November 2017

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


November 1-7
FFA Boston Butt orders being accepted
Massac County  High School FFA Alumni Association is hosting the fundraiser. The cost is $30 with the pickup dates being from 2-7 p.m. on  Tues. Nov. 4th  and Wed. Nov. 15th. Orders must be placed by Nov. 7th. To place an order, call 618-638-2800.


Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 2-5
2017 River’s Edge International Film Festival
Thu.  7 p.m.
Fri.  1-9 p.m.
Sat.  9 a.m.-Sun. 1 a.m.
Sun.  1-7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
Celebrating our 13th year, the River’s Edge International Film Festival is a four day event built around the showing of quality independent film from around the world. The focus is both on the film lover, providing multiple venues in which to experience the best the world of cinema has to offer, and on the film maker, offering opportunities for exhibition, education, and networking with contemporaries. For information, visit website.


Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 4-5
Heritage Festival
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL
Large craft festival held the first weekend in November. Large number of vendors displaying and selling quality items.  Website  Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 4
First Christian Annual Bazaar
Coffee and rolls served at 8:30 a.m.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
First Christian Church, Fifth and Catherine streets, Metropolis.
This annual Bazaar is a holiday tradition. There will be a coffee shop, candies and cookies, baked goods, trash and treasure collectibles, and personalized ornaments. There will be plenty of handmade crafts such as dolls, aprons, Christmas and more.

Saturday, Nov. 4
First Christian Annual Salad Luncheon
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Menu includes a variety of hot and cold salads and desserts. Drinks of coffee, tea or lemonade are included with dine-in orders only. Carry-out orders will also be available. Suggested $7 donation is appreciated. For orders or information, call the church at 618-524-7118.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 4-5
Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Sat.  11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun.  12:30-5 p.m.
All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory and seasonal wine and food pairings. Come for a progressive tasting experience along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Tickets are $35. For details, visit website.


Saturday, Nov. 4
Franklin Annual Chili Supper and Carnival
5-8 p.m.
Franklin Grade School, 1606 Mt. Mission Rd., Metropolis
The meal will include chili, hot dog, drink and dessert for $5. There will be a silent auction, and a drawing for a Yeti Bundle, which includes a cooler, two 20-ounce tumblers, a hat and shirt. Carnival-type games will also be featured.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet and Silent Auction
5-9 p.m.
Elks Lodge, 104 W. 4th St., Metropolis
The Massac County Chapter 056 of Ducks Unlimited will host their annual banquet. There will be many great auction/raffle items including guns, exclusive DU Merchandise and more as they celebrate 80 years of conservation. For information, call Dan Goins at 270-217-1052 or Mitch Helm at 618-713-2266. Ticket information on website.


Sunday, Nov. 5
Fall Back
2 a.m.
Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November, when clocks are moved back an hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Haunted Hollow
1-4 p.m.
Touch of Nature, 1206 Touch of Nature Rd., Makanda, IL
All ages are welcome to this fun fall family festival. Activities include a haunted hayride, carnival activities and games for the kids, as well as interpretive nature hikes and opportunities to learn about snakes and other scary creatures. For information, call 618-453-1121 or visit website or Facebook.


Nov. 7-9 and 14-15
Stuff the Police Van Food Drive
Tue. Nov. 7 – Metropolis Elementary
Wed. Nov. 8 – Unity Elementary
Thu. Nov. 9 – Brookport Elementary
Tue. Nov. 14 – Jefferson Elementary
Wed. Nov. 15 – Franklin Elementary
The Metropolis Police Department is partnering with the local charity group, Weekend Blessings, this year to help feed our school kids. The Metropolis Police van will be parked at the following locations  listed above. Help stuff the van to provide food for children in need during the weekends. Donations will also be accepted at Metropolis City Hall.  For donation suggestions or contact information, click here.

throwathonTuesdays, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5
Empty Bowls Throwathon
5–8 p.m.
PSAD, 9th & Madison sts., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah School of Art and Design invites you to make incredible bowls that will power this Spring’s Empty Bowls Project. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is required. They provide the clay.  Facebook


Thursday, Nov. 9
Meet the Lady Patriots
6:30 p.m.
MCHS, 2841 Old Marion Rd.
The girls will run drills, followed by a full, four-quarter game featuring all freshman through senior team members. Concessions will be available and a memorabilia table will be set up where uniforms and t-shirts will be sold. Admission will be charged.


