Inclusive Playground Fundraising is Complete!
After eight months of hard work, fundraising for the Inclusive Playground at Winterset City Park is complete! In fact, fundraising has even surpassed the $1,000,000 goal! A total of $1,072,271 worth of contributions, pledges, and gifts means the project will be completed in 2023.
The imposing $1,000,000 fundraising campaign began with a commitment from the City of Winterset Parks and Recreation then a matching $100,000 pledge from the Winterset Rotary Club. The Winterset Rotary Club is celebrating a 100th birthday this year, and the donation was given in tribute to all former Rotary Club members who gave countless hours of service to the Winterset community, as well as a call to action for current and future members. Additionally, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Winterset City Park Historic District. Many generations of citizens have used the park for family celebrations, community events, recreational activities, and fun.
Fundraising Committee Member Tom Leners said, “The inclusive playground will be a wonderful addition to the city park, along with the hedge maze and bocce ball courts…The Winterset Rotary Club has always been a booster of opportunities for local youth. The inclusive playground is another example of our desire to improve the lives of children.”
What makes an inclusive playground different from a traditional playground is that it goes further to offer play areas which meet a variety of needs and interests. Inclusive playgrounds are also a welcome resource for parents who have children with disabilities or an aging caregiver who wants to interact with the children in their care. Inclusive playgrounds offer users access to the play areas regardless of ability; engagement with others using color, sound, texture, and movement; and comfort for all users through a good mix of active and calm play areas.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Sptember 23 & 24 • 7:00pm, September 25 • 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change her outlook on life. PG, 1hr 57min
Madison County Farmers Market
Saturday • September 24 • 8:00am – Noon
The Madison County Farmers Market has temporarily moved to Monumental Park (beside the library) because of the courthouse construction.
‘Yours Truly’ Quilt Exhibit – Last Chance
Friday • 9/23 • 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday • 9/24 • 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday • 9/25 • 12:00 – 4:00pm
Iowa Quilt Museum, 68 E Court
This weekend is your final opportunity to view the exhibit of quilts by Marti Michell, a titan of the quilt industry!
On Tuesday, September 27th, the Iowa Quilt Museum will open a new exhibit titled, “Fiber Art Now – Excellence in Quilts.”
Be the first to see the winners of Fiber Art Now’s 2022 Excellence in Quilts. Nancy Bavor as the juror for the 2022 Excellence In Quilts, chose approximately 30 quilts from hundreds of entries. Bavor is a quilt appraiser, curator, and lecturer, and most recently the director emerita of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. The chosen quilts are of original design that show inventiveness and mastery of techniques. The Iowa Quilt Museum was chosen to hang the winners of this contest in their gallery from September 27 – to December 18, 2022.
Community Shred Day
Saturday • September 24 • 9:00 – 11:00
Farmers & Merchants State Bank, North Parking Lot
Madison County Fall Farm Crawl
Sunday • 9/25 • 9:00am – 6:00pm
Take a drive with some friends around Madison County to see small local businesses in their rural setting. There are a few stops along the crawl that have normal business hours where you can grab a glass of coffee, wine, cider, beer or a bite to eat. The fall crawl is a free event for the entire family, with lots of fun things to see, eat, drink and do with over 50 vendors.
Women’s Giving Circle Third Quarter Meeting
Tuesday • September 27 • 6:30pm
Union State Bank Meeting Room
Local charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profits or other qualifying tax-exempt organizations who wish to present information about their projects for supporting women and children in Madison County should arrive by 6:15 p.m. to register. We ask that each applicant provide a brief description of their project, their tax-exempt status, plus an email and telephone number where they may be reached. Three organizations will be selected to present at the meeting and each will be allocated 4 minutes to present and 4 minutes to answer questions.
Local women with a desire to support community betterment projects are always welcome to join the Women’s Giving Circle. The group donates around $6000 each quarter to a designated project.
Chariots of Fire
Wednesday • September 28 • 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater
In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God’s glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest. 1981, PG, 2 hr 3 min
Beer Choir: Oktoberfest Edition
Thursday • September 29 • 7:00 – 8:30pm
The Drift with Madison County Music Co.
Break out your lederhosen and join Madison County Music Co. at The Drift for a special Oktoberfest edition of Beer Choir!
Beer Choir is a social singing event open to all, no talent required! It’s so simple – you get a beer, get a seat, and we lead you through a couple hours of hilarious drinking songs from the official songbook, the Beer Choir Hymnal! This time around there will be a heavy emphasis on songs from our bier-drinking friends, the Germans!
Non-beer drinkers are also welcome. (The Drift has a great selection of wines, cocktails, appetizers and soft drinks.) And if you just want to drink and listen, you’re welcome, too, but don’t be surprised when you end up joining in the singing!
Winterset .150K Race
Saturday • October 1 • 11:00am
Winterset City Park
City Park is turning 150 and the Winterset Parks & Recreations Department is going to celebrate by hosting their 1st annual .150K Race (492ft) on Saturday, October 1st. Even if you’re not registered to run, head out to the park to cheer on the ‘athletes’ and join in the celebration. There will be live music, yard games, & a silent auction benefiting Hold Our Youth Tight, beer and root beer from 1st Down Brewing Co. and awesome shirts from Lumberjack Design Co.
Time to Get Registered
Winterset Rotary Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk
Saturday • October 8 • 9:00am
Starts & Ends at Winterset City Park
The Winterset Rotary Club’s Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk is a tradition each year during the Covered Bridge Festival. Age divisions for run/walk are: 14 & under; 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ and you can enter as an individual or as a family team of two. Medals awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each age group.
History on the Hill o’ Beans
Tuesday • October 4 • 9:00am
Madison County Historical Complex
Hill O’ Beans is back in October! Head to ‘the hill’ for coffee and a sweet treat as the Madison County Historical Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Red Delicious Apple and discusses the history of Hiatt’s Hawkeye. You’ll also get a sneak peek at their Covered Bridge Festival pop-up exhibit celebrating the exciting anniversary of this local fruit.
Marvelous Marshmallow Workshop
Thursday • 10/13 • 3:30 – 5:00pm
Madison County Extension
Youth in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to join Madison County Extension for a fun and yummy after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workshop! Extension staff will walk youth from Winterset Elementary School to the Extension Office after school. Registration fee is $10.00 and space is limited so get signed up now!
Lil’ Husky Basketball
Saturdays • November 5-December 17
Registration Deadline October 22
Winterset Parks & Recreation Dept
WPRD has just opened registration for their Lil’ Husky Basketball Program. This program is for children going into Kindergarten next year, and current Kindergarteners. Links to register:
Halloween Hikes & Day of the Dead Festival
Saturday • October 29 • 5:00 – 8:00pm
Pammel Park Lodge
USB ISU Tailgate
Saturday • November 5
You can also check out the community calendar page to see how events align with your own calendar!
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