Weekend in Winterset, August 25-27

Happy weekend, everyone! Let’s jump right in and start with breakfast.

The Winterset Kiwanis Club will be serving a Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion Hall  on Saturday, August 26th from 7:00 to 11:00 am. They’ll be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes, fried or scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee, just $6.00 each. Funds go to support youth projects and causes.

And right after that, you can stroll to the grounds of the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum to attend the dedication of the freshly painted Madison County Freedom Rock, on Saturday at 11:00 am. The public is invited to attend. Donations are still being accepted for this project. Contact Rod Beem at  rowdy0079@aol.com for more information.

Photo by Todd Scott, Drone Guy

Also in the patriotic spirit, make plans to attend the movie “Megan Leavey” (PG-13) at The Iowa Theater tonight (Friday) or Saturday evening at 7:00. Admission is free to all veterans and current service members. This film is the true life story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with a military combat dog saved many lives during her deployment in Iraq. Assigned to clean up the K-9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey starts to identify with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog that she trains. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex complete more than 100 missions until an improvised explosive device injures both, putting their fates in jeopardy. 

On Saturday evening starting at 5:00, there’s a fundraising event to benefit the adoption efforts of Mike and Heidi Boyd and Mike and Jessica Leeds. The public is invited to attend and enjoy! The Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds will be performing their high-energy, request-driven, fun-filled show at the Avenue of the Saints Event Center in St Charles. Advanced Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Doors open at 5:00, and the show is at 7:30 pm. Food will be available all evening (pulled pork, pizza, salad, chips, and dessert) for a freewill donation. There will also be silent auction items.

Also on Saturday evening, patrons can enjoy the music of Code Blue (Brick Imerman and Bob Paterson) at Covered Bridges Winery from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Food by Roadside Tacos will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Weather permitting, music will be held outside. $5.00 cover at the door.

On Sunday, August 27th from 10:00 to 11:30 am, the Winterset Art Center is hosting a “Spa Brunch: Make and Take Sugar Scrubs” with coffee, tea, and cake. Participants will learn to make and take home two kinds of custom made aromatherapy body scrubs. Recipes, instruction, and all materials provided. The class fee is $25 for Winterset Art Center members and $30 for non-members. Contact Maggie Howe at 515-490-7801 or girlwithasword@yahoo.com to register.

Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses reopened on August 21st and will be open Mondays through Saturdays 9:00 to 6:00, and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00. Check out www.grothsgardens.com for more information and beautiful fall colors.

Coming Soon

Here’s a timely program coming to the Winterset Public Library this coming Tuesday:

Also on Tuesday evening, August 29th, join Naturalist Amy Holley for an evening hike on the Pammel Park Lodge Trail. The hike will depart from the Pammel Park Lodge at 7:00 pm and will last about an hour. This is a free, family-friendly event. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to participate should plan to meet at the lodge at 6:45 pm. Pre-registration is requested but not required. To pre-register, contact the conservation board at 515-462-3536 or e-mail naturalist@madisoncountyparks.org.

You may have noticed that there is NO SCHOOL at Winterset on September 5th and 6th, right after Labor Day. If your kindergarten through 6th grade student is looking for something to do, they’re in luck! Several Winterset organizations are teaming up to offer The Great Madison County Adventure, September 5th and 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. ​Adventures will include a movie and popcorn at the Iowa Theater, dramatic play at The Winterset Stage, art creation at The Winterset Art Center, learning by Madison County Conservation, literary encounters by the Winterset Public Library, historical exploration at the Madison County Historical Museum, and fun at Winterset City Park, Whistle Stop Park, and Monumental Park. There will be lots of outdoor play and walking, rain or shine. The tuition is $75 for both days. Click here for more information, registration link and updates. Registration deadline is August 31st.

Union State Bank is hosting their annual Client & Community Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, August 31st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at 611 W. Highway 92.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank is also hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Lunch on Friday, September 1st from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the main bank.

On Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm, join the Madison County Genealogical Society at the Winterset Public Library for a program on Madison County and WWI by resident historian Linda Smith.

HCI Hospice invites anyone who is coping with grief to attend a free 8-week  support group beginning in September.

1st Avenue Collective is hosting a “Let’s Get Hammered Earring Class” on Friday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Transform sterling, copper, and brass sheet metal into simple but stunning earrings. Learn how to use a disc cutter, as well as hammer and texturing techniques to complete your project. Participants will receive materials to make three pairs of earrings. Make additional earrings for the cost of materials, time permitting. No jewelry experience needed, just a desire to create. BYOB, and light snacks will be provided. The instructors are Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo. Class fee is $50.00. Pre-Registration is required. Call (515)505-4396 or stop by 1st Avenue Collective to reserve your space.

Enjoy the spectacle of the lights returning to the old marquee at The Iowa Theater on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:00 pm!

The popular annual event in support of education programs at the Madison County Parks, an “Evening Under the Stars,” is returning on Saturday, September 16th at 5:30 at Pammel Park Lodge.

The Iowa Quilt Museum is offering a three-week DIY Barn Quilt Block Class, starting September 17th. “Barn Blocks” are painted panels representing patchwork quilt block designs, used to decorate barns, rural outbuildings, and garages. In this three-session class, you’ll learn about American quilt block history, select a favorite block of your own, and learn special, no-fail techniques as you draft and paint your own 4’ x 4’ quilt block panel. Week 1: Design – Sunday, September 17, 1:00 – 2:30pm; Week 2: Draft – Sunday, October 1, 1:00 – 2:30pm; Week 3: Paint – Sunday, October 8, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Register and pay online at www.IowaQuiltMuseum.org or in person at the Iowa Quilt Museum. Call 515-462-5988 with questions, or contact director@IowaQuiltMuseum.org. Instructors are Marianne Fons and Mark Davis. Class fee is $20.00.

Finally…

There’s still plenty of time to work on your short film for the contest on Covered Bridge Festival weekend! In keeping with the Cinematic Madison County theme, Rebecca Fons is coordinating a short-film contest, open to all ages, to highlight the covered bridges. Entries must be received by September 29th. See details below. Films can be submitted here.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen! All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

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