Weekend in Winterset, April 2-5, 2020

Great Citizens doing Great Things!

While we always enjoy uplifting people in our community who are doing positive acts in our community, we feel it’s especially important right now to focus on the good that is all around us, even when much of our lives may feel like chaos.

Marcia & Jim Sparks, owners of the Bakery Unlimited, are paying it forward today with a free bread give-away. Any donations that they receive will be given to local agencies.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank is making a very generous donation to support local organizations so they can continue to help our citizens.

We know there are countless other examples of our Winterset Citizens coming together to support one another. We’d love for you to share your stories with us and join us in our attempt to focus on the good!

Community Updates

There have been even more closures and restrictions put in place in the last several days. Non-essential retail stores are now closed which has impacted most of our downtown businesses and new restrictions have been put in place regarding parks and playgrounds. One of the things that we have learned about the COVID-19 virus is that it can live on some surfaces for quite a long time. Therefore, both Winterset Parks & Recreation Department and Winterset Schools have released notices about the use of facilities.

The following was released by WPRD yesterday:

Dear Community Member~

First, we want to thank you for being a supporter of the Winterset Park and Recreation Department.

Secondly, we want to get updated information out to the public. The Winterset Park and Recreation Department is implementing steps to help protect our community and staff from the spread of COVID-19. This cannot be a singular effort; we need your help. Yesterday the decision was made to close all playgrounds under the recommendation of the CDC and the National Recreation and Park Association. Parks and trails will remain open, but we strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines from the CDC:


    Keep 6 feet between individuals

    Congregate in groups of 10 people or less

    Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds

    Can’t wash? Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

City parks will remain open and available for biking and walking for the physical and mental health of our community. When spending time in the parks you must follow the CDC recommendations.

We are seeing a lot of youth congregating in different park settings and are asking you to inform your family and friends that they must follow the guidelines of 6 feet between individuals for social distancing and groups of 10 people of less. Unfortunately, we may have to make the decision in the next few days to shut down the basketball courts or any other areas where the guidelines aren’t being met. We understand the importance of competitive play, but the risks of infection is exponentially higher when social distancing is not respected.

We are in this together. We all know it will take each and every one of us working diligently to follow the CDC guidelines to lessen, and hopefully prevent, the spread in our community.

Stay healthy and stay safe.  We will we get through this together.

For updates on closures and other important information follow us on Facebook @ Winterset Park and Recreation Department and on Twitter @WPRDnews

John Pletchette and Sky Smothers

And this was shared from the WCSD:

How YOU Can Help (and who)

Great American Gift Card Purchase

Friday • April 3

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is joining Chambers of Commerce across the nation to promote “The Great American Gift Card Purchase” on Friday, April 3!

This online shopping event is to support and boost our Madison County small businesses, restaurants, and non-profits through gift card sales. The chamber is encouraging everyone in our community to purchase at least one gift card from a local small business to be used after we get through this Coronavirus pandemic which is affecting our community, state, country, and world.

If you’ve been wishing you could do something to support our Madison County small businesses and restaurants—here’s a wonderful opportunity!

Virtual Lunch & Learn at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Friday • April 3 • Noon

The Iowa Quilt Museum invites you to join them on Friday, April 3, at noon for a virtual lunch-and-learn about decorated quilter Doreen Speckmann. Settle in at home with your lunch and enjoy a conversation between the Iowa Quilt Museum’s Marianne Fons and Megan Barrett and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts’ Emily Schlemowitz as they talk about Speckmann’s influential life and work amid the exhibition of her quilts, Doreen Speckmann Remembered. 

Known for her wit and wisdom, Speckmann was an avid teacher, who regularly led popular quilt cruises and international quilt tours. Doreen Speckmann Remembered features twenty-five years of her life’s work displayed for the first time since her untimely death in 1999.

A Madison, Wisconsin-based artist, in 1985, as a relative newcomer to the quilting scene, she made a lasting impression on the judges of the first American Quilters’ Society national quilting competition in Paducah, Kentucky, where her innovative work, The Blade, won the professional patchwork category.

After receiving the AQS honor, Speckmann was in high demand to teach. Endearing her to quilters the world over, she was recognized for her Birkenstocks, dance moves, and self-deprecating sense of humor. Marianne Fons recalls: “Doreen’s ability to poke fun at all of us by poking fun at herself—combined with her formidable patchwork and design skills—quickly made her one of the most popular quilters in America.”

