This Week’s Buzz Report

Massac County High School Football
Visit website for Golf, Tennis and Volleyball events.
Aug. 29, 7 pm, Patriots at Freeburg
Aug. 30, 10 am, Freshmen Patriots at Herrin


Wednesday Church Activities
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Through Saturday, Aug. 23
134th Annual Union County Fair
Anna Fairgrounds, in Anna, Illinois
Carnival, horse show, livestock shows, car show, queen pageant and other exhibits.  For more information, call 618-833-8923 or visit website

Every Wednesday
Free Adults Only Lap Swim
10–11 a.m.
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Sponsored by Metropolis Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Wednesday
Water Aerobics
11 a.m.–noon
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Cost is $30 for the entire season. Register when you arrive. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Wednesday
One-On-One Computer Help
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Got computer questions? The library has answers from basics to social media, job applications to resumes, to whatever you need. Ask Terrin for help during this time block every Wednesday. Website

Wednesday, Aug. 20
EEI Local 148 Retirees
11:30 a.m.
China House Buffet, 1201 E. 8th St., Metropolis
This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, Aug. 20
Massac County Interagency Council
11:30 a.m.
Pizza Hut, 2047 E 5th St., Metropolis
The meeting is open to the public and any service provider is welcome to attend. Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month usually held from 11:30-noon. For more information, Call Celia Bachi at 618-524-2683.

Every Wednesday
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

Every Wednesday
Weight Watchers
5 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 2179 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.  Call 800-651-6000 to confirm meeting time and place.


Every Thursday
Weaver Creek Food Pantry
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2748 North Ave., Metropolis
The church will open their food pantry on Thursdays in the fellowship hall at the back of the church. Anyone in need of food is encouraged to stop by.

Every Thursday
10-11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor.  No charge.  For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Thursday
Metropolis Rotary Club
12:10-1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Club meets weekly to discuss service projects.  Website

Thursday, Aug. 21
Metropolis City Council – Planning Commission
1 p.m.
City Hall, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Meeting is held in the Council Room upstairs. Agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Friends of Fort Massac
5 p.m.
Fort Massac Visitor’s Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Supporters of Fort Massac State Park meet monthly to discuss projects and activities involving the park.  For information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Thursday, Aug. 21
MCHS Lady Patriots Basketball Team Spirit Night
5-8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A, 5101 Hinkleville Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Chick-Fil-A (free standing location) will donate 20% of your purchase to the MCHS Lady Patriots Basketball Team Booster Club. Mention the Lady Patriots when you pay at the register. For more information, contact April Lewis at 618-645-0109 or

Thursday, Aug. 21
PSAD Annual Faculty Show Opening Reception
5 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Exhibition features Paducah School of Art and Design’s faculty, showcasing their work in drawing, painting, photography, metalsmithing, sculpture, ceramics and design. Free admission.

Every Thursday
Water Aerobics
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Cost is $30 for the entire season. Register when you arrive. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Amvets Post 132
6 p.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.

Every Thursday
Ohio River Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
6 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. East 3rd St., Metropolis
The squadron specializes in the cadet program and studies radio-controlled aircraft, model rockets and basic astronomy.  Teenagers, ages 12-18, and adults are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gregory at

Every Thursday
Line Dancing Class
6 p.m. – Beginners class
7 p.m. – Intermediate and couples class
American Legion Hall, 423 Legion Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Night Moves Dance Club offers line dance lessons every Thursday.  For information call 270-442-3186 or 270-554-1486.  $4 admission charge.  Website

Every Thursday
6:30 -8 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
This free support group focuses on help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Shawn Casperson at 618-524-1062.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Maiden Alley Cinema Film Brew – The Jerk
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
The “Film Brew” series, brought to you by Schlafly Brewery and Maiden Alley Cinema began as a way to pay homage to some of the classic films we love. It is a unique event that celebrates film and a local brewery. Tickets are $10 for MAC members / $15 for nonmembers. Ticket price includes one featured Session IPA Cans or a medium drink and are available at the box office or website.


Every Friday
Strong for Life
10-10:30 a.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
This free exercise class is open to anyone over 60 years of age.  Exercises use elastic bands to strengthen legs and arms and to increase balance and stamina. Most exercises are done sitting down so if you can sit you can exercise. For more information, contact Cynthia Conder at 618-524-9755.

