September 2017

For weekly and monthly events,
please visit our Recurring Events listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

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.

First Saturday of the Month
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8 a.m.-Noon
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.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Friday, Sept. 1  (and every Friday)
Story Hour
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Story Hour is back in session for this school year and is intended for preschool aged children. The library will read a few books, provide an yummy snack and do a fun craft. No registration needed. Story Hour will be held every Friday.

baptist-healthFriday, Sept. 1
Kangaroo Klub for Breastfeeding Mothers
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Support group for women who breastfeed or expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed. Meeting is held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-575-2229 for more information.

Friday, Sept. 1
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football
7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS vs. Nashville Community HS, at home. Schedule listed on website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Saturday – Monday, Sept. 2-4
Annual Kentucky Western Waterland Arts & Crafts Festival
Little Lake Park, Grand Rivers, Ky.
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.  Website

Saturday, Sept. 2  (register by Aug. 28)
Kids Craft: I Spy Bottle
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Make your own I Spy Bottles using recycled water bottles, rice, and different trinkets for the kids to put in their bottles. This free program is free and intended for kids ages 7 and up. Please call or come into the library to register by Monday, Aug. 28th to make sure they have enough supplies. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 2
MCHS Class of ’77 40-year Reunion
6:00 p.m.
Fat Edd’s, 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Appetizers served at 6 pm, dinner served at 7 pm, and socializing and dancing follow at 8 pm. If attending for both food and socializing, the cost is $35 per person. If you skip the meal and attend only after dinner the cost is $15. Reunion will be in upstairs room. Dinner reservations required before Aug. 15th. Registration form and more information available on Facebook Group page.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Monday, September 4
Labor Day Celebration and Parade
10:00 a.m.
County Court House, 1 Superman Sq., Metropolis
Parade starts at the court house at 10 a.m. All units should be in position between 9-9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed down 5th Street to Fort Massac.  Free musical entertainment at the park. Concessions will be available for purchase an attendees are asked to bring their lawn chairs. For information, visit website.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

baptist-healthTuesday, Sept. 5
Weight Loss Information Session
6:00 p.m.
Baptist Heart Center, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Learn about medical and surgical options for weight loss. Meeting held in Carson-Myre Heart Center auditorium. Phone 270-575-8462 for information.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

baptist-healthWednesdays, Sept. 6 & 20
Parkinson’s Support Group
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Class held in Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Group meets every other Wednesday. Phone 270-575-2721 for more information.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9
Annual Corvettes on the River Charity Show
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Paducah Convention & Expo Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
There will be trophies, club competitions, 50/50 drawing, vendors, door prizes, silent auction and food. Benefit charities are Cassidy’s Cause, Martha’s Vinyard, and Project CARAT For information, visit website.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10
4th Annual Free Blues and Gospel Festival
Historic 8th Street, Cairo, IL
Heritage Foundation is hosting the event featuring Chris Canas, Sweet Angel, The Phonics, parades, food, fun, vendors, and more. The festival ends on Sunday with the Gospel Celebration from 3-6 p.m. at Cairo City Hall. For information, call 618- 734-4127.

Friday, Sept. 8
Movies in the Park: The Jungle Book
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Saturday, Sept. 9
Cache River Days
All day
Ball Park and Cache River Wetlands, Ullin, IL
Festivities will be headquartered at the Ullin Ball Park, but will also include special displays at the Cache River Wetlands Center and guided tours at various points of interest throughout the Cache River Wetlands. Come for live wildlife exhibits, nature activities, arts & crafts, live music, food and more. Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will provide free canoe tours throughout the day. To sign up for limited-space free canoe tours, call 618-634-2231. Website

Saturday, Sept. 9
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, 2640 W. Riverside Park Rd., Murphysboro, IL
Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, featuring multiple Illinois wineries, fine arts vendors, food, and music. For more information, visit  Facebook page or website.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Porgy & Bess

7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts Leonard Bernstein’s overture to Candide, embarking on an evening filled with both nostalgic sounds and new ones to many ears. For more information, visit website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi QueenMondays, Sept. 11 and 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 19
Queen of the Mississippi at the Port of Paducah
Mon. 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tue. 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For information and full schedule, click here.

baptist-healthMonday, Sept. 11
Stroke Support Group
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Group meets in the Heart Center conference room. Phone Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register.

