Weekend in Winterset, June 27 – 30, 2019


Trivia Night at the Cidery

Thursday • 6/27 • 7:00 – 9:00pm
Winterset Cidery

Feel free to take dinner and some snacks with you, just be sure to leave some space for the delicious cider that Gary & Debbie Heck will be serving as you match your knowledge against all the teams at the Cidery tonight. Teams of 1-6 should arrive about 6:30 to get a table and get ready to compete for bragging rights.

Community Band Lawn Chair Night

Thursday • 6/27 • 6:00 pm meal, 7:00 pm music
Courthouse Lawn

Join the Winterset Community Band as they play their last concert at the courthouse this summer, all subsequent concerts will be held at the Madison County Historical Complex.

This Weekend

“Passport to the Past” – McKee Barn Sale

Friday • 6/28 • 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday • 6/29 • 8:00am – done
Madison County Historical Complex

Head out to the Madison County Historical Complex and find the McKee Barn – it’s full to the brim with items for their annual “Passport to the Past” ‘garage sale’ fundraiser. All proceeds will fund family activities at the Museum Complex during the 2019 Covered Bridge Festival.

Madison County Farmers Market

Saturday • 6/29 • 8:00 am – Noon
Winterset Square

You never know what you will find Saturday morning from 8:00 am to Noon on the courthouse lawn—beautiful flowers, delicious fruit, nutritious vegetables and wonderful coffee just to name a few. Stop by and see what they have to offer!

Registration for Fall Soccer – DEADLINE JUNE 28th

Now through June 28th
Winterset Area Soccer Club

It’s already time to look ahead on your calendar and get your kiddos signed up for soccer league if they’d like to play this fall. Registration is open through June 28th on the Winterset Area Soccer Club’s website. Divisions begin at U6 (age six and under) and go up. Kiddos as young as five can start enjoying this fun outdoor activity.

Raised Hunting Book Launch Party

Friday • 6/28 • 7:00 – 9:00pm Social & Book Signing
Covered Bridges Winery

Join Karin and David Holder of Raised Hunting TV Show and special guest co-author Larry Dugger at Covered Bridges Winery on Friday night for a book signing and social time. Hear never told stories of faith, family and the adventures of hunting. Books will be available for purchase. “RAISED HUNTING”—a family that hunts together, stays together!


Saturday • 6/29 • 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Covered Bridges Winery

The fabulous Crosswind band is back at Covered Bridges Winery this weekend plays 50’s through 80’s rock music with some country and swing. Weather permitting, music will be outside so bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. There is a $5 cover. The music will happen from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Sabores De Mexico will be serving food from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Levitt AMP Music Series | Emily Scott Robinson | The Foxies

Sunday • 6/30 • 6:00 pm
Earlham City Park

Get over to Earlham on Sunday evening and enjoy Emily Scott Robinson and her honest humble folk music from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and then get ready for a kinetic blast of new-wave glam, indie pop and dance music courtesy of Nashville rockers, The Foxies.

This Weekend at the Iowa Theater

The Biggest Little Farm

This powerful, deeply personal documentary is both a memoir and an exploration of John and Molly Chesters’ quest to make their dream of living on a fully sustainable farm come true. Even though they don’t seem to know much about farming (although she’s an avid gardener), they somehow convince investors to loan them substantial amounts of money to finance their dream. Daunted by the task of turning their dry, desolate property into a thriving farm, the couple receives nearly magical amounts of mentorship from the enigmatic York, who seems to have all the answers all the time about their vision for Apricot Lane Farms.

Based on York’s advice, the Chesters want everything from the microorganisms in the soil to the predators and prey on the land to be in harmony. That balance takes them and their team — which includes far more experienced foremen and a group of young adult volunteers — several years to accomplish. This is a wonderful, beautifully shot labor of love that should inspire viewers to commit to lives of purpose that serve the earth and others.  Rated: PG, 91 minutes.

Coming Soon

‘Old Glory’ Make & Take for Kids

Monday • 7/1 • 9:00 – 10:30 am
Iowa Quilt Museum

The Iowa Quilt Museum is inviting kids to join them next Monday morning to make their very own ‘patchwork’ version of Old Glory just in time to hang up for Independence Day! Kids will learn about quilt tops and how they are pieced without needing to know how to sew! This class is great for kids 6-12. Although it isn’t required, adults are welcome to stay and younger kiddos might appreciate having a little help from a grown-up. Class fee is $10. Register online through the IQM website or call them at 515-462-5988.

