The big deal in town this weekend is Women’s Weekend in Winterset—organized by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and local merchants as a special weekend of classes, workshops, demos, entertainment, pampering, dining, and shopping. You can find all of the offerings listed HERE and we’ll tell you about a few more later on in this post so keep reading!
Head to the East lawn of the courthouse tonight, June 7th, for the first Lawn Chair Night with the Winterset Community Band. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and the VFW Auxiliary will be serving beef burgers, chips, ice cream and desserts. Jo Ellen Giles will entertain the crowd with her accordion about half way through the concert while the band takes a break. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax to some home-grown music.
The Winterset Cidery is kicking off the weekend with Trivia Night tonight, June 7th, at 7:00 pm. Play to win a free round for your team, Winterset Cidery merchandise and bragging rights all season! Teams should be between 1 and 6 players. No need to pre-register. The format: Rounds 1 through 3 consist of 10 questions each. Each question is worth 1 point, and there are no penalties for wrong answers. After each round, players turn in their answer cards to the MC, and there is a 10 minute break for scoring and cider refills! New answer sheets are handed out before the start of each round. At the end of all three rounds, the team with the most points wins. In the event of a tie, a verbal lightning round will ensue! Make a team and go get your cider on tonight.
If you’re the parent or caregiver of a child age 3-6 and are looking for some fun outings this summer, you’ll definitely want to sign up to attend these Musical Playdates. Held at Winterset Ballet and Dance Studio and led by Megan Barrett, these 30 minute playdates are an opportunity for musical exploration and play for young children.
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio is also presenting their year-end recital this weekend. They are presenting the ballet Brave and Descendents is the title of the jazz/tap/hip-hop/modern portion of the recital. Shows are Friday, June 8th, at 6:00 pm, and Saturday, June 9th, at 3:00 pm. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. They will also be available at the door and are $7 each. On Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 am, they will also present their Twinkle Babies and Daddy Daughter Dance performances. The Daddy Daughter Dance includes dancers ages 3-15 along with their dads—there are over 30 pairs. This show (which will be so precious!) is free and open to the public. Both sets of recitals will be held in Henry C. Miller Auditorium at Winterset High School.
If you know of a young dancer who would like to try out some new styles this summer, see what it’s like to be in a dance class or just have a little fun, check out the summer opportunities at Winterset Ballet and Dance. There are camps for all ages and styles of dance.
If your gardens (like ours!) are still feeling a bit lackluster this spring, head out to Groths’ Gardens & Greenhouses this weekend before they close for summer break on June 10th. They’ve got some great deals including 50% off perennials. Groth’s will re-open August 20th for the fall season with their famous mums.
The remaining bedding plants at Ben Franklin are also highly discounted now, but still looking really strong and healthy. Grab a few for an extra pop of color in your flower beds this summer.
Re:Home is open this Thursday through Sunday, June 7th through 10th. Hours are Thursday 11:00 – 7:00, Friday 10:00 – 6:00, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00.
The kick-off event for Women’s Weekend in Winterset is Ladies Night Out on Friday, June 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Many downtown retail merchants will be open during this late-night shopping event and will have special deals and fun activities to check out while you shop. The first 200 ladies who pre-register through Eventbrite will receive a FREE gift bag containing samples & goodies. Stop by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 8 to claim yours. All unclaimed bags will be released beginning at 7:00 pm.
Also on Friday, June 8th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, you can explore the plant science of indigo at the Winterset Art Center with fiber artist, Maggie Howe, in her Indigo Dyeing Class. Indigo is a plant dye used to create beautiful shades of blue. Learn the history of indigo and the science of vat dyes followed by a demonstration. Create your own custom indigo-dyed silk scarf and cotton handkerchief (provided). Participants are invited to bring an additional item to dye (article of clothing, fiber, or fabric), a beverage of choice, and a snack for an evening of fun. The class fee is $35 for Winterset Art Center members and $40 for non-members.
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The Iowa Theater is getting in on the Women’s Weekend action with a full slate of chick flicks this weekend. Book Club (PG-13) is the story of four lifelong friends whose lives are turned upside down after reading the infamous “50 Shades of Grey,” catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices. Please note that Friday and Saturday evening showtimes are at 5:30 pm to make way for Fried Green Tomatoes on Friday at 8:00 pm and Bridesmaids on Saturday at 8:00 pm. If you’re a man, be advised that there will be a lot of estrogen at The Iowa this weekend.
Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 – 7:00, the Central Iowa Auto Club will host their monthly Show and Shine on the square. The event is free to the public and there is no registration fee for cars. At 7:00, the cars will “Scoop the Loop.”
Both Covered Bridges Winery & Madison County Winery will have musical entertainment on Saturday, June 9th.
Madison County Winery is featuring Brian Congdon from 7:00-10:00 pm and monster fried tacos from Sweet Magnolias. There will be a $5 cover charge.
