Weekend in Winterset • May 5

Winterset Cemetery Damage and Restoration Fund

The oldest portion of the Winterset Cemetery, with graves dating back to the 1850s, was damaged in the April 23rd storm. The wind blew over gravestones and trees that, in turn, damaged many other stones. Some standing trees also need to be removed, as their root system is questionable, and special care will be taken not to damage more gravestones as they come down. Tree removal should start this week and expect to see the cemetery lawn to also need some tender loving care after the tree work is completed.

Once the area is cleared of debris, each affected gravestone will be inventoried, along with the amount of damage it received. Some need to be reset; others are broken and will need repairs. The total number of gravestones is yet to be determined, but a list of names will be made available once they are known.

If you would like to contribute to the repair and restoration of the Winterset Cemetery, here’s how.

  • Checks can be made out to the City of Winterset. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
  • Include “Winterset Cemetery” in the check’s memo line.
  • Drop off your check or mail to City of Winterset, 124 W Court, Winterset IA 50273

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Madison County Heroism & Memorial Ceremony

Thursday • May 5th • 5:30pm
Jackson Building, Madison County Fairgrounds

The Madison County Supervisors extend an invitation for you to attend Madison County heroism award and memorial ceremony. This event will recognize the heroes and first responders, and honor the victims of the March 5, 2022, tornado disaster. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM with a community meal to follow. To RSVP, please email: MadisonCountyStrong@MadisonCountyIowa.gov

Favorite Foods for Cinco de Mayo

Thursday • May 5th • 6:00pm
Winterset Public Library

Head to the library this evening to test out some favorite Mexican foods in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Caldo, tacos, street corn, & sopapillas will be the main topics of discussion and consumption. There will also be sharing about the holiday and its traditions. No fee is required but the program is limited to 10 participants. Please call the library at 515-462-1731 to register.

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This Weekend

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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

Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards and witches. They soon encounter an array of old and new beasts as they clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. 2hr, 23min, PG-13

Morel Madness (with mushroom sniffing dogs!)

Saturday • May 7 • 1:00 – 3:00pm
Pammel State Park, Backbone Shelter

Madison County Conservation is excited to present mushroom expert and former Madison County Naturalist, Jess Lancial, for an amazing opportunity to learn all about our edible fungi!  

The elusive morel mushroom is a sought-after springtime delicacy, but did you know there are other mushrooms and plants that can be foraged? Jess Lancia will share tips and tricks for finding morel mushrooms and how to distinguish them from false morels and other look-alike species. Participants will also discover other fungi and plants that can be foraged in the spring and might even meet some newly trained mushroom sniffing pooches! Be dressed to go off trail in the woods (long pants and close-toed shoes will be a must!). Participants are asked to please NOT bring their own dogs along, as it will distract the working dogs.

Register early as space is limited. Cost is $5 per person. All ages welcome but strollers are not allowed due to terrain.

Winterset Wine Walk

Saturday • May 7 • 2:00 – 7:00pm
Downtown Winterset

Benefit Concert for Winterset

Saturday • May 7th • 5:00pm
Talk Shop Lounge, St. Charles

Brinton Surprise by Red Cedar Chamber Music

Saturday • May 7th • 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater

Red Cedar presents a multi-media extravaganza featuring live chamber music accompanying magic lantern slides and early silent films from the Brinton Collection of early entertainment materials. Philip Wharton has created a magical score for The Fairy of Springtime, a 1902 French film which features hand-painted color. Michael Kimber has scored Venetian Tragedy, a nine-minute drama with a surprise ending. And new to Red Cedar for this project, a duo of French composers, Jean-Francois Charles and Nicolas Sidoroff, have teamed up to create a major multi-media work which explores the life of the great French filmmaker Georges Méliès, known to most from the 2011 film Hugo. Historian Michael Zahs provides narration with music performed by violinist Miera Kim, cellist Carey Bostian, and guests artists guitarist John Dowdall and flutist Claudia Anderson for this entertaining program.
Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Juanita Dennert and Don & Irene (Naxera) Hamous.