Earlham Freedom Fest

Wednesday and Thursday • 7/3 & 7/4

Earlham has more fun in store during their Independence Day festivities which begin with a free will pork loin supper on Wednesday, July 3rd, from 7:00 to 11:00pm at the Legion Hall. Bring your lawn chair because after your yummy pork loin you can find a spot to sit near Chestnut Street in front of the West Side Bar & Grill until your toe-tapping feet take to the street at the Street Dance from 8:00 pm – midnight.

Thursday, your Independence Day celebration can begin with a pancake breakfast at the Earlham Fire Station or cinnamon rolls & juice at the Earlham Friends Church. The parade will begin at 10:00 am with fireworks at dusk. Tucked between breakfast and fireworks, they’ve got loads of other fun stuff planned so check out their full schedule.

B.R.A.T. – Bike Ride Around Town

Friday • 7/5 • 5:00 pm
Meet at City Park

All ages can join the Winterset Park & Recreation Department for this fun bike ride around town on next Friday evening. Riders will begin leaving City Park at 5:00 and ride the SHARROWS around Winterset. (Maps of the shared road way route will be provided). The route is 7 miles and you are welcome to ride it as many times as you would like. After your ride head to the North Shelter for food and live music at the First Friday Concert Series. This is the second of 3 rides this summer – final ride will be August 2nd.

First Friday Concert Series

Friday • 7/5 • Music begins at 7:00 pm
Winterset City Park

The second in the “First Friday” Concert Series will be held in the north shelter area at Winterset City Park on Friday, July 5th. Hot food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale beginning at 6:00 pm and live music begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, relax on the gently sloping hillside, and enjoy the summer sunset as a backdrop to great live music from provided by Malcolm Wells & the Two Timers.

Patterson Patriotic Parade

Friday • 7/5 • 7:00pm
Patterson Community Building

If you feel like drawing out your Independence Day Celebration for an extra day, Patterson has you covered on Friday, July 5th, with a parade, a grill-out and other family-friendly activities. The parade will start at 7:00pm (be there at 6:30 if you’d like to be in the parade) and fireworks will start at dusk.

Still time to sign up!

Here are a few programs happening in the next few weeks that still have room for your kids!

Make Something at the Winterset Art Center

Preschool Summer Art: Session III
Mondays • July 1st, 8th & 15th • 9:00 – 10:00 am or 11:00 – Noon

Come Clay with Me III
Tuesdays • July 2nd and 9th • 9:00 – 11:00am

Come Clay with me IV
Tuesdays • July 16th and 23rd • 9:00 – 11:00am

There are still lots of creating opportunities available at the Winterset Art Center in July. Check out the entire list and get registered on their website.

Education Programs at The Winterset Stage

Monday – Thursday • July 8-11 • Student Voices: What Matters to Me (Grade 8+)
Monday – Thursday • July 15-18 • Musical Theater, Sr (Grades 5-8)

Get the kids out of the house in July. Sign up for one of these classes for some drama and fun! You can find a full class list and sign up at The Winterset Stage’s website.

Pammel Park Summer Camps

Various weeks
Madison County Conservation Board

Register TODAY!  There are still a handful of spots available in summer camps throughout July. If you have a child age 8+, there are spots available for the Outdoor Adventures, Water Rocks, and Night Owls 2 Camp. If you have a child age 5-7, there are only 3 open spots in Salamander 2 camp.

Winterset Youth Boys Basketball Camp
July 22nd – 25th • 9:00 – 11:00 am or 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

The Winterset High School boys basketball coaching staff is inviting Winterset boys entering 2nd grade through 9th grade to a four-day instructional camp. Register by July 5th to guarantee a t-shirt. The cost of the camp is $40. If you have any questions, contact Josh Henry at 515-238-3945 or jhenry@winterset.k12.ia.us. Download the registration form here.

And Finally …

Would your business or organization like to sponsor Winterset’s RAGBRAI celebration on Monday, July 22.  Sponsorships start at only $50!  Your support will keep our community safe and clean, and our celebration first class – all while we have loads of fun!  There are several sponsorship packages also available if you would like to show even more support.   Those packages include logo placements on the main and secondary entertainment stages, plus print ads, placement on the Winterset RAGBRAI website, and more.  Please contact Nicole Kems, Stephanie Gerleman, or Heather Riley for more details.

Volunteer TODAY and get a FREE T-shirt!

Please consider volunteering to help make Winterset the BEST overnight town during this years RAGBRAI.  There are lots of ways to help – from set up to tear down, information booth or beverage garden there is a spot for YOU. Go to WintersetRAGBRAI.com and fill out the Volunteer info form. Shirts will be given to all volunteers in mid July!

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

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Angel Wings & CT
Ben Franklin
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
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Cidery
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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