Next Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, many of our community’s artists will have their creativity on full display. The annual event known as “Where Madison County Creates,” which used to be held in conjunction with the Southwest Iowa Art Tour, has now taken on a life of its own. It’s a weekend full of opportunities to see original artwork, watch live demonstrations, and even participate in making something of your own.
The official timing of the event is 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, the 16th, and noon to 4:00 on Sunday, the 17th, but each of the locations mentioned above will offer their own twist on the event. At 1st Avenue Collective, there will be an Art & Craft Show on the Patio where you can meet some of the artisans they work with. Pottery, woodworking, jewelry, photography, dog treats and needlework will be featured, with demonstrations and opportunities to make and take your own creations.
Angel Wings & CT will show you the art of junk angels and silverware jewelry.
b.shannon designs will have a loose gemstone sale, with various gems in every price range. You can incorporate your own inspiration in a custom design for your gem, or leave it up to Brooke to create something unique.
The Winterset Art Center will have a new gallery exhibit by artist James Given on display. Attendees can also learn about ceramics with a pottery demonstration in Studio B, and for a small fee, stay to create a piece of artwork using alcohol inks or watercolors in Studio A. Hungry for lunch? Chicken salad will be served on Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Your donation of $7.50 will go directly towards continued facility improvements at the Art Center.
All around town as you visit the various locations involved in “Where Madison County Creates,” you’ll see homes, businesses, and many of our popular landmarks covered in quilts. Based on an age-old tradition of hanging quilts outside to air after a long winter, the effect is a photogenic display of art in the wild. Piece Works Quilt Shop will have quilts gracing the covered bridges and more (Saturday only, with rain date of Sunday). Bring your camera! Piece Works Quilt Shop will also have demonstrations at their store, and the Iowa Quilt Museum will feature miniature barn quilt blocks.
“The Glass Castle” (PG-13) opens this Friday at The Iowa Theater. Based on a riveting memoir by Jeannette Walls, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them.
The weekly Madison County Farmers Market continues this Saturday morning from 8:00 am to noon.
Don’t miss the Classic Car Show & Shine on the Winterset Square on Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, brought to you by the Central Iowa Auto club.
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, in addition to the first day of “Where Madison County Creates,” there will be a City-wide Garage Sale. Check out The Shopper for full details! I am grateful that they organize these events twice a year for our community.
The Winterset Public Library will host a Plant Swap & Sale on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30am to noon (8:30am bring your plants; 9:00 plant swap; 9:30-12:00 sale). This is a fun event where gardeners exchange perennials, houseplants, cuttings, and bulbs, and enjoy visiting with other gardeners. Those new to gardening can pick out plants to buy and get lots of good tips for success. They will have plant labels for you to fill out and bags to carry your new plants home. Contact Sally Morris at 515-462-1731. Also, recycle your gardening magazines and catalogs by donating them to the library during September.
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. Be sure to get your tickets in advance by calling Duane Gordon at 515-462-2161.
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.
On Thursday, September 21st, the Winterset Public Library is hosting an Antique Appraisal opportunity. Author and appraiser Mark Moran will evaluate your personal items and offer an educated appraisal and history of your object. Mark is the author of over 25 antiques and collectibles books, and has appeared on PBS Antiques Roadshow. Registration is REQUIRED for this event by calling 515-462-1731. Home visits can also be scheduled directly with Mark for a fee of $75/hour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Items allowed for appraisal include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, metalware, advertising, folk art, toys, clocks, costume jewelry, vintage photography, books, musical instruments, and sports memorabilia. Items not allowed include all weapons (including swords and knives), fine jewelry, gemstones, coins and paper money, traps, Nazi memorabilia, and Beanie Babies. The opinions offered at this event are informal and not considered a certified appraisal for tax or insurance purposes.
The Pumpkin Ranch opens for the season on September 22nd! Check out http://www.thepumpkinranch.com for a full schedule of activities and hours.
Yoga on the Farm at PepperHarrow Farm will feature yoga, farm tours, local artists, live music, overnight camping, a kids’ area, and more.
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.
Thank you to Winterset Hy-Vee, who donated $5,000 to Winterset High School and presented the check during the first home football game on September 1st. Your community support is appreciated!
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