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Harrah’s Metropolis Flood – reopened March 15th

METROPOLIS, IL – Harrah’s Hotel and Casino reopen after the floodwaters receded on March 15th, 2018.

“Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel officially opening at 11AM on Thursday, March 15! 

Due to flooding, Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel and Casino had to close on February 25, 2018 at 6:00pm until further notice. People that were scheduled to stay at the hotel that night received a full refund.

It reads on Harrah’s Facebook page that, “It is in the best interest and safety of our guests and employees that we remain closed until further notice.”

The National Weather Service had the water levels at 49.6 feet on March 12, 2018.

Harrah’s Metropolis
100 E Front Street
Metropolis, IL 62960, USA
Website: caesars.com/harrahs-metropolis
Social: facebook.com/harrahsMetropolisCasino
Map: google.com/maps

 

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Hope Light Lighthouse Metropolis, IL

METROPOLIS, IL – The Hope Light is a 30 foot tall lighthouse located along the Ohio River in Dorothy Miller Park in Metropolis, IL.

This lighthouse was created as a ‘Beacon of Hope’ for cancer patients and cancer survivors. The light represents cancer prevention and early detection as well.

The City of Metropolis donated a section of land in Dorothy Miller Park for the Hope Light project that was completed on June 4, 2014. 

  • Eggemeyer Associates Architects of Carbondale, IL designed the Lighthouse.
  • Parker Custom Machine Shop in Metropolis built the Lighthouse.
  • Lefarge of Metropolis donated the cement.
  • Kotter Ready Mix of Metropolis donated the concrete.

Read more at facebook.com/MetropolisLighthouse/

Hope Light Lighthouse
Dorothy Miller Park
E Front St, Metropolis, IL 62960
Social: facebook.com/MetropolisLighthouse
Map: google.com/maps

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The Super Museum, Metropolis IL

METROPOLIS, IL – The Super Museum has one of the largest collections of Superman memorabilia in the world located at 517 Market Street in historic downtown Metropolis, IL.

Please support this locally owned business by stopping in the next time you’re in town.

Open 7 days a week
8am – 7pm (Summer)
9am – 5pm (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Closed Christmas day

The Super Museum
517 Market Street
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
+1 618-524-5518
Site: supermuseum.com
Map: google.com/maps

 

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Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe, Metropolis, IL

METROPOLIS, IL – I went on a cookie run to Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe yesterday evening on Historic Market Street in downtown Metropolis, IL.

I purchased some Sugar and Raisin Cookies that were baked inhouse. They were still soft and mouthwatering delicious.

Sissy’s is the new bakery and coffee shop that resides in an upscale 2-story building that’s been completely renovated by the owners.

The inside of Sissy’s was built with either reclaimed or original materials. The exposed brick and original wooden floors gives this new sweetery a rustic theme with a modern twist.

In short, the place, people and cookies were awesome making last nights cookie run a great success.

Open 7 days a week! 10-8 M-Th, 10-9 Fri-Sat, 12-8 Sunday

Sissy’s A Sweet Shoppe
613 Market Street Metropolis IL
facebook.com/pg/sissysmetropolis

I wanted to thank the staff for being so kind
and having the best cookies to boot

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The Zone 24 Hour Fitness Metropolis

METROPOLIS, IL – The Zone 24 Hour Fitness gym is now open across the street from Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe at 616 Market Street in historic downtown Metropolis, IL.

This new addition to Metropolis is simply wonderful. During the evening hours there are now cars parked on both sides of Market Street. Between Sissy’s and the The Zone, Market Street is now showing a bit of nightlife.

FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Treadmills, Ellipticals, Upright/Recumbent/Spin Bikes, Stair Climbers, Arc Trainers, Rowing Machines, Full Free Weight Station, Full Strength Circuit, Power Racks w/platforms, Plate-loaded Strength, Multi-Jungle Station

PRICE RANGE

1 Year Contract – Individual – $25/mo | Family – $40/mo
No Contract – Individual – $30/mo | Family – $45/mo

The Zone Metropolis 24 Hour Fitness
616 Market St
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
(217) 469-6128
Social: facebook.com/thezonemetropolis
Site: thezone24hourfitness.com

 

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Fort Massac Encampment 2017 [Music Video]

METROPOLIS, IL – This is a music video featuring some of the dedicated and wonderful reenactors that participated in the 44the Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017 held at Fort Massac State Park in Metropoli, IL.

Fort Massac State Park
1308 E 5th St
Metropolis, IL 62960
Site: dnr.illinois.gov/fortmassac
Map: google.com/maps

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Cannon Fire 1812 Overture [Music Video]

METROPOLIS, IL – The video shows rapid and slow motion cannon fire accompanied with the 1812 Overture during the 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, IL.

CANNON FIRE by
Rock Ridge Militia Artillery Group
During Military Retreat Closing Ceremony
44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017
In Metropolis, IL

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Fort Massac Encampment 2017

METROPOLIS, IL – The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017 was a great success once again at Fort Massac State Park in beautiful Metropolis, IL.

Period reenactors representing American, French, British and Native Americans from the 18th Century came to Fort Massac from all over the US and as far as Canada. They all came with period clothing, tools, weapons and makeshift homes that transformed the park into a wondrous old-time village.

The village provided food, entertainment and hands on history lessons taught by re-enactors. The mock battles were held in the valley that included the French and Indian War and The American Revolution.

