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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

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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.

Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 15-16

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Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 2016
43rd Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 9 am. – 5 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.

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. 15
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, Face Painting & 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. 16th
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.

Tour de Seven 5K Run/Walk is Nov. 7

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Saturday, Nov. 7
Tour de Seven 5K Run/Walk
7 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. Run/Walk
8:15 a.m. Turkey Trot/1m
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Late Registration/Packet Pickup begins at 7 a.m. at the Visitor Center.

Course Information:  Mostly flat blacktop running surface with a few inclines. Water and first aid stations available throughout the course. Each track has been designed for beginners and experienced runners.

Turkey trot is for children under the age of 12. Parents are welcome to accompany children.

T-shirts guaranteed for runners preregistered by October 13. For information, email dvachon@s7hd.org.  Event Website.

Portion of the proceeds benefit Relay for Life.