baptist-healthMondays, Sept. 11 & 18, or Saturday, Sept. 16
Prepared Childbirth Classes
Mon.  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat.  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Classes held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2.  Call 270-575-2229 to register.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

baptist-healthTuesday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 14
Diabetes Classes
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes.  A physician order is required. Class meets in the Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Call 270-575-2918 for information.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 13-16
Murphysboro Apple Festival
Activities include live music, a carnival with concessions, many contests featuring everything from apple pie eating to the crowning of Appletime Royalty, marching bands, arts & crafts fair, car show, 5K races and much more. The Grand Parade has an average of 160 total units that include marching bands, themed floats, dancers, and visting royalty, among others. For information, call 618-684-3200 or visit website.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 14-16
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show
Carson Park, Joe Clifton Dr. & Madison Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Antique steam engines highlight this annual event, complete with tractor pulls, pulling teams, arts and crafts, wheat threshing, parade, pony rides, petting zoo, flea market,  and barbecue. Admission is $4 for adults, and children under 12 are free when accompanied with an adult. For information, call 270-832-1167 or visit website.

baptist-healthTuesday, Sept. 14
Diabetes Class
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes.  A physician order is required. Class meets in the Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Call 270-575-2918 for information.

Thursday, Sept. 14  (register by Sep. 11)
Wine Bottle Silhouette Light Craft
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
You will be crafting and painting wine bottles and putting lights inside. This will be a fun and trendy craft, taking place on Sept. 14th at 4:00 pm. This is free of charge. Please register by Sept. 11th. For ages 18 and over. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Thursday, Sept. 14
A Distant Light: Kentucky’s Journey Toward Racial Justice
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Bill Cunningham, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice and writer. A Distant Light, Cunningham’s last published book, reveals dramatic plots of murder, kidnapping and mob violence which took place in Calloway County. Free program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Friday, Sept. 15
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football
7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS at Murphysboro HS, away game. Schedule listed on website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Saturday, Sept. 16
Frontier Day
Banks of the Ohio River, Cave In Rock, Il.
Celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Annual event held the 3rd Saturday in September. Website

baptist-healthSaturday, Sept. 16
Prepared Childbirth Class
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Classes held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2.  Call 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Annual Shrimp Festival
12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Golconda
Farmer’s market starts at 7 a.m. Live music, maybe a helicopter ride, horse & carriage rides, Corn Hole Tournament, Little Miss Shrimp Pageant, and lots of fun all day and night.  Shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine, beer and wine tent, local food vendors, crafts and more.  For more information, call  618-683-6246.   Website

Saturday, Sept. 16
Kids in the Woods: Fur and Feathers
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, Il
Program series by Southern Illinois Master Naturalists for families with children ages 5-10. This month, we will take a guided walk to learn about birds and animals, and create a leaf and twig collage or a bird nesting materials ball. Register in advance by calling 618-657-2064.  Website

Saturday, Sept. 16
Illusionist Rick Thomas
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Rick Thomas performs the most intriguing, innovative and mind-blowing grand illusions in the world, with a style unlike any other magical entertainer. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Sunday, Sept. 17
Worship in the Park with Blend
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to fellowship at 9:30 a.m., and enjoy the a capella group Blend for the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to sit on. Potluck luncheon will follow service. Love offering will be collected. For information, call the church at 618-524-7118 or Rhonda at 618-638-2512.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

baptist-healthMondays, Sept. 18
Prepared Childbirth Classes
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Classes held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2.  Call 270-575-2229 to register.

baptist-healthMonday, Sept. 18
Breastfeeding Class
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Class is held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Hope Unlimited Annual Gala – Love Amazing
5:30 p.m.
Paducah Convention Center, 415 Park St., Paducah, KY
The Hope Unlimited Family Care Center be showcasing the Love Amazing that happens at their Metropolis and Paducah locations every day. You will hear personal stories from parents working to better their family, and be inspired by the passion of their staff and volunteers. Come prepared to have your life changed, as you hear how others have changed their lives. Get your ticket or table by calling 270-442-1166.

baptist-healthTuesday, Sept. 19
Cancerport Breast Cancer Support Group
6:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for those diagnosed with breast cancer and living in recovery. Group meets in the Oncology Resource Room. Phone 270-442-1310 for information.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

baptist-healthWednesday, Sept. 20
Parkinson’s Support Group
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Class held in Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Group meets every other Wednesday. Phone 270-575-2721 for more information.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23
Fall Fiber Festival
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah
Yeiser Art Center is proud to partner with MAKE to host an engaging array of activities for Paducah’s Fall Fiber Festival. There will be workshops, vendors, a pop-show, artist talk, demos and panel discussion… all about FIBER. Sign up for workshops and plan to pop in for engaging talks. Get more info here.

Friday, Sept. 22
Homecoming Parade
3:30 p.m.
Downtown Metropolis
Details coming soon.