Covered Bridges Winery is featuring local band Crosswind also from 7:00-10:00 pm. There will be a $5 cover charge, and food by Sabores de Mexico will be available for purchase from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. So pick your favorite venue (or try a new one), grab a lawn chair and head out to a winery.
On Sunday, June 10th from 10:00 am – Noon, 1st Avenue Collective will be hosting Pastries on the Patio. Pammel Park Coffee will be serving and selling coffee plus they will have tea, juice and lots of yummy pastries. Adelina Reels will be providing musical entertainment and all donations will benefit C.R.I.S.P and Prevent Child Abuse Madison County. This event is technically part of Women’s Weekend in Winterset but we’re pretty sure that men would be welcome as well.
The Winterset Public Library is hosting a Teen Hike on Monday, June 11th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Teens can join youth services librarian, Tiffany, and naturalist Amy at Pammel Park to hike the lodge and interpretive trials, and head out to the sandbar for fossil hunting and creek stomping. Teens need to wear clothing that can get wet, have sandals with straps, water shoes or old tennis shoes—no flip flops or bare feet on sandbar. Meet at Pammel Park Lodge. Registration is required online or call 515-462-1731.
Monday, June 11th is the last day to register kids for the Winterset Stage’s Sing it Out session of their Summer Stage Workshops which will take place June 18th – 21st. Sing it out is being co-taught by Megan Barrett and Meisha Sible (yes, that’s us!) and is for children entering grades 4-8 this fall. This workshop will focus on singing, dance and all things musical theater! Register online through the Winterset Stage website.
Wellbeing isn’t something to achieve and check off a bucket list. Instead, it’s an ongoing journey that varies with each person. Iowans can find their own way in a new program from ISU Extension and Outreach – Madison County. What About Me? My Wellbeing is a four-week educational workshop series. This introductory, research-based program covers taking time for oneself, relationships, finances, and physical health.
All classes will be held from 2:00 to 2:45 pm at the Winterset Public Library on the dates below:
June 7th – Time For Me – Understanding Wellbeing
June 14th – Social & Emotional – Building Strong Relationships
June 21st – Financial – Managing Your Money
June 28th – Physical – Enjoying Good Health & Energy
Registration is required, please call 515-462-1731. Registration is good for all four classes but it is okay to miss a class or two.
Madison County Healthcare Systems is offering Stay Independent: Health after age 60. This is a free, four-week nutrition and wellness series that provides information and tips on how to remain healthy and independent. Sessions are Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am on June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th and are held at the Madison County Health Care System, Chesnut Building, Senior Life Solutions Meeting Room, 300 W. Hutchings St. Attendees can come to one or two sessions, or come to all. There will be informational handouts and food samples, so please call Laura Leners at 515-462-2373 ext. 843 to register.
The Madison County River Alliance will be hosting a beginner’s paddle on Saturday, June 16th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, in honor of Father’s Day. This program will feature a lesson on canoeing basics with tips on how to size your paddle and basic paddle strokes, followed by a short canoe trip around Cedar Lake. Although it is called a Father’s Day Paddle, it is open to all children ages 8 and older and whoever they find special to them whether it is Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, or Dad. The River Alliance will be providing a campfire reception with hotdogs, chips and beverages after the program. Pre-registration is required with a registration fee of $5/participant which includes the paddle program and reception. Canoes will be provided. Spots are limited. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 14th to pre-register.
The Winterset Stage will be hosting a Lip Sync Battle on Friday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm. If you’d like to be a contestant, sign up at this link. Acts can be solo or group and any genre of music but keep it PG-13, please. After the first round, the audience will vote for their favorites and the top two acts will perform again (either the same song or a second song of your choice) for the title. If you have any questions, contact info@TheWintersetStage.org. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Beginning June 26th, HCI Hospice Care Services and Madison County Health Care System will be offering an educational grief support group, Understanding Your Grief. This group will meet for eight weeks on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Winterset Library. The groups are free and open to the public. Pre-registration will be required as seats for each group are limited. Please contact one of HCI Hospice Care Services’ local bereavement counselors, Mike Albert, (641) 216-3627, or Patti Albert, (641) 342-2888 for more information or to register for a group.
Quilt artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe will return to the Iowa Quilt Museum on Friday, June 29th at 5:30 pm, to give a lecture titled Creativity & Play. Findlay Wolfe is an internationally acclaimed modern quilter based in New York City and the first ever retrospective of her work is currently on display at the IQM. Tickets to the lecture are $10 and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Iowa Quilt Museum.
The annual Refuge Color Run 5k is scheduled for July 7th. This event is all about spreading the news of what God is doing at The Refuge (a ministry of Redeemer Church), raising some money for the ministry, and having a great time! Besides the run, there will be food and games. You won’t want to miss out!
Packet pickup is at 8:30 am on July 7th and the race starts at 9:00 am. Registration is $25 from now until June 28th, and after June 28th is $30. Each registration includes a t-shirt and glasses! Click here to register today or visit their website for more information.
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John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
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