Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekend in Winterset, Oct. 16 - 19

I saw the antique tractors in the parade last Sunday, but I didn't make it to the Annual Antique Tractor Ride on Friday or Saturday. As a city girl, I'll admit that tractors aren't my thing. However, I have a new appreciation for their beauty, thanks to some photos shared with me by Teresa McDonald and Linda Anderson. Now I wish I'd been there!

This photo of the Antique Tractor Ride was taken by Teresa McDonald...
... and this one was by Linda Anderson. Thank you for sending these!
One thing I did see, which may have been my favorite moment of the weekend, was the dedication ceremony for the new mural in Carver Park, and watching the project committee receive a surprise visit from an old friend and honored guest. Mr. Paxton Williams, who is now an Assistant Attorney General with Iowa's Office of the Attorney General, has had extensive experience portraying George Washington Carver at events and on stage, including a one-man play that he wrote as a student at ISU. He also served as the Executive Director of the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association in Diamond, Missouri, and used to come to Winterset to portray Carver at the Covered Bridge Festival. Many folks at the ceremony remembered him fondly from the time he spent here and were delighted that he would surprise them with a visit on this special occasion.

Jim Nelson, who served on the mural project committee and spoke at Saturday's event,
enjoyed catching up with Paxton Williams.
But now, on to the weekend ahead! First up, there's a Friday night home football game versus Atlantic, at 7:30 at McGaffin Field. This is also Senior Night for the Huskies.

Next, in case you missed it on Covered Bridge Festival weekend, there are three more performances of Radio Suspense Theater at The Winterset Stage on the 17th and 18th, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, and 2:00 and 7:00 on Saturday. This production is a touching and humorous tribute to the golden age of radio. There is a dinner theater option for the two evening performances, served at 6:00. Click here to order tickets online.

Radio Suspense Theatre is directed by Patricia Nelson, with music direction by Carla Vasey. Jason Stanbro, Doug Darnall, Allison Engel, Bill Yount, Claire Terhaar, Annie Nielsen, Bob Rhodes, Roxanne Johnston, Julie Rodish-Reed, John Gambrall, Patricia Nelson, and Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee Billy Dunbar star in the show.
Also in entertainment, the Iowa Theater on the square is having two showings of the movie "God's Not Dead" (PG), each for a free-will offering. The times are 7:00 on Saturday and 5:00 on Sunday.

Here's a great community service project being led by the Winterset and Earlham Girl Scouts this weekend and next: their 5th Annual Coats, Hats, Gloves & Boots Drive. This Saturday, the 18th, you can drive through the circle drive at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1120 N. 8th Avenue, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. to drop off gently used coats, boots, hats, snow pants, scarves, and gloves, in any and ALL sizes. The Girl Scouts will be outside the church, ready to accept your donations. Then, next Saturday (October 25th) from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., families in need of these items can come to St. Paul Lutheran Church to pick up what they need, free of charge. All the items will be used to help families in the Earlham, Winterset, and Madison County area, and leftover items will be delivered to a shelter. There will also be coffee and hot chocolate inside the church for a freewill donation. Please note that the Boy Scouts will be busy this weekend too, with a pop can drive from 8:00 to noon on Saturday. Donations can be dropped off at First Christian Church, they can pick them up at your home. Call Jason Truckenbrod at 371-1354 to make arrangements.

Have you heard about the Junk Zombie sale happening at 1102 State Hwy 92 this Saturday and Sunday? This is what they shared on Craigslist... looks enticing!

Finally, this is the second to last weekend to enjoy The Pumpkin Ranch, which is open on Friday from 10:00 to 5:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 7:00, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00. On Saturday they will have free balloon animals from 10:00 to 12:00, horse rides from 1:00 to 5:00, and wine tasting by the Madison County Winery from 1:00 to 4:00. They'll also have family photos on Sunday. All these activities are included in the price of admission, $8.50 per person, with children age two and under free.

Looking ahead just a bit:
  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Halloween Trivia Night at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, October 25th. I have done this before -- it's a ton of fun! Table decorating starts at 6:15, and trivia starts at 7:00. If you have a team of 8 that would like to register, contact to inquire. 
  • Trick or Treat night in Winterset has been scheduled for Thursday, October 30th, from 5:30 to 7:30. 
  • The Winterset Elementary and Middle School kids are having a Box Top Contest from this coming Monday, the 20th, through Friday, the 24th. If you have been clipping and collecting Box Tops for Education, now would be a good time to share them with the students in your life! The schools are also collecting Campbell's Soup points at this time. For more information, contact Nicole Capps at or click here for the information posted on the school website.
  • Save the date for the famous Ham Ball Dinner at St. Paul Lutheran Church, coming up on November 1st! More details on this coming soon.
  • And also, mark your calendar for the upcoming high school musical, The Music Man, November 7th and 8th. Cast information will be included in an upcoming post. 

Have a great weekend in Winterset! The weather looks sunny and crisp, and there's still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Madison County in the fall. Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen! You can subscribe to receive updates by e-mail at this link.

Photo by Linda Anderson