Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend in Winterset, October 24-26

It seems like just yesterday the kids were starting back to school, but it's already the end of first quarter! If you have kids in school, remember that there's an early out on Friday at 2:00. It's also nearly time to set your clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Saving Time, technically to occur at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 2nd.

Trees all over town are going more bald by the minute!
But first, what's up in Winterset this weekend?

Friday will be fairly quiet, but it is the opening night of the Sk8n Station at 1204 W. Summit Street!

On Saturday, there's a new Chamber and Downtown Merchants-sponsored event happening from 10:00 to 2:00, "Madison County Creates," which is a tour of seven local artisans who will be demonstrating and displaying their work as people stop by to observe. This idea has a lot of potential for growth as an annual event, as we have so MANY talented people in our community. The seven locations included in the event this year are:

Also this Saturday, the monthly "Cooking with Annie" series continues at 10:00 a.m. at the Winterset Library with guest chef Joyce Westphal, Clinical Director at Crossroads Behavioral Health, presenting "Healthy Soups." Registration is recommended by calling the library at 462-1731.

Attention, runners: Our neighbors in Earlham were out promoting this race during the Covered Bridge Festival Parade, and I thought I'd pass it along. There's a race on Saturday to honor the memory of young Brant Hamilton, "Brant's Great Pumpkin Festival & Race." Activities begin at 10:00 on Saturday. See registration information below, and the website for the event.

On Saturday evening, there are at least five local events from which to choose:

1) Halloween Hikes departing from Pammel Park Lodge, sponsored by the Madison County Conservation Board, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This includes hayrack rides, pumpkin carving, camper decorating contests that you can judge, face painting, storytelling, snacks, and a hike filled with skits. Activities and skits are designed to be educational and not scary, so all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is requested, and some time slots are already full. Call Molly Hansen at 462-3536 or email her at to see if there are still openings to participate in this fun event.

2) A Harvest Party at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, with sundown worship at 5:30, hay ride at 6:30, and games and refreshments from 7:00 to 9:00.

3) Trivia Night at St. Joseph Church, hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Table decorating starts at 6:15, and trivia starts at 7:00. Teams of eight people can register to participate by e-mailing for a sign-up sheet, until space runs out! Beverages are available for purchase, and teams can bring their own snacks for their tables. In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, there are prizes for best table decoration and best Halloween costume (keep it classy!).

4) Bras for the Cause is hosting "The Event IV" at the Jackson Building on Saturday evening at 6:30. They will have wine by Covered Bridges Winery, sandwiches by the Madison County Cattlemen and Pork Producers, appetizers and dessert. Tickets are $25 at the door, and there's a huge list of enticing items up for auction during the evening as well. All funds raised at this event stay in Madison County for breast and cervical screening. For advance tickets ($20) or questions, contact Debbie Field at 515-462-2833 (, or Shari Bush at 515-468-1266 (

5) A one-night only showing of  "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (PG-13) at the Iowa Theater, with freewill offering for admission.

Did you see the display of Bras for the Cause at the former American State Bank building during Covered Bridge Festival? These and more on display on Saturday night at The Event IV at the Jackson Building.

This weekend is also your last opportunity to visit The Pumpkin Ranch, which will be open on Friday from 10:00 to 5:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 7:00, and Sunday from noon to 5:00. They've had a great season and are looking forward to one more weekend of family fun.

Looking ahead, here are a few items to note:
  • The Winterset Art Center is hosting a Happy Hollow Halloween House next week from the 27th through the 31st, for toddlers through 6th graders, from 3:30 to 5:30 each day. It is a mildly spooky art adventure in which the Art Center will be decorated for Halloween and offer four rooms of art activities. The cost is $3.00 per child in costume, and $5.00 without, but those arriving without a costume will be provided one when they arrive.

  • On Tuesday, October 28th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., The Winterset Optimist Club is hosting their annual Fall Party Fun Night for all children through 3rd grade at Winterset Elementary. It is a carnival and activity event where the Optimist Club members set up booths around the gym and lunchroom. Each child is given five free tickets as they enter the door. The children can exchange two tickets at each booth for a chance to win a prize. Additional tickets may be purchased for 20¢ per ticket. Here are a few other notes on this event:
    • The children are to attend in their regular clothing, not in a costume.
    • Please use the north entrance by the west parking lot.
    • This event is very well supervised by the Optimist Club. They would like it to be a special exchange between the Optimists and the younger children of the community. If you feel, however, that the young age of your child requires your attendance, you are welcome to accompany them. 
    • No children above the 3rd grade will be admitted.
    • If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Robert Meade (Optimist President), 462-5362; Jim Olson, 462-4026Tim Rethmeier, 975-5636; or Gary Anker, 462-1551 (school) or 462-4146 (home).
    • You can read the Optimist's letter of invitation to local families at this link.

  • As promised, more details about the upcoming Annual Hamball and Meatball Dinner at St. Paul Lutheran Church, November 1st!

  • And also coming soon, the Winterset Community Educational Foundation's "Fall Fling" will be held on November 10th at the Jackson Building, with the social and silent auction starting at 6:00, meal starting at 6:30, and live auction at 7:30. ALL proceeds from this event go back to our schools for curriculum enhancement and cultural endeavors. The cost is just $20 per person for a great adults-only evening of fun, with a meal of smoked pork loin with dijon sauce, roasted fall vegetables, mixed greens salad, roll, and dessert. Wine and beer are also available for an additional donation. Please click here for a ticket order form, which should be completed and mailed to the Educational Foundation at P.O. Box 30, or dropped off at the district's administration building, by November 3rd. Contact Amy Nolan (515-462-7009) or Linda Darling (515-462-3961) with any questions. There's a great list of items up for auction, and it is still growing!
Finally, at 2:00 p.m. I heard from Tom Leners, Director of the Madison County Development Group, that Mayor Olson informed him of the barriers being taken down on Hwy 169 today. Hooray for the open road! I can't wait to drive out there and see if its true. You may have also noticed signs of the new HyVee under construction on John Wayne Drive this week. Progress is exciting!

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen, and have a great weekend in Winterset!