The Winterset Citizen, July 10, 2020

Star Search Challenge!

Carol Liechty and some of her friends on the Dream Big Dreams committee put together another fantastic Explore Madison County page in last week’s Madisonian. We hope you got a copy!  Thanks to the Kaldenberg, Parkin & Sawyer families, you can take your kids exploring and they can earn a free ice cream coupon from Frostees by taking pictures of what they find. Here’s what you need to know…

If you didn’t get a Madisonian last week, you can find copies of the July Explorer page in two of the Free Little Libraries in town. One is located at 4th Ave & West Jefferson, the other at 5th Street & East Court.

  • Use the page from either the Madisonian or the Little Library and complete challenges found in the three stars
  • Take a pic of the stars you discovered around town

  • Text or call Deb Kaldenberg at 515-468-1757

  • Arrange to pick up a Frostees ice cream prize at Deb’s front porch, 615 N. 1st Ave.

Here at The Winterset Citizen, we’re helping take things just a little further, and we’ll be posting additional challenges each week.

This week’s Bonus Challenge focuses on the word Courage and starts at the Freedom Rock…

See if you can find all of the following on the Freedom Rock:

  • A word on the Freedom Rock that means Courage

  • The word Courage on a nearby bench

  • George Stout

  • Four prisoners of war

You can also find the word Courage in the Carver Park mural a block north of the Freedom Rock

George Stout is honored with a monument and plaque two blocks west of the Freedom Rock

After returning home, one of the POWs, Don Thomas, became a Winterset art teacher & helped start nearby:

  • Winterset Art Center 60 years ago (one block west of the Freedom Rock)

  • Carver Park 30 years ago

We’d love to see pictures of what you find as you explore Madison County. Post your photos to our Facebook Page @TheWintersetCitizen or email them to us at TheWintersetCitizen@gmail.com.

This Weekend

Friday at 5 Summer Concerts

Tonight • July 10 • 5:00pm

Remember to spread out a little more than this!

Tonight marks the return of the “Fridays at 5” Concert Series at City Park. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce iand Winterset Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up for this FREE community event for families and lovers of music, fresh air, summer, and fun!

Easton’s Food Truck will be on hand serving food, and beer. Beverage and popcorn sales will begin at 5:00 pm and the live music begins at 5:30. Tonight’s featured band is “Willie Mac & the Lost Cousins.”

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and yard games, but please no coolers or additional food or drinks. Also be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other concert guests.

Bye Bye Birdie

Friday & Saturday • 7:00pm
Sunday • 2:00pm
at the Iowa theater presented by The Winterset Stage

In partnership with the Iowa Theater, The Winterset Stage is presenting this 1963 musical comedy FREE for Winterset Stage Members! Tickets for non-Winterset Stage member will be regular price.

When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson (Dick Van Dyke), whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie (Janet Leigh), pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

It goes without saying that this year has brought about many changes, and required an abundance of flexibility in the way we conduct business. This is especially true for arts and entertainment organizations, like The Winterset Stage, that have had to cancel large portions of their programming.

Even in the face of cancellations and postponements, the Winterset Stage is still committed to bringing quality programming to our community and is looking for unique ways to do that in the new environment we’re facing—like this sponsorship of Bye Bye Birdie. Admission to all showings of this film will be FREE for Winterset Stage members.

Membership this year is being offered as a two-year discounted membership instead of the typical annual membership. Of course none of us know what exactly the future holds, but The Winterset Stage is proceeding with hopeful optimism that they can still produce some kind of live performance later this year and a full season in 2021. In the meantime, they’re going to keep working on providing some different experiences that can feed our theatrical appetites.

Membership support from the community has always been a key financial component to the organization allowing them to produce quality shows and education opportunities. Now more than ever, they need our support to stay active through this challenging time.

Learn more about how to make a membership donation to The Winterset stage at their website.

Playing at The Iowa

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Special Screening of Bye Bye Birdie this Sunday

Let The Iowa entertain you with classic musical theater films in July!

Madison County Farmers Market

Saturday mornings • 8:00 am – noon
on the Square

Enjoy open air shopping at the Madison County Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:00 am – Noon on the courthouse square! Find fresh vegetables, herbs, plants, baked goods, honey and more.

The Madison County Farmers Market will be following the state’s COVID-19 guidelines & ask customers to follow them also: If you are sick or have been sick, stay home; respect social distancing of 6 feet; and wear a mask or face covering.


New Exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Out of Control: Quilts that Break the Rules

The Iowa Quilt Museum opened a new exhibit on Tuesday and is it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The title of the exhibit is “Out of Control: Quilts that Break the Rules” and the display was curated by Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden of Kansas. These two quilters and quilt historians have a special affinity for the ‘odd’ and the patterns, color choices, designs, and even the workmanship of these quilts will leave visitors wondering, “what was she thinking?” You really have to see them in person to marvel at their artistry.

Coming Soon

Summer Children’s Theater

July 13, 24, 30 • 8:30 – 10:00am
Winterset City Park

Join in this summer for a ‘lite’ version of the typical summer Children’s Theater programming. Sessions will meet outdoors with plenty of space from one another while young actors play their favorite theater games, explore verbal and non-verbal expression and communication, and enjoy the company of fellow ‘stage kids!’

July 24th session is geared toward children ages 4-7
July 13th and 30th session are geared toward children ages 8-11
(this isn’t a hard and fast rule, though!)
Material will be repeated in each session, but you can sign up for as many as you want.

Drop-off and pick-up at the Winterset City Park parking lot. Class size is limited to 8 students. Minimum of 4 students needed to hold class. Class will be held except in the case of thunderstorms or lightning.

Discounts are available for Winterset Stage members and siblings who register together. Register online through the Winterset Stage website.

Winterset Parks & Recreation Dept.

Playground in the Park for kids ages 3-8
South Shelter Winterset City Park • $30 per session

July 27 – 30 • 10:00am – noon
August 10 – 13 • 10:00am – noon

Program includes crafts, stories, hikes, games, snacks and play time. One of the highlights will be a group hike to Clark Tower on the last day so a sack lunch will be needed on this day. Register at the Winterset Parks & Recreation website.

Reopening News from the Winterset Public Library

Having taken steps to protect the health staff and our patrons, the Winterset Public Library is now ready to reopen the building to the public—with some notable precautions!

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, the library building will be open to the public Tuesdays & Thursdays from noon to 6:00 pm, and Fridays from noon to 5:00 pm.

If you or a member of your family have or may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last two weeks, do not enter the library. Facial coverings are encouraged inside the building but proper social distancing of at least six feet from others during your visit is required.

To achieve social distancing, fifteen patrons will be allowed in the library at any time. To help the staff account for patron numbers, you will be asked to sign the visitor’s log (first name only), noting your time of entry. So that the library can serve as many visitors as possible, in-library visits should be limited to one thirty-minute session per day. As a sanitary precaution, the public restrooms are unavailable until further notice.

Curbside service will remain available Monday through Friday beginning daily at 10:00 am. Materials may be reserved by placing holds using the online catalog, by calling 515-462-1731, or by emailing library@winterset.lib.ia.us. Call when you are at the library and your materials will be brought out to you car.

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