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Next Week

History on the Hill o’ Beans

Tuesday • May 10th • 9:00am
Madison County Historical Museum Lounge

Head out to The Hill for the last Hill O’ Beans Coffee Social of the spring. Bring a friend, enjoy a cup of coffee, and join us for a discussion of historical family artifacts – YOURS! Bring an item from home that has historical significance to your family and share your story with the group. This will be the museum’s last Hill O’ Beans gathering before fall, so they’d love to see you there.

The Last Picture Show

Wednesday • May 11 • 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges), live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), while Sonny is having an affair with the coach’s wife, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else. 1hr, 58 min, 1971, R

Volunteer Information Session

Thursday • May 12th • 1:00pm
Madison County Historical Museum

Interested in Madison County history and volunteering? Here’s your chance to learn more about getting involved at the Museum Complex. Volunteers support the museum operations during the open season (May – Oct) with a variety of tasks, including guided Bevington Mansion tours, engaging with visitors as they tour the exhibits, helping at events and answering general questions.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, with no obligation, attend this session on Thursday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum lounge for a short presentation on volunteer tasks. The museum staff will treat you to refreshments, a look at our current museum exhibits, and a guided tour of the Bevington Mansion.

Lincoln on Religion and the Bible

Thursday • May 12 • 6:00pm
Winterset Public Library

The Lion King Ballet

Friday • May 13th • 7:00pm
Saturday • May 14th • 2:00pm
Winterset Ballet at Winterset High School

To celebrate their 10th season, Winterset Ballet and Dance Studio is bringing back the ballet that started it all, The Lion King! In addition, senior dancer, Mia Kerr, has created a themed recital A Night at the Movies. And don’t forget the littlest Twinkle Babies and moving Daddy Daughter dance.

  • Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm – Winterset Ballet and Dance ballet dancers perform a full ballet of The Lion King, followed by a themed recital A Night at the Movies showcasing tap, hip-hop, jazz, and modern dance genres.
  • Saturday, May 14, 10:30 am – The littlest dancers, the Twinkle Babies make their stage debuts, along with a heartfelt Daddy Daughter Dance, plus some encore dances from A Night at the Movies.
  • Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm – The ballet dancers again take the stage for The Lion King followed by a tribute to senior dancer, Mia Kerr.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Saturday • May 14th • 9:00 am-Noon
Winterset Public Library

The Winterset Public Library will be hosting Madison County Music Co. and their Instrument Petting Zoo. Kids (and an accompanying adult) will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of instruments. At 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 there will be 15-minute group presentations. The remainder of the time will be open for visiting the instruments. Sign up for a time slot using the button below.

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Planning Ahead

Winterset Rotary John Wayne 5K Walk/Run

Saturday • May 28th • 9:00am
Starting line at the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Winterset Rotary is proud to one again host the annual John Wayne 5K Walk/Run. What a wonderful way to celebrate Duke’s birthday beginning with a healthy walk/run through beautiful Winterset. Run with friends, walk with your family & enjoy our historic square and covered bridge in City Park on the race route. Proceeds benefit Winterset Rotary youth projects including the Inclusive Playground, Scholarships and CRISP. 

Madison County Airing of the Quilts

June 1-4

This year’s annual Airing of the Quilts will also include three days of classes and retreats culminating in the ‘big event’ when hundreds of quilts are on display throughout our beautiful community! Early Bird Tickets are on sale NOW!

Ladies Tea Party

Saturday • June 4 • 10:00am
Madison County Historical Complex

Mark your calendars for this exciting June event. Moms and daughters (ages 3-12), and their grandmas, are invited to dress up in their fanciest outfits, and join us for a morning of tea and light refreshments on the lawn. The event will include Victorian lawn games, a photo opportunity and a look through the museum exhibits. Cost is $10/adult and $5/child, and space is limited. Further details and a sign up will be coming soon. In case of inclement weather, the tea will be held inside the museum lounge.

