Weekend in Winterset • May 16

Great Citizens Doing Great Things!

Optimist Club

The Winterset Optimist Club continues to support youth activities in the community. For many years, they have sponsored teams and advertising efforts. President Jon Barrett, along with Secretary and avid booster, JoAnn Collins, presented their annual support to the Winterset Little League recently. Accepting on behalf of the Winterset Little League Board is President Tom Acton and board member Jenn Frease.

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This Weekend

Farmer’s Market

Saturday • May 18 • 8:00 – Noon
Monumental Park (next to the library)

Unsung Heroes

May 17 & 18, 7:00pm • May 19, 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater

When David Smallbone’s music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States to search for a brighter future. Struggling to make ends meet, the couple soon realize the talents of their children, who go on to become two of the most successful acts in contemporary Christian music. PG, 1 hr 52 min

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The Teacher’s Lounge

Sunday • May 19 • 5:30pm
Sunday Movie Club at The Iowa Theater

This month’s Sunday Movie Club offering, ”The Teacher’s Lounge,” premiered at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival to critical acclaim and went on to win a nomination for Best International Feature Film in last year’s Academy Awards.

Set in Germany, and in German with English subtitles, the story focuses on Carla Nowak, a 7th grade teacher new to a school. Students in her class are pressured by other teachers to identify which of their classmates may have been stealing from the teachers’ lounge. When one of Carla’s students becomes the suspect, she decides to get to the bottom of the matter herself.

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes describes “The Teachers’ Lounge” as a “smart and provocative modern parable with the heart of a thriller.”

The Iowa Theater’s Sunday Movie Club offers once-a-month screenings of thought-provoking films. Membership costs $75 per year for the 12-movie series, but anyone can attend by purchasing a ticket for $8. Doors open at 5:00; the movie starts at 5:30.

Sunday Movie Club screenings include a brief, optional discussion following the credit roll. This month’s discussion will be facilitated by theater manager Scott Smith and club member Sue Williams, both former educators. PG-13, 1 hr 38 min

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Next Week

FREE Music Classes!

See Schedule Below
Madison County Music Co., 123 W Jefferson

In preparation for their summer sessions, Madison County Music Co. is offering several FREE “Try it Out” sessions of Kinder Choir and Music Together Classes in the next couple of weeks. Kinder Choir is for 4, 5 and 6 year old musicians to sing, dance, & play. Music Together classes are for children 6mo-4yo with an adult.

FREE Kinder Choir Sessions

Wednesday, May 22, 3:45 – 4:15
Wednesday, May 29, 4:30 – 5:00
Come to one or both!

FREE Music Together Sessions for 6mo-24mo

Tuesday, May 21, 6:15 – 6:45
Wednesday, May 22, 9:30 – 10:00
Wednesday, May 29, 9:30 – 10:00
Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 – 6:00

FREE Music Together Sessions for 2yo-4yo

Tuesday, May 21, 5:45 – 6:15
Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 – 9:30
Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 – 9:30
Wednesday, May 29, 5:00 – 5:30

These classes will all be held at the Madison County Music Co. studio, (across the corner from the post office), and are all FREE, but please register to attend. Also, sometimes it takes kids a bit to ‘warm up’ so feel free to attend multiple sessions to get a real feel for it!


Wednesday • May 22 • 7:00pm
Way Back Wednesday at the Iowa Theater

Hard-drinking, arrogant, womanizing Hud Bannon (Paul Newman) lives a self-centered, indolent life supported by his hard-working and morally upstanding father, Homer (Melvyn Douglas), on the family cattle ranch in Texas. Hud’s teenage nephew, Lonnie (Brandon de Wilde), blames Hud for the car crash that took the life of his father, Hud’s older brother Norman, but shows hints of following in his ne’er-do-well uncle’s footsteps when both men pursue family housekeeper Alma (Patricia Neal). 1963, NR, 1 hr 52 min

Flower Arranging – For Home or to Enter at the County Fair

Thursday • May 23 • 2pm
Winterset Public Library

Spring has arrived—and with it tulips, daffodils and little bluebells! Soon early summer favorites—iris, coreopsis and delphiniums will bloom! Join Lillian Eivins at the library as she shares many tips and pointers on floral design, flower arranging and how to keep cut flowers fresh. These tips will be helpful for those interested in entering a floral arrangement at the fair or just to enjoy fresh floral arrangements at home.

