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‘Road Trip Iowa’ to feature Covered Bridges Scenic Byway; viewing party planned at Winterset Library

Places along the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway in Madison County will be featured on an upcoming episode of Iowa PBS’s new series “Road Trip Iowa”. The episode will premiere Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. and be rebroadcast Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. The Covered Bridges Scenic Byway Council is hosting a viewing party of the Madison County episode […]

This week at The Iowa: ‘Unsung Hero’, ‘Cool Hand Luke’



For this Way Back Wednesday, you’ve got to keep a cool hand for “Cool Hand Luke”. This prison drama follows the story of Luke Jackson (played by Paul Newman), a prisoner who refuses to break under the crippling command of the prison guards. It seems like every week, he’s breaking out and getting recaptured. Pressure starts building as the prison […]

Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield hosts theatre camp

The Warren Cultural Center is holding a week-long theatre camp June 17-21. Actors and actresses, aged 7-18 are honing their stage skills under the direction of Footliters Traveling Playhouse, based in Coralville. Students are learning theatre skills each day from 9:30-1:30. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch. The culmination of the week is the play “The Vanishing of […]

Orient Plant Sale May 18 and 19

The annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale supporting the Orient Community Library, formerly Public Resource Technology Center, is set for Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., and Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This fundraiser will be held at the same location as previous years, 118 Jackson St. in Orient. The second day, May 19, will be the Plant […]

The Last Oak Leaf



Between the creek and the trail stands a young oak, twice my height or thereabouts. I notice a few brown and brittle leaves still firmly attached. Nearby, the red bud erupts with blooms of pink, and flowers bunched on every branch dress the pear tree in wedding white. One whiff of the purple lilac and I know that spring is […]

Iowa Quilt Festival to offer three-day retreat for quilters

Dozens of quilters will flock to Winterset June 5-8 to take part in a threeday quilt retreat, a variety of classes taught by nationally known quilters, and two lectures at The Iowa Theater. The Festival culminates with the Airing of the Quilts on Saturday, June 8. Headlining this year’s festival is Mary Kerr, from Virginia, whose “Twisted” exhibit is now […]

This week at The Iowa: ‘Unsung Hero’ and ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’



For this Way Back Wednesday, the dramatic and romantic movie “Sweet Bird of Youth” is playing. When a drifting man by the name of Chance Wayne (played by Paul Newman) returns to his hometown after many failed years of trying to make it big as an actor, he isn’t alone as a film star; Alexandra Del Lago (played by Geraldine […]

Tips for hunting for wild mushrooms in Iowa

In Iowa, mushroom hunting is quite common. However, knowing the peak time to hunt for a particular mushroom can be challenging. Chelsea Harbach, a plant disease diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares helpful guidelines when hunting for common mushrooms. Three common types of mushrooms are regularly sought out. While using […]

Paul Newman Month at the Iowa Theater

Since its reopening in 2017, except for a few weeks in 2020, the Iowa Theater has offered classic movies every Wednesday evening at the theater’s regular showtime of 7 p.m. Those classics have included films by famous directors like Alfred Hitchcock, musicals like West Side Story, movies featuring favorite actors (Swayze), and “Jaws” every summer. The Iowa kicked off a […]

Welcome to The Arts Corner!

If this is your first time noticing us here in the Madisonian, you can learn all about the Madison County Foundation for Community Arts (MCFCA or MadCo Arts) at MadCoArts.org. One of our aspirations is promotion; we hope to organize exhibitions, festivals, and other events to showcase the work of local artists and cultural organizations in the future. In the […]


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