After two years of rehabilitation, the Iowa Theater will reopen on the weekend of the 10th Annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration AND Memorial Day. The festivities will kick off with a cinematic tribute to John Wayne, featuring screenings of Stagecoach (1939) at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 25th, and Fort Apache (1948) at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 26th. Both films, starring Wayne and directed by John Ford, are scheduled to be followed by a discussion and book signing with Joseph Malham, author of John Ford: Poet in the Desert. The birthday celebration will be capped off with a free outdoor screening of El Dorado (1967) on the courthouse lawn at sundown, approximately 8:45 pm on May 27th, with headliner Johnny Crawford scheduled to attend. Individual and package tickets for the Thursday and Friday screenings can be purchased at the-iowa.com/john-wayne-weekend.
But that is not all! The Iowa Theater will THEN present a reopening celebration on Sunday, May 28. Ticket holders may attend a 5:00 pm screening of the Iowa-based classic Field of Dreams and then enjoy a reopening party under the tent outside the Iowa on John Wayne Drive, or attend the reopening party followed by a screening of The Bridges of Madison County at 9:00 pm. Limited tickets are available for those who choose to attend the party and both films. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, and guests can step on the red carpet for a photo. Tickets also include complimentary popcorn during the films. Tickets and more details can be found at www.the-iowa.com/reopening-party.
The Iowa will be a “second run” theater, meaning it will show movies 3-5 weeks after they’ve hit theaters in bigger cities. After opening, the Iowa also plans to rehabilitate their 35mm projector, enabling them to screen Hollywood classics on film. It will operate as a non-profit, and will offer approximately 150 seats (75 on lobby level and 75 in balcony) with handicapped accessible entrances and rows at lobby level. The Iowa’s movie screen will be retractable, enabling live performances and educational presentations on the multi-purpose stage. It will have a fully integrated theatrical lighting and sound system. Among the renovations are a custom-made concession counter, handicapped-accessible men’s and women’s restrooms, and hardwood staircases leading to the reopened balcony.
Marianne Fons, Co-owner of the theater with her daughter Rebecca Fons, said, “I see the Iowa becoming once again the heartbeat of Winterset’s downtown area. We will be the official home of The Winterset Stage, our community’s live theater group. Music programs, magic shows, dance recitals, open mic nights, educational programs, and more will take place on the theater’s once-Vaudeville hardwood stage.” The renovation of the theater’s historic space is featured prominently as part of a 26-page spread about Winterset in the current issue of Quiltfolk magazine, now on sale at such places as Barnes & Noble and Piece Works Quilt Shop.
Finally, be aware that the Iowa Theater is now hiring managers and staff! You can find more information about available positions and qualifications at https://www.the-iowa.com/employment/.
Learn more about the Iowa and how you can support the theater at www.the-iowa.com and facebook.com/theiowatheater. Email Rebecca Fons at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or inquiries. More information about the events of the John Wayne Birthday Celebration will be coming soon, and in the meantime, you can see what’s already planned for the weekend and purchase tickets for the dinner and auction at www.johnwaynebirthplace.museum.
Easter is the main event, of course! On Saturday morning, the Winterset Park & Recreation Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Winterset City Park, by the North Shelter, starting at 11:00 am. Boys and girls up to nine years old are invited to participate. The Easter Bunny will be present! The event is also sponsored by Madison County Realty.
Frostee’s is officially open for the season as of TODAY, April 14th at 11:00 am! Their hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Also, Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses opens for the season today. This year they’ll be open mid-April to June 30th, closed for the summer, and re-open August 21st for the fall mum season. Hours are Mon. – Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun. 12pm-4pm. Please note they will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Re:home is also open this weekend, today until 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For Madison County Parks/Conservation Board education opportunities, summer camp signups will be held at the Winterset Library from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, April 17. Two new camps this year are the Night Owls Camp for ages 8-12 and Outdoor Adventures for ages 12-15. Night Owls camp will focus the animals that come out just as the rest of us are heading to bed. Outdoor Adventures will focus on developing hands-on outdoor skills in fishing, backpacking, knot-tying, campfire cooking, and canoeing. We will also explore the concept of ‘leave no trace’. Registration forms and summer camp descriptions can be viewed in advance at http://www.madisoncountyconservation.org/…/2017-Final-Summe…. Registration forms will also be available during the registration event. To register your child/grandchild for the event, complete a registration form and provide payment for the camp registration fees. Call 515-462-3536 or e-mail email@example.com with questions.
If you are interested in having your pre-schooler experience art without having to haul out the supplies or clean up the mess, the Winterset Art Center help. Art Adventures for Preschoolers classes will begin on April 19th and run for four sessions. They are designed for children who are developing their fine motor skills and learning about the world around them. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am OR 1:30 to 2:30 pm, your choice, on April 19, 26, May 3 and May 10. The class will be taught by Angela Newman with a curriculum designed by Amy Maiers, art instructor at I-35. The fee is $20 per child for art center members and $25 per child for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Contact Angela Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your child.
Here are two other classes coming up at the Art Center:
1st Avenue Collective will offer an Embossed Earrings Class on April 22nd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Create three pairs of beautiful embossed copper earrings in just a couple of hours! You’ll learn how to use die cutters, embossing folders, and how to apply colorful patinas to the metal. No prior jewelry experience needed, just a desire to create. Use of tools and materials are included in the class fee of $45.00. Instructors are Gina Crow & Sandra Geronimo. Pre-registration is required. Call (515)505-4396 or stop by 1st Avenue Collective to reserve your space.
The Winterset Public Library is hosting several events in recognition of Earth Day. On April 18th at 6:30 pm, the Library welcomes Aldo Leopold Foundation Land Ethic Leader and Senior Presidential Writer/Editor for the University of Iowa, Thomas Dean. Dr. Dean will host a screening of the Emmy Award-winning Aldo Leopold documentary Green Fire and lead a discussion of the film and Leopold’s land ethic. Green Fire is the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, who was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. The film highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Also, these two events are happening on April 22nd & 25th:
Sunday, April 30th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, meet Linzee McCray, author and guest curator at the Iowa Quilt Museum. The exhibition Art Quilts of the Midwest showcases 21 works of art that exemplify a region’s influence on the innovative artists who choose this layered, stitched textile as their form of personal expression. The exhibition is based on a book of the same name, and author Linzee Kull McCray will provide a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse into creating both, from her interest in exploring how an artist’s surroundings may influence her art, to jurying the nearly 100 artists who applied to be included in the book, to stories of the sources of inspiration and techniques of the selected artists. McCray’s work appears in American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt Sampler, on the Etsy blog, in UPPERCASE magazine, in O: The Oprah Magazine, and others. Most recently, she is the author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric. Visit http://iowaquiltmuseum.org to purchase tickets.
Finally, thank you to all who help keep our children safe, and to C.R.I.S.P. for their leadership! Find out how you can assist with child abuse awareness and prevention efforts at http://www.familyresourcelink.org.
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