Weekend in Winterset, April 25-28, 2019

Attention Artistic Kids…

With the Des Moines Registers’ Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) coming through Winterset this year, the town has a lot to celebrate. To help each overnight town get excited for the arrival of nearly 30,000 riders, support people, media and more, RAGBRAI hosts a statewide art contest for kids (kindergarten through 5th ) in the overnight towns. One local winner will be chosen and entered into the statewide contest. A statewide winner will then be chosen and the young artist will win $350. The other entries will be displayed around town to welcome riders to Winterset on Monday, July 22.

The entry should incorporate Winterset’s theme: “Winterset: Where Everyone’s a Winner”. This theme is all about celebrating the numerous accomplishments and awards this community has received, as well as applauding the riders coming to town for RAGBRAI. Your artwork should incorporate what this looks like to you! The artwork can be a drawing, painting or sculpture but
should be no larger than 11” x 14”. Please be sure to include your child’s name, age, grade, address and phone number on the back of the entry.

The deadline to submit entries is Saturday, May 18 and may be turned into the Madison County Chamber office, Winterset Public Library or the Winterset Elementary or Middle Schools. If you have any questions, please email Winterset RAGBRAI at wintersetragbrai@gmail.com.


Open House

Thursday • 4/25 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Winterset Art Center, 224 S John Wayne Drive

Please join the Winterset Board of Directors for an open house as they say “Thank you” to the Greater Madison County Grant Foundation and to all the other donors who gave to the Winterset Art Center Year 60 Capital Campaign. Visit them and see the renovation progress all made possible by your generous contributions and support.

This Weekend

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday • April 25 • 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Friends Members Preview Sale • Memberships available at the door

Friday • April 26 • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday • April 27 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Open to the Public

Book Look

Friday • 4/26 • 10:00 am
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Office

Get the kids to the Madison County Extension Office on Friday morning for the monthly Extension Book Look! A special Madison County Extension Guest is invited every month to read to kids of all ages. This month is Garden Month and they will be hosting a Master Gardener to read to kids and then lead them in making dirt cups!  This event is free to attend and no pre-registration is required.

Winterset High School Drama Department presents
The Opposite Curse: A Fractured Fairy Tale

Throw out everything you think you know about fairy tales—this is a story like none you’ve heard before! Catch the play on Friday, April 26, at 6:00pm and Saturday, April 27, at 2:00 and 6:00. Tickets are just $5.

Madison County Airing of the Quilts

Saturday • 4/27 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Multiple Locations in the Community

The town will be covered with quilts on Saturday and you’re encouraged to join in! The Iowa Quilt Museum is hosting the 2nd Annual Madison County Airing of the Quilts which will include displays in over 15 locations including our covered bridges, the courthouse and a show of classic cars and quilts just to name a few. Hundreds of visitors are expected to be in town on Saturday taking in this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets can be purchased for $20 for admission into 11 of the exhibits and many other displays are free and open to the public. Find out all of the details on that at the Iowa Quilt Museum’s website. If you have quilts, you’re encouraged to display them outdoors at your own home and add to the community-wide color-fest. Hang them over a fence rail, on a clothes line or even out a second story window. Use your imagination!

Coming up at the Iowa Theater

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Quilting Sale

Saturday • 4/27 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 309 E Jefferson

As a part of the Airing of the Quilts, First UMC is hosting a sale of fabric, notions, patterns, books & magazines, craft projects, bins of rag balls, yarns & crochet thread all at garage sale prices. Lunch will be available from 11-1pm—$5 will get you a sloppy joe, chips, dessert & a drink.

Agricultural Day on the Hill

Saturday • 4/27 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Madison County Historical Society

The Madison County Historical Society invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of John Stowell with “Agricultural Day on the Hill.” Stowell was a long-time member of the Board of Directors until his death in 2016. “Johnny,” as he was known, worked with his family at the Madison County Auction and the Stowell Auction Service.  He was also a farmer, but his true mission in life was to help others whenever he could.

This FREE event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  The Historical Complex’s outbuildings will be open, with events centering around the big red barn.  Look over the equipment exhibits that tell the tale of Madison County agriculture and compare early tractors to a current model that will be on display from Agri-Vision.  Henry Wallace (1836-1916), re-enacted by Winterset’s own Bob Kaldenberg, will tell you about farming and agriculture during his lifetime. For the kids, we will have a corn box where they can scoop and pour all they like.

