Here’s a bit of news that every nonprofit organization would love to hear! Terri Kuhns, Treasurer of the Iowa Quilt Museum, recently received a letter from Jim Mease, Vice President and Trust Officer for Farmers & Merchants State Bank. It stated, “A valued customer with Madison County roots and a keen interest in the arts has made a substantial gift to the museum on an anonymous basis.” Kuhns shared the news at the museum’s September Board of Directors meeting.
The gift, which came in the form of appreciated stocks, amounted to over $100,000 once the stocks were sold as the donor stipulated. The funds have been applied to debt incurred by the museum for building acquisition, architectural fees, and contractor’s costs for conversion of the former J.C. Penney’s storefront into a high-quality museum space.
According to Kuhns, this gift means that once five-year pledges made by other valued donors in the community and beyond are fulfilled, the museum’s total debt will be under $45,000. “Considering we are less than two years old,” she commented, “this is just incredible.”
The Iowa Quilt Museum (IQM), conceived by Pat and Nancy Corkrean, is a non-collecting museum. Its Show Committee chooses themes, and either curates or invites guest curators to locate and borrow theme-related quilts, which are displayed for three or four months and then returned to their owners. The IQM is also the national headquarters of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which utilizes a small office space on the second floor. Museum Director Megan Barrett manages the museum’s activities—coordinating with curators, marketing and promoting the museum’s cultural and educational activities, scheduling volunteers, maintaining the building, applying for program grants, and other tasks. Visitors are welcomed on a daily basis by a group of dedicated volunteers, many of them local quilters or quilt lovers.
In writing to its unnamed donor via Farmers & Merchants, the museum’s Board of Directors stated, “We write to express our heartfelt thanks for your incredibly generous donation to the Iowa Quilt Museum. We thank you as well for allowing us to publicize your anonymous donation locally. Learning of one person’s generosity will hopefully encourage others who have the ability to do so to donate to us and other nonprofits in Madison County.”
Donations to IQM can be made directly to the museum at 68 E. Court Avenue, Winterset, or delivered to Treasurer Terri Kuhns at the Village Bootery. For more information about the Iowa Quilt Museum, including hours and exhibits, visit www.iowaquiltmuseum.org.
Anyone who says there’s nothing to do in Winterset simply Is. Not. Trying. Tonight and tomorrow night, for those in the Halloween spirit, THIS:
The Iowa is also featuring a surprise, family-friendly (rated G) Halloween film on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm and a special screening of Saving Brinton on Sunday at 2:00, with discussion following the film with Michael Zahs and the film team for this Iowa based production. More information is available at https://www.the-iowa.com.
This is the last open weekend of the season at The Pumpkin Ranch: Today (Friday) until 5pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. This weekend they’re having a Flash Pumpkin Sale on Saturday, free horse rides on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00, and free Face Painting on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00, in addition to a 30′ x 50′ jump pillow, a 30′ x 70′ jump pad, hayrack rides zip lines, tunnel slides, a toddler town play area, a bale obstacle course, and a 10-acre corn maze with a theme of “Help Rebuild Cedar Bridge.” The Pumpkin Ranch is located at 2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, 4 miles east of Winterset, just off the St. Charles Highway. Find more information at http://www.thepumpkinranch.com.
Halloween Hikes at Pammel Park Lodge is an annual event hosted by the Madison County Conservation Board. Activities include a guided hike with Native American stories, games and crafts at the lodge (cookie decorating, candy bag making, pin the face on the pumpkin, toss a bat, and more), hayrack rides, and trick-or-treating through the decorated Pammel Park Campground. It may be a bit chilly for some of those planned activities, but the fire in the lodge and the hot apple cider will help. Hikes leave the lodge every 15 minutes on Saturday, October 28th, starting at 6:00 pm. Make your reservations for hike times by calling 515-462-3536, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out for a fun night of music, food, drinks, a silent auction and a live auction the annual Madison County Bras for the Cause Event, this Saturday, October 28th from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Jackson Building. Early bird tickets are available for purchase up until 3:00 pm on October 28th and will be $20 per person. Tickets available at the door are $25 per person. If you are coming in a group of five or more, contact the organizers to reserve a table (to ensure your group can be seated together). There is no cost to reserve a table. This year’s event will be Halloween-themed, so come in a costume, casual or formal. All proceeds go toward helping women in Madison County get the testing they need but otherwise cannot afford for early detection of breast and cervical cancer.