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‘School’s Out’ Bash

Friday • May 24 • 1:00 – 9:00pm
Graham’s Game Café

Our friends (and sponsors!) at Graham’s Game Café are ready to help you celebrate the conclusion of another school year. The arcade and board game cafe will be opening early at 1:00 so kids can head straight there after school if they want—and it’s just 2 blocks from the elementary school. Admission is just $7 to play as long and as much as you want—no coins, tokens or cards! They have a dozen arcade games, nearly 200 board games, plus ping pong and foosball.

WASC Free 3v3 Tournament for ALL Ages

Saturday • May 25 • 9:00am-12:00pm
Winterset Soccer Fields (E. Court)

Winterset Area Soccer Club (WASC) invites all players and families to their spring end-of-year event on May 25th. Arrive by 8:45 and the games will begin at 9 am.

-Upon arrival, you will be put into a lottery to be split into teams of 4 players (3 on the field with 1 sub).
-You will play two 12 minute halves
-Highest score wins or first to 12 goals.
-There are NO goal keepers or offsides.
-Each team will have a minimum of two games: if you continue to win you will move through the winners bracket. Once a team loses, they will move to the losers bracket. If a team loses twice, they are out of the tournament.

Sign up HERE: https://forms.gle/CsRZsynYHDxP2Qj96

John Wayne Birthday Celebration

May 24-25

I’ll share more details in next week’s post, but here is the overview of the activities for next weekend’s celebration of The Duke!

Spaghetti Day

Sunday • May 26 • 11:00am – 1:00pm
Winterset Art Center

“If you love people, feed them tasty food.” And if you love not cooking, eat tasty spaghetti to support the Winterset Art Center—we call that food philanthropy! (maybe gastrophilahtropy? I might have just coined a new phrase!)

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Planning for Summer!

Ladies Tea Party

Saturday • June 1 • 1:00pm

Spend an afternoon enjoying Victorian Ladies Tea at the Madison County Historical Complex Lounge! Gather all of your ladies, of any age, to enjoy tea sandwiches and sweets, lawn games, sidewalk chalk and bubbles, photo opportunities and a tour of the 2024 museum exhibits and historic Bevington Mansion. Space is limited! Register today: https://www.eventcreate.com/e/ladiestea2024

Madison County Music Co.

Make Music this Summer!

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Winterset Stage Camps

Four Options!

The Winterset Stage has announced their summer lineup of education programs and there’s a variety of programs to fit your schedule this summer. Scholarships are also available for these programs. Find all the details, and the scholarship application, on The Winterset Stage’s website.

Winterset Ballet & Dance

Summer camps are not only fun for current dancers, but also great way for children who don’t currently take dance lessons to try it out. Winterset Ballet and Dance is offering a wide variety of classes for ages 2-10.

Twinkle Bear’s Storybook Adventures
Ages 2,3 – June 11-13-10:00-10:30, $20/day
This camp is a perfect way to introduce little ones to dance in a fun way with dance incorporated into a storybook adventure.

Princess Magic Dance Camp
PreK/Kindergarten – June 10-14 – 10:00-12:00, $150 for the full week
Learn ballet, tap, and jazz routines to favorite songs! Crafts and snacks are provided each day.

Dollhouse Dream Dance Camp!
1st-5th grade – June 10-14-12:30-2:30 – $150 for the full week
Think Pink! Dancers learn ballet, jazz, and hip-hop routines to favorite songs like “Pink” and “Dance the Night” and more! Crafts and snacks provided.

For details about all these and their other summer opportunities go to the Winterset Ballet & Dance website

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Winterset Art Center

Adult Summer Pickleball

Spend your Sunday evenings playing some pickleball this summer! Grab your doubles partner and get registered today.

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