JOHN WAYNE/MAUREEN O’HARA FILMS AT THE IOWA THEATRE
The Iowa Theatre, right on Winterset’s Courthouse Square, will be showing ALL of the films starring both John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara:
McLintock! (1963) 50th Anniversary Cattle baron, banker and model citizen G.W. McLintock’s wife Katherine (Maureen O’Hara) returns after 2 years seeking divorce and revenge. This rollicking film pits Wayne and O’Hara in some of their most entertaining situations yet, including the infamous mud scene! Showtime: 5pm Fri./Sat/Sun. May 24-26
The Quiet Man (1952) Legendary director John Ford received his fourth Best Director Oscar® for this beloved film, which also won for Best Color Cinematography and was nominated for five other categories including Best Picture! Wayne plays Sean Thornton, who swears off boxing after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, and returns to the Irish town of his birth and falls in love with Mary Kate, played by the stunning Maureen O’Hara. A delightful love letter to Ireland, filled with memorable characters and gorgeous scenery. Showtime: 11:30am Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26
Rio Grande (1950) In the first of their films together, Wayne and O’Hara play a married couple. Kirby Yorke (Wayne) must deal not only with the Apaches and his son he has not seen in 15 years as a new recruit, but also with his wife who shows up to take the under-age trooper home with her. Wayne and Maureen OHara fall back into love while embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other in this classic film also directed by John Ford. Showtime: 9am Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26
The Wings of Eagles (1957) Yet another film directed by John Ford, this films tells the story of avaition pioneer Cmdr. Frank “Spig” Wead (Wayne), his career ended after a paralyzing accident,who fights to walk again and redirects his life as Hollywood screenwriter, garnering two Academy Award nominations. O’Hara plays Wayne’s wife with whom he struggles through changes and heartbreak. Be sure to watch for Ward Bond as crusty filmmaker “John Dodge” (Ford was a close friend of Wead’s). Showtime: 2:30pm Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26
Big Jake (1971) In 1909, the waning days of the wild frontier, Big Jake McCandles (Wayne) hasnt seen his wife (Maureen OHara) in 18 years. He returns when evil John Fain (played by the great Richard Boone) and his gang of cutthroats overrun the ranch and kidnap the McCandles’ grandson and holds him for a million dollar ransom. Showtime: 8pm Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26
Cowboy Western Swing Dance
Friday, May 24th Celebrating the spirit of McLintock!—2013 is the 50th anniversary of that rollicking picture—the John Wayne Birthplace presents western swing bandleader Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band. Les has been designated the official Oklahoma Balladeer by the legislature of his home state and was honored with the coveted Wrangler Award for his contributions to traditional western music by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The three hour western swing dance commences at 7pm. Food vendors will have various western-themed vittles available for purchase beforehand starting at 6pm.
Maureen O’Hara attended this event! See photos on our News page.
Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, May 25th, 6:30am-11am
Fire Station, one block east of the Courthouse Square/John Wayne Drive, 2 blocks north of the Birthplace on Court
Sit yourself down for a fabulous morning meal! All you care to eat with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. Get a great start to your day! Just $6.
Proceeds benefit Winterset’s volunteer fire department.
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the Western Swing Dance Poster
John Wayne Run 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 25th, 9:00am John Wayne Statue, one block northwest of the Birthplace
Winterset Rotary and Madison County Health Care System are once again proud to sponsor this race which starts and ends at the John Wayne statue at 200 S. John Wayne Dr. Race day registration packets can be picked up
between 7:30 and 8:45am. Participants can choose to partake of the 5K Run or the 5K Walk. There are several age divisions, and medals will be awarded in each age group Entry fees are $20 before May 1st; $25 after and $30 on the day of the race.
Day of Race: $30. View or download the .pdf race brochure here.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Madison County Healthy Kids Initiative and Wildwood Hills Ranch.
Book Signing The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
Please join us in welcoming New York Times best-selling author Glenn Frankel on Saturday where he’ll discuss and sign copies his new book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. Mr. Frankel’s wonderfully engaging and thoroughly researched book is the the riveting true account behind that classic Western—and the amazing history of that story, as it was transformed into an American myth. This is the first book to focus on the making of what many consider John Wayne’s greatest film.
John Wayne Birthplace Tours
Tour the actual home where Marion Robert Morrison was born on May 26, 1907. The house features a unique collection of John Wayne memorabilia including such items as an eyepatch from True Grit, a prop suitcase used in the film Stagecoach, a hat from Rio Lobo and more.
Tours are available from 9am to 5pm on Friday May 24, 9am to 3pm on Sat. May 25 (PLEASE NOTE EARLY CLOSING ON SAT.) Admission fees are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors 60 and over, and $3.00 for children 12 and under.