Friday, Nov. 10
Veteran’s Day Closures

Veteran’s Day is on Saturday, November 11th, but will be observed on the Friday before. Most government offices, federal, state and local, will be closed, including the post office and banks. Massac Unit One will not be in session, but Joppa Maple-Grove will be open. Trash service will not be delayed.

Friday, Nov. 10
Happy Hearts Annual Sock Hop
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The annual Happy Hearts 50’s Sock Hop is a fundraiser for the senior center located in Metropolis. The evening will consist of food, games and a DJ in a family friendly environment. 50’s attire is encouraged to be worn. Admission cost is $5. For information, contact Bettie Stoner at 618-524-9755.


Saturday, Nov. 11
Levee Footrace
Mississippi River Levee, Cairo, IL
Oldest footrace in Southern IL. 5000 and 10000 meter run on the Mississippi River Levee.   Long sleeve T-shirt to all entrants, awards to winners. Entry Fee. Held the 2nd Saturday each November. For information, call 618-734-4400.

Saturday, Nov. 11 (register by October 31)
Tunnel Hill 100 Mile Run with 50 Mile Option
7 a.m.
Tunnel Hill State Trail, Vienna, Illinois
The 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 surface is ideal for veterans to break the 24 hour barrier, or for faster runners to finish in 20 hours. Pacers will be allowed the final 24 miles of the 100 mile run. Entrants are limited so early registration is encouraged. Register online by October 31 on website.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Jefferson School Annual Holiday Bazaar
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jefferson Elementary School, 4915 Jefferson School Rd, Metropolis
Numerous vendors will be  set up. Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11-12
Annual AutumnFest Arts & Crafts Show
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Il.
AutumnFest is an annual event with over 120 exhibitors of handcrafted arts, crafts and specialty foods. Attendance is approximately 7,000. Free admission and parking. It is held on the second full weekend of each November. For information contact 618-985-2828 ext. 8416 or  Visit website.

Saturday, Nov. 11
St. John Paducah Holiday Bazaar
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
St. John Knights of Columbus Hall, US 45, outside Lone Oak, Ky.
Hosted by St. John Catholic Church. Approximately 50 vendors will be featured, and Bear Parker will be serving barbecue. For information, call Valerie LaFont at 618-564-2400.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Brookport Christmas Bazaar
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Harry Statham Gymnasium, 4th & Crockett sts., Brookport, Il.
Fundraising event for the rehabilitation of the old school gym. All veterans will receive a free bowl of chili.