Oct 21, 2017 - French Solder fires musket at 43rd Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017/photonews247.com
Oct 21, 2017 – French Soldier fires musket at 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017/photonews247.com

You could see fire shooting out of the muskets after the commanding officers yelled, ‘FIRE.’ The cannons were earth shaking and created billows of smoke that hid the soldiers from the enemies crosshairs for a short time, enough time to reload maybe.

All this excitement came to end around 4:30 Sunday afternoon with a Military Retreat Closing Ceremony. It started to rain a bit before and during the Ceremony but everything went as planned.

The only thing the rain seemed to hindered was the canon fire. For example, the canon next to the Rogers Clark statue was limited to one shot instead of its scheduled two.

This particular canon featured on the page was fired by the Rock Ridge Militia Artillery. I wanted to thank Jay and the rest of the members for their hospitality and allowing me to get up close for the shots.

CANNON FIRE MUSIC VIDEO Fort Massac

When the cannon fired, it literally shook the ground. Our bodies were pounded by the percussion of the enormous blast. The combining shock wave in concert with the flash made my knees buckle a bit. It was awesome! Soon after the smell of gunpowder filled the air; it had sweetness to it.

The members of the Rock Ridge Militia Artillery group do not take firing their cannons lightly. Quit the opposite, I have never seen such discipline. They have fixed protocols that are followed in military fashion ensuring everyone’s safety.

They all have individual jobs. One places the pound bag of gun powder in the canon. Another one packs the gun powder. Another soldier lights the fuse and so on.

It takes a team to fire these canons just right and the Rock Ridge Militia Artillery did not disappoint; It was spectacular.

I’m older and did not have this on my bucket list but I should have. If you have a bucket list, you may want to add this to your list of things to do. You won’t be disappointed.

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.

Fort Massac State Park
1308 E. 5th Street, Metropolis, IL
Phone: 618-524-4712
Site: stateparks.com/fort_massac_state_park_in_illinois.html
Social: facebook.com/Friends-of-Fort-Massac

Photos from the 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment 2017. These photos are for everyone to share and to enjoy without any worries.

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Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Metropolis, IL

METROPOLIS, IL – Scarecrows will be on display along Market Street through October in front of businesses and organizations in historic downtown Metropolis.

The scarecrow invasion is due to local businesses and organizations competing in the 1st Ever Metropolis Scarecrow Decorating Contest. All businesses and organizations are invited to join in on the fun as well.

The public can vote for their favorite scarecrow by donating money at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce. The winner of the competition will have rights to forward the winning funds to their favorite Massac County charity with the City of Metropolis matching the donations up to $250.

Some suggested charities include the COPE Food Pantry, Guardian House Women’s Shelter, Hope Unlimited, etc.

See the Event Page at facebook.com/events/scarecrows/

For more info call the Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce at (618) 524-2714.

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Sixth and Vintage, Metropolis, IL

METROPOLIS, IL – Sixth and Vintage Boutique & MarketPlace features women’s clothing, new and vintage home décor, candles, gourmet food, gift wrapping and more located on historic Market Street in uptown Metropolis, IL.

Individually we can all help keep downtown Metropolis vibrant by shopping and eating at locally owned business.

Sixth and Vintage Boutique
Clothing store in Metropolis, Illinois
Address: 600 Market St, Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone: (618) 309-3003
Site: sixthandvintage.com
Map: google.com/maps

 

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Metropolis IL Public Library – WiFi, eBooks, events…

METROPOLIS, IL – The Metropolis Public Library resides in a beautiful building at 317 Metropolis Street in Metropolis, IL.

Even though this library is nestled in a small town with population just over 6000, it stands toe-to-toe with with bigger-city libraries due to it’s high-tech format, a format that keeps hard copy books available on the shelves while offering digital versions and free WiFi as well.

The Metropolis Library also holds many community events throughout the year such as the Annual Farm Frenzy,  a live event that entails local farmers volunteering their time to bring the farm to the library.

Farm Frenzy gives others a chance to stand next to these bigger-than-life machines used to churn dirt and harvest crops, crops that eventually end up on our dinner tables. There was a small petting zoo this year where the young and old gathered to pet the animals and experience what it’s like to be next to these beautiful creatures. It’s really awesome and a must see.

Metropolis Public Library Central Library
Public library in Metropolis, Illinois
Address: 317 Metropolis St, Metropolis, IL 62960
Hours: Closed today
Phone: (618) 524-4312
Site: metropolispubliclibrary.com
Map: google.com/maps

 

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Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe, Metropolis, IL

METROPOLIS, IL – Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe is located in a beautiful renovated building on 613 Market Street in downtown Metropolis, IL.

Sissy’s is a family owned bakery and eatery that has become a local phenomenon due to the unmatched hospitality and their heavenly homemade cupcakes, candy, cookies and fudge.

These sweet-treats are one-of-a-kind, baked in-house with something new on the menu every daily that’s usually posted on their Facebook page the night before.  Sissy’s serves yummy hand-dipped ice cream, coffee and espresso as well.

HISTORY: Sissy’s resides in the former Farley’s Cafeteria that opened after the old Cohen’s Department Store closed.

Please help keep downtown Metropolis vibrant by stopping in a gourmet treat and a cup of coffee – this would be a very kind gesture.

Open Everyday
Mon-Thu 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-8 Sun

Sissy’s – A Sweet Shoppe (Est. Oct. 24, 2017)
613 Market St Metropolis, IL
Social: facebook.com/pg/sissysmetropolis
Directions: google.com/maps