Weekend in Winterset, Oct 3 – 6, 2019


A Fons & Porter Homecoming
Exhibit & Special Events

October 3rd and 4th
Iowa Quilt Museum

In the mid-1970s, the Iowa State Extension office offered a beginning quilting class here in Madison County. Among the attendees of that class were Marianne Fons & Liz Porter. Four decades later, the duo has just been inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame because of the business they built bringing the art form to life to countless numbers of quilters. Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting resulted in a teaching series on public television, classes and lectures across the country, too many patterns and kits to count and a number of best-selling publications.

The Iowa Quilt Museum is honoring these two quilting legends here in the place where it all started with an exhibit of their quilts that will be on display from October 1st through January 5th. On October 3rd and 4th, the museum is hosting a series of events honoring Liz & Marianne and providing opportunities to spend some time rubbing elbows with them.

Tickets for the events can be purchased online through the Iowa Quilt Museum or by calling the museum at 515-462-5988.

Our Love of Quilting

at The Iowa Theater
Thursday, October 3rd • 4:00 – 5:00pm
Tickets – $15, includes a small popcorn with real butter!

On the stage at the Iowa Theater, one of Marianne’s post-LOQ projects, hear Liz & Marianne share some of the stories from their years teaching the world to quilt and what they’ve been up to since. Megan Barrett, director at the Iowa Quilt Museum, will lead the discussion and your questions are welcome.

Exhibit Opening Reception

at Iowa Quilt Museum
Thursday, October 3rd • 6:00 – 8:00pm
No Admission Charge

Tour the exhibit, visit with Liz & Marianne and enjoy refreshments.

Brunch with Liz & Marianne

Iowa Quilt Museum
Friday, October 4th • 11:00am
Tickets – $25, includes light brunch

Join Marianne & Liz for brunch as they reminisce and share stories of how they built their business from two moms teaching quilting classes in Winterset to teaching across the country and publishing the most widely-circulated quilting magazine in the world.

This Weekend

Slime Time

Registration Ends Friday • 10/4

Event to be held Saturday • 10/19 • 1:00 – 3:00pm
Library Meeting Room

Dress the kids in some old clothes and join the Parks & Rec department in the Library meeting room for a slimy good time.  BE READY TO GET MESSY and make all kinds of slime, goo and glop. A snack will be provided. (We don’t know if the snack will be slimy or not…) This program is intended for boys and girls in grades K through 4 and the registration fee is $15. Register online through the Winterset Parks & Recreation or give them a call at 515-462-3258.

Pumpkin Palooza

Saturday • 10/5 • 1:00 – 7:00pm
Speckled Hen Farms

The Speckled Hen Farms store will be open from 1:00-7:00 pm, and live music featuring Willie Mac and the Lost Cousins will be from 3:00-7:00 pm.  Easton’s Food Truck will have hot food available for purchase from 4:00-6:00 pm, and you can get all your fall pumpkins, seasonal merchandise, and locally made goodies.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon in the country!

NOW Playing at the Iowa Theater


It’s been a while since Jennifer Lopez has generated Oscar buzz, but her performance in Hustlers (2019) is the talk of the town. This crime drama, adapted from a New York magazine article about a group of NYC strippers with a more-than-entrepreneurial streak, is not what it looks like based on the advertising. Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny’s life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona — the club’s top money earner. Ramona soon shows Destiny how to finagle her way around the wealthy Wall Street clientele who frequent the club. But when the 2008 economic collapse cuts into their profits, the gals and two other dancers devise a daring scheme to take their lives back. Hustlers is a classic underdog story with its inspirations being far more Scorsese than Showgirls.  Rated R / 1 hr, 50 min

Terri Lynn Nuts & Candy FOR SALE

Going on NOW through 10/16
Benefiting C.R.I.S.P.

It is nuts and candy time again at C.R.I.S.P.! This is a main fundraiser for this community-based organization and they need your help. C.R.I.S.P. relies on donations and fundraisers, such as this, to support all of their programs and operations. C.R.I.S.P. provides a variety of programs such as School Supplies for Kids, Winter Wear for Kids and Christmas for Kids as well as assistance to families facing crisis situations such as homelessness, utility disconnect, and food insecurity. You can visit the C.R.I.S.P. website to view the Terri Lynn nuts and candy brochure and to print your order form OR call the C.R.I.S.P. office at 515-462-7009. Submit orders and payment to C.R.I.S.P. by October 16th.

Malcolm Wells & The Two Timers

Saturday • 10/5 • 6:30 – 10:00 pm
Covered Bridges Winery

$5 cover. Always a super fun night when these guys come out! Food vendor 6:30 – 8:30pm, Music 7-10pm.  What more do you need to know?