Winterset Fire Department 150th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday • June 4th

Winterset Girls Wrestling Club
Open Practice & Informational Meeting

Sunday • June 5 • 2:00pm
Winterset High School Wrestling Room

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Summer Fun for our Younger Citizens!

If you know someone who would like to ease their activity planning by having all of this information compiled in one place, do them a favor and forward this email to them!

You can also switch over to our Community Calendar Page to see all of these events laid out in calendar format. I find this a fantastic way to see which events actually fit in my family’s schedule.

U4 Player and Parent Soccer Program

Thursdays • May 26th, June 2nd, June 9th • 6:00pm
Winterset Area Soccer Club

Youth Speed & Agility Training

Tuesdays & Thursdays • May 31 – July 7 • 5:30-6:30pm for 3rd/4th/5th grades, 6:30-7:30 for 6th/7th/8th grades
Winterset High School Competition Gym

The Winterset Boys and Girls track programs would like to invite all incoming male and female 3rd-8th grade students to participate in a summer speed and agility program. This program is designed to help our young athletes improve their overall athletic ability by teaching specific techniques and participating in competitive drills. This is meant to be for all athletes who are looking to improve in these areas, not just for those interested or involved in track.

Each session will last approximately an hour and will include a warm-up, sprint technique development, speed/agility drills, and then competition/games. We will focus on straight line speed, lateral quickness, changing direction, and other key components that are used in multiple sports.

Music Lessons at Madison County Music Co.

Summer Session Starts June 6th

Summer can be a great time for both kids and adults to start studying a new instrument! Without school occupying large portions of the day, finding practice time is a breeze! Contact Madison County Music Co. today if you’d like to start lessons for piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, flute, cello, or voice. MadisonCountyMusicCo@gmail.com or www.MadisonCountyMusicCo.com

The Winterset Stage

Winterset Ballet & Dance

Little Legends Golf Camp

June 13-17

Winterset Area Soccer Club – Challenger Camp

June 13-17

Kid’s Club Summer Camps

Bricker Price Block, Earlham

Madison County Extension

Winterset Art Center

Draw & Paint Camp
July 12-14 • multiple sessions

Instructor Amy Maiers will share over 20 years of creative art experience while helping young artists learn about drawing and painting. All supplies are provided. Fees: $25 non-member/$22 member.

10:30am – 11:30am: 4th-6th Grade – Value Scale Night Painting 16×20
1:00pm – 2:30pm: 6th Grade & Up – Bob Ross 16×20 Acrylic
3:00pm- 4:30pm: 6th Grade & Up – Acrylic Mini Landscapes, Watercolor, Spray Paint

Sing it Out! Camp

August 1-3
Heartland Youth Choir, Madison County

The Madison County Satellite of Heartland Youth Choir will also be offering a Madison County-based summer camp this year! (There is also a full-week summer camp at their Des Moines location July 11-15).

The morning session, 9:00 – 11:30, will be for singers who have finished Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Cost is $75.
The afternoon session, 12:00 – 5:00pm, will be for singers who have finished 4th through 7th grade. Cost is $135.

Online registration will be open soon, in the meantime you can email MadisonCountyMusicCo@gmail.com to get on the list.

Madison County Conservation Board

Multiple offerings

The Madison County Conservation Board announced their summer camps on Monday, and by Tuesday they were nearly full! As of right now, there are a few spots remaining in the Pollinator Parade (Ages 5-7) and Family vs. Wild (All Ages Family Camp) events.

If you were not able to register your child for one of these camps but they are interested in attending, please add them to the waitlist! The MCCB will use the waitlists to determine interest in each program so it is worth your time to sign up! There is a possibility that they will be able to make adjustments to the capacity and numbers of sessions offered this summer based on interest.

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