Weekend in Winterset, Mar. 24-26

The Winterset Stage will debut its production of The Shadow this Friday night, March 24th, at 6:30 pm at their 405 E. Madison location. Based on the 1930s and 40s radio show The Shadow, made popular by Orson Welles, the zany characters in this all-local cast will entertain guests with thrills, chills, and mystery!

Photo by Teddi Yaeger, Show Director

Each show is designed as a murder mystery dinner theater featuring a 40s-era menu: spinach salad with strawberries and candied pecans, salisbury steak, roasted potatoes, Catalina vegetables, dinner rolls, and chiffon cake for dessert. Additional show dates are Saturday, March 25th; Friday, March 31st; and Saturday, April 1st. All shows start at 6:30. Tickets include dinner and the show, and can be purchased online at www.TheWintersetStage.org or by calling 515-462-5156.

2017 Memberships to The Winterset Stage are also now available. Members have access to discounted tickets all year long and are recognized in every show program. Let’s keep community theater alive and well in Winterset! Become a “Friend” of The Winterset Stage for just $35, a “Supporter” for $60, or a “Partner” for $110.

Also This Weekend

Angel Wings & CT is hosting a Spring Open House today through Sunday:

Check out this great Jewelry Sale on Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Chesnut Building, 300 W. Hutchings St., with proceeds benefitting the Gift Box gift store at Madison County Hospital.

All are welcome at the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s parish hall for Fish-Fry Dinners on Fridays through the end of Lent, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The price is $9 for adults and $5 for kids (maximum $25 per family). The menu includes fried fish, baked fish, baked potatoes, french fries, cole slaw, green beans, corn, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, beverages and dessert. Dinner is hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

The third Legislative Forum of 2017 will be held on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds. Come hear from our state legislators, Senator Julian Garrett and Representative Stan Gustafson, about bills and legislation affecting Madison County currently being discussed at the Iowa Statehouse. This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

Call or email Jennie Hargrove at the Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach office to see if there is still space available in this Saturday’s crochet workshop for youth:

Covered Bridges Winery will host vocalist Tina Haase Findlay for a Music at the Winery event on Saturday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Findlay is described as a soul powerhouse and incredible entertainer, singing a wide range of blues and jazz. Karam’s Mediterranean Grill will be serving food from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

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Award-winning photographer Teddi Yaeger will be teaching an Introduction to Photography class on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Winterset Art Center.

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Coming Soon

The next installment of the One Earth Book Discussion Series is coming to the Winterset Public Library:

Last year, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced the approval of Madison County’s application to become an Iowa Scenic Byways community following a 2014 call for new byways applications. Awarded in October of 2016, the newly designated “Covered Bridges Scenic Byway” is an 82-mile-plus route focused on our iconic covered bridges, as well as our scenic natural areas and historical and cultural sites. Clearly, this designation will open a multitude of possibilities for tourism, development, and further interest in our community. The work is not done, however, and now is the time for local citizens to get involved. The Covered Bridges Scenic Byway Council is inviting interested individuals to consider becoming part of a county-wide stakeholder committee to provide input into the creation and management of the byway. If you are interested in learning more, you are invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 pm at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in St. Charles.

As the first opportunity to work statewide with other byways communities, Winterset will be included in a statewide art installation effort beginning this summer. The Iowa Byways Public Art Initiative is taking place along eight of Iowa’s scenic byways, including ours. A local committee has been working on fundraising and overall planning and coordination of this public art piece, and they have recently issued a Call for Artists, open to “all qualified artists or teams thereof, 18 years and older.” The location of the resulting byways artwork will be the northeast corner of Washington Street in Winterset, near the current WCSD Administration Building. For specific details and a downloadable copy of the Call for Artists, which must be postmarked by April 7th, visit www.madisoncounty.com/front-page/call-for-artists/.

Grant applications to the Greater Madison County Community Foundation are due on March 31st at 4:00 pm. If your organization is in need of funding for a project that will benefit the citizens of Madison County, be sure to visit www.madisoncountyfoundation.org and download an application today. $111,200 will be awarded in June of 2017.

A really fun event planned at Madhaus Gallery on April 1st. Save the date and your appetite!

The Madison County Conservation Board will host a trout stocking program at Criss Cove at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 1st. It will be a short program on trout biology and fishing license requirements followed by a fun-filled morning of trout fishing. All adults wishing to fish for trout need to have a valid fishing license and a trout stamp. Daily bag limit is 5 trout. Children under age 16 do not need a fishing license as long as they are fishing with a licensed adult. Children must share the daily bag limit of 5 fish with their accompanying adult. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are available for purchase in the Recorder’s office at the Madison County Courthouse and Breedings Hardware.

1st Avenue Collective is hosting a Hammered Ring Class on Saturday, April 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to texture, hammer and fuse fine silver wire to create an assortment of rings. Students will receive enough wire to create 1 wraparound ring and 2-4 stackable rings depending on your ring size. This class is a great introduction to torch work. No prior jewelry experience needed, just a desire to create. Use of tools and materials are included in the class fee of $60.00. The instructors are Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo. Pre-registration is required. Call (515)505-4396 or stop by 1st Avenue Collective to reserve your space.

The Covered Bridge Antiques Show will be held at the Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds on April 8, 9:00 to 5:00, and April 9, 10:00 to 4:00. Shop from over 20 vendors and dealers across the Midwest, including Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. Featured items include jewelry, glassware, coins, primitives, toys, silver, and more. Lunch will be available by “Two Ol’ Grannies” on site, featuring giant cinnamon rolls, soups and sandwiches. $3.00 admission at the door is good for both days. For more information, contact Larry Gilbert at 618-210-8158, or Steve Schmalzried at 515-314-9224.

Don’t miss the Covered Bridge Antiques Show at the Jackson Building on April 8 & 9!

Finally, two undeniable signs of spring: First, the seasonal opening of Lakeview Country Club on April 1st

And also, the first Classic Car Show & Shine of the year, hosted by the Central Iowa Auto club on Saturday, April 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on the Winterset square — featuring classic cars and trucks, oldies music, and lots of fresh air.

That’s all for now. All community announcements on The Winterset Citizen are posted at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Angel Wings & CT
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Bridges Financial Associates
Covered Bridge Realty
Daniel Evans, Edward Jones
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
Johnson Insurance
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaus Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Newcastle Home Builders
Pine Creek Ltd.
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Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Village Bootery
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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