Category Archives: All the Buzz – Bee Informed

Fall, Fun & Fright: Halloween & More!

There are plenty of activities and events centered around the Halloween season.  Here’s all the Buzz for Fall, Fun and Fright in and around Massac County.

Now Open
Travis Family Farm 
Fri.-Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun. 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
They have a large variety of pumpkins, gourds, giant pumpkins, straw, corn stalk bundles, and pie pumpkins. They have animals, pumpkin tic tax toe table, corn box and straw maze for the kids. Choose from picked pumpkins or pick your own in the patch.

Month of October
Scarecrow Contest for Charity
Market Street, Metropolis
Businesses & Organizations are invited to participate in the 1st Ever Metropolis Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The public is invited to vote for their favorite scarecrow with donating money at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce office. The winner will receive all donations collected to donate to their Massac County charity of choice. Suggested charities include but are not limited to COPE Food Pantry, Guardian House Women’s Shelter, Hope Unlimited, etc. The City of Metropolis will match the donation up to $250.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 27-28 and Tuesday, Oct. 31
Haunted House of Horrors
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St, Anna, Il.
Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare. The demons and ghouls that rule the abandoned fire station will give you a run through the maze. Admission is $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20. For information, call 904-625-1109 or visit Facebook Page.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
Annual Vulture Fest
Sat. 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Makanda, Illinois
Black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies each fall. This event is a celebration of the vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Event held the 3rd weekend of October.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, Murphysboro
Event celebrates the heritage and growth of the craft beer industry in Murphysboro. The event not only donates the proceeds to local charities in the community, but gives back to those who enjoy something different. Relish the scenery of historic Riverside Park, enjoy the live music of Nine88 and Rusty Nail and sip on some of the freshest beer in Southern Illinois.  Website  Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 21
7th Annual Maiden Alley Oktoberfest
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Market House Square, Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Bavarian food by Kirchoff’s, craft beer, art vendors, and German car show. Live music all day with performances by Solid Rock’it Booster, The Hooten Hallers, catl, Curio, Paducah Polka Band and more. Funds raised will aid in generating much needed operating support for Maiden Alley Cinema. Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Fountain Avenue Fall Festival
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lang Park, 350 Fountain Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The family-oriented festival includes free food, games, activities, and a hayride. A movie will be shown at dusk. Costume contest is at 5 p.m. For information, call 270-444-8690.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Downtown Walking Ghost Tours
7:00, 7:30, 8:15, and 8:45 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Walk the streets of Downtown Paducah led by a Ghostly Guide as you walk to the actual sites filled with history, legend and lore and hear about the side of Paducah history filled with murder and the terrors of the nights. Tickets $15 for adults and $5 children, ages 12 and under.  Not recommended for children under 5 years old. For details, see Facebook or call 270-444-6828.

Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 25-29
Judgment House
Wed.-Fri. 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sun. 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that presents the truth of people’s choices versus the consequences of those, decisions both in this life and the next. Walk-ins and groups are welcome. Reservations are preferred. Tours depart every 10 minutes. No admission charge. Donations will be accepted.   Website

Thursday, Oct. 26   (register by Oct. 23)
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Due to the cost of materials for this program, we will be charging $4.00 per person. This program is intended for ages 18 and up. Please register by Mon., October 23rd. For information, call the library at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.

paranormal ghostologyThursday, Oct. 26
Paranormal Ghostology
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Gavin Kelly & Paula Purcell, The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters. Program provides an in-depth look at ways you can learn the difference between normal (man-made) and the paranormal. The investigative team will discuss how to detect and avoid false positives, examine various instruments used for investigations, and share their unique experiences working in the field. Free program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or For program details, visit website.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28 
Haunted Forest and Spooky Hayride

