We love it when we get to tell you about cool people doing nice things for others in our community. Last night we had the privilege of seeing the Madison County Women’s Giving Circle award $6450 to the Friends of the Winterset Public Library. The library will be installing an interactive truck in the children’s section. It will feature moveable parts, interactive manipulatives and a cool ‘nook’ where young visitors can sit and read.
This marks the largest quarterly donation of the Women’s Giving Circle, which was founded in 2012 for the purpose of supporting projects that promote dignity, equality, and opportunity for women and children in Madison County. The Madison County Women’s Giving Circle meets quarterly. If you’d like more information about being a part of this group, contact Ester Mae Cox at 515-462-6798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, Thursday, May 17th, is the last chance to catch the WCSD district-wide garage sale at the Winterset Administration Building from 4:00 – 6:00. The district has lockers from the old middle school, auditorium seats from the old middle school, student desks and chairs, book shelves, file cabinets, a variety of tables, instruments, and more. Use the SW ramp entrance to the building at 110 W Washington. Only cash is accepted for payment.
If this fabulous spring weather has gotten in you in the mood for a little shopping, plan a jaunt around the square this weekend to check out what our local merchants have to offer this season. Pine Creek (located on the west side of the square) is celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Harry & American actress Meghan Markle this weekend at their store with refreshments and shopping specials. Hats are an essential wardrobe piece at English weddings, so come donning a hat and you’ll be recognized with a reward.
Re:Home is open again this weekend as well (right next door to Pine Creek). According to their Facebook post, they’ve added several new things since last weekend including furniture. We’re huge fans of our local merchants and the great shopping that they provide right here in our community. Read on for more information on a huge event being planned by the local merchant community for June 8th – 10th.
Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) begins a two-weekend run tonight. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet—the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment. On Wednesday, May 23rd, catch the hunky James Dean in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause (PG-13).
The Sons of Gladys Kravitz will be performing at Covered Bridges Winery on Saturday, May 19th, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. The ‘Sons’ specialize in performing the very best music of the last 50 years, with letter-perfect renditions of classic songs from artists ranging from the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top—and many great artists in between. Music will be outside so bring a chair as seating is limited. Cover is $5 and food by Karam’s Mediterranean Grill will be available from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Meet RoxAnn Rhoads, an avid gardener, at the Winterset Art Center for a presentation regarding the positive power of gardening. On Wednesday, May 23rd, from 2:00 – 3:00, RoxAnn will explain how the use of gardening can be the basis for relaxation and getting in touch with your inner self. Gardening is a powerful tool that will help you appreciate and be thankful for each and every day! This event is a part of the Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset program.
Join the conversation at the library on Thursday, May 24th, during their book discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. New members are always welcome, and the library supplies copies for readers to check out. Rebecca Bock, teacher librarian with the WCSD, leads the discussion at 7:00 pm.
The Underground Railroad is being acclaimed as “one of the Best books of the Year” by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cora is a young slave on a cottons plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.
In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
The John Wayne Birthplace Museum will be hosting their annual celebration of The Duke’s birthday Friday and Saturday, May 25th and 26th. With a special appearance by Red Steagall, screenings of three John Wayne films, a horse parade, 5K walk/run, pancake breakfast, country barn dance and museum benefit dinner/auction, it’s a weekend full of great fun for visitors and locals! Find a full list of the weekend’s activities at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum website.
The John Wayne Birthday Celebration 5K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Winterset Rotary and takes place on the morning of Saturday, May 26th. To register, contact Bob Kaldenberg at 462-4731 or email@example.com. Racers can also download this form and mail it to Bob by May 23rd.
Farmer’s and Merchant’s State Bank has two events coming up soon for members of their Heritage Club. Tuesday, June 5th, is the annual Heritage Club Picnic and Thursday, June 7th, is a Dollars and Donuts program featuring the Apron Lady with her collection of vintage aprons. Reservations are required for the picnic and requested for the Dollars and Donuts program so if you’re a member of the heritage club, please contact Stephanie Gerleman at FMSB to reserve your spot.
Have we mentioned yet that we’re big fans of our local merchants? Not only do they provide great shopping opportunities or us locals and allure for tourists to visit our lovely town, but several times a year they team up with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce to plan special events. One such event is the Women’s Weekend in Winterset being planned for June 8th – 10th. This is a special weekend of classes, workshops, demos, entertainment, pampering, dining, shopping & much more that kicks off with a reception on Friday, June 8th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in the upstairs rooms at Piece Works Quilt Shop and the Ladies Night Out Shopping Event from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Registration for the weekend is now open at through the Chamber of Commerce. Spaces in many classes and workshops are limited, so sign up right away!
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
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
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.
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