May 2018

For weekly and monthly events, please see Recurring Events listing.


Every Saturday
Farmer’s Market
6th and Ferry St., Metropolis

Every Saturday, April 14 through mid-September
Golconda Farmers Market
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
118 Main St., Golconda
Located on the Pope County courthouse lawn.

Through May 4
Shimkus seeking Art Competition entries

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 15th District. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.  Website.

Through May 19
Cardinal Baseball Getaway Raffle
City National Bank Main, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
City National Bank Branch, 2070 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Four box seats to the Cardinals vs Braves baseball game on Saturday, June 30, 6:15 pm. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Spending money of $300 also included. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Tickets may be purchased from any CNB employee.


Thursday, May 3
Receipts for Charity: Hope Unlimited
10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fat Edd’s, 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Local restaurants join forces with Harrah’s Metropolis to give back to local organizations. 20% of receipts collected on the first Thursday of each month are included in donations to designated charities.

Thursday, May 3  (details unconfirmed)
National Day of Prayer
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. –  Individuals will gather on the courthouse lawn in Metropolis, at Brookport City Hall and at Joppa Village Hall.  Throughout the day – Massac Ministerial Alliance is holding a public Bible reading on the corner of 5th and Ferry streets. Anyone is welcome to stop by to listen, request prayer or to receive a Bible or New Testament.

Thursday, May  3
Magic 101
7 – 8 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presenter Todd Duff will cover a variety of topics within the art of sleight of hand including history, performance, visual arts and the psychology of magic. Drawing volunteers from the audience, everyone will be amazed and astounded in this fascinating presentation. Website.


Friday, May 4
Free Sewing Fair
9 a.m. – Noon
McCracken County Coop. Extension, 2025 New Holt Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Sewing instructors will demonstrate skills, techniques and projects and display an array of finely hand-crafted garments and crafts. There will be hands-on crafts, door prizes and giveaways. This fair is open to the public. For information, call at 270-554-9520.  Facebook.


Saturday, May 5Relay for Life image
Relay For Life  Survivor Breakfast
time to be announced
First Baptist Church, Metropolis
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, there will be a complimentary breakfast at First Baptist Church for those in Massac County who have battled all forms of cancer and those who are still in treatment. All area survivor’s and a caregiver are welcome to come and enjoy a morning of delicious goodies, entertainment, and learn of services from ACS. Hosted by Psi Eta Sorority. For information, contact Lindsay DuBois at 618-998-9898.

Saturday, May 5
Market Street Spring Fling
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Market Street, Metropolis
Vendors will set up from the Superman Statue on Market Street Street to 8th Street. There will be Antiques, Collectibles, Food, Baked Goods, Plants, Jewelry, Trash to Treasures and so much more. For more information, contact Tish Lewis at 618-524-2758 or Facebook.

Saturday, May 5
Nature Number Patterns
10 a.m. – Noon
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
In nature, there are growing patterns called Fibonacci numbers that are a mathematical mystery. Explore these patterns, which show up in the most unexpected places: in the center of a sunflower, the skin of a pineapple and a pine cone.  For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.

Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6
Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A once a year shared pottery experience. Everyone is invited to spend some time exploring the Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home. Each potter will be available for answering questions and of course, showing their work.  Some potters will have studio tours, while others may have special activities or demonstrations planned.  A family friendly event that promises to be a fun and pleasant time for all.


Sunday, May 6
Guy Penrod
3 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Guy Penrod is one of the most in-demand touring artists in Christian music and travels throughout the U.S. and abroad in addition to making multiple media appearances. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Sunday, May 6
PSO Encore Performance – Made in America
3 p.m.
Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents the youth orchestra and youth and children choruses. Cost is $10. For more information, visit website.


Friday, May 11
Art & Crafts: YoYo Art & Items
9:30 – 11 a.m.
McCracken County Coop. Extension, 2025 New Holt Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Learn to sew yo-yo’s, a versatile quilted item that you will use to create pieces of art and other fun items. This workshop is $5 per participant. For information, call at 270-554-9520.  Facebook.


