Weekend in Winterset • November 12

For my entire life, my family and I have teased my mother about being cold blooded because as soon as the thermometer dips below 40˚, you’ll never find her without two layers of clothing on. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m sitting in my 66˚ office this morning with leggings under my jeans, a vest and a scarf and I’m considering skipping lunch because I don’t want to go back outside! *sigh*

No, I’m sure not a fan of the cold, but I do enjoy several things about this time of year in Winterset. I love the greenery on the lampposts around the square, the amazing window displays in the retail shops on our square (and the awesome shopping!), and the FOOD. Oh…the FOOD! Break out the comfort food and the stretch-waist pants. This weekend the Winterset Optimist will fill our tummies with a delicious turkey dinner and in ten days, the Winterset Lions Club will offer warm bowls of soup to satisfy our hunger. And, knowing that the dollars will ultimately go back into our community through various service projects is added warmth!


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This Weekend


Saturday Art Lessons: Van Gogh…Starry Night

Saturday • November 13 • 10:30 – 11:30am (grades 1-3) OR 1:00 – 3:00pm (grade 4 & up)
Winterset Art Center

Art lessons continue this Saturday at the Winterset Art Center where participants can paint in the style of Van Gogh this week. These Saturday Art Lessons are being taught by Sarah Macht. The morning session is intended for younger students in 1st through 3rd grades, and will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Cost is $6. The afternoon session is for students in 4th grade and up, including adults, and will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Cost is $15.00. All supplies are provided.

Next week is the last class of this session and will focus on the pointillism style.


Free Family Movie: The Wizard Of Oz

Saturday • November 13 • 11:00am
The Iowa Theater

With support from the Madison County Women’s Giving Circle, the Iowa Theater is proud to host a new Family Film Series, which will continue into 2022. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or unused personal hygiene product at the door. All donations will be given to Matura of Madison County.


Totally Treble & Guys Power Sing Festival Concert

Saturday • November 12 • 2:30pm
Henry C Miller Auditorium, Winterset High School

Nearly 200 singers from Heartland Youth Choir, Winterset High School, and the surrounding area will assemble at Winterset High School for a day of singing at the Totally Treble Festival and the Guys Power Sing. The musicians—5th grade through adult—will spend the day rehearsing together with the help of Remedy and Vox Infinitus, a cappella ensembles from Des Moines. At 2:30 pm, the festival choruses plus the two guest groups will put on a FREE concert in Henry Miller Auditorium! Head on over to enjoy a short and sweet concert full of great singing.


Ron’s Gone Wrong

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

Barney is a socially awkward schoolboy who receives a robot named Ron – a walking, talking, digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his best friend. Barney is excited to finally have his own robot – until his new toy starts to hilariously malfunction, drawing the attention of the shady executive who wants to protect his company’s stock price at all costs. PG, 1hr 47min


Optimist Turkey Dinner

Sunday • November 14 • 11:00 am – 1:30pm
Winterset High School

The prodigal dinner returns! The Winterset Optimist Club is making plans for the reincarnation of this long-held tradition. Dinner will be served from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm this Sunday, November 14th, at Winterset High School. The menu will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls and plenty of desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for school-aged children 12 and under and pre-school aged children are free. Tickets are available at Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Union State Bank, American State Bank, from any Optimist Club Member, or at the door.


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Coming Soon

Missives of the Civil War

Monday • November 15 • 6:30pm
Winterset Public Library

Patricia and Kevin Kimle are lovers of history. Patricia is an artist and designer, having been involved in many aspects of the craft industry for 30 years. Kevin is an entrepreneur and a professor at Iowa State University. Join them this Monday at the Winterset Public Library for their one-act play, “Missives of the Civil War.” Characters from The Only Free Road, plus others, write letters to loved ones and friends, further exploring the sentiments and events leading to and during the Civil War. Patti and Kevin will be reading these letters. Audience participation will be encouraged, period costume is welcome.


Holiday Hop

Saturday • November 20 • 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Eight Locations in Winterset

The Holiday Hop is an annual tradition that provides an early kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Shoppers will find quality hand-crafted items, delicious baked goods and breakfast and/or lunch for sale. Hop to all 8 locations and receive a punch on the punch card provided to be eligible for a gift card. Drawing to be held at 2:00 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Need not be present to win.

Here are this year’s locations:
St. Joseph Catholic Church | 1026 North 8th Ave.
St. Paul Lutheran Church | 1120 North 8th Ave.
1st Christian Church | 103 West Green
Foursquare Church | 224 E. Court Ave.
1st United Presbyterian Church | 210 West Green
Winterset Art Center | 224 S. John Wayne Dr.
New Bridge Church | 1305 West Jefferson
Winterset Library | 123 N. 2nd Ave.


Lions Soup Supper

Monday • November 22 • 5:30 – 7:00pm
New Bridge Church, 1305 W Jefferson

This year will be the 20th Annual Winterset Lions Soup Supper fundraiser. The civic group will serve the community from 5:30 to 7:00pm on Monday, November 22nd, at New Bridge Church. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids age 6-12. Youngsters five and under can eat free.


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Still time to Register…

Youth Basketball League Registration

Deadline 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.


Adult Pickle Ball League Registration

Deadline November 28th
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

Rally your friends and join one of the fastest growing sports in America! The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick fast-paced, competitive match. Winterset Parks & Recreation is hosting an indoor league this winter which will include men, women & co-ed divisions. Registration fee is $30 per team.


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