MATURA Madison County Giving Tree
The Winterset Public Library is hosting a Christmas Giving Tree for MATURA this year. Here’s how you can help a local family in need this season: Stop by the library between now and December 16th, select a tag from the tree, purchase a gift or two and return it (unwrapped) right back to the library by December 17th.
Holiday Open House
Friday • 12/6 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
American State Bank
Stop in to American State Bank on Friday for their Holiday Open House. The hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and the day will include photos with Santa from 2:00-5:00 pm, plus bank giveaways, prize drawings, and refreshments. ASB is also a Toys for Tots drop-off location.
Lunch Date at the Iowa Quilt Museum
Friday • 12/6 • 11:30 – 1:00
Iowa Quilt Museum with Marianne Fons
You’re invited to a lunch date at the Iowa Quilt Museum on Friday, December 6th. The current exhibit at the IQM features quilts by Liz Porter and Winterset’s own Marianne Fons! Did you know that before she was a famous quilter, she was famous for shooting a rattlesnake at her Madison County farm? The quilt that tells the story is included in the display along with a dozen more of Marianne’s beautiful creations.
The folks at the museum know that many locals have been wanting to come visit but it’s hard to find time, so they’re making it really easy—make it your lunch break! Marianne will give a guided tour at 12:15 but you’re welcome to stop in and have lunch any time from 11:30 – 1:00pm. No charge and no RSVP necessary. Lunch will include hot slider sandwiches & fixings, Pammel Park Coffee and Naomi’s Fudgy Oat Bars.
Nature Ornament Craft Day
Saturday • 12/7 • 9:00 – 11:00 am
Pammel Park Nature Center
Join the MCCB naturalist at the Pammel Park Nature Center for a morning of nature-based crafts: make an ornament out of nature-based materials such as twigs and nuts to decorate your indoor trees and an ornament for your feathered friends to enjoy outside.
This event is free and open to people of all ages. Parents/Grandparents bringing children are encouraged to participate in the crafts. Crafts will be available while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome however pre-registration is available online and will guarantee your child access to craft supplies.
Showing at the Iowa Theater
Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven & Christof are hanging around for one more weekend! Don’t miss you final chances to see Frozen 2!
Holiday Open House & Cookie Exchange
Saturday • 12/7 • 10:00 am – Noon
Winterset Public Library
The Friends of the Library invite you to a Holiday Open House and Cookie Exchange at the library this Saturday. There will be holiday music from local musicians, light refreshments, crafts for kids, and warm greetings. (We happen to know two cutie-patootie young musicians who will be playing from 11:30 – Noon.) To participate in the cookies exchange, just bring two dozen cookies, packaged in groups of 6. You leave yours and take home a variety of others! Register for that online through the library.
Christmas Tour of Homes
Saturday • 12/7 • 11:30 am – 6:30 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church + 9 other locations
Tickets for this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes can be purchased in advance for $13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Country Cutters, Heartland Fiber, Pine Creek, Harvest Creek, Madison Co. Mercantile and Madison County Chamber. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $15 at St. Paul. Refreshments will be served at St. Paul where you will also be able to view the beautifully decorated Christmas Trees available for silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to CRISP and Tori’s Angels.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Soup Luncheon
Saturday • 12/7 • 12:00 – 4:00 pm
VFW Hall (3rd Street)
Enjoy some delicious soup on Saturday and support the Iowa chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. They’ll be serving from Noon to 4:00 pm at the VFW Hall located at 115 N 3rd Street.
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 14-17 (multiple performances)
Winterset Ballet & Dance at the Iowa Theater
Winterset Ballet & Dance is continuing the tradition of bringing The Nutcracker to life. There are six performances to catch between Saturday, December 14th, and Tuesday, December 17th. Tickets are available online through Winterset Ballet & Dance (not through The Iowa) and they’re going fast so they encourage you to get yours ahead of time and not at the door.
Great People doing Great Things!
After another successful ‘spooking season’ at their Haunted House, the Winterset FFA Student Chapter and the Blue & Gold FFA Boosters decided to make a generous donation to the Winterset American Legion. On Tuesday, they presented a check for $2675 to the members of the legion.
The Winterset Rotary Club recently installed a new can drop facility along Hwy 92 on the north edge of town (between Verizon and the FS Fuel Stop). They are ready to receive your donations and all proceeds go to Rotary, much of which gets funneled back to local organizations.
The Madison County Conservation board just sent out a wonderfully informative missive about the proposed Nature Center and the progress that is being made toward making that dream a reality. They are just $400,000 short of the $5 million needed for this project. You can make a one-time donation through their website or contact the Madison County Conservation Center about how to make a multi-year pledge.
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American State Bank
Angel Wings & CT
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
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