Sing some tunes from Oklahoma! with The Winterset Stage
You may have heard by now that the Winterset Stage is planning a production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! for June 2020. This will be the first large-scale musical production ever for The Winterset Stage and the first community-theater production of this scale to happen in Winterset since the Apple Tree Players. Did you know that the Apple Tree Players actually produced Oklahoma! during the first Covered Bridge Festival?! And since we’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of that festival this year, they thought it a fitting tribute to do a small performance during this year’s festival celebrating both the history and future of community theater here in Madison County!
So, to that end, the Winterset Stage is putting together an ad-hoc Oklahoma! performance ensemble and they want you to know that you’re invited! ALL are welcome – adults, kids, and everything in between. The performance will be on the Mel Penrod Stage (south side of the courthouse) at 2:30 on Saturday, October 12th.
The rehearsal schedule will be short and consist of mostly Thursday evenings at the First United Methodist Church, 309 E Jefferson.
Thursday, September 12th – 6:30 – 7:30
Thursday, September 19th – 6:30 – 7:30
Thursday, September 26th – 6:30 – 7:30
Thursday, October 3rd – 6:30 – 7:30
Sunday, October 6th – 2:30 – 3:30
Thursday, October 10th – 6:30 – 7:30
If you’d like to participate, please be sure that you can attend the rehearsals on October 6th and 10th and at least three of the others. (In other words, missing ONE of the earlier rehearsals is ok but any more than that is not a good idea.) They’re also asking you to pitch in $5 ($3 for the music and $2 to help pay an accompanist for their time.) All you have to do is show up tonight at the first rehearsal or email info@TheWintersetStage.org. Sounds like fun!
Customer Appreciation Luncheon
Friday • 9/13 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Downtown Winterset
Downstairs at Downton
Saturday • 9/14 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Winterset Public Library
What was life really like below stairs at a place like Highclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey)? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress’ reputation? What about all that free time? Lisa Alessandro of local restaurant “Anything Sweet and More” will provide delicious tea & goodies for participants to enjoy while getting the answers to these and other questions. Registration is required for this free event. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online.
Classic Car Show ‘n Shine
Saturday • 9/14 • 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Central Iowa Auto Club on the Downtown Square
Oldies music on the loud speaker and good ol’ cars and trucks parked on the square…it’s time for the monthly Show ‘n Shine this Saturday afternoon.
Music at the Winery | Tony Valdez
Saturday • 9/14 • 7:00 pm
Covered Bridges Winery
After you enjoy the class cars, keep the oldies vibe going with Tony Valdez & The Rockets at Covered Bridges Winery. Weather permitting, music will be outside so bring along a lawn chair. The music will be rocking from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Sabores De Mexico will be serving food from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Open Auditions for Charlotte’s Web
Sunday • 9/15 • 6:00 pm
Monday • 9/16 • 6:00 pm
The Winterset Stage at the Iowa Theater
There are roles available for both adults and children in this show and everyone is welcome at auditions. Scripts will be provided and auditions consist of reading/performing lines from certain scenes so you won’t even need to prepare anything ahead of time. There are two opportunities to attend auditions, but you only need to attend one, not both.
Performance dates for Charlotte’s Web are November 14-17. Rehearsals will begin on September 29th and be held on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday evenings with some Thursday evenings and Saturday morning possible.
NOW Playing at the Iowa Theater
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home. PG-13 / 1 hr, 47 min
Somewhat similar in mood and tone to It, this hugely entertaining scary story has its own delightfully demonic vibe, with strong characters, striking atmosphere, and furious frights. Based on a collection of short horror stories from the early 1980s by Alvin Schwartz (with horrific illustrations by Stephen Gammell), which was intended for kids, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark cooks up its own mythology as a way of packaging the books’ mini-tales into a cohesive story. Set in 1968, the movie conjures up a kind of freedom in which the young heroes have the space and gumption to run about town and do their own thing. (Stella’s room is filled with classic horror movie posters and monster magazines, as well as a half-finished tale in her typewriter.) We love hanging out with them, and their ghost chase is as secretly thrilling as it is scary. (review by Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media)
When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.” PG / 1 hr, 59 min
Intro the Tai Chi
Wednesday • 9/18 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Winterset Public Library
Join Certified Tai Chi Instructor Stacey Falke for an hour of relaxing, gentle exercise and practice the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi. Students will learn general principles and techniques, as well as several beginners Tai Chi forms. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Chairs will be provided for those preferring to sit through the exercise. This class is suitable for all ages and no registration is required.