6:00 p.m.
Main Brothers Campground, 186 Campground Rd., Karnak
Come and bring the whole family for a night of fun. There is a $3 charge for one time through or $5 charge to go through 2 times. There will also be a bonfire. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and cotton candy available for purchase. For information, call 618-634-9311.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Wooftober and Howl-O-Ween Pet Adoption & Costume Contest
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stuart Nelson Park, 175 Stuart Nelson Park Rd., Paducah, Ky.
5K Rover Run/Walk starts at 11 a.m. with an entry fee of $5. Money goes to shelter of your choice.  Carve your best pet themed pumpkin at home and bring to event to be judged at 1 p.m. Vendors will be set up and you can buy lunch from Rivertown HotDogs. Costume contest is free and registration begins at 2 p.m. Small Dogs parade at 2:30 p.m. Large Dogs parade at 3:00 p.m. Awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Puppies and dogs available for adoption.

Saturday, Oct. 28  (register by Oct. 23)
Halloween Party at the Library
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolis LIbrary, 317 Metropolis St.
This free program is intended for the whole family. There will be a costume contest for the parents and kids. There will also be some spooky games and some ghoulish snacks will be served. Please call or come by the library to register by Monday, Oct. 23rd to make sure they have enough refreshments. For information, contact Angela Lockard at  618-524-4312 ext. 3 or

Saturday, Oct. 28
4th Annual Trunk Or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Fun, safe and family oriented event for the community. There will be a bouncy house and free hot dogs and drinks while supplies last. For information or to make donations, call Neal Pankey at 618-524-4712

Saturday, Oct. 28
Metropolis Super Zombie Walk
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
8th and Market Streets, Metropolis
Wear your frightful, fearsome zombie clothes and rattle your bones in the street. There will be a costume contest and the event is free. Live music by Timmy Dunn Band.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Waldo Fall Festival
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Waldo Baptist Church, 6970 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Waldo’s fall festival is a special event for all families and friends. Hayride & Cookout (weather permitting), fun & games for the kids. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 29
Fall Fun Night
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
All families are welcome to attend a free night of Fall Christian Fun.  Food games and other activities are being planned.  Just bring a pumpkin to carve or paint.  All decorating supplies will be provided.  Enter through the Education Building by the parking lot and go downstairs to lower level. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 25 by calling Tonya Wiseman at 524-2331.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Annual St. Paul Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat Hours
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Metropolis, Brookport, Joppa
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Paducah, Ky.
Drivers need to be especially careful as they travel during these hours. Residents are asked to have their porch lights on if they are distributing treats to costumed youngsters

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Annual Immanuel Baptist Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St., Metropolis

Annual Fall Clean Up Weeks in Metropolis are October 23 & 30


Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

– Boxed or Bagged unless bulky items (furniture, white goods, etc.)
– At your Normal Pick Up Point
– Within 5 feet of your trash container.

– Carpet/Padding rolled and NO larger than 3-foot x 3-foot rolls.
– SMALL amounts of lumber MUST be bundled no larger than 4-feet  long.

Clean Up Weeks are for these two weeks ONLY.
Always remember to have your trash out
by 6:00 a.m. on your pick up day.

In an effort to help clean Metropolis, tickets will be issued for yards with unwanted items, tall grass, etc. under the Nuisance Ordinance. Now is the time to get rid of all those unwanted items.

– Tires
– Batteries
– Medical/Hazardous Waste
– Flammable Liquids
– Paint (unless empty/dry)
– Electronics of any kind
– Construction/Demolition Debris

For more information, contact Bulldog Systems at 877-285-3479 or the Mayor’s office at 618-524-4016.

Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 21-22


Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22, 2017
43rd Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Sat.  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun.  9:00 am. – 5:00 p.m.

The people and activities of the Encampment give a general picture of the area from roughly 1750 to the early 1800s.  Included are colorful sights, tantalizing smells, fabulous tastes and stirring music. Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.