The Board of Directors of the Madison County Historical Society want to recognize Johnny’s steadfast commitment while he was a board member and his big-hearted bequest to the Society.  We dedicate this Agricultural Day on the Hill in his memory.

Members of the Madison County Historical Society are invited to the Society’s annual meeting that same day, beginning at 11:00 with lunch to follow.  The meeting will discuss projects, review finances, and elect Directors. If you are not a member, you may join at the door.

Music at the Winery featuring James Biehn


Saturday • 4/27 • 6:30 – 10:00pm
Covered Bridges Winery

Enjoy the wonderful talent that is James Biehn! Listen to blues, rock and Americana; James’ style! $5.00 cover. Music from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Rescue Burgers & Q serving from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.



3rd Annual “Walk in the Park” Celebrating Earth Day

Sunday • 4/28 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Winterset City Park, South Shelter

For Lands Sake! welcomes the public, of all ages, to their annual Earth Day Celebration where they will enjoy a spring outing together in Madison County’s own historic Winterset City Park. At 1:00 pm walkers will hear brief remarks about work underway to nominate the park to the National Register of Historic Places. The leisurely walk will begin at 1:30 accompanied by people versed in plant and animal identification, able to explain the many management changes already in evidence, and capable of demystifying the nature of an “oak savanna” ecology.

Bring your questions, your personal devices for photographing and using the iNaturalist app, your youth and friends, and your battered modern spirits in need of some natural solace. The event is free. City Park really is a time capsule of culture, landscape, human vision, and local history!!

Peanut Butter Drive for MATURA

Month of April
Any Farmers & Merchants State Bank Location

Just a FEW DAYS LEFT to donate peanut butter and the tower is growing! Drop off your donation at any Farmers & Merchants State Bank location this month. All donations will make their way to the food bank at MATURA.



Coming Soon

Sketch & Watercolor Basics Class

April 30 – May 16 • Tuesday & Thursday afternoons • 3:45pm
Winterset Art Center

There is still time to register for the Sketch and Watercolor Basic class at The Winterset Art Center.  This class will take place April 30 though May 16 onTuesday and Thursday afternoons for a total of 6 sessions. Bring a picture (not on your cell phone) to sketch and take home a finished watercolor.This is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Walk-in Clinic

Saturday • 5/4 • Noon – 2:00pm
Lucky Paws Rescue at Cedar Creek Animal Clinic

If your pet is in need of a nail trip, a microchip or a heart worm test, you can have it all taken care of at Cedar Creed Animal Clinic on Saturday, May 4th. Proceeds will go the Lucky Paws and their adoptable animals will be available for a meet & greet.

Apples in Iowa – A Cultural Event for the Whole Family

Sunday • 5/5 • 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Winterset Cidery

This FREE cultural event is open to the public and helps celebrate Iowa history and apple production. The first 500 people in attendance will receive a copy of the newly released My Family’s Apple Farm book written by children’s author Katie Olthoff.  Activities will include a book signing, tours of the apple orchard, workshops on grafting and apple tree care, hands-on activities explaining pollination, apple taste testing, and more.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development. The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Marvin’s Room

Thursday -Saturday • May 9-11 • 7:00pm
Sunday • May 12 • 2:00pm
The Winterset Stage @ The Iowa Theater

Beloved for its mordant humor and unflinching wisdom, Scott McPherson’s dark comedy allows us a moving view of one woman’s commitment to family and response to despair. This most recent show from the Winterset Stage is a bit different from the plays you’ve seen them produce in the past few years but it is an rich script from a very talented playwright and the cast has been working for weeks already to breathe life into their respective characters. Tickets are available online through The Winterset Stage and will also be available at the door for each performance (if there are seats remaining).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
presented by Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio

Friday • 5/10 • 6:00 pm
Saturday • 5/11 • 3:00 pm
Henry C Miller Auditorium

Tickets are on sale for the Winterset Ballet & Dance production including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs plus Kings & Queens. Lots of youngsters in our community will be showing off their hard work and it will be a fun performance to be sure.

Opening Weekend

Saturday • 5/11
Madison County Farmers Market on the Square

Get it on the calendar!  The farmers market will be back starting May 11.

And Finally

City Wide Garage Sale

Saturday • 5/11

Deadline to advertise in The Shopper is Friday, May 3rd, at 5:00 pm.  Clean out those closets and the garage, your junk is usually someone else’s treasure!

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen. All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
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Angel Wings & CT
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Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaüs Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
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Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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