Fun in the Sun Anything with Wheels Show
Saturday • 9/21 • 10:00 am – 3:00pm
Madison County Historical Complex
Support the Madison County Historical Museum during this annual fundraiser for the Passport To the Past activities that happen during the Covered Bridge Festival. All money raised will be used to bring educational and entertaining activities to the historical complex during the festival. Cars, Tractors, Motorcycles, Bikes are all welcome…if it has wheels, it’s an entry! Be creative and join the fun.
Registration opens for vehicles at 9:00 am
Concessions and the show run from 10:00 am t0 3:00 pm
There will be a Quilt of Valor Award Ceremony at 11:00 am
Car Show Awards will be presented at 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 21st, is also Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and the MCHS is celebrating with Free Admission from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Evening Under the Stars
Saturday • 9/21 • 5:00 pm
Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education
Event at Covered Bridges Winery
It’s time to purchase your tickets for the Evening Under the Stars fundraiser to benefit the Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE). The event will be a special celebration of the progress that has been made towards the new Madison County Conservation Center. The night will begin with social hour at 5:00 p.m. plus appetizers and a chance to check out the silent auction items. Covered Bridges Winery will be serving their local wines inside the winery during the event and a homemade dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Over the last year and a half, fundraising has been one of the main priorities of the conservation center project. Thanks to several generous donations and private grants, around 73% of the project has now been funded. With your help, the Madison County Conservation Board and their Foundation (MCFEE) aim to reach the fundraising goal by the end of this year. Event tickets are $35/person or $280 per table (seats 8). To purchase your tickets, contact Michelle Leonard at 515-494-3560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available to purchase in person at the Madison County Conservation Board office located at 2273 Clark Tower Road or from any MCFEE member. All proceeds from the event will go towards the new conservation center.
Raku Potter Class
Sunday • 9/22 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Madhaüs Gallery at Covered Bridges Winery
Raku is a Japanese word often interpreted as “enjoyment” or “happiness,” and is a form of ceramic art in which a piece is subjected to a post-fire reduction process using sawdust, paper or other materials to change its color and chemistry. No two pieces of Raku pottery ever look alike! In this class, hosted by Madhaüs Gallery at Covered Bridges Winery, participants learn about Raku pottery as well as glazing and firing techniques. Students select and glaze a piece of pottery and watch it being fired. This is a make-and-take activity with firing assistance from the instructor. Students can stay all day to observe or simply participate for a few hours to create their piece(s). All supplies provided. Wine or other beverages and snacks available for purchase. Limit is 15 students $65 per person. Get your tickets online through Covered Bridges Winery.
Iowa QuiltScape Tour to Kalona & Cedar Rapids
Friday • 10/18 • 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Iowa Quilt Museum
While in Kalona, you’ll be treated to a guided tour of their two quilt rooms and get a behind-the-scenes look at the storage facilities where they store their 800+ quilts. Travelers will also enjoy a hearty family-style lunch (included in the trip price) and have some time to explore the rest of the village, including the two quilt shops located there.
Enjoy the Washington County Barn Quilt Trail as you proceed to Frond Design Studios. Stephanie Brandenburg, owner of Frond, will guide you as you explore both the showroom and the production facilities located in Cedar Rapids.
The price of the tour is $94 per person and IQM members get a 10% discount bringing the cost to just $85. Register with a friend and get a discount, too, just $180 for the two of you. The trip fee includes comfortable transportation, the tour and lunch at Kalona, snacks along the way, all gratuities, and quality time spent in the company of like-minded quilters! A portion of your registration cost also helps support the Iowa Quilt Museum enabling us to continue providing top-notch exhibits and programming.
The tour will depart from the Iowa Quilt Museum at 7:00 am and return at approximately 10:00 pm. The IQM will be open at 6:30 am for those early birds who would like to view the exhibit before departure, and will re-open for 30 minutes upon our return for the night owls. The exhibit at that time will be “A Fons & Porter Homecoming.”
Transportation type (motorcoach or vans) will depend upon number of registrations and will be determined about two weeks before the trip. Register online through the Iowa Quilt Museum.
Take the Heart & Soul Survey SOON
Available through September
Madison County Heart & Soul is an initiative that recognizes that our county is diverse and made up of individual communities, rural areas, and neighborhoods. Heart & Soul’s purpose is to honor community pride as we develop a county-wide future that represents what matters most to the residents. The Heart & Soul organizers feel that the best way to identify Madison County’s distinctive character—and find the means to protect it—is to listen to people who live in the communities of the county.
You can help define the Heart & Soul of your community and Madison County by completing short, anonymous survey, but you need to do it soon!
This is the “Last call” to Winterset residents to complete this survey. After the end of September, the survey will close and the results will be collected and processed. Don’t miss your chance to share your thoughts in this important process. You can find everything you want to know about the process, and the survey, at the Madison County Heart & Soul website.
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American State Bank
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Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouse
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Midwest Heritage Bank
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department