Tune in to hear personal recollections of Speckmann, discussions of her pioneering quilting techniques, and to view this incredible collection. The two cooperating museums are offering this conversation as a FREE event, with donations encouraged. All donations will be split equally between the two institutions to continue the vibrancy of our programs.

Doreen Speckmann Remembered has been on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum since early January and will be exhibited at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts from November 19, 2020, through January 31, 2021.

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing. Easy to use and reliable, Zoom is available to download for free on your PC/Mac or by using a dedicated app for iOS and Android. Before joining the conversation, you will need to sign up for Zoom using a free Basic plan. More Zoom instructions can be found on the Iowa Quilt Museum’s website.

Topic: Doreen Speckmann Lunch-and-Learn
Time: Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 982 181 1355

T-Shirts to Support American Legion

Our local American Legion has had to postpone their annual fundraising ball which was originally scheduled for March 27th. Last we heard, they are planning to reschedule for a later date but in the meantime, Jones Creek Apparel is offering these great shirts that will both commemorate this historic ‘event’ in our world right now, and support the American Legion Green Rogers Post 184.

They have lots of color combinations – black/gold, gray/black, red/black, red/blue, red/gold, purple/gold, blue/gold, gold/black. If you would like a different color combination, send them a note. Order online before April 3rd.

The proceeds for each shirt sold will go to the American Legion Green Rogers Post 184 in Winterset, Iowa.

Madison County Strong BINGO

For a fun, sign-of-the-times way to help the Madison County community plus our small businesses and non-profit organizations, play this version of BINGO created by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Email how you scored a BINGO (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) to Heather Riley at Exec.Dir@MadisonCounty.com by Friday, April 3rd at 5:00pm and you’ll be entered into a drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks. That’s not much time so get going now!

To download a pdf version of the score card, CLICK HERE.

Shopping Bags to Support Friends of the Library

Each month, Hy-Vee selects a local non-profit to receive $1.00 from the $2.50 purchase price of their study, plastic reusable bags. In order to continue to support the necessary and important work that non-profits are doing in our community, their “Bags for a Cause” program will continue, despite the coronavirus outbreak. They have chosen the Friends of the Winterset Public Library as that non-profit for the month of April.

The Friends of the Winterset Public Library organization’s mission is to support the collections and outreach of the Winterset Public Library. Their activities include the purchase of the lot east of the Library so a parking lot could be built, funding the Book Nook shelters between the Library and Monumental Park, the annual Summer Reading Program for children and adults, plus the Friend’s semi-annual Book Sales (see you in the fall, maybe.)

Hy-Vee recognizes non-profit organizations are more important than ever to help strengthen our community. Even though reusable bags from home are currently banned for reuse while shopping at Hy-Vee, red “My Heart” Bags are still available for purchase in the store. If you visit the Winterset Hy-Vee, buying a red “My Heart” Bag supports our local community and the environment. Your “Friends” thank you!

Latest Information on Local Businesses

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce has put together the following resource with up-to-date information about current hours and offerings of our local businesses. Use the link below to find all of the latest information.

Stay Safe and Shop Local

They also created this food & dining guide to help Madison County residents. This was updated on March 26th. Remember, information is changing very rapidly these days so it’s always a good idea to call ahead.

Latest Information & Guidelines

We live in an information-rich culture but we know that not all information is accurate or helpful. We urge you to make sure that the information you’re getting in regards to COVID-19 is coming from a trustworthy, reliable source. Here are links to the Madison County and Iowa Departments of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Madison County Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health

The census isn’t cancelled!

Yesterday was designated as Census Day—not a deadline, but a key date in the process. The census equals money for states, cities and communities. More than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed to the states each year of the next decade, supporting all types of government services. This includes infrastructure, healthcare, social welfare and education.

Census data will be used to redraw district lines to determine representation at the federal, state and local level. Businesses use census data to decide where to locate new facilities.

Governor Reynolds’ goal is for Iowa to be the top state in the country in census participation. If we achieve that, it will mean more federal funding for our state and new opportunities to help Iowa prosper through the next decade and beyond.

We urge you to take the time to complete your census response. For the first time, people can respond online, by paper or over the phone. Visit 2020census.gov for more information.  Thank you for your time and help in making sure #IowaCounts!

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
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
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 Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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