Christmas in the Village – Dec. 3, 2016


Cobden, Ill. is planning to celebrate the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts the eighth annual Christmas in the Village.  Holiday bazaars and open houses highlight a variety of events that climax with the presentation of the Christmas lights in the village’s downtown park.

The Old Feed Store on Appleknocker Street plans to host an open house with a hospitality table featuring Christmas treats along with other activities from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m.  A visit from Santa Claus is planned for the afternoon and goody bags for children will be given out.

Bazaars featuring decorations, gifts, crafts and homemade treats will be featured at the Union County Museum’s General Store, the St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall, and other locations.  The church plans to serve soup for lunch.  Both bazaars open at 8a.m.

carolersOther Christmas in the Village activities include carolers, live nativity scene and a variety of other activities.


Cobden hosts several unique shops and restaurants that will be open and celebrating the holiday season.


The celebration will close when Santa Claus will lead a walk from the Old Feed Store to the downtown park for the presentation of the Christmas lights at 5p.m.

Come to picturesque Cobden and experience an old-time village Christmas.  Cobden is located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail.  For tourism and lodging information go to

The Union County Museum (618/893-2865) in downtown Cobden reminds shoppers about the Christmas Shoppe which opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 and additional dates are: Nov. 20, 25, 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 17 (Saturday hours: 8a.m.-4p.m.; Sunday hours: 1-4p.m.).  The shop features Christmas decorations, gifts and other holiday items at reasonable prices.  The great bargains in the shop are well worth the trip to Cobden.  Proceeds go to the operation of the museum.

For more information  call the Village Hall at 618-893-2425.  A list of the events and times will be available at the museum and most of the shops.

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Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 15-16

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 acti…

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U Pick Pumpkin Patch, Anna IL


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Zombie Walk in Metropolis, IL


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Guided Tour – Shawnee Hills Farming and Orchards – Sept. 10, 2016

SI Treasure tours logoJane Adams, author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 1890-1990  will provide interpretation and stories of the origins of Jackson and Union County farming, vineyards, and orchards on this special tour.  The tour will pass through the rolling Shawnee hills with a special stop at the Union County Heritage Museum with its renowned Kirkpatrick Pottery.

Tour goers will learn about farming while touring several historical farms including both peachesorchard and vineyard.  A special treat will be visiting the beautiful Bald Knob Cross overlooking the majestic countryside and the Shawnee Hills.  All tastings, special snacks, treats and sit down lunch at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden are included in the cost.

Pick up locations for the tour will be at 9:45am John A Logan College, Carterville and at 10:30am at the Murphysboro Walmart on Country Club Rd. off of Route 13. It is 4-5 hours long. The cost is $65 per person. To reserve a spot call 618-751-2924 or click here.

Duration – 5 hours
Cost – $65 per person
Dates: Sat. Sept. 10, 2016

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Massac County Youth Fair is July 15-22

Massac County Youth Fair July 15-22 All events are held on the Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., next to Massac County High School Here are some special events to check out at the Youth Fair ̵…

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1st River To River Yard Sale this August 4-6, 2016

The idea for the River  to River yard sale came from Julie Ames and her sister Sabra Smith, visiting the 100 mile yard sale, in MO.  After visiting that successful event  they decided to start a similar event in Southernmost IL.

The River to River yard sale will follow Hwy. 146 from East Cape to Golconda on August 4-6, 2016.   Residents along this route are encouraged to clean out attics, basements, closets and storage sheds and offer items they would like to sell.  Community wide yard sales are being held along the route in East Cape, McClure, Ware, Jonesboro, Anna and Golconda.

If you want to hold a yard sale of your own, the best thing to do is contact property owners directly who live along Hwy. 146.   If you would like some ideas of where you can set up contact Julie Ames at 618-697-2435 or email

There is no cost to attend the yard sales.  Organizers say bring cash, as many holding yard sales will not accept personal checks, and aren’t set up to take debit or credit cards.

River to River yard sale

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