July 2017

For weekly and monthly events,

please visit our Recurring Events listing.


First Saturday of the Month
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00  p.m.
Front Street, downtown Olmsted
Olmsted Parks Department will sponsor this event on the first Saturday of each month.  There is no cost for vendors to participate.  For more information, call Olmsted City Hall at 618-742-6487.

Every Saturday, now through Oct. 31 
Farmer’s Market
Courthouse lawn, Superman Square
Anyone that offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, or other handmade items are encouraged to participate. For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.

Every Saturday through November
Farmers’ Market in Paducah
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2nd and Monroe sts., Paducah, Ky.
Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, eggs, and honey.

Month of July
Metropolis City Pool Open
Mon-Sat: Noon-5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
$1.50 Admission – 5 years and under, Free.  Passes are available for: Individual, $25; Family, $20 per person living under same roof.  For information about swimming lessons, aerobics, adult lap swim and pool parties, see Event Post.

Every Sunday through Summer (tentative)
Elijah P. Curtis Home Tour
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Members and friends of the society will offer tours during these hours, or by appointment by calling 618-524-7203. Additional hours, including Saturdays, will return when a Shawnee Community College intern is available to staff the home.

Saturday, July 1 (date confirmed, details not confirmed)
Hometown Celebration
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Harrah’s Metropolis Casino parking lot
between Ferry St. and Metropolis St.
Harrah’s is once again hosting the Hometown Celebration for the entire family. The event will feature music, a Kid’s Zone and food and drinks available to purchase. The Kid’s Zone will feature obstacle courses, bounce houses and more from 6-9 p.m.  Live music from 8 -11 p.m. A one-time $5 entry fee is required for anyone 2 years and older which will benefit the Harrah’s Metropolis School Supply Giveaway being held at the Metropolis Community Center. Cash is required for all purchases.  A large display of fireworks will be lighting up the sky at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday, July 5-7
Summer Art Camp
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY
Make Paducah, 626 Broadway, Paducah, KY
10am-2pm (MAKE):  Painting Pop Art … Ages 8-12, $95, bring lunch
10am-2pm (MAKE) : Stone Carving … Ages 13-16+, $95 , bring lunch
Art Camp runs through July 28. For sessions and contact information, visit website.

Tuesday-Friday, July 11-14
Summer Art Camp
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY
Make Paducah, 626 Broadway, Paducah, KY
10-11:15am (MAKE):  Exploring the World … Ages 4-7, $40
10am-2pm: Fine Art Studio Class: Sculpture … Ages 8-12, $95, bring lunch
10am-2pm (MAKE): Painting, Exploring Cultures … Ages 8-12, $95
2-4pm (YAC): Photography … Ages 8-12, $60
2-4pm (MAKE): Crochet … Ages 10-16+, $60
Art Camp runs through July 28. For sessions and contact information, visit website.

Tuesday, July 11
Beekeeping 101
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Led by Chuck Collins, Beekeeper & Owner of The Bee Barn. Beekeeping 101 topics will include basic honey bee biology, family structure of the hive, basic beekeeping equipment, honey bee pests and diseases, and value-added products from the hive. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2150 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.

Tuesday-Friday, July 18-21
Summer Art Camp
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY
Make Paducah, 626 Broadway, Paducah, KY
10am-2pm (MAKE): 3-D Design, Clay & Recycled … Ages 8-12, $95, bring lunch
10am-2pm (YAC):  Sculpture … Ages 13-16+, $60, bring lunch!
2-4pm (MAKE): Self Portraits … Ages 8-12, $60
2-4pm (YAC): Photography … Ages 13-16+, $60
Art Camp runs through July 28. For sessions and contact information, visit website.

Sunday, July 23
Kids Kingdom
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, down by the river, Metropolis
Kids will meet at the park for fun and learn something about Jesus, and then join the rest of the congregation down by the river for the Brush Arbor Service with ice cream and treats.

