Weekend in Winterset • November 30


Madison County Women’s Giving Circle
4th Quarter Meeting/Potluck

Thursday • November 30 • 6:00 – 8:00pm
USB Community Room

Madison County Women’s Giving Circle’s (MCWGC) 4th quarter meeting will be held in the Community Room in Union State Bank in Winterset (Hwy 92) on Thursday, November 30th from 6 to 8 pm. (The door will be open at 5:30 p.m. if you would like to come early.). This is a social meeting and a potluck. There will be no presentations or business meeting. Please bring something to share – eg. appetizer, salad, side or dessert. 

All women with ties to Madison County are welcome to join the group. Members are expected to write a $50 check each quarter. The checks for the first 3 quarters are made out to the non-profit that was selected by vote at the quarterly meeting. The contribution for 4th quarter goes into a fund held at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines – each check is made out to the Foundation. Each year the members can vote to provide grants using the spendable amount from the earnings of that fund. Those grants are usually given out in the first quarter and are separate from the projects that are supported in each quarter.

If this piques your interest and you might consider joining MCWGC or want to learn more about it, please consider attending the Holiday meeting.

This Weekend

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show

Thursday, Friday, Saturday • November 30, December 1 & 2 • 7:00pm
Sunday • December 3 • 2:00pm
The Winterset Stage at the Iowa Theater

Step back in time and experience the magic of the holiday season as The Winterset Stage presents this timeless story in a unique and enchanting performance. “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a heartwarming adaptation of Frank Capra’s iconic film, reimagined as a 1940s radio broadcast. The production promises to captivate audiences of all ages, transporting them to the fictional town of Bedford Falls and into the heart of George Bailey’s unforgettable journey.

Some tickets are still available at the door for Thursday’s and Friday’s performances. Tickets can still be purchased online for Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows.

Community Christmas Hymn Sing

Friday • December 1 • 11:30am
Winterset First United Methodist Church
at the Winterset Public Library

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Friends of the Library Open House

Saturday • December 2 • 10:00am – 1:00pm
Winterset Public Library

Winterset Community Band Concert

Sunday • December 3 • 4:00pm
Winterset High School, Henry Miller Auditorium

This year will feature the 20th annual Winterset Community Band Christmas Concert. Following the concert there will be a free-will soup supper hosted by the Winterset Band Boosters. Enjoy some festive sounds of the season!

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Holiday Lights on the Hill

November 24th – January 1st
Madison County Historical Society

Load up the car and take a drive on the museum complex loop to enjoy lights and displays throughout the Madison County Historical Complex. This is a free event but donations in the mailbox are always appreciated to help defray the costs.

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Next Week

Winter Solstice Market

Friday • December 8 • 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday • December 9 • 10:00am – 4:00pm
The Winterset Livery

The Nutcracker

December 9 – 11
Winterset Ballet & Dance

Enjoy this timeless holiday classic about a young girl, Clara, celebrating Christmas with her family, the Stahlbaums. When she receives a Nutcracker from her Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, this sets off a memorable evening of magical events and characters.

Winterset Ballet and Dance Studio will present six performances of The Nutcracker from December 9-December 11 at the Iowa Theater. Each performance features of a different cast of dancers so if you have a favorite dancer(s) you want to see, be sure to check to see which cast(s) includes your favorite dancer! https://buy.tututix.com/WintersetBalletandDanceStudioLLC

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Holiday Tour of Homes

Saturday • December 9 • 11:00 – 6:00
Benefiting CRISP

Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Tour of Homes and 100% of the ticket sales go to CRISP. The mission of CRISP is to guide families to resources that will enhance the well being of children and families. They work to ensure greater family stability and ready to learn children. A few of the programs that the Tour of Homes will help fund include: School supplies for kids, Winter Wear 4 Kids, and Christmas for kids. Other programs they assist include help with utility/rent payments and working closely with The Paw Pantry to provide additional food source for families. When you purchase your ticket you will get to tour 7 amazing homes AND help CRISP fund their programs.

Tickets can be purchased at: Spoons Full of Sugar Boutique, Pine Creek, Madison County Mercantile, Re:Home, Madison County Chamber, Madison County Realty and Salon 107.

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Santa on the Hill

Saturday • December 9 • 1:30 – 3:30pm
Madison County Historical Complex

Santa will once again be making his annual visit to The Hill, and he can’t wait to hear what everyone wants for Christmas! Kids will receive a treat to take home (limited quantities) and adults are invited to bring a phone or camera to snap a quick photo of this special holiday moment.

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Coming Soon

History on the Hill o’ Beans

Tuesday • December 12 • 9:00am
Madison County Historical Complex

Head up ‘the hill’ to the Madison County Historical on the second Tuesday of each month for a short presentation on a historic topic and to share your insights. This month’s Hill O’ Beans topic is “Toy Story”. Bring a toy from your childhood, or your favorite memory of it, to share with the group!

Christmas Bird Count

Thursday • December 14
Madison County Conservation

Volunteers are needed for the 8th Annual Northeast Madison County Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Teams of birders (all levels welcome!) will split up to cover different areas of the count circle, keeping a tally of which species and how many are observed. It’s a great way to explore the Madison County countryside and enjoy the company of fellow birders! Volunteers may choose to volunteer for the entire day, morning only, or afternoon only.

If you live within the Madison County Circle, you may participate by counting birds that visit your backyard bird feeders during that time and reporting the information to the conservation board.

If you would like to participate, contact Tanner Donovan at tdonovan@madisoncounty.iowa.gov or 515-250-8271. Volunteers will receive more detailed information.

The annual Christmas Bird Count has been conducted every year since 1900, and now there are over 2,500 count circles in North America and beyond. The Christmas Bird Count is designed to gather a “snapshot” of bird population data by enlisting volunteers nation-wide to help survey the birds in their area. As each organization registers to help with the bird count, they are assigned a 15-mile diameter in their area where they are responsible for conducting a one-day bird count survey. The survey is conducted by local volunteer bird watchers who record the birds they see or hear in a certain area throughout the day.

At the end of the day the data from the survey is submitted to the national database and is compiled by the National Audubon Society. Each organization conducts a one-day bird survey in their assigned area between December 14th and January 5th. The survey is conducted annually using the same bird count circle and birding routes in order to show population trends.

To learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, visit: https://www.audubon.org/conserv…/join-christmas-bird-count

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