Tonight is your next-to-last chance for this season’s Trivia Night at the Winterset Cidery. Teams are between 1 and 6 players and the fun starts at 7:00 pm so arrive a little early to get a glass of their limited edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider before the questions start flying.
The Winterset Public Library is launching a new series, Stay Independent: Health After Age 60, this Friday, October 5th. The program will run on Fridays in October from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the library. This four-week nutrition and wellness series will provide information and tips to help senior adults remain healthy and independent. Participants will learn about the fantastic health benefits of eating well and moving more, sample healthy, tasty, and low-cost recipes, and exchange ideas with peers to help meet health goals. All fitness equipment and food samples provided by the library and ISU Extension and Outreach in Madison County. Registration is required; please register online or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space. Please attend as many sessions as you are available.
Local birding enthusiast, Sharon Bauer, will be leading a Woodpecker Walk at Goeldner Woods park on Saturday, October 6th, at 9:00 am. This birding adventure will focus on the woodpeckers found in Madison County. With the fall woodpecker migration peaking around the first week of October, expect there to be lots of activity. Woodpeckers are not only fun to watch, they are fun to listen to as their drilling sounds can often be heard echoing through the forest. The event will last about an hour however birders are welcome to stop in for as long as they wish.
This event is perfect for birds of all ages and skill levels. With the constant flurry of woodpeckers fluttering from tree to tree, this event will be a great event for introducing children to the art of bird watching. Sharon will also be on hand to help any beginning bird watchers identify the other birds spotted in the park.
Goeldner Woods is located Southeast of Earlham on Juniper Trail. (Click here for a link to Google Maps) There are beautiful trail loops within the park that are fun for the whole family. With a creek running through the park valleys, it is a very scenic place to spend a fall morning.
Check out the great selection of plants, cuttings, bulbs, and houseplants, have a cup of coffee and visit with other local gardeners, at the Winterset Public Library’s Plant Swap & Sale on Saturday, October 6th from 9:30am to Noon.
Bring your plants, cuttings, houseplants & bulbs to the library at 9:00 am. If you don’t have time to pot your donations, no problem – just put them in a bag or wrap them in newspaper. The Plant Swap begins at 9:30 am and the Plant Sale runs from 10:00 am to Noon with a free will offering for the Friends of the Library. Plant labels will be available along with plastic sacks to take your new items home.
This Saturday, October 6th, the Winterset Art Center is hosting a Pumpkin Party for ages 3 to 8, and Pumpkin Painting for ages 8 to 11. From 10:00 to 11:00 am, younger children will select a pie-sized pumpkin to decorate with paints, glitter, sticky foam, and googley eyes and the event will wrap up with a seasonal story. From Noon to 1:00 pm, older children can select a full-size pumpkin to decorate with stencils, paints, glitter, sticky foam, and googley eyes. Pumpkin Party class fee is $10 member/$12 non-member | Pumpkin Painting class fee is $12 member/$14 non-member. A parent needs to be present with children ages 3 and 4 and advance registration is required for all children. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Winterset Art Center has many more events planned for this month. You can download a schedule here.
The Iowa is kicking off October with The House with a Clock in its Walls. The film is directed by Eli Roth and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, and Kyle MacLachlan. Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle (Jack Black) in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses. PG / 1 hr, 45 min
On Wednesday, the mystery theme carries on with Clue (1985). Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Col. Mustard (Martin Mull). When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer. PG / 1 hr, 37 min
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Madison County Bras for the Cause is working on their annual Bra Decorating Fundraiser. Decorate a bra and turn it in by Wednesday, October 10th. Bras will be on display in the Bras for the Cause Gallery during the Covered Bridge Festival where visitors can vote for their favorites. The top three bras will be auctioned at the Bras for the Cause Event on Saturday, October 27th. Funds raised through this organization stay in Madison County to support mammograms for underinsured residents. Contact Debbie Field at 515-462-2833 to turn in a bra or with any questions.
The Iowa Quilt Museum will soon be closing their exhibit Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair. The exhibit features thirty blue ribbon winning gems and will be on display through Sunday, October 14th.
The 2018 Covered Bridge Festival is just NINE DAYS away!
This years organizing team have put together a fabulous lineup of events, vendors, and activities. The theme for his year’s festival is Dream Big Dreams celebrating the life of Dr. George Washington Carver, the time that he spent in Winterset, and the impact his time here had on his future. Learn more about all of the events and activities related to George Washington Carver and the Dream Big Dreams theme HERE.
The volume and variety of events and activities during the Covered Bridge Festival is staggering! Instead of listing it here, we’re going to direct you straight to the source. For a Schedule of Activities CLICK HERE
The downtown square will again be filled with a variety of vendors and demonstrators. For a full list, CLICK HERE
The festival’s main purpose is to celebrate and honor our remaining covered bridges. For information on bridge tours during the festival, CLICK HERE
And finally, if you’re newer to Winterset, or just have never learned much about the history of the festival, CLICK HERE for a short festival history.
We encourage you to check out ALL the information about the bridge festival on the Madison County Chamber of Commerce website (check out the navigation menu on the right side of all of the pages we’ve linked here). Dozens of fabulous Winterset Citizens work hard organizing this festival each year and there’s lots to enjoy and be proud of!
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Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Judge Lewis House
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.
Midwest Heritage Bank
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department