It’s March 1st, and there’s finally a light at the end of the winter tunnel. Spring break for Winterset School District students is March 12th through the 16th, and the Winterset Library and Winterset Art Center have some great events planned for students and families looking for fun ways to pass the time. Notice that the library poster below has online registration addresses, and live links for these events can be found at the Library’s Facebook page by clicking on the individual events.
You can click here to download a printable version of the Winterset Art Center’s Spring Break schedule of classes. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Angela at 804-380-8079. Register early before these classes at the Winterset Library and Winterset Art Center fill up.
The Winterset Post Prom Committee is hosting a unique fundraiser this evening, Thursday, March 1st in the Winterset High School Gym: Donkey Basketball. Yes, this is basketball played on real live donkeys! Doors open at 5:30. The first 125 kids who are 12 years old and under will receive a free ticket to ride a donkey and have a photo opportunity. The Madison County Pork Producers and Cattlemen will be serving food. You can also test your luck at a 50/50 raffle. At 6:00 pm, “Farmer Olympics” will take place as eight local Madison County teams attempt a timed obstacle course. At 7:00 pm the main attraction will begin: Donkey Basketball. There will be two games: Local Heroes vs. Mystery Team and Teachers vs. Students, followed by a Championship Game. It is sure to be a fun filled family and community night. Advance tickets sales are now closed, but remaining tickets are $10 at the door.
On Friday evening, March 2nd, a new stage production is opening at The Iowa Theater: The Hound of the Baskervilles, produced by The Winterset Stage. In this thriller, an ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer are on the loose. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. And it’s really scary! The story of Sherlock Holmes’ investigation into the monstrous beast terrorizing the dark and dangerous moors has gripped people’s imaginations since it first appeared in print in 1901. This adaptation has taken all the familiar elements of the tale, and through an exhilarating collision of verbal slapstick, absurd scenarios and wonderfully ridiculous comic performances, have managed to create one of the most sublimely funny versions of a classic that you are ever likely to see. Get your tickets in advance at www.thewintersetstage.org. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, and again next weekend on the 8th, 9th, and 10th.
The Winterset Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry dinners continue on Friday nights at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Each week they offer all you can eat Alaskan baked or fried fish, your choice of au gratin, baked or fried potatoes, slaw or cottage cheese, dinner roll, green beans, corn, dessert and beverage. Cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese are also available. Adults are $10 and kids 12 and under are $5.00, with family rates available.
Join the Madison County Covered Bridge Pheasants Forever chapter on Friday evening, March 2nd for their annual banquet and auction. All proceeds from this banquet stay local to improve habitat and conservation efforts right here in our community. Tickets are $60 and include a dinner, national Pheasants Forever membership, and a steak knife. To purchase tickets online, go to https://pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/3271, or call 515-360-7905 with any questions.
On Saturday morning, March 3rd from 9:00 to 11:30 am, The Madison County Historical Society (in conjunction with the Madison County Genealogy Society) will present a FREE workshop on how to research the history of rural farm properties in Madison County. The workshop will be held at the Historical Museum, 815 S. 2nd Avenue in Winterset. Would you like to know more about the history of a piece of rural land in Madison County? Who has owned it? What have they grown? How has the lay of the land changed? What were they like? Using easily accessible resources – both on paper and online – you will learn how to research the history and heritage of Madison County rural property. Various resources will be presented, including Courthouse records, agricultural censuses, vintage aerial photos, and various current and historic maps. You will leave with the information to access these resources on your own plus a way to organize your findings. This program is FREE and open to all, but attendance is limited to 30 individuals. Jared McDonald, Museum Director, and Linda Griffith Smith, local genealogist will be teaching the workshop. The presentation is expected to last 1.5 hours. During the last hour, you may begin your own research with the resources on hand or with you electronic devices. To register, please email email@example.com or call 515-462-2134.
This Saturday morning at the Winterset Library: Get in the mood for spring with “Vermicomposting” at 10:00 am.
Enjoy Music at the Winery on Saturday, March 3, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Covered Bridges Winery. The musical guest is Crosswind Band, and Hy-Vee/Up in Smoke will have food available from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Would you like to cut your monthly grocery costs of 40 to 60%? The public is welcome to attend a Couponing Class on Sunday, March 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
And on Sunday afternoon, March 4 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Winterset Art Center presents Terrariums 101. Join Andrea Metzler of Art Terrarium for this hands-on workshop. Learn the art and craft of terrarium building as Andrea guides you through the design and care of these popular miniature gardens. Plants, soil, rocks, and moss will be provided. You may bring your own glass container or purchase one from Andrea at class. Winterset Art Center members receive a 10% discount on glass containers. Class fee is $25 for Winterset Art Center members and $30 for non-members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Here is a timely workshop being offered by the Madison County Health Care System: Community Safety & Awareness Training on Thursday, March 8th from 8:00 to Noon at the Jackson Building.
Tony Jacobson of Piece Works Quilt Shop will be teaching his “Boxed In” quilt class on Saturday, March 10th. There is still room in the class at this time. The cost is $25 and the class is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Give them a call at 515-493-1121 to reserve your spot and to get the materials and cutting directions prior to the class.
On Sunday, March 11th, you can learn to make Glass Wine Stoppers from molten glass at Madhaus Gallery. This is a great introduction to the glassblowing studio and a fun activity for most ages. Reserve your spot between 9:00 and 4:00 that day by contacting Robin at 515.707.4309.
The public is invited to attend the Preserving Our Past Soup Supper, hosted by the Madison County Historical Society, at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, March 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The cost per ticket is $5.00 and includes homemade soup, relish, pie and a drink. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any Society board member or stop by the Madison County Historical Complex office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Contact 515-462-2134 with questions.
Next up after The Hound of the Baskervilles, Black Panther debuts at The Iowa Theater on March 15th!
Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric and curator of the current exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum, will be at the museum on Saturday, March 17th. Using her research for the book as a starting place, Linzee created an exceptional exhibit that features quilts and other articles made from feed sack fabrics. Throughout the day on March 17th, Linzee will share the story of this exhibit with museum visitors through gallery walks, short presentations, and informal discussions. Owners of many of the pieces in the exhibit will also be on hand to visit with guests about their items on display. If you have feed sacks, feed sack clothing, or feed sack quilts and would like more information about your treasures, bring them along March 17th and see if the collectors can tell you more about them. Remember, these are informal conversations and not appraisals! The all-day event is free with regular IQM admission ($6).
Mark your calendar and register early for this special event: Mother Son Dance at the Winterset High School on Friday, March 23rd.
If you represent a non-profit organization in Madison County and have an project that needs help with funding, please note that the 2018 grant applications from the Greater Madison County Community Foundation are now available to download and complete at www.madisoncountyfoundatio
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