Tuesday-Friday, July 25-28
Summer Art Camp
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY
Make Paducah, 626 Broadway, Paducah, KY
10-11:15am (MAKE): Painting with Process … Ages 4-7, $40
10am-2pm (MAKE): Painting- Acrylics & More … Ages 8-12, $95, bring lunch
10am-2pm (YAC): Cross-stitch / Embroidery … Ages 13-16+, $95, bring lunch
2-4pm (YAC): Drawing / Watercolor … Ages 8-12, $60
2-4pm (MAKE): Crochet … Ages 10-16+, $60
For more information, visit website.


Friday, June 30
1st Annual Big Blue Photography Contest Reception
6:00  p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Brookport Library, 7415 Highway 45 South, Brookport
Contest is sponsored by the Brookport Betterment Committee. Photographs will be on display in six categories. Ohio River Scenic Byway, People, Inanimate objects, Black & White, 62910 Spotlight, and Junior ages 13 and under. Photos can be viewed in the library from June 27 – July 8 during library hours MondayFriday from 3 – 6 p.m. For more information, contact Andrea Douglas, 618-564-2079anderatd@yahoo.com.

July 1 – 10
Pope County Bicentennial Summer Celebration
Come enjoy a wide array of events that include period reenactments, plays and pageantry. A bicycle marathon, fireworks, flat boat races, ice cream socials and kids events. A time for sidewalk sitting and calling on your neighbors. www.mainstreetgolconda.org

Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2
Heritage Festival & Duck Races on the Ohio   
Elizabethtown, Illinois
Fireman’s BBQ, Outdoor play, pageant, quilt demonstrations, entertainment & Fireworks.  http://www.hardincountyil.org

Saturday, July 1
4th of July Celebration in Brookport
10:00 a.m.
Park in Brookport, IL
9 p.m. Fireworks
Parade will start the event, with vendors and activities at the park, Parade starts at West Third and Margrave streets and ends at the park. City will provide free hot dogs, chips and drinks at the park following the parade.  Politicians will be speaking beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fireworks will be held at 9 .m.

Tuesday, July 4
Freedom Fest
Goreville park, Goreville, Illinois
Freedom Run/Walk 5K Race, Parade at 4pm music & other entertainment, BBQ and other food, fireworks at 9pm  618-995-2157 http://gorevillefreedomfest.com/

Tuesday, July 4
Eddyville 4th of July Celebration
Eddyville, Illinois
For information, call 618-672-4287

Tuesday, July 4
Live on the River Independence Day Celebration
Downtown Paducah Riverfront
1:00 p.m. – Food Vendors Open
4-10 p.m. Activities
Music, children’s activities, and family fun on Wilson Stage and the streets of downtown Paducah. National Anthem and Fireworks Set to Music – 9:15 pm.  During LIVE on the RIVER, Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street.

Tuesday, July 4
Fireworks at Washington Park
at Dusk
Washington Park, Metropolis
The annual fireworks show and music hosted by the Farmer family in memory of the late Stephen Farmer.

TBA Tuesdays in July
Summer Reading Program
3:00 p.,m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street
Summer Reading is free every Tuesday in July for little readers (ages 5-7) and junior readers (ages 8-11.) The start of SRP is Tuesday, July 5th and the end program is Tuesday, July 26th. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! There will be fun activities and presenters like Animal Tales, a Bouncy House, Zumba, and learning how to make healthy, delicious snacks. There will also be prizes for all the readers and grand prizes for the top readers. Children need to be registered by the end of June and at least 1 parent per child must have a library card by July 1. Full schedules and reading logs can be picked up after May 25th. If you have any questions call the library, 618-524-4312 and ask for Ms. Angie, or email alockard1982@gmail.com

Movies in the Park 
Dusk: movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. In case of rain, they will be held inside the Visitor Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Free Admission. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Lady Patriot Basketball Camp
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MCHS, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
The Basketball Camp is for 3rd-9th grade girls and will be held at Massac County High School. The cost is $30 per camper and includes camp T-shirt. Early registration is recommended, but campers can register the first day of camp and still receive their T-shirt. For information, call 618-524-3440 or pick up a registration form at MCHS.

