When travel journalist Bill Clevlen comes to Winterset on July 13th to present his recent book, 100 Things to Do in America Before You Die, it will actually be a return trip to one of the book’s featured locations.
He first passed through Winterset in 2014 while filming a story on the John Wayne Birthplace, and he didn’t remain a stranger for long. On his next visit, Kayla and Mark Hawkins invited him to a backyard barbecue at White Lions Bed & Breakfast with a few friends, and he was hooked. He reflected in a blog post shortly thereafter, Small Town USA – Winterset IA, “Sitting around the table sharing stories and laughs with locals that quickly seemed like life long friends – made me realize that at the end of the day – I was born to be a small-town guy.”
Tonight’s Lawn Chair Night on the Winterset square will have concessions offered by the Madison County Democrats at 6:30 pm, and the Community Band concert beginning at 7:00. During the concert’s intermission, entertainment will be provided by Two Rivers Martial Arts.
The Winterset Library is hosting Iowa’s Most Haunted Locations this evening with Chad Lewis, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
In addition to live theater with the second (and final!) weekend of Some Enchanted Evening by The Winterset Stage, The Iowa is showing Wonder Woman this weekend, with a very patriotic Yankee Doodle Dandy on Wednesday, July 5th:
The Madison County Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 am to Noon, through early October, on the Winterset courthouse square.
The Winterset Library is starting a new cooking demonstration series this Saturday. Future events in the “Not Quite Gourmet Library” cooking series by Annie Nau will include Light Summer Salads in August and Cooking with Berries in September.
On Saturday evening, July 1st, Rodell’s Smokehouse invites you to enjoy Bike Night from 4:00 to 8:00 with vendors and Chad Elliott providing music.
The Winterset Art Center will host a Paint Your Favorite Animal Class on Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Kids from kindergarten and up are invited, and parents can join in too. Bring a picture of your favorite animal or choose one from their stash and learn how to bring it to life with paint. Instructor Lucinda Sperry of Art Love Studio will guide you with step-by-step instructions. The class fee is $25 per child/parent, and all supplies are provided. Class size is limited. You can register and pay online to reserve your seat here.
The Winterset Cidery will have live music on Saturday night by variety rock band Hold On from 7:00 to 10:00, and barbecue by Up in Smoke (brisket, pulled pork and more).
Blank Park Zoo is coming to the Winterset Library on July 6 at 11:00 am:
The Winterset Art Center is offering a Parent/Child Creative Play Experience for kids of ages two and three on Friday morning, July 7th from 9:00 to 10:00 am. The staff will provide a variety of engaging activities for you and your child to experience together. This workshop will include a seek and find activity station and a shaving cream art station. They will also use feet and hands to create beautiful printed artwork. Be prepared to get a little messy and have a lot of fun! The class fee is $5 per child for art center members and $6 per child for non-members. Pre-registration is required, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure space is still available and register your child. Also note that parents or guardians must remain with their children for this workshop.
Food safety basics are critical skills for any food handlers serving or preparing food for concession stands or county fair food booths. To prepare families with food safety skills, Madison County ISU Extension is offering a one hour SafeFood course for adults and youth who currently work or plan to work in concession stands (such as at the county or state fair), and for those who donate food items. Two sessions of this free, one-hour course will offered at Madison County ISU Extension Office, 117 N. John Wayne Dr., Winterset on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturday, July 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Certificates will be provided to attendees who complete the course. This course may count towards one hour of 4-H members required six educational hours. During this hour-long course, participants will learn about cleaning and sanitizing principles, health and hygiene, and temperature controls. The purpose of this program is to ensure food prepared away from home is prepared safely in a clean and sanitary environment and by workers that follow best practices. For more information and to register for this program, please contact your local Madison County ISU Extension and Outreach office at email@example.com or 515-462-1001.
The Iowa Quilt Museum will be open on Independence Day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The current patriotic Quilts of Valor display will be available through July 9th. The museum will be closed on Monday, July 10th for the hanging of a new exhibit, “Innovation Meets Tradition: Judy Martin Quilts.”
Finally, congratulations to The Winterset Stage on their first successful weekend at The Iowa Theater! If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to get your tickets for this Friday or Saturday’s presentation of Some Enchanted Evening before it’s gone.
The show is a musical review of the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, and is performed by Jon and Megan Barrett, Elizabeth Hoenig, Rich Joens, Meredith McKay, David Negley, and Meisha Sible, with choreography by Nicole Eckles and direction by Scott Smith. All seats are $15.00 with general admission seating. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance here, or by calling 515-462-5156.
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