Saturday Nov. 11
Garrison for the Massiac Marines
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
French and Indian War period reenactors present a living history program. 618-524-9321 Reenactors will be demonstrating 18th century colonial French cooking as they celebrate Thanksgiving.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Opening Ceremony & Parade in Paducah
10:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony at the Korean War Monument, S. 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza.
11 a.m. Parade in Downtown, Paducah, Ky.
Veterans from all Armed Forces will be recognized with this parade. For information, call 270-444-8508. For details, visit website.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Service in Metropolis
11 a.m.
Memorial Park by Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Speaker will be John Kiehl, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church. The American Heritage Girls and Boys Life Trail will sing the National Anthem and Iraq veteran Jeremy Spaulding will be the guest vocalist. All veterans and the public are invited.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Service in Vienna
11 a.m.
Carnegie Library, 401 Poplar St., Vienna, Il.
Speaker will be Daniel Hopkins, pastor of Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church. All veterans and the public are invited. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the community room of the library.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Chili Cookoff
Noon-2 p.m.
American Legion, 321 Market St., Metropolis
Bring your best crock pot full of chili and let our special judges see who is the best cook. Bowls and spoons provided by the American Legion. There is a $10 entry fee. Chili must be at American Legion by 10:30 a.m. and ready to be judged. Chili will be available for purchase at noon. Cost for chili is $3 a bowl, or $5 for a bowl and to taste others. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive prizes. Open to the community. For information, call 270-243-2932.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day Program
Noon.-4 p.m.
Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis
During a brief flag ceremony at 3 p.m., an American flag will be presented to a local veteran. A special display will focus on recent heroes, from Vietnam to the present, with uniforms, pictures and memorabilia. The display will continue until Nov. 18th during regular hours. For information, call 618-309-3581.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Project Hope Pets for Veterans Adoption Day
1:-5 p.m.
Project Hope Humane Society, 1698 W. 10th Street, Metropolis
Project Hope will be one of the participating shelters in Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza’s Pets for Vets. Eligible veterans who would like to adopt a cat or dog from one of the participating shelters will have adoption fees waived that day. The veterans must bring their identification to the shelter when applying for their adoption. For details. visit websiteFor information, contact the shelter at 618-524-8939 or

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day Parade
2 p.m.
City Park, Davie St., Anna, IL
Parade begins at the city park entrance on Davie Street and follows Main Street to Jefferson Street and back to the park. For information, call 618-833-5182.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Community Fish Fry
4-6 p.m.
Community of Christ, 1309 Commercial Park Rd., Metropolis
Free fish fry dinner includes fried fish, hush puppies, coleslaw and sides. Any donation will be appreciated. The congregation invites everyone to attend.


Sunday, Nov. 12
Super Museum Free Day
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Superman Museum, 517 Market St., Metropolis
The museum showcases a broad array of Superman historic and screen used items from Television, Comics, Movies, Toys, and Collectibles. We also have a great deal of items having to do with the history of Superman in Metropolis Illinois. General Admission for the museum is usually $5 per person, and this is your chance to see it for free.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House
times vary at individual businesses
Businesses all over Metropolis will open their doors for an afternoon of shopping. Enter to win $100 in Metro Dollars. Entry forms listing all locations will be available at participating merchants and the Metropolis Chamber. Visit as many businesses as you can and have them stamp your entry form. At the end of the day head over to the Metropolis Chamber to turn in your form. The more places you visit the more entries you receive. There will also be a Social Media Scavenger Hunt.  One winner will be drawn from all of the entries. For details, click here.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Thanksgiving Holiday Meal and Celebration
5 p.m.
Hillerman Missionary Baptist Church
The meal will be served at 5 p.m. with singing to follow at 6:30 p.m. featuring The Fortress Quartet of Carbondale. Everyone is invited to attend.



Nov. 7-9 and 14-15
Stuff the Police Van Food Drive
Tue. Nov. 14 – Jefferson Elementary
Wed. Nov. 15 – Franklin Elementary
The Metropolis Police Department is partnering with the local charity group, Weekend Blessings, this year to help feed our school kids. The Metropolis Police van will be parked at the following locations  listed above. Help stuff the van to provide food for children in need during the weekends. Donations will also be accepted at Metropolis City Hall.  For donation suggestions or contact information, click here.


Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 15-18
Deer Festival
Golconda, Illinois
Three days of fun including a vast array of vendors offering handmade arts and crafts wildlife displays, entertainment and more. The Deer Queen pageant is on Friday night and a parade is on Saturday at 1 p.m. Festival is held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving. For details, click here. For information, call 618-683-6723 or 618-683-9702.


Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18
Basketball and Cheerleading Youth League Sign-Ups
6-8 p.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St.,Metropolis
For grades K-4. Cost is $50 per participant for first child, $30 thereafter in same family. Late fee of $25 will apply after Nov. 18th. Games begin Dec. 30th. Coaches meeting is Nov. 27th at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Massac County Youth Basketball League. For information, call Tony Morris at 270-933-3466.