Mary Kate’s Corned Beef and Cabbage
Those with a taste for Irish cuisine should visit the Litttle Dublin Irish Pub where Mary Kate’s corned beef and cabbage will be served on Saturday, May 25th from 11am through supper time. Dinners and sandwiches both cost $8.
Pie stations will be set up around the historic Madison County Courthouse Square and tasting tickets will be available for one dollar each. Each ticket will be good for one taste (one tenth of a pie) and attendees can sample as many homemade pies as they choose. Bottled water will also be available for $1.00.
Savor the delights from the legendary “church ladies” from all over Madison County, who will be baking delectable pies.
Saturday, May 25th 9pm Just west of the Courthouse Square, The Litttle Dublin Irish Pub will be presenting live authentic Irish music with “The Quiet Men (and a couple of ladies),” Iowa’s premiere traditional Irish music session band. Stop by and see why Irish eyes are smiling!
Special discounted rates are available
at this West Des Moines hotel:
SPECIAL JOHN WAYNE BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM BENEFIT DINNER
Legendary screen actress Maureen O’Hara and her family have accepted our invitation to join us for this long-awaited “Tribute to Maureen O’Hara.” This gala, starting at 5pm on Saturday, May 25th is Maureen O’Hara’s public farewell to her legions of fans, and she’ll discuss her life-long friendship with John Wayne. The dinner will be held in a comfortable, air-conditioned indoor venue. Enjoy a sumptuous meal of prime rib or three-cheese encrusted chicken over penne pasta marinara; baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives; green bean Almandine, tossed salad; Ciabatta rolls, and assorted decorated cupcakes. Delight to the haunting beauty of harp music from Spenser Hardin. Music from the film classic The Quiet Man performed by Irish songstress Catherine O’Connell follows. Then John Wayne’s daughter Aissa hosts the always exciting Auction of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara-related items. In her public farewell to her legions of fans, Guest of Honor Maureen O’Hara will discuss her life-long friendship with John Wayne. Last but not least, a return engagement of Chicago’s Shannon Rovers Pipes and Drums will play for champion Irish dancers The Fabulous McKay Sisters.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Harpist Spenser Hardin
Since the days of King Brian Boru, the harp has been prominent as the national emblem of Ireland so, to honor Maureen O’Hara’s Celtic heritage, we present renowned harpist Spenser Hardin. Miss Hardin, who has trained in classical music for 20 years, has played every place from symphony halls to weddings and considers performing at our Tribute to Maureen O’Hara as one the highlights of her career. www.spenserharpist.com
The daughter of Irish immigrants, songstress and recording artist Catherine O'Connell enthusiastically embraces the traditional music of her forbears and considers it the honor of a lifetime to perform selections from The Quiet Man for Maureen O’Hara Herself. Chicago Tribune critic Rick Kogan says, “Catherine is an original, as gifted a singer and as sensitive a performer as I have ever heard or seen.” www.catherineoconnell.com
Background painting Dawn on the Hills of Ireland by Edmund Sullivan
Auction of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara Items
Join in the excitement as John Wayne’s daughter Aissa hosts a lively auction of unique and memorable John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara collectibles. There will be a silent auction as well. Proceeds from this auction support the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum.
Auction items include a giant 80"x115" poster for McLintock!, a two night stay for two at the Ashford Castle in Ireland, one of the filming locations for The Quiet Man, a full-size replica of the weathervane from McLintock!, a beautiful framed oil portrait of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, an actual shirt worn by John Wayne in The Cowboys, numerous pieces of jewelry from the exclusive Maureen O’Hara Newbridge Silverware collection, and many, many more!
Auction services are provided by Garrison Auction Service, conducted by renowned auctioneers Chuck and Jon Garrison, who are a show onto themselves!
The Fabulous McKay Sisters
We are especially pleased to be joined by championship Irish dancers the Fabulous McKay Sisters who will be performing during our dinner program. Between them, Juliana and Beckie have been honored throughout the United States and Ireland for their dazzling footwork as they beat out ancient jigs and reels Riverdance-style.
Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band
Most of us call them "bagpipes" but for 500 years the Irish have referred to them as “warpipes.” This distinction is especially appropriate to the Shannon Rovers. Organized in Chicago in the 1920s by Tommie Ryan, Pat Roche and other veterans of Ireland’s recent War of Independence, these award-winning musicians are today considered among the premiere pipe and drum bands in the United States. In their storied career, which includes thousands of performances, the Shannon Rovers have played for Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, George W. Bush and Barack Obama and even Pope John Paul II.
The John Wayne Birthplace is exceptionally proud to welcome back the Rovers to Winterset where their deafening pipes will salute The Quiet Man—their favorite movie—with tunes familiar to all fans of the classic film. See more about them at www.shannonrovers.com