The Winterset Citizen, May 22, 2020

Hi everyone! Meisha here. Not that I need to have the last word, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say just a few things…

I have been so thankful for my time as a “Winterset Citizen”. This is due in large part to all of you and your commitment to our community. Please know that I will miss you all a great deal, and I doubt I will find another community as picturesque as yours. Please keep up the good work in making Winterset a thriving and vibrant place to live.

Megan is correct, we probably didn’t ever ‘figure out’ what our business was, but I think we still succeeded. We were looking for a way to live better and I think we found it in our work (whatever it may have been), but mostly in, with and because of each other.

Thanks Megan my “old soul” friend for rekindling my inner spirit, for helping me to make the leap and do something completely different with my life, for pushing me to do things I wouldn’t normally do, and for showing me that the answer to almost any question is “Why not?”  I am definitely better for having known you.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
– Albert Schweitzer

In closing, I encourage us all to remember to hold our friends, family, and fellow citizens close (figuratively not literally these days) and enjoy the sweetness that life brings.

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends!
Like the mellow rays of the departing sun,
it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”
– Washington Irving

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Community Updates

The flowers are in place!

Although they’ve still got a little plumping up to do, the famous hanging baskets are in place downtown thanks to Deb Groth, Dave & Judy Trask, Pam and Jim Olson and a slew of other volunteers who help make this project possible each year. If you appreciate this annual addition to our local landscape, and would like to make donation, those be dropped off or mailed to: Ben Franklin; Montross Pharmacy; or any of our three local banks (Union State, Farmers & Merchants or American State). 

Donations may be mailed to: Dave Trask, 72 East Court Ave., Winterset, Iowa 50273

By the way, Groth’s Gardens and Greenhouses is closed now until mum season, August 24th.

Updated Food & Dining Guide

Here’s another updated version of the local food & dining guide to reflect some changes. Perhaps most notably, The Cellar is now open Dine-In.

Virtual Programming from the Iowa Quilt Museum

Every Wednesday

The Iowa Quilt Museum is continuing their weekly programming every Wednesday and on May 27th, at 3:30pm CDT, they will host a virtual meet-up with quilting legend Marti Michell.

For over 50 years, Marti Michell has been at the forefront of the quilting industry sharing tools and templates that help people create quilts with more quality and efficiency. Although she doesn’t typically call herself an artist, her desire to make something, and help people make things they could live with forever, led her to create a business that has had an indelible impact on the quilting industry.

In addition to wearing the roles of teacher, lecturer, writer, publisher, and mentor, Marti and her husband Richard have amassed a beautiful collection of antique quilts. One of their quilts, made by Jacob Schaffner in 1890, is currently on loan to the Iowa Quilt Museum for our Man Made exhibit.

It’s not every day that one gets the opportunity to be on a Zoom meeting with Marti Michell so mark your calendars now and join us using the information below.

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This event is being offered free of cost by the Iowa Quilt Museum although donations are welcome and appreciated. The first 100 participants will be able to login to the meeting via Zoom. Viewers are encouraged to share questions that they would like the panelists to answer. We’ll record the meeting and share it the next day for anyone who isn’t able to join us for the live meet-up.

Madison County Airing of the Quilts WILL Happen!

The IQM also announced this week that they WILL hold their annual event, the Madison County Airing of the Quilts. The date has been moved to Saturday, June 27th, and ALL of the exhibits will be outdoors to allow for social distancing, but how neat that they will still provide a unique opportunity for quilt lovers (and nature lovers, and history lovers, and, really, anyone!) to enjoy the beauty of both quilts and Madison County in a safe and enjoyable way!

Summer Conservation Camps

Online Registration Happening Now

Madison County Conservation is offering a variety of summer camps again this year with some changes that will make them look a little different from years past. All camps will be run entirely outdoors with pick up and drop off located in the picnic area next to the nature center. All camps will focus heavily on outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, bird watching, frog catching, exploring Middle River, and more. There will also be outdoor based games and crafts. Group sizes will be limited this year to maintain the 10 or fewer guidelines with campers and staff.

To view a listing of summer camps or register online, visit Please call the Madison County Conservation office with summer camp questions at 515-462-3536 or send an e-mail to

Virtual Art with Winterset Parks & Recreation

Friday • June 5th

The Winterset Parks & Recreation is joining the hordes of organizations that are finding the need to think creatively about how to offer virtual programming right now. We think they’ve come up with a great idea in this Virtual Art (Watercolor & Calligraphy) project.

Participants can choose from one of these three different designs and complete the project with a guided video composed by local high school artist Carli Clifton. Once registered you will be notified when to pick up your art supplies for these projects and sent the link for the guided video. Email your completed project to so we can display them on our Facebook page. The $15 feel includes all of the supplies you will need for the project. Registration ends June 1 and can be found online through the Winterset Parks & Recreation.

Pride of Winterset [Virtual] Variety Show

Earlier year, The Winterset Stage and the Winterset Lions Club announced that there would be a ‘passing of the torch’ for the spring variety show that we had known as the Lions Show for the past 70 years. The Winterset Stage was preparing to produce the Pride of Winterset Variety Show in mid-April but, of course, that was cancelled.

However…thanks to the wonders of modern technology, The Winterset Stage is currently hosting a virtual version of the variety show on their Facebook Page featuring talent from across our community. If you’re not on Facebook, you can find the videos on the Winterset Stage website instead. Head to one of those locations and check out some talented individuals!

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