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Ohio River Sweep is June 16

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Saturday, June 16, 2018   (weather permitting)
Ohio River Sweep
8 a.m.-Noon
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris. River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

The Ohio River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Volunteers are needed to clean up the river bank of the Ohio River by removing trash and debris. Other areas in Massac County included in this project are riverfronts in Brookport and Joppa. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt. An on-site coordinator will be present.

Contatct Chris McGinnis at 618-524-4712 to say that you plan to volunteer. Download a waiver PDF form and bring to the cleanup. Volunteers may also call 800-359-3977 for more information.   Website

Movies in the Park 2018

Select Fridays, May through September 28, 2018
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.

despicable-me-3Friday, May 25 – Despicable Me 3
The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

cocoFriday, June 8 – Coco
Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

wonderFriday, July 6 – Wonder
This New York Times bestseller tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time and Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Friday, July 20 – Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit and his three sisters — Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail — enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he’s less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter — a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent.

cars-3Friday, August 3 – Cars 3
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

nut-job-2Friday, August 24 – The Nut Job 2
Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

sherlock-gnomesFriday, September 7 – Sherlock Gnomes
When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in London with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting a new garden ready for spring. When everyone in the garden suddenly goes missing they call Sherlock Gnomes. The famous detective and sworn protector of the city shows up with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery soon leads the gnomes on a rollicking adventure as they meet all-new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of London.

the-starFriday, September 28 – The Star
A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wise-cracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

 

Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 21-22

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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.

Worship in the Park with Blend is Sept. 17

Sunday, September 17, 2017
9:30 a.m. Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Worship

First Christian Church, Metropolis invites you to Sunday Morning Worship Service at Fort Massac Park. across from Sonic Drive-In. Come early for a time to fellowship and stay for worship with a special performance by the a cappella group, Blend.

Blend is able to entertain crowds of all ages with their energy, humor, renditions of songs which most everyone has heard at some time. In addition to their classic doo-wop routine, they love to share their gospel music as well. After this performance, they will be retiring and will no longer be performing as a group. We want to have a big turnout for their final singing appearance.

Invite your family and friends.

Please bring lawn chairs or blanket for seating. Potluck luncheon will follow service. Please bring your favorite covered dish for everyone to enjoy. A love offering will be collected. For information, contact the church at 618-524-7118 or Rhonda at 618-638-2512.

Ohio River Sweep is June 17

river-sweep

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ohio River Sweep
8:30 a.m. Registration
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Volunteers are needed to clean up the river bank of the Ohio River by removing trash and debris. Other areas in Massac County included in this project are river fronts in Brookport and Joppa. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt. Volunteers may also call 800-359-3977 for more information.   Website

Movies in the Park 2017

Select Fridays, May through September and Saturday, December 16, 2017
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.

May 26 – The Secret Life of Pets

June 2 – Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

July 7 – Bunyan & Babe

July 21 – Disney’s Moana

Aug. 4 - Rock Dog

August 4 – Rock Dog

Aug. 25 – The Lego Batman Movie – Changed to Aug. 19

Sept. 8 – Disney’s The Jungle Book

Sept. 22 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Dec. 16 – Prep & Landing

December movie will be held inside the Visitor Center.