Dog Days at the Winery

Sunday • 10/6 • 12:00 – 5:00pm
Covered Bridges Winery
Proceeds benefit AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport

Join the Covered Bridges Winery as they welcome Berner Nation Saturday from 12-5pm. Members of the group will be in town (with pups in tow) and visiting the winery so they thought they would make a day of it! Come learn about Bernese Mountain dogs from the people who love them best! Enjoy food, music and meet the group! Tim & Jana West and Looking for Luke will provide the music, Sabores De Mexico, Iowa will provide the human food and The Pet Bistro will have handmade dog treats on hand and AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport will also be on site! Proceeds from this event will go to benefit this amazing group and their efforts to rescue and rehome pets. Come show your support and a little love! (check out their website https://www.aheinz57.com/ for a list of their must haves if you’d like to donate prior to the event)

Coming Soon

50th Annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday & Sunday • 10/12 & 10/13 • 9:00am – 5:00 pm
“Through the Lens”   –  50 YEARS

We invite you to visit the 2019 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival on October 12th & 13th to experience the world famous covered bridges, crafts and old-time demonstrations, annual quilt and car shows, cowboys from the wild west, continuous entertainment, family fun — and the many people and places that make it a very special place to visit.  Festival admission is $2.00 (Children 11 and under FREE).  Please note that there is NO smoking on Festival Grounds and only service animals are allowed on Festival Grounds, this does NOT include emotional support or therapy animals.

The action isn’t just at the square – check out the Annual Horseshoe Tournament at the Madison County Fairgrounds, the Quilt Show at Winterset Elementary School, enjoy the “S’mores and popcorn” and Nighttime Civil War Cannon Firing at the Madison County Historical Complex or join us for the Cedar Bridge Ribbon Cutting at the Cedar Bridge just north of Winterset.  There is lots to do and see – visit the Covered Bridge Festival Schedule of Events for more information!

Goat Yoga for The American Cancer Society

Saturday • 10/12 • 2:00 – 6:00pm
Simple Life Farms

Enjoy the simple life and perfect your yoga poses with the incredibly friendly goats out at Simple Life Farms.  Do some yoga, take some selfies and have fun! Tickets are $20 in advance $25 day of event. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Covered Bridges 5K Run/Walk

Saturday • 10/12 • 9:00am
Winterset City Park

Early registration has closed for this annual race during the Covered Bridge Festival, but don’t worry, you can still participate.  Grab a friend and enjoy running in picturesque Madison County!  Registration can be found online or by contacting Roger Queck. The cost is $25 for individuals, $15 for kids, and $25 for a family team of two.

Morbid Curiosities – An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Tuesday • 10/15 • 6:30pm
Winterset Library


Iowa storyteller Darrin Crow will bring Gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe to life in “Morbid Curiosities– An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” at Winterset Public Library on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.  The master of Gothic horror comes from beyond the veil to talk with audiences about his life and share his best stories and poetry including “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” The performance also features one of Poe’s comedies, “The Angel of the Odd,” a cautionary tall tale about the dangers of too much drinking.

This performance is free and open to the public.

Save Our Streams

Saturday • 10/19 • 9:00am – 4:00pm
ISU Extension Office

Save Our Streams (SOS) is a fun way to test water quality in small streams by collecting chemical data and identifying underwater critters. The Izaak Walton League is partnering with Madison County Conservation, For Lands Sake!, and the Badger Creek Watershed Project to offer a workshop on monitoring water quality in local streams.

They will start the day indoors at the ISU Extension Office, but dress for the weather (you’ll be outdoors for part of the day, rain or shine) and bring rubber boots or shoes that can get wet. All class and field materials will be provided, including macroinvertebrate ID books.

Registration costs of $10 will help to provide the classroom and field materials and ID books for participants.

**Don’t forget to bring your own lunch to eat during our lunch break between sessions. **

Classes fill up quickly, so register now!

For inquiries, contact IWLA Save Our Streams Coordinator Zach Moss at zmoss@iwla.org.

Bob Ross – Style Painting Class

Saturday • 10/19 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winterset Art Center

We’re sure there will be plenty of happy trees and fluffy clouds in your world during this Bob Ross-Style painting class offered by the Winterset Art Center. The cost is $50 and all materials will be furnished. Please register online for this painting class—it’s so much fun if you just allow yourself the freedom to try!

And Finally …

Help Needed for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Winterset Public Library are looking for individuals interested in learning tax return preparation and/or experienced tax return preparers to participate in the VITA Program which will be located at the Winterset Public Library in Winterset during the 2020 tax filing season.

The Internal Revenue Service sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program each year.  The VITA Program offers free tax help for people with low-to-moderate incomes, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those who speak limited English.

Here are a few reasons to become an IRS-certified VITA Volunteer:

Flexible hours – Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week during the tax filing season.  VITA will work with volunteers to determine hours of operation for volunteer service.  Training will be offered in January 2020 with volunteer service extending through tax season.

Convenient location – The VITA Site will be located at Winterset Public Library which is in the center of the community and heart of Madison County.

No prior experience needed – Volunteers receive specialized training. VITA Volunteers are from all backgrounds and ages, and may include individuals who are fluent in other languages.

Free tax law training and materials – Volunteers receive training materials at no charge. Tax Law training covers how to prepare basic federal tax returns electronically. Some tax law topics covered are deductions and credits.  VITA provides everything you need.

Continuing education credits for tax professionals – Tax Professionals (Enrolled Agents, CPA’s, non-credentialed tax return preparers) can earn continuing education credits when volunteering as a VITA Instructor, Quality Reviewer, or Tax Return Preparer.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jean Bosch at library@winterset.lib.ia.us or call (515) 462-1731 to get started. We hope you take advantage of increasing your skills and volunteering to help in our residents in need of your assistance.

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Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouse
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
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