Every Friday
Story Time at the Library
11 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
This program is intended for ages 4-6. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312.  Website

Every Friday
Paducah International Raceway Racing
5 p.m. Grandstand, 7:30 Racing 
4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, Ky.
Late-model stock and sprint-car racing Friday nights April through September. Website

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 22-23
25th Annual Hot August Blues Festival
Kenlake State Park, near Aurora, Ky.
Fri. 6 p.m.-midnight
Sat. 2 p.m.-midnighjt
The Amphitheater at Kenlake State Park will once again come alive with some of the best Blues artists in the business. Food and merchandise vendors are also a part of the festival. Tickets start at $15. For more information, call 270-474-2211 or 800-325-0143.  Visit website for Artist Line-up

Friday, Aug. 22
Meet the MCHS Patriots
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
6:30 p.m. Youth football game
7 p.m. Dance team
7:15 p.m. High School Freshman vs Junior Varsity
7:45 p.m. Cheerleaders and Band
8 p.m. High School Football Varsity
Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Concessions available.

Every Friday
Paducah Writers Group
8 p.m
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St., Paducah, Ky.
Poets and storytellers from the area gather to share their words.  Step up to the mic yourself, or just sit and listen.  Free.


Every Saturday
Farmer’s Market
West 6th Street across from Hardee’s in Metropolis.
Every Saturday, Spring through Fall.

Saturday, Aug. 23
New Beginnings Clothes Closet
9 a.m.-Noon
New Beginnings Church, 724 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Clothes of all sizes available at no cost on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.  For more information call 618-524-3604.

Saturday, Aug. 23
3rd Annual Luau
10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Blue Sky Vineyards, 3150 South Rocky Comfort Rd., Makanda, Il.
Whole pig roast out on the lawn. Hula contest, Limbo contest and Best Hawaiian Attire contest. Prizes will be given. No cover charge.  Website

Every Saturday
Water Aerobics
11 a.m.–noon
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Cost is $30 for the entire season. Register when you arrive. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Saturday, August 23
Cold-blooded Creatures of the Cache
1-4 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center & Heron Pond Trailhead
Distinguish some of the unique characteristics of turtles, snakes and skinks and get an opportunity to experience an up-close and personal interaction with reptiles native to our region. The annual program concludes with a hike to look for cold-blooded creatures at Heron Pond. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064. Website

Every Saturday
Beer and Wine Tasting
4-6 p.m.
Wagner Wine & Spirits, 2700-B New Holt Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Wagner Tastings are a great way to try new beer and wine.  A gourmet cheese or dip is also featured. For more information call 270-448-5108.  Website


Sunday Church Activities
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Sunday, August 24
Wildflower Walk:  Heron Pond
10 a.m.
Heron Pond Nature Preserve, Cache River SNA, Belknap, Il.
Meet at the nature preserve parking lot and trailhead. Participants will learn about the basics of plant identification, and will be provided handouts about plant identification terminology, field guides and web resources, and invasive species. The hike could last up to 4 hours. No previous experience is necessary. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. The hikes will be limited to the first 20 participants. To reserve your spot, contact Chris Benda at

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1-3:45 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program for hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Child care can be available if arranged in advance. For more information, call 618-638-5841.

Every Sunday through Summer
Elijah P. Curtis Home Tour
2-4 p.m.
Members and friends of the society will offer tours during these hours, or by appointment by calling 618-524-7203.

Sunday, Aug. 24
Kid’s Kingdom
4-6 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
There will be Bible heroes who will tell Bible stories, crafts to take home, and snacks. Bring a sibling or friend. Free.

Sunday, Aug. 24
God’s Not Dead movie
6 p.m.
Seven Mile Baptist Church, 2513 IL 145 Rd., Metropolis
The public is invited to this free showing.


Monday, Aug. 25
Ribbon Cutting at Meme’s Market
10 a.m.
Meme’s Market, 1440 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the grand opening for Meme’s Market. Sponsored by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, Aug. 25
Save the Massac Porkburger Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Massac Theatre, 119 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Dinner will include a porkburger sandwich, potato chips, homemade dessert and drink for $7. You can eat there or get it to go. If you place your order by Wednesday, August 20th, the order can be delivered to your place of business. Call 618-524-7986 to place your delivery order. Money raised will help fix the bricks on the Massac Theatre.

Monday, Aug. 25
At the Rivers Ministries Free Hot Meal
5 p.m.
Dorothy Miller Park, E. Front St., Metropolis
At the River Ministries will be serving a hot meal on the 4th Monday of each month to anyone who has a need. The meal will be followed by a time of worship and distribution of gifts. If the weather is bad, the meal will be served at Eastland Life Church, 716 E. 3rd, Street. Rides are available from 4:30-5 pm at Haven House, Spence or Humma apartments, and Guardian Family Services. If you would like information on volunteering, please call Dan Haun at 618-638-6901. Website

Every Monday
Water Aerobics
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Cost is $30 for the entire season. Register when you arrive. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Monday
Monday Night Live with Due South
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Live music, dancing, refreshments.  This event is run by volunteers and counts on donations to pay the bands and provide refreshments.  For more information, call 618-638-2595.