Saturday, May 12
Lourdes Annual Iron Mom Half-Marathon
7 a.m.
The co-ed event offers a half-marathon and half-marathon relay options. The course is a loop course with start and finish downtown Paducah. Start/Finish on Jefferson between Water St. & 2nd St. at the spectacular “Wall to Wall” murals. The course offers an opportunity for runners to enjoy Paducah by running through Jefferson Street, The Greenway Trail, Bob Noble Park, and Historic Downtown and LowerTown. For information, visit website.

Saturday, May 12
Stamp Out Hunger

Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes. People are encouraged to leave a study bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soup or vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to time of regular mail delivery. Food will go to the local food bank.   Website.

Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13massiac marines image
French Indian War Reenactment
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Seven-Year Event French Indian War Reenactment is held annually on the second weekend in May. For information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday, May 12
Mysterious Stone Fortifications of So. Illinois
10 a.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
There is a lot of history in southern Illinois, but one of the region’s claims to fame is its stone fortsMark Motsinger will share his fascination with these pre-Columbian stone walls. For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.


Thursday, May 17
Adventures in Kentucky Barbecue
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Author/Professor, Wes Berry, surveys Kentucky’s barbecue traditions with a slide show and tales of the people, places, and plates he’s encountered all over the state while researching The Kentucky Barbecue Book. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or  Website.


Friday-Saturday,  May 18-19, 2018
Lower Town Art & Music Festival
Fri. 3 – 10:30 p.m .
Sat. 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Lower Town district, 7th and Madison streets, Paducah, Ky.
The annual Fine Art and Music Festival will feature art displayed in the heart of this nationally recognized gallery district. Bands will perform free concerts and lots of food and artist vendors available.  Website – Music Schedule and Artists List pages will be updated soon.


Saturday, May 19
Exploring Cave Creek Glade
10 a.m. – Noon
Cache River State Natural Area, Cave Creek Glade Access
Join botanist Erin Medvecz for a wildflower walk at Cave Creek Glade. Learn how to identify spring blooming plants by their flowers and later season bloomers by their leaves. Hike the short but steep trail to the top of the glade to see a spectacular display of purple coneflowers in bloom. Meet at parking lot near glade, off State Highway 45.  For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.

Saturday, May 19 Relay for Life image
Massac County Relay for Life: Give Cancer the Boot
Noon – 10 p.m.
Downtown Market Street, Metropolis
The annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society features Survivor/Caregiver Walk and Luminary Ceremony. For information,  contact Lindsay DuBois at or 618-288-2320.  WebsiteFacebook.


Friday, May 25 – Sunday, June 10
14th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival
Festival features three-dozen professional performances from Twos by Tues. Carbondale to Cairo, Murphysboro to Marion and at many points in between. In addition to members of the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, patriotic music, and jazz in an informal and inviting atmosphere.  Website


Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27
Kentucky Dam Village Arts and Crafts Show
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort, 113 Administration Dr, Gilbertsville, KY
This annual Arts and Crafts Show is on the Memorial Day Weekend. It is located at the Old Beach Area (next to Convention Center) and features handcrafted items by artists, fair food and Kentucky Lake’s beautiful scenery. For information, call 800-325-0146.  Facebook.

Saturday, May 26
Memorial Day Service
10 a.m.
Mounds City National Cemetery, Old US Hwy 51, Mounds City, Il.
This elaborate service consists of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, lowering of the Flag, Invocation, Civil War Re-enactors, Guest Speakers, Laying of the Wreath, Benediction, rifle and canon salute, and Taps. 618-748-9041. Facebook

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27
Memorial Day Celebration in Thebes
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1848 Thebes Courthouse
Food, quilt raffle, door prizes, music, vendors


Monday, May 28
Memorial Day closings in Metropolis
Closures include banks, government offices, including post offices and most retail businesses. Trash service will be delayed one day throughout the city.

Monday, May 28
Memorial  Day Service
11 a.m.
Memorial Park next to the Metropolis Public Library
The posting of colors, invitation to veterans and open prayer will be presented. Taps will be performed and a 21-gun salute will be featured. Guest speaker will be announced later. National Anthem will be sung by American Heritage Girls Troop IL 1230 and Trail Life USA Troop IL 2343. Everyone is encouraged to come honor those who served.

Monday, May 28
Metropolis City Pool Opening Day
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is $1.50 (children ages 5 and under are free). Regular swim hours are Mon. – Sat.  Noon–5 p.m., and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.


