Happy Labor Day weekend! It’s an especially happy one for the kids, who also have no school on Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week, September 5th and 6th (due to professional development for teachers). If your kindergarten through 6th grade student is looking for something to do on those two days, they’re in luck! Several Winterset organizations are teaming up to offer The Great Madison County Adventure, September 5th and 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adventures will include a movie and popcorn at the Iowa Theater, dramatic play at The Winterset Stage, art creation at The Winterset Art Center, learning by Madison County Conservation, literary encounters by the Winterset Public Library, historical exploration at the Madison County Historical Museum, and fun at Winterset City Park, Whistle Stop Park, and Monumental Park. There will be lots of outdoor play and walking, rain or shine. The tuition is $75 for both days. Click here for more information, registration link and updates. Please note that the registration deadline is TODAY, August 31st.
Get an early start on your weekend this evening at Union State Bank, hosting their annual Client & Community Appreciation Dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at 611 W. Highway 92. They’ll be serving pork loin and ribeye sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and beverages.
Farmers & Merchants State Bank is also hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Lunch on Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the main bank, prepared by the Madison County Cattlemen and Madison County Pork Producers. It looks like the weather will be beautifully cooperative for both of these great outdoor events.
While you’re out and about on Friday and Saturday, be sure to stop by the Fall Open House at Angel Wings & CT. From 9:00 to 5:00 both days, they’ll have prizes, discounts, and in-store specials to showcase their new fall arrivals in fashion, accessories and home decor.
Friday night is the first home football game for the Winterset Huskies, vs. Norwalk at 7:30 pm. Go Huskies!
The weekly Madison County Farmers Market continues this Saturday morning from 8:00 am to noon. Look at these beautiful heirloom tomatoes from Bridgewater Farm!
If you have access to fresh berries, you can learn some tips for cooking with them at the Winterset Library on Saturday morning at 10:30. The program is free, but pre-registration is appreciated at 462-1731.
This Saturday morning, The Iowa Theater is kicking off a new “Saturday Morning Cartoons” program at 11:00 am with The Secret of Kells. For Saturday Morning Cartoons, you can buy two tickets and get one free! The rest of this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, there are several opportunities to see The Dark Tower, based on the Stephen King novel. See show times below.
On Saturday evening, Covered Bridges Winery will host Ted Stockton for live music outdoors from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with food available by U.S. Doggie Stylz from 6:30 to 8:30. $5.00 cover — bring a lawn chair and enjoy!
And also on Saturday evening, Winterset Cidery will feature music by Crosswind from 6:00 to 9:00, with food starting at 5:30 by Up in Smoke Barbecue. $5.00 cover charge.
Sunday rounds out the weekend’s live music with Opus Taylor from 2:00 to 5:00 at Madison County Winery.
On Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm, join the Madison County Genealogical Society at the Winterset Public Library for a program on Madison County and WWI by resident historian Linda Smith.
The first Full Moon Float of the fall season will take place at Cedar Lake on Wednesday, September 6th. Hosted by the Madison County River alliance, participants will spend the evening paddling around Cedar Lake and watching the moon rise. This event is free and open to people of all skill levels. Full moon floats are low key paddle events that are great for children and beginner paddlers. There are a limited number of canoes available for use during the event, but those must be reserved in advance. To reserve a canoe, contact the conservation board by Tuesday, September 5 by calling 515-462-3536 or e-mailing email@example.com. Anyone wishing to bring their own boats for the float should plan to meet the group at the boat ramp at 7:00 pm.
HCI Hospice invites anyone who is coping with grief to attend a free 8-week support group beginning in September.
1st Avenue Collective is hosting a “Let’s Get Hammered Earring Class” on Friday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Transform sterling, copper, and brass sheet metal into simple but stunning earrings. Learn how to use a disc cutter, as well as hammer and texturing techniques to complete your project. Participants will receive materials to make three pairs of earrings. Make additional earrings for the cost of materials, time permitting. No jewelry experience needed, just a desire to create. BYOB, and light snacks will be provided. The instructors are Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo. Class fee is $50.00. Pre-Registration is required. Call (515)505-4396 or stop by 1st Avenue Collective to reserve your space.
Enjoy the spectacle of the lights returning to the old marquee at The Iowa Theater on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:00 pm!
On September 16th there will be a City-wide Garage Sale, and on the 16th and 17th, several creative Winterset locations are teaming up to present Where Madison County Creates:
The popular annual event in support of education programs at the Madison County Parks, an “Evening Under the Stars,” is returning on Saturday, September 16th at 5:30 at Pammel Park Lodge.
The Iowa Quilt Museum is offering a three-week DIY Barn Quilt Block Class, starting September 17th. “Barn Blocks” are painted panels representing patchwork quilt block designs, used to decorate barns, rural outbuildings, and garages. In this three-session class, you’ll learn about American quilt block history, select a favorite block of your own, and learn special, no-fail techniques as you draft and paint your own 4’ x 4’ quilt block panel. Week 1: Design – Sunday, September 17, 1:00 – 2:30pm; Week 2: Draft – Sunday, October 1, 1:00 – 2:30pm; Week 3: Paint – Sunday, October 8, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Register and pay online at www.IowaQuiltMuseum.org or in person at the Iowa Quilt Museum. Call 515-462-5988 with questions, or contact director@IowaQuiltMuseum.org. Instructors are Marianne Fons and Mark Davis. Class fee is $20.00.
The Pumpkin Ranch opens for the season on September 22nd!
And, there’s still plenty of time to work on your short film for the contest on Covered Bridge Festival weekend. In keeping with the Cinematic Madison County theme, Rebecca Fons is coordinating a short-film contest, open to all ages, to highlight the covered bridges. Entries must be received by September 29th. See details below. Films can be submitted here.
Through 4Rkids Early Childhood Iowa Area, assistance with preschool tuition may be available for eligible families (based on adjusted gross income). Scholarships are available for children who reside in Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren County and have turned three years old by September 15, 2017. Additionally, four year olds must be enrolled in a minimum of ten hours of programming at a cooperating preschool that meets quality standards and the award will remain in effect until the end of the school year with the expectation the child’s attendance will be 90 percent or more. For more information and to download an application, visit http://ow.ly/ubqAM. Questions can also be directed toward Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Preschool Enrichment Coordinator Val Cameron who can be reached at (515) 961-6238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, thank you to artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, the Green Rogers American Legion Post, the Winterset VFW Post, and all those involved in completing and dedicating the Madison County Freedom Rock project on the grounds of the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum. Larry Spencer was the guest speaker at last weekend’s well-attended dedication ceremony. He was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and was also a POW in North Vietnam for nearly seven years, from 1966 to 1973. He is also the only surviving POW of the four Madison County POWs that Sorensen painted on one side of the Madison County Freedom Rock.
From left to right, the Madison County POWs painted on the rock are Carl Hircock (WWII), Larry Spencer, Eddie Benge (WWII), and Don Thomas (WWII). It is a treasure to the community.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen! All community announcements are provided 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
The Iowa Theater
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
Midwest Heritage Bank
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