Weekend in Winterset • October 14

Of course, we often talk about the holiday season as ‘the season for giving’ but, really, is there a season that’s not for giving? 🙂 Our friends at CRISP (Community Resources in Service to People) are already looking ahead and preparing for the needs that will arise in our community with the onset of colder weather and the holiday season. Here’s how you, most wonderful Winterset Citizens, can help!


Help make Christmas a little brighter for Madison County children in need by sponsoring a child.  The holiday gift program makes it EASY for you to get involved. Here are the details:

  • Send in your name or organization’s name, along with contact information and how many children you
    want to sponsor by October 29th. You will be provided with a wish list for each child (numbers are used instead of names to protect privacy).
  • Deliver your gifts to CRISP with the client number attached and gift receipts (for clothing & shoes only). Do not wrap your gifts, however you may donate gift wrap, bows, and tape.

CRISP will contact sponsors by November 12th. Gifts can be dropped off from November 16 through December 3.

Nuts & Candy Fundraiser

The yummiest way to support CRISP is through their nuts and candy fundraiser, which they’ve been doing for nearly 20 years. The Terri Lynn nuts & candy catalog and order sheet are linked below.  If you are interested in supporting CRISP with a purchase, please fill out your order sheet and drop off your order, with payment included, to CRISP at 210 W. Green Street, Winterset. Product will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving, so these items are perfect for holiday baking, stocking stuffers, or Christmas gifts!  

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This Weekend

Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Saturday • October 16th • 4pm
The Winterset Stage

The Winterset Stage will be bringing the beloved Christmas tale about the havoc-wreaking Herdmans to the stage this December and you’re invited to be a part of it! There are roles for adults and children alike. Auditions will be held at the Iowa Theater and you only need attend one date, not both.

If you’re interested in auditioning, please sign up using the button below. This helps The Winterset Stage know who and how many they’re expecting! You’ll be emailed some short excerpts to prepare for the audition.

Cry Macho

Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater

A onetime rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his abusive mom. Crossing rural Mexico on their way back to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find his own sense of redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man. PG-13, 1hr 44min


Saturday • 10/16 • 1:00pm
Winterset Dog Park

Get a jump on Halloween by celebrating this weekend with your pup! Dress up that doggie and vie for prizes that will be awarded for the Best Dog Costume and the Best Human + Dog Costume combo.

Live Music: Clayton Ryan

Sunday • 10/17 • 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater

Clayton Ryan, a 2014 graduate of Winterset High School, is coming home this weekend for a one-night-only performance at the Iowa Theater.

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Clayton was writing and performing from a very young age, competing in national blues competitions, and winning awards and recognition in the jazz and blues idioms. Now, he has honed a sound that is seared with twangy, spaghetti western guitars, thundering drums, and a howling voice that echoes of the golden age of soul music. The energy of his live shows is made two-fold by his massive, looming stature that has given him the nickname “The Singing Mountain.”

Clayton has worked and opened for acts such as Jalan Crossland, Koe Wetzel, Cristina Vane, Walking Papers, Chad Elliott, and Celtic Woman. He has made appearances at The Des Moines Art Festival, Feelin’ Sour? Funk Festival, The Iowa State Fair, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Wild Bill Days, CaveFest X, and Iowa Public Radio. His song, “Wishful Thinking” made the list for DMUSA Music Mix 2018, featuring 13 prominent Iowa songwriters.

Tickets are $15 for adult and $10 for children at this all-ages concert.

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Coming Soon

Wellness Wednesday In Winterset

Wednesday • October 20 • Noon
Winterset Public Library

Sheriff Jason Barnes will present a lunch-and-learn session for the October 20th Wellness Wednesday session. The topic—SCAMS! We’ve all heard about the elderly person who gets a phone call from a “grandchild,” saying they need money and it turns out to be a scam! We like to think that it only happens to other people in other places, but the truth is that it has happened to folks in Madison County. As we have become more tied to the Internet, the world of crime has been ushered into our homes. Sheriff Barnes will help us learn the warning signs and how to avoid falling victim to these scams.

Victorian Mourning

Saturday • October 23 • 6:30 pm OR 7:30 pm
Madison County Historical Complex

The Madison County Historical Society invites you to learn about Victorian mourning practices and see the Bevington Mansion set for the occasion. There will be two sessions, one starting at 6:30pm and the second at 7:30pm. To reserve your space at one of the session, use the button below:

Pumpkin Carving Bash

Friday • 10/29 • 5:00pm
Winterset Public Library

Time travel back to your carefree youthful days and carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween! This free pumpkin carving event held at the Winterset Public Library is designed for adults, but children are welcome. All supplies are provided by the Friends of Winterset Public Library. There is a limit of 10 participants for this event. Sign up using the button below or call the library at 515-462-1731.

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Youth Basketball League Registration

Open Through November 12
Winterset Parks & Recreation

Registration is now open for both of our youth basketball programs. The youth basketball league will again be partnering with Adel Parks and Recreation, Van Meter Parks and Recreation, and Perry Parks & Recreation Department. The league is open for boys and girls in grades 1st – 6th grade.

The Lil’ Husky basketball program in partnership with Winterset Huskies is available for those boys and girls who are in Pre-K (kindergarten next year) or currently enrolled in kindergarten! Registration for both programs is only $30 per participant and includes a t-shirt or a basketball.

Guys Power Sing & Totally Treble Festival

Saturday • November 13th • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Winterset High School with Madison County Music Co. and Heartland Youth Choir

Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to join the Madison County Music Co., Heartland Youth Choir and the Winterset High School Vocal Music department for a day of music-making on Saturday, November 13th. The Guys Power Sing and Totally Treble Festival will be held concurrently at Winterset High School led clinicians Sandy Miller, Artistic Director of Heartland Youth Choir, Megan Barrett, director of HYC Madison County, Jon Barrett, WHS Vocal Director, and Jim Cacciatore, Associate Conductor of Heartland Youth Choir.

Two groups of guest artists will also share in the festival: Remedy & Vox Infinitus, a cappella groups from Des Moines, who will prepare a special arrangements for the festival choirs.

The day will conclude with a free public concert at 2:30pm including performances from the Totally Treble Festival and Guys Power Sing choirs, Remedy and Vox Infinitus. Registration is $20 which includes music, a t-shirt, instruction & lunch. The festivals are open to singers in 5th grade through adult. Register by October 30th using the button below.

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