Saturday, Nov. 18
Annual Groceries for Good
Big John, 1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Save A Lot, 701 Pearl St., Metropolis
Barney’s Market, 106 E. 2nd St., Brookport, Il.
Area residents have an opportunity to help those who are in need and are hungry simply by buying non-perishable items or donating money to Groceries for Good, c/o Metropolis Planet, PO Box 820, Metropolis. Collected items go to the COPE and Faith Tabernacle food pantries and Guardian Family Services. For information, contact the Metropolis Planet at 618-524-2141.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Project Hope Christmas Bazaar and Pet Photos with Santa
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 W. Park Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Santa will be available for pet photos starting at Noon.
Bear on the Air Barbecue will be available, bake sale items, great booths and great Christmas gifts. For information, email the shelter at Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 18
St. John’s Church Annual Chili Supper
4-7 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Menu includes Chili, Hot Dog, Dessert and Drink. To go orders will be available. Free will donation with all proceeds going to charity. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Red, White, and Blue Bash Concert

5:30 p.m.  Dinner
7:30 p.m.  Concert
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Join the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in honoring our armed forces through a night of inspiring, patriotic music. For more information, visit website.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Gospel Benefit
6 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, North Ave. & Upper Salem Church Rd., Metropolis
Music provided by local talent. A freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds to be used for those less fortunate during the holiday season. Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Annual Rebuilding Together Benefit Banquet
6 p.m.  Doors open,  7 p.m. Dinner
Baymont Inn Theater, 203 E. Front St., Metropolis
Dinner will be prepared by the Elks Lodge and served in the Banquet Hall by celebrity waiters and waitresses from throughout the area. Proceeds from the silent auction and benefit dinner will be used to purchase materials to make repairs to homes of elderly, disabled or low-income residents. To date over 160 homes have been rehabilitated. Tickets are $25 per person.  For more information, contact Sandy Dailey at 618-524-5627. Details in a post coming soon.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Holiday Service of Remembrance
6-7 p.m.
First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Remember your loved ones during the 21st Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance. Come share in the special music, inspirational message and a beautiful candlelight ceremony that will bring hope and encouragement during this holiday season.  Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Project Holiday Hope Fur Ball Dinner, Dance and Karaoke
6-9:30 p.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 W. Park Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Juanita Wedeking-Newberry and Cactus Jack Newberry from WILLIE 102 will the the DJs. Dinner includes ham, potato salad, baked beans, cornbread, drinks and dessert. Cost is $15 for one or $25 for two. Children 12 and under is $5. Bring your own adult beverages if you like. No need for fancy attire, just some come comfortable to dance and sing to help raise funds for our furbabies. Reservations preferred by email at or call 270-519-4422.


Sunday, Nov. 19
Joppa Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
5 p.m.
Joppa Baptist Church, God’s Training Center
Dinner is a ministry of the Joppa Civic Club and  the following churches: of Joppa and Oak Grove Methodist, Living Waters, Anderson Congregational, and Joppa Baptist. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Community Choir Thanksgiving Performance
6 p.m.
Community Christian Church, 1150 Country Club Rd., Metropolis
The choir includes individuals from all churches in the county and is open to anyone who enjoys singing. Choir practice is every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the church. For information, call 618-524-8694, 618-524-4243, or 618-524-2775.


Tuesday, Nov. 21
Community Thanksgiving Service
7 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to gather and give thanks in this special service. Special music provided by the Community Choir.


Wednesday, Nov. 22
Capitol Christmas Tree Tour comes to Paducah
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Come for some fun with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree team and take a look at the Engelmann spruce from the Kootenai National Forest that will represent the state of Montana on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. For information, visit Website or Facebook.


Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25
Golconda Merchants Christmas Open House

Golconda, Illinois
This event is held the weekend after Thanksgiving. Local vendors will be showing off their fall and Christmas wares. For information, call 618-683-2109.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25
Holiday Open Houses on the Wine Trail
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Start your holiday shopping early with great gifts along the trail. Each winery participates in our Holiday Open House event in a different way. Some have live music, appetizers and different sales throughout the weekend. Please check out our web page for information on sales, discounts, charities and more. Website.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24- 26
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon
1-4 p.m. Tour
2700 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL
The historic mansion decorated for the holidays is open for tours. Luncheons are reservation only. For information, call 618-734-0201. Facebook

Friday, Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
Christmas in the Park
6-9 p.m.
Noble Park, 2915 Park Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Thousands of lights and moving displays entertain visitors. Non-perishable food items or cash donations are accepted to fund local charities. Closes at 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Saturday, Nov. 25 – Dec. 14
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive
Linwood Motors, 1634 E. 5th St., Metropolis
New, unwrapped toys will be collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union.  Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Metropolis Community Center.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Christmas in Downtown Anna
8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Anna, Illinois
Carolers, Santa, Shopping, Movies, Reindeer 5K Run, Huge Craft Fair at AJ gym, lighting of the Tree at 6 pm.  Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 25
McGinnis Family Christmas Trees Opening Day
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
1107 Mount Mission Rd., Metropolis
Fresh frazier firs are hand picked straight off the mountains of North Carolina. Wreaths and more also available. The McGinnis family invites you to start a new family tradition picking out a tree together.  For more information, call Heather McGinnis at 618-309-2081. Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Project Hope Yard Sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Project Hope, 1698 W 10th St., Metropolis
While you’re out supporting your community this Small Business Saturday, drop by Project Hope and pick up some holiday decorations and gifts while helping the animals.

Saturday, Nov. 25
The Big Miniature Art Sale
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
PAPA Gallery, 124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
This our members annual miniature art sale.  All new miniatures created by Paducah Area Painters Alliance and sold for $10.00 each.  These make great Christmas gifts, so come early while the selection is best. Admission is free. For information, call 270-575-3544.  Website.

Saturday, Nov. 25 
Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Gazebo Corner, 120 Broadway St. Paducah, Ky.
Come spend the day in a magical Dickens atmosphere. There will be costumed characters, free Victorian horse carriage rides, smores by the fire, wassail, free coffee and hot chocolate, and lots of shopping and lunch specials. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a grand appearance down Broadway in the carriage to the Gazebo. Also special appearances by princesses Belle, Elsa, Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel. Be on the lookout for The Grinch and Whoville People. For information, contact Melinda Winchester at 270-444-8690 or mwinchester@paducahky.govFacebook.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Anna Arts Center Holiday Bazaar
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St. Anna, IL
Come find that unique gift. Art work, stain glass, knives with deer horn handles, quilts, festive cards, jewelry, and more. So get your Christmas list and come find a gift for your family and friends and support the artists and crafters. Make a FREE Christmas ornament at the Anna Arts Center booth. Everyone is invited – kids of all ages. Call 618-833-6525 to reserve a space or get information.  Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Shop Small – Market Street in Metropolis
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Metropolis Merchants are open and ready to greet you on this special day.  Many will be offering special prices.  Please show your support for local businesses who serve the community all year long. For details, click here.


Tuesday, Nov. 28
Veteran Job Services

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Services offer assistance to veterans with significant barriers to employment. All veterans between 18-24 years old are encouraged to drop by to include those with any of the following employment barriers: disabled / special disabled, homeless, formerly incarcerated, unemployed for more than six months within the last year, and no high school diploma or GED. For information, visit Facebook.


Wednesday, Nov. 29
Illinois Insurance Enrollment Help
3-5 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Get covered Illinois staff will be in Massac Co. to share information and answer questions on how best to navigate your health care options this Open Enrollment Period that ends Dec. 15th. FacebookGetCovered website.


Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018  (no Illinois state election in 2017)
Election Day
6 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information, visit website. Find your polling place using the website’s locator. Several municipal offices will be closed. The Metropolis Drive Service facility on W. 10th Street will be closed and will reopen on Wednesday. Massac County offices will also be closed.

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