Monday, Aug. 25
Breastfeeding Class
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Meeting will be held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. To register, call 270-575-2229.

Monday, Aug. 25
Metropolis City Council
7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meeting is open to the public. Agenda will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Monday, Aug. 25
Massac Unit One School Board
7 p.m.
Unit One office, 4th & Metropolis streets, Metropolis
Board meets monthly to discuss business.  Open to the public.


Every Tuesday
Massac County Commissioners
8:30 a.m.
Massac County Courthouse, Superman Square, Metropolis
County board of commissioners meets each Tuesday to discuss business of the county.  Meeting is open to the public.

Every Tuesday
10-11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Tuesday
10 a.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Library Special Program & Senior Birthday Club
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
10:30 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library will host special programs/speakers on the fourth Tuesday of each month and will celebrate birthdays for Senior patrons with refreshments.  The program is free and open to all.  For more information contact Nancy at 618-524-4312.

Every Tuesday
Metropolis Kiwanis Club
Noon-1 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6th and Ferry streets, Metropolis
Club meets weekly to hear presentations and discuss service projects.  Meetings are free.  Website

Every Tuesday
4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Brian Green, instructor.  $35 per month. 618-524-1696.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Girl Talk
4-6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class to help preadolescent girls learn about their changing bodies and help them feel more self-confident and assured about becoming women. Meeting will be held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. To register, call 270-575-2229.

Every Tuesday
Yoga Class
6 p.m.
Glass Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 727 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Classes conducted by Tonya Bell.  Cost is $15 per month. Please bring your own mat.  For more information, call 618-524-3768.

Every Tuesday
Bridge Ministry Weekly Dinner
6-8 p.m.
Brookport School gym, 319 Ferry St., Brookport, Il.
Area churches who have organized this ministry are hosting a free weekly dinner for Massac County residents who are in need. For more information, call 618-564-2616.


Wednesday Church Activities
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Wednesday, Aug. 27
Postpartum Depression Support
9:30 a.m.
Lourdes Medical Pavilion, 225 Medical Center Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The free support group is available for women experiencing anxiety or depression during the year following the birth of a child. Meeting is held monthly in the Women’s Health and Wellness Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. For more information, call 270-534-4357.


Last Thursday
Save the Massac
6 p.m.
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, 516 Market St., Metropolis
Anyone interested in joining the effort to save the Massac Theater is welcome to attend.  Group is planning fundraisers and other activities to restore the historic theater.  Facebook

Young Elks Club
6:30-8 p.m.
Metropolis Elks Lodge, 104 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Any young person ages 12-20 years, is welcome to join the Young Elks.  The group plans and hosts various events to help out in the community. For more information contact Patty Henry at 404-683-2616.


Friday, Aug. 29
Movies in the Park – Monsters University
7:30 p.m. – arrive with blanket and/or lawn chairs
8:30 p.m. – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Movies are free – Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes.


Aug. 30-Sept. 1
39th Annual Kentucky Western Waterland Arts & Crafts Festival
Little Lake Park, Grand Rivers, Ky.
Original or handmade jewelry, furniture, baskets, quilts, pottery, lace, clothing, belts and wooden decorative items are featured along with stained glass designs, embroidery and paintings by exhibitors from nine different states. Over 100 different artisan and craftsman booths. Food, and live musical entertainment available while you watch artist demonstrations. $1 admission for walk-ins or $3 per car if parking in park’s lot. 800-448-1069.  Website

Saturday, Aug. 30
Pepper Fest
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Darn Hot Peppers, Rancho Bella Vista, 827 Vines Rd in Cobden, Illinois
A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products. Relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. For information, call Jerry at 618-893-1443 or email at   Website

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 30-31
Newsong’s Russ Lee
Saturday – 7 p.m.;
Sunday – 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Come and welcome Newsong’s Russ Lee to Life Church Eastland. He will be singing and preaching at the three regularly scheduled services. For more information, contact Joanne Wong-Hammonds at 618-524-1062 or Visit website.

