Weekend in Winterset, February 28 – March 3, 2019

More great news coming from WHS – the Huskies Boys Basketball team is headed to the State Tournament!

They will face Seargent Bluff – Luton on March 5th at 2:45pm in round one of the tournament.


Exhibit Presentation

Thursday • 2/28 • 2:00pm
Madison County Conservation at Union State Bank Community Room

Madison County Conservation has been working with Split Rock Studios to develop interactive exhibits for the new conservation center. Split Rock has prepared a presentation of the conceptual exhibits which will highlight Madison County geology, soils, water quality, woodland ecosystems and much more.

The public is invited to attend the presentation at 2:00 pm in the Union State Bank Community Room. The presentation should last approximately 30 minutes. We know our readers like to be among the first people with information about new happenings in town so this is a great opportunity to get the first look at the proposed exhibits!

This Weekend

Shamrock ‘Piecing’ Party

Saturday • 3/2 • 9:00 – 10:30 am
Iowa Quilt Museum

Get the kids out for some St. Patty’s Day fun & learn about quilt piecing using a fabric and ironing method (no sewing!) This hands-on class is best for ages 6-12 (kiddos under 8 will want a parent to stay and help). There is a $10 materials fee and pre-registration is requested. You can do so online at THIS LINK.

Cabin Fever Gardening Series – Iris Growing

Saturday • 3/2 • 10:00 – 11:30 am
Winterset Public Library

You’re sick of winter. We know. Us, too. How about we all just pretend that winter is already over and start planning our gardens instead? On Saturday morning, Wayne & Pam Messer of the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers chapter of the American Iris Society will cover iris-growing basics, range of iris types, bloom times, sizes (including fall reblooming irises) at the Winteret Public Library.  This event is free and open to everyone – no registration needed.

The Lego Movie 2 & City Lights

Coming up at the Iowa Theater

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the fourth movie in the franchise but serves as a direct sequel to the first film. In this tale, the citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity. PG / 1 hr, 47 min

Chili Cook-Off

Saturday • 3/2 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Early Chapel Christian Church

Music at the Winery – Crosswind

Saturday • 3/2 • 7:00 – 10:00pm
Covered Bridges Winery

Our local rockers, Crosswind, will be playin at Covered Bridges Winery this Saturday evening. Crosswind is a family band playing a variety of music including 50s through 80s rock, some country and some swing music. Wherever they go, tapping feet are sure to follow! There is a $5.00 cover and music from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Up in Smoke will be serving from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Winterset|Earlham Girls HS Soccer Pancake Breakfast

Sunday • 3/3 • 7:00 – 11:00am
American Legion Hall, Winterset

In addition to eating your way through a stack of fluffy pancakes, you can support the Winterset|Earlham Girls Soccer Franchise through a 50/50 raffle. The cost for breakfast is a free will donation.

Next Week

Education Foundation Spring Fling

Ticket purchase DEADLINE   –  Monday • 3/4
Monday • 3/11 • 6:00pm
Winterset Community Educational Foundation

The Winterset Community Educational Foundation presents their Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser on Monday, March 11th. Funds raised at this event help the WCEF  provide support for projects and experiences for teachers in our school district. The silent auction and social hour will begin at 6:00pm with a dinner prepared by the WHS FCS class at 6:30pm and live auction to follow. Tickets are $25 per person and advance reservations by Monday, March 4th, are required. Tickets are available at the Winterset Schools Administrative Office. They can also be acquired by calling Clarice Blanchard at 515.554.0041 or Pat Dickerson at 515.468.2066.

Fat Tuesday Taco Bar

Tuesday • 3/5 • 4:00 – 7:00 pm
First United Presbyterian Church

A tantalizing splurge before Lent, Taco-Fat-Tuesday at First United Presbyterian Church will include a loaded taco bar, king cake, and a chocolate fountain. Everyone is welcome, the event is free, just give a free will offering as you are able. The offering will be used for the work and mission of the church.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday • 3/5 • 5:00 – 7:00 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church

The St. Paul Men’s Group will kick off Lent with a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, in the Fellowship Hall. The dinner will feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and beverages. The proceeds of a free will offering will benefit the needs and mission of the church.

Hunter Safety Course

March 5th, 7th & 9th
Madison County Conservation Board

The Madison County Conservation Board is offering a traditional Hunter Education Course this week. The class is three sessions, which consist of two evening session and one morning session. All sessions must be attended to complete the class. The class sessions will be on Tuesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 7th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Pammel Park Nature Center, 2510 Pammel Park Trail and on Saturday, March 9th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Madison County Sportsmen Club, 4224 Cedar Bridge Road.

Hunter Education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics. Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license.

Register for the class at THIS LINK. If you have questions please call Steve Pearson at 515-250-9233 or email spearson@madisoncountyparks.org

Auditions for Marvin’s Room

Sunday • 3/10 • 6:30pm
The Winterset Stage (at the Iowa Theater)

Auditions for The Winterset Stage’s production of Marvin’s Room will be held at the Iowa Theater on Sunday, March 10th at 6:30pm. No preparation is required for auditions; excerpts from the script are provided for the reading. There are roles available for up to 7 men & women, ages 30s to 60s and two teenagers. The show dates for Marvin’s Room are May 9th through 12th and rehearsals will be held Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings beginning March 25th. Here’s a short synopsis of the plot:

Bessie lives in Florida where she cares for her pain-ridden aunt and ailing father, Marvin, who is confined to his bed and unable to speak. When Bessie is diagnosed with an illness, Lee reluctantly makes the trip from Ohio to Florida to aid her sister, bringing along her two sons, one of whom, Hank, has just been released from an institution after a wave of arson. The sisters’ reunion is uneasy at best, with long buried recriminations coming to the surface even as love slowly overwhelms Lee’s veneer of selfishness and glib denial. Bessie’s challenge becomes reuniting Lee and Hank before he rejects her completely for her years of neglect. Despite its potentially sombre plot, Marvin’s Room is both funny and touching in equal measure.

Coming Soon

Spring Break at the Art Center

March 17-21

If you have children, and don’t have travel plans during Spring Break, the reality may be starting to sink in: you have to entertain these tiny humans for a whole week! Hopefully (please, please, please!) the weather will be a little warmer so they can finally play outside for a while, but the Winterset Art Center has got you covered with FIFTEEN class offerings during the week of March 17th. You can find the whole list HERE.

P.S. Spring Break would also be a great time to take advantage of the Adventure Pass through the Winterset Public Library. If you do, you’ll want to make those plans soon; they’re already getting booked up.


Getting a check in the mail is pretty cool. Being handed a giant check is just plain AWESOME! If you are a part of a non-profit group here in Madison County, and you have a project in mind that would impact either arts/culture/humanities, human services, education, environment/animals, public/society benefit, health, or improve the quality of life in Madison County in one way or another, your organization is encouraged to apply for a grant.

Each year, utilizing guidance on best practices from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, it is the foundation’s intent to grant approximately 75% of available funds toward a few (two to four) larger projects, leaving 25% to fund smaller requests.

Grant recipients must be either a 501(c)(3) or a 170(b) organization, or have an organization willing to serve as fiscal agent who is either of the aforementioned organizations.

The deadline for completion of the 2019 application is March 29th at 4:00 pm. Find out all of the details and download the necessary forms at THIS LINK.

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