Friday, Sept. 22
SCC 50th Anniversary Celebration
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin IL
The college invites past and present employees, alulmni, current students and the community to attend the event on the Main Campus. For information, contact Katie Armstrong at katelynna@shawneecc.edu. If anyone is interested in temporarily loaning college memorabilia, contact Stacy Simpson at stacys@shawneecc.edu.

Friday, Sept. 22
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football & Homecoming
7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS vs Harrisburg HS, at home. Schedule listed on website.

Friday, Sept. 22
Movies in the Park: Beauty and The Beast
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Friday, Sept. 22
Jerrod Niemann
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Prolific Nashville hit-maker, Jerrod Niemann, is known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics. He has a number of hits, including number ones, Lover, Lover and Drink To That All Night Long. Tickets are 30 for adults and $15 for students/children. Visit website for more details.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Saturday, Sept. 23
Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
The Warehouse, 214 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois
Watch 90 teams from around the world vie for top awards at the 29th annual cook-off. Events include a Steak Cook-off,  Kids’ Que, fish fry, grand champion buffet, and live music each night, as well as a market area with a variety of vendors. Website. 618-684-8902.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival
9:00 a.m.
Paducah Riverfront, at the foot of Broadway behind the floodwall murals
Over 30 local teams from area organizations and businesses will vie for the Grand Prize in the ancient Chinese sport of Dragon Boat Racing. In 40-foot long canoe style boats with colorful Dragon heads and tails, the teams will race on a 250 meter course at Paducah’s riverfront. For details, visit website.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Coffee 101
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah KY
Allen Rhodes, owner of Etcetera Coffeehouse, will provide the knowledge and tools to aid you in becoming a wise consumer of coffee.

Saturday, September 23
Monarch Phenomenon
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, IL
The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Come for a program from 10-11 a.m. to learn all about monarchs, and then spend the rest of the day capturing, tagging and releasing butterflies. For information, call 618-657-2064 or visit. Website

Saturday, Sept. 23  (register by Sept. 15)
Banned Book Craft: Charlotte’s Web
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Celebrate your freedom to read. This craft is inspired by the frequently challenged book Charlotte’s Web. This free program is free and intended for kids ages 8 and up. Please call or come into the library to register by Friday, Sept. 15th to make sure they have enough supplies. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Sara Evans in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Sara Evans returns to our stage this fall as part of the WPSD Telethon of Stars Celebration Concert. Sara is an award winning country music artist with five #1 singles. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Monday-Friday, Sept. 25 – Nov. 3
SCC Truck Driving Program

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL
The program takes only 16 weeks to complete which includes a six-week program and a ten-week externship. Other program dates are Nov. 6 – Dec. 15. For information, call 618-634-3200.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Wednesday, Sept. 27
ZZ Top – The Tonnage Tour  (sold out)
7:15 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
ZZ TOP lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 28-30
Annual Barbecue on the River
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Downtown Riverfront at Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
There will be 35 BBQ teams that will cook up over 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken, all of whom compete for charity and for the Grand Champions trophy. Includes hog calling and chicken clucking contests, free outdoor concerts, food, and arts and crafts. For schedule of events and music line up, visit website.

Thursday, Sept. 28  (register by Sept. 25)
Pizza Pan Magnet Board Craft  

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Join us in making pizza pan magnet boards. Free of charge. Ages 18 and over. Must be registered by Sept. 25. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Friday, Sept. 29
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football
7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS vs Herrin HS, at home. Schedule listed on website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Saturday, Sept. 30
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Fall Festival at BBQ on the River
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Every Saturday the Market sells produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations. There will be many activities such as childrens’ craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, plant and farm education. For more information visit paducahky.gov/farmers-market.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Oktoberfest in Metropolis
2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Hosted by 718BrewCafe and the Metropolis Public LIbrary. Details coming soon.


TENTATIVE LISTINGS—–

Monday, Sept. 4
Labor Day Celebration Weekend
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown by Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
The parade will follow Broadway starting at 14th Street and head toward downtown and turn left at 2nd Street until it disbands at Madison Street. Picnic, barbecue, arts and crafts, flea market and live music will be at various locations. For information, call 800-PADUCAH.

Friday, TBA
Massac County 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Homecoming Dance
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
This homecoming event is planned especially for the younger fans of the Massac County High School Patriots. Show your Patriot spirit and join us at the Metropolis Community Center for a great night for our middle school students. There will be a DJ, dancing and concessions. Admission is $6 at the door. The event is sponsored by the parents of Cub Scout Pack 101. For more information, contact Roger Pugh, 618-201-5647metropolispack101@gmail.com