Last Saturday
Paducah Improv Comedy
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Markethouse Blackbox Theater, 120 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah’s improv comedy troupe performs short and long-form improvisation. Improv Studio Series is held on the last Saturday of each month. Tickets are $5 at the door. Facebook


Sunday Church Activities
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Last Sunday
Sunday Super Supper
5-6 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
A free hot meal will be served for the working poor, homeless and needy in Massac County. A bag of groceries for each family unit will also be available to take home. This supper will be provided most months on the last Sunday of each month. In case of a holiday, call church at 618-524-9345 to confirm date. For more information contact Joann at 618-524-9325.


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Paducah Downtown Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
2nd and Monroe streets, Paducah, Ky.
Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, eggs and honey. Open through November 22.  Website

Now through Summer
Metropolis City Pool Now Open
Mon.-Sat.: Noon-5 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Admission is $1.50 except children 5 years and under are free. Passes are available for: Individual, $25; Family, $20 per person living under same roof. For more information, call 618-524-2609.

Firefighters Help Hometown Soldier
Metropolis Fire Department, 213 W 7th St., Metropolis
Shirts are being sold to raise funds for the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Warrior Program. This year’s recipient is Jarrod Bullock of Metropolis, who was wounded in action in Afghanistan. Shirts are $20 for short-sleeve or $25 for long sleeve. Raffle tickets on sale for a 2014 Polaris Ranger 800 are $20 each, with only 1500 being sold.  For more information, call 618-524-2121 or email

Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 30
Laser Light Music Show
5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Golden Pond Planetarium, 238 Visitor Center Dr., Cadiz, Ky.
Land Between the Lakes Nat’l. Recreation Area, Ky.
Watch laser lights dance across the 40 foot dome while listening to awesome music. Shows run from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. Bonus 8 pm shows on May 24, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, August 2 and 16. All seats are $7. Seats are limited and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For more information, call 800-LBL-7077. Website

National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St., Paducah, Ky.
Currently, the Museum has over 320 quilts from over 350 different quilt makers in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery as well as the miniature quilts collection.
Through Sept. 9:  MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration
Through Sept. 15:  Backstitch
Ongoing:  Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts

PAPA Gallery Shows
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Shows change on a continual basis. Free. The gallery is handicapped accessible and admission is always free.  Website

Yeiser Art Center Exhibits
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
The center is free and open to the public but accepts and relies on donations. 

Through Sept. 27: Clyde Lawter “This Land and Its People”
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Aug. 21-Sept. 25: PSAD Annual Faculty Show
Visit website.

for these Upcoming Events —–

Monday, Sept. 1
Metropolis Labor Day Parade
Parade starts at 10 a.m.
Parade runs from the courthouse to Ft. Massac. Line up is 9:30 a.m. The group Blend will perform during the celebration.

Saturday, Sept. 6
19th Annual Cache River Days
All Day
City Park in Ullin, Illinois
Food, music, exhibits, and family activities are just part of the fun. Enjoy guided canoe tours through the Cache River Wetlands; resource staff will provide an intimate look at ancient bald cypress trees while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of the largest remaining wetland resources in Illinois. Reserve your spot beginning August 8th, by calling Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231. Website

Saturday, Sept. 6
Running for a Cure 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Run
7 a.m. Registration, 8 a.m. Race begins
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Advanced registration prices are $10 and $20. Awards will be given for the top 3 male/female runners in 6 age categories. Additionally, the top 3 male runners overall, top 3 female runners overall, and the top 3 participants in the 1 mile fun run/walk will also receive awards. Teams must register by Sept. 5th at noon to be eligible for team competition. For more information, contact Debra Korte at Website.  Facebook page.

Early Registration Recommended
Tunnel Hill 100 Mile Run with 50 Mile Option
Saturday, Nov. 15
The scenic Tunnel Hill Trails is a scenic and fast trail with a gentle 2% grade and has a crushed limestone bed with no trip hazards. This seems to be the perfect run for first time hundreds. It’s also ideal for veterans to break that elusive 24 hour barrier, or for faster runners to finally crack 20 hours. Pacers will be allowed the final 24 miles of the 100 mile run. Entrants are limited so register early. Early registration fees are $89 for 50 mile run before Sept. 13, and $184 for 100 mile run before Sept. 14. For more information and to register, visit website or email durb417@gmail.

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Oct. 25 – Annual Distiller’s Dinner
Dec. 15 – Oak Ridge Boys
For more events, visit website

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Sept. 11: Perfect Wedding
Oct. 23: Grapes of Wrath
Dec. 4:  A Charlie Brown Christmas
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center
4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
Sep. 13 – This is the 70s
Oct. 18 – Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
Season tickets are available now, and single tickets sales start on August 1st. Call 270-534-3212 or visit website for tickets and more information.

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