Pick up your free Fall Discovery Pass at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center or at the Winterset Public Library and enjoy discounts at The Iowa, Madison County Historical Complex, the Iowa Quilt Museum and The Pumpkin Ranch. Offers are good for the entire group or family during a single visit, and expire this Sunday, October 29th. Be sure to present your pass upon admission.
Beggar’s Night in Winterset is Monday, October 30th. Trick or Treat around the square will be from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, and residential Trick or Treat is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. To participate, please have your outside porch light on. Call the City of Winterset with questions at 515-462-1422.
Midwest Heritage, a subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc., is now accepting applications for their award-winning program to help youth get a start in the cattle industry. The goal of the Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program is to help future young farmers gain interest and knowledge of the beef cattle industry by awarding bred heifers to program recipients. Midwest Heritage will grant up to five 7th and 8th graders three bred heifers each. The deadline for applications is October 31, and winners will be notified by November 6. For more information, please visit: www.mhbank.com/youth-heifer, or talk with local Midwest Heritage Vice President Wayne Martens at 515-493-8392 or email@example.com.
Covered Bridges Winery is hosting a Wine & Yoga event on Friday, November 3. Yoga will be led by Teresa Hoffelmeyer from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by wine and conversation. $25 includes yoga class and a free glass of wine, beer or soda. Purchase tickets in advance online, at the winery or at the door. Email rose@coveredbridgeswinery.
Next weekend is the annual fall musical presented by the Husky Drama and WHS Music Departments. Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein will be on stage Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets may still be available at the door, but if you want to make sure to reserve a seat, you can purchase them online here. With this link, you can choose to either pay online or select “pay later” to have them reserved and pay at the door.
On Saturday, November 4th from 10:30 to 11:30 am at Winterset Public Library, guest chef Lisa Alessandro of the Anything Sweet & More Cafe in Winterset will demonstrate three gluten-free recipes to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. Tentative recipes include Butternut Squash Soup, Polenta Stuffing with Apple and Sausage, and Pumpkin Custards (or possibly an apple dessert). Class suitable for all ages. Registration is appreciated by calling 515-462-1731.
The much loved and highly anticipated Harvest Hamball Dinner at St. Paul Lutheran Church is set for Saturday, November 4th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Dine in or carry out, your choice!
Robin Paul is hosting a Glassblowing Winestoppers Event on November 11 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm. What a lovely hostess gift this would be for Thanksgiving, or for Christmas or a New Year celebration! Make your own blown glass wine stopper in the hot shop with lots of guidance. The cost is $35 per person. Call Robin to reserve a half hour time slot at 515.707.4309, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it too early to talk about turkey? I think not! The Winterset Optimist Club invites the community to the 2017 Turkey Dinner on Sunday, November 12, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Winterset High School, 624 Husky Drive in Winterset. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-12, and preschoolers under 4 eat free. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event or can be purchased in advance at Farmer’s & Merchants State Bank, Union State Bank, American State Bank, or any Optimist Club member. The menu will include turkey, ham, hot dogs (upon request), mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, dessert, rolls/butter, and beverages. All proceeds fund activities and programs for youth in our community.
Congratulations to Mark and Kayla Hawkins of White Lions Bed & Breakfast on winning the award for Outstanding Lodging Property at the 2017 Iowa Tourism Awards conference by Travel Iowa! Can’t wait to see what they have in store at their new location.
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