Riverfront Concert Series
The Honey Dewdrops with Sleepless PIlgrims
6:00 p.m.
Paducah Riverfront
Paducah Parks Services, Maiden Alley Cinema, Columbia Theatre Restoration, Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks  partner up to provide the opportunity for attendees to partake of locally crafted beer while enjoying a free concert. See Concert Series Line-Up.

Massac County Youth Fair
Youth Fairgrounds near MCHS
Youth from the 13 southernmost counties in Illinois bring their best projects and livestock to show.  The Fair also features a horse show and greased pig contest.    The event is free and is held on the Youth Fair Grounds next to Massac County High School.  618-524-7320.

29th annual Farm Toy Show & Parades
Massac County Youth Fair Grounds
Youth Fairground, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
The Farm Toy Show kicks off the fair with farm and construction toys, trucks, cars and crafts. Tables will fill the air conditioned exhibit halls July 15 and 16. Then the full size tractors and old farm machinery head to the fairgrounds, joining the toys on July 16 and staying through July 17. This year’s tractor show features John Deere, but fairgoers will see all makes and models of tractors, implements, engines and horse-drawn tools. Tractor games challenge the skill of drivers and are fun to watch. Not able to make it to the fairgrounds? Many of the tractors and machines will parade through Metropolis July 16, so bring out the lawn chairs and enjoy the sight. A parade around the fairgrounds will be held July 17.

Summer Head Start Round-up
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Metropolis Head Start, 416 East 9th St., Metropolis
Southern 7 Head Start and Child and Family Connections have teamed up for a “Summer Head Start Round-up” for children age birth to 5. Come play games and find out more about our program. No cost. For information, contact Sondra Mounce at 618- 524-5222.

Saturday, TBA
Annual Cross River Swim
10:00 a.m.
Illinois to Paducah Riverfront, Ky.
Participants try to swim the width of the Ohio, starting in Illinois and ending at Paducah Riverfront. Swimmers must be 16 and be able to swim 500 meters, and have a manned, accompanying boat, in case of emergency. Registration fee is $10. For details, see Event Post.

Annual Macedonia Barbecue
All Day
Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church, Brownfield, Il.
Pork, beef and mutton prepared by Robert Crim will be available by the pound or sandwiches. Entertainment will be provided during the day, and a gospel service will be held at noon. Everyone is invited to attend.

Vacation Bible School “Pets Unleashed”
Sun. 6-8 p.m.  Program only (no meal)
Mon. & Tues. 5:15 -8 p.m.  Meal followed by program
Wed. 6-8 p.m.  Family Night at Fort Massac Park
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine Street, Metropolis
Where Jesus Cares “Fur” You. Kids are crazy for critters with whiskers, tails, feathers, or scales. That’s why kids will think this VBS is the cat’s meow. For details, see website.  For information, call Tammie at 534-3376.

St. John Ice Cream Social
5:00 p.m.
St. John Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
This annual ice cream social is a favorite summertime tradition and features porkburgers, hamburgers, chicken salad, hot dogs, bratwurst, pies and homemade ice cream.   There is also a country store featuring baked goods, garden vegetables, crafts and more.  Freewill donations are accepted for various families in need.  This year’s event will benefit LaDonna Blankenship, of Vienna, whose family has provided a loving home to needy children for years and even adopted six children. This family recently experienced the loss of the husband/father to cancer and the loss of the family income. A portion will also benefit the SJLC Youth Center Construction Fund.  Website

School Supply Giveaway
5:00 p.m. –  while supplies last
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Harrah’s is sponsoring the Giveaway which include school supplies. Also included are services for dentistry, vaccinations, and hair cuts.

Nine Day Trail Ride
Near One Horse Gap Lake in Pope County
Horse riders come from all over to enjoy the trails and camping in Pope County.  Activities for all ages, horse shows, riding competitions and music. 618-683-2105.

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