Participants in the Encampment include French, British, Colonial, Spanish and other military units; buck skinners and traders who dealt in the exploration and fur trade of the early territory; Native Americans; music groups; crafters and food vendors; and others. Re-enactor groups represent different time periods and areas in early Illinois history, and all groups that camp stay in tents or teepees that are historically accurate for the time period and people represented by that group.

Enjoy period foods such as candy, caramel corn, root beer, turkey legs, and so much more in the food court area.

Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area where authentically garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.

Saturday,  Oct. 21

  • 10:00 am: Posting of Colours at Old Fort Area
  • 10:30 am: 42nd Royal Highlanders Bagpipe Band at main event arena
  • 10:30 am – 4 pm: Storytellers, Puppet Show & Magic Show, at children’s area by museum
  • 11:00 am – 3 pm: Music of 18th Century by  various entertainers
  • 11:30 am: Voyageurs canoe landing at riverfront
  • 12:30 p.m.: Children’s activities at main event area
  • 1:00 pm: Fashion Show at small stage
  • 3:00 pm: Mock Battle and Military Tactical Demonstration,
  • 5:00 pm: Military Retreat Closing  Ceremony at Forts

Sunday,  Oct. 22

  • 9:00 am: Church Service
  • 10:00 am: Posting of Colours at forts
  • 10:30 am: 42nd Royal Highlanders Bagpipe Band at parade grounds
  • 10:30 am – 4 pm: Storytellers, Face Painting and Magic Show at children’s area by museum
  • 11:00 am – 3 pm: Music of 18th Century performed by various entertainers
  • 11:30 am: Voyageurs canoe landing at riverfront
  • 12:30 p.m.: Children’s activities at main event area
  • 1:00 pm: Fashion Show, at small stage
  • 3:00 pm: Mock Battle and Military Tactical Demonstration, at battlefield
  • 4:30 pm: Military Retreat Closing Ceremony at old fort area

Parking and shuttle service will be offered in the open field area next to the park’s Trout Pond on 5th Street across from Sonic.

For more information, call Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-4712 or visit the Metropolis Tourism website or Facebook page.

BEE Healthy Tip – Flu and Immunization Update

Another “Bee Healthy” tip from the trusted team at Metropolis Drugs III. From left: Tim Lawson, Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott

Flu and Immunization Update

Even healthy people can get very sick from influenza (flu) and can spread it to others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 have ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 annually, while flu-related deaths have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000.

During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the U.S. can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against flu, it spreads less easily through a community.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The flu vaccine is given annually and it changes slightly from year to year. The vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. While it may not protect against all strains of influenza, it can lessen the severity of the infection by preparing the immune system for a similar strain.

Source:  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 Visit our website for lots of resources

to help keep you and your family healthy!

Red Cross Blood Drive is Oct. 9

Monday, Oct. 9
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis

Did you know nearly every second of every day; someone is assisted by the Red Cross? Your donations can make an impact in your community and help save lives!

Why Donate Blood?

Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  And  you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

You will receive a mini physical to check your: Pulse, Blood pressure, Body temperature, and Hemoglobin


Getting ready for your appointment.

1. Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.

2. Wear Something Comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

3. Maintain Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donation:  If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

4. Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking:  We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

5. Bring an ID:  Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

6. Bring a Friend: Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

Eligibility Requirements.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit website, or use the Blood Donor App.

2nd Annual Mud Bog and Car Show in Brookport is Oct. 7

Saturday, October 7, 2017
2nd Annual Mud Bog and Car Show
Brookport, Illinois

11:00 a.m.  Opening & Registration
2:00 p.m.  Race time

There will be Vendors, Car Show, Raffle, Kids Foot Race, and The Bridge Inn will sponsor a Beer Garden.

Entry Fees:
General admission – free
Pit pass – $10.

Registration Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ATV fee – $25.
Side by Side fee – $40.
Must be 18 to ride and a waiver must be signed.

First Place prize:  $125 will awarded for each category.
Second Place Price:  $75 will be awarded for each category.

Hosted by the Brookport Police Department.
For information, call 6185-564-3405.