Less than a month remains until the MoKan smart car group’s trip to Winterset, IA. This
will be a mostly unstructured weekend event with dozens of Midwest
heartland farm attractions and shopping opportunities. Most folks are
expected to arrive Sunday for a late morning guided tour of the famous
covered bridges, culminating with a hearty farm style afternoon meal.
But others will arrive Saturday or even Friday night to take advantage
of the Saturday market. People from five states have signed up at this
time, and we’ll invite some locals to join us for the meal. We can get
to know each other and Winterset better while passing dishes around.
Please let me know if you are attending for a head
count for meal, bridge tour and passes. Our working cost of $30 ea
would cover the meal, bridge tour, and local attraction admissions.
Based on your response and a visit to Winchester, details will be firm
( ) # of SATURDAY attendees for a brief historic
( ) # of CARS for the SUNDAY Bridge Tour
( ) # of attendees for the SUNDAY afternoon meal
Names and residence town of attendees for name tag.
Please send an email to Bob Storck at email@example.com, send a PM
or call (816) 943-0060 with preliminary head count information.
Most covered bridges were
built in the 19th century to protect the wooden roadbed and structure.
Over 10,000 existed in the United States, at least nineteen in Madison
County, IA … six remain.
My great grandfather built a farm just north of
Winterset around 1840, and it is still farmed by Fred Martens, a
cousin. The old barn has been lovingly restored and is a featured stop
on the Iowa historic barn tour.
Optional Other Activities (and there are many more!)
We will get prepaid admission to attractions if
enough are coming.
· Morning Farmer’s
Market - Saturday only
· Merchant’s Special day- Saturday only
· Historic working farm
tour Saturday **IF ENOUGH INTEREST!
· Madison County
Historical Society - complex of stone, log and Victorian historic
buildings plus substantial museum.
· John Wayne's
birthplace Welcome to the Birthplace of John Wayne!
· George Washington Carver,
agricultural researcher early home
· Fons & Porter
Quilt store and more fabric shops
· 26-acre dried flower
farm and shop
· Henry A. Wallace (FDR VP
just before Truman) homestead … also a native wildflower and
· A beautifully
restored, century-old church
· Art Center - local
artists and artisans collections and shop
· 1700 Acres of park
land, 15 miles of trails & scenic canoe trips
· Numerous antique and
other small town shops
· Iowa Aviation Museum
(within ½ hour)
· National Balloon
Center (within ½ hour)
· Two Saints Winery
(within ½ hour)
We’re planning for some Kansas Citians to take an
early scenic drive up US169 on Saturday and spend some relaxed time in
central Iowa. I'd expect the majority of the group to arrive (convoy?)
early Sunday. Everyone will gather in the Winterset town square about
11A. We will have pastry and nibbles waiting
on arrival to tide folks over.
Those who come up Friday or Saturday are on their
own, although we may suggest meeting places for lunch and dinner. If
there are enough attendees, (and enough interest) we may impose
on present barn owners and my relatives for a short farm visit covering
170 years' history. That would be the only scheduled item on Saturday.
Thanks to the ladies of the ‘kitchen crew’
from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we’ll enjoy a Sunday Iowa country
meal. A sit down, family style meal …NOT served and NOT buffet style
… We'd sit down with platters of good, tasty food, and would enjoy the
conversation and fellowship of passing the dishes around.
Our working menu includes:
We’ll be inviting a few Winterset friends to join us
- Pot roast
- Fried/baked chicken
- Mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes
- Local seasonal vegetables
- Cole slaw/shredded carrot & raisin salad
- Locally home canned condiments - watermelon pickles, pickle relish, etc
- Pie, cake for and or for dessert
and continue in the conversation. You can maybe even help wash dishes
If staying Friday or Saturday night, I’d suggest reserving
a room NOW! We have a limited number of rooms at the Winterset
Super 8 - $60 group rate. 515-462-4888 Mention smart group Mgr. Bill www.super8.com There are plenty of places within a half hour drive, but
a big local wedding is offering competition.
There are very nice B&Bs, but not many of them.
Winterset has a highly rated campground.
Heavenly Habitat B&B $100 515-689-2640 www.ibbg.com
Brass Lantern B&B $75+641-743-2031
www.brasslantern.com 20 min. away
Fitch House $125 641-396-2443 www.thefitchhouse.com 20 min away
Special Moments B&B $85 515-710-8514 www.specialmomentsbandb.com 30 min. away
Timberview B&B $65 877-339-2431 www.iabedandbreakfast.com
45 min. away