/fiberpalooza/.

Join local birder Sharon Bauer for an afternoon of Birding at Jensen Marsh on Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This event is open to people of all ages and skill levels. It will also be a great event for people interested in nature photography. Anyone who is interested should meet at the east gate at Jensen Marsh at 1:00. Comfortable clothing is a must. Recommended items include binoculars, bird field guides, cameras, and water. Participants are welcome to come for as long as they would like. There will be some walking involved. Call 515-462-3536 or e-mail naturalist@madisoncountyparks.org if you have any questions.

Join The Winterset Stage for the next installment of their wildly popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: The Shadow Knows. Based on the 1930s and 40s radio show “The Shadow” made popular by Orson Welles, this show is sure to delight with thrills, chills, and mystery! Show dates are March 24, 25, 31 and April 1. All shows start at 6:30. Tickets include dinner and the show, and are can be purchased online at www.TheWintersetStage.org or by calling 515-462-5156.

The Winterset High School Student Council is hosting a Mother Son Dance on March 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the WHS commons/cafeteria. Click here to download a copy of this sign-up form and return it to the mailing address listed on the form.

Award-winning photographer Teddi Yaeger will be teaching an Introduction to Photography class on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Winterset Art Center.

Grant applications to the Greater Madison County Community Foundation are due on March 31st at 4:00 pm. If your organization is in need of funding for a project that will benefit the citizens of Madison County, be sure to visit www.madisoncountyfoundation.org and download an application today. $111,200 will be awarded in June of 2017.

And finally, there was sad news today about Mr. Robert James Waller, who forever impacted our community with his book, The Bridges of Madison County. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce stated, “We’re sincerely saddened by the news of Robert James Waller’s passing. His 1992 best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County remained on the New York Times best-seller list for over three years, and inspired a Hollywood movie and Broadway musical. Our Madison County community became a destination for millions of romantics from around the world. We are grateful for Mr. Waller’s fateful drive to Madison County in the early 1990s, which started it all. Rest in peace, Mr. Robert James Waller.”

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.”
― Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

All community announcements on The Winterset Citizen are posted at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
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
Johnson Insurance
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaus Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Newcastle Home Builders
Pine Creek Ltd.
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Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Village Bootery
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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