Through Aug.
SCC Summer and Fall Registration
June 5 – Summer classes begin
Aug. 16 – Fall classes begin
The schedule of classes are available at the main campus and each of the extension centers; also you can go online to, click “current students”, then “course enrollment”, and then “course schedules” for the schedule of summer and fall classes. For details. click here.   Website.

Monday-Thursday, May
Massac Unit One Kindergarten Registration and Screening
8 – 10 a.m. and Noon – 2 p.m.
Metropolis Elementary, Mon-Tue, May 1-2
Franklin and Jefferson, Wed, May 3 (at Franklin)
Brookport and Unity, Thu, May 4
Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017, and live within the boundaries of Massac Unit One should come to their designated attendance centers where students will be screened for vision/hearing, speech/language, motor skills, and development concepts. Screenings are required to be performed before entrance to kindergarten Click here for more information.

Annual Spring Clean-up Weeks in Metropolis
All items must be at the curb or alley, whichever is your normal pickup point and within 5 feet of the trash container. Items must be bagged or boxed unless bulky items. Lumber must be stacked in 3×3-foot bundles. Carpet must be rolled no wider than 3 feet wide. Bulky items will be picked up when possible. For restrictions and contact information, click here.

Thursday, May
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Market House Sq, Paducah, KY
SpringTINI is an annual event to promote community awareness of the services provided by Heartland CARES. While strolling down historical Market House Square, individuals will have the opportunity to sample signature martinis and specialty hor d’oeuvres created by participating restaurants. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items while listening to music provided by local artists. For more information, see Facebook Event.

Pope County Annual Spring Bird Count
The Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society conducts the count in Pope County. Participants are to identify species and count their numbers in assigned areas. Call 618-564-2079 for assignment. It is a 24 hour count but we will welcome anyone willing to survey for at least three hours. We can count either day but not in the same area. Feeder watchers are welcome to participate if they live in Pope County but call first for instructions. Results are sent in to the Illinois Natural History Survey for compilation. Website

Saturday, May
Cobden Community Yard Sale Day
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Yard sales throughout the village of Cobden, Il.

Saturday, May
Grand Opening of Paducah Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Market includes produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations.  Limited vendors are also present Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit

Saturday, May 
Gearheads in Golconda Festival
1 – 3 p.m.  Car show
4 – 7 p.m.  Motorcycle meet-up
5 – 10 p.m.  Live Music
Dozens of prizes and trophies. Dash plaques to the first 100 registered. Pin-up model contest. Free admission and parking. Clean Restrooms, family friendly. For information, contact Chris Walker at 618-499-6379 or Tony Eckert at  Facebook

Relay for Life imageMonday, May
ACS Relay for Life Annual Plant and Bake Sale
8 a.m. – Noon
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Plants of all kinds, yard and garden accessories, and baked goods will be offered in addition to a variety of other items. Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Monday – Thursday, May
Entries accepted for Super Ambassador Photo Contest
Tell us why your tiny super hero is super. Voting will take place from May 22nd to June 5th. Winner will be announced on June 6th. Winner will get to be with Superman, City Officials and Event Officials at the Ribbon Cutting kicking off the event at 5 pm on June 8th at the Superman Statue. Additionally, the winner will receive a Superman Swag Bag with a Celebration T-Shirt, Lanyard, 4 Tickets to 1 of the VIP Autograph Sessions on Saturday Morning.

Saturday, May  
Annual Fiber and Arts Sale
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Massac County Community Center, Youth Fairgrounds,
North Avenue and Korte Road, Metropolis or 37.1836503,-88.7256399
Join Southern Illinois Spinners & Weavers at their 9th annual festival. The marketplace will offer unique items from handcrafted textiles, hand-spun yarns, spinning and felting fibers, pottery, plants, live music and much more. Demonstrations including spinning, weaving, felting, and carding wool will be going on throughout the day.  For more information visit website.

kids fishing imageSaturday, May
Kid’s Fishing Derby
8 a.m. Registration begins
Pennant Bar – Pond #4, Grantsburg, IL
Shawnee National Forest will host the fishing derby for children age 5-15. This is a free event, and children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is needed, and some bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Participants begin fishing at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided. You may want to bring a chair or blanket. The event will be held rain or shine. For information, contact the Hidden Springs Ranger Station at 618-658-2111.

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