Camping, Meditation, and the Eclipse



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Superman Celebration Full Schedule of Events, June 8-11

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Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11, 2017
39th Annual Superman Celebration
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. most days
Superman Square and other locations throughout Metropolis

What started as a one-day “Homecoming” for the local residents has now evolved into a 4-day celebration that attracts Superman Fans and families from around the world. Forty-seven states and six different countries were represented at the 2016 Celebration. This year marks the 45th year that Metropolis, IL has been designated as the adopted “Home of Superman.”

The Celebration this year will be dedicated to the memory of Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane in the Adventures of Superman television series. Neill, was a repeat guest to the Superman Celebration for many years and was even given the title “First Lady of Metropolis” when a statue of her portraying Lois Lane was revealed in her honor. Neill passed away in July of 2016.

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Brand New Cabin Rental in Shawnee Forest Country

Welcome to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail’s newest offering!

Cave Creek Cabins are a great new rental opportunity on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Custom built in 2017 with artisan crafted wood features and furnishings made from 100 year old reclaimed lumber, the beautiful cabins are a great place to visit.
Cave Creek Cabins
You can relax on one of the covered decks while enjoying a local wine, and let the trickling sounds of Cave Creek take your cares away.Approximately one mile north of Alto Pass, the cabins are both quiet and convenient. And just beyond the wooded property, is Rendleman Orchard farm market which is open July – Dec.  Enjoy the beautiful orchard blooms on a springtime drive or the flavors of a bountiful harvest from the nearby farm store during peak season.
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The cabins are only minutes away from many of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries, a growing number of craft breweries, a variety of restaurants, an abundance of outdoor activities, parks and scenic trails. quetil trail3

Take in a sunset from Bald Knob mountain, then enjoy a robust dining experience filled with Swedish and European flavor! The Peach Barn Cafe uses some of the finest ingredients, including organic eggs, wild-caught fish, and local, in-season produce to create a memorable dining experience.

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Swedish meatballs at the Peach Barn Cafe


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New Observation Deck at Bald Knob

The Bald Knob Cross Visitor Center, Alto Pass, IL now has an observation deck, to give visitors the best view it has to offer.

new deck

Several area businesses and anonymous donors from across the region donated time, money, materials and expertise to make it happen.

Executive director Teresa Gilbert, says the cross raised about $4,000 to put toward the project, but more than $30,000 more came in to make the observation deck a reality. 

“If you look to the right, then you can see the top of the Cape Girardeau Bridge. You can see a section of the Mississippi River, you can see Ware, Illinois. You look more to the left and you can see Anna, Jonesboro, that area, so you can see a long way,” said Gilbert.

Gilbert says the generosity of its donors helped finish three other projects, including keeping the structure lit a night, a history corner at the visitor center and electrical work.

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Solar Red wine was released to commemorate Ozzy’s upcoming performance during a Solar Eclipse at Moonstock2017. Solar Red is offered by the individual bottle and in an autographed Collector’s Edition.


Solar Red is a medium bodied dry red wine made from a blend of high quality Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. Solar Red contains fruity notes of fig, plum, cherry and cranberry jam. This particular red also has some earthy characteristics and a backbone of oak while finishing with a slightly spicy black pepper taste. Buy Now

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Fishing and Fun at Lake Murphysboro

Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. This 1,022-acre state park has been used by people since pre-historic Native Americans lived in small, temporary camps and hunted big game. Interest in the area as a public recreational park began in the 1930s with the State of Illinois buying the land for the Division of Fisheries in 1948. The 145-acre lake with 7.5 miles of shoreline was created in 1950 with the creation of a 600-foot dam across Indian Creek. Soon after its completion, Lake Murphysboro was stocked with breeder-size and yearling-size largemouth bass. In the fall of 1951, redear sunfish were introduced, followed by bluegill the next spring. Channel catfish are also frequently stocked. To maintain a healthy fish population, submerged vegetation and water draw downs are used to keep the number of small panfish down. In 1955 the land was transferred to the Division of Parks and Memorials in 1955 and today is maintained as a state park by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Fishing is one of the primary attractions of Lake Murphysboro State Park. Anglers can fish from the bank, on the water, or a handicapped accessible fishing pier. Boaters can bring their own boat or rent one near the boat launch. The outboard motor limit is 10 Horsepower. 

Concessions sign

There are a number of shaded picnic areas located in convenient locations around the lake. For larger groups there are two shelter houses. There are well-equipped campsites located in scenic areas of the park providing the perfect opportunity for extended stays. There are 54 trailer sites that are equipped with electricity and 20 Class B tent sites. Shady Rest CampgrondThere are three Class A handicapped sites and one Class B/S handicapped site available. A three-mile designated trail offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy the plant, animal and bird life of the park up close. The wooded hills include groves of majestic oak and hickory trees, as well as most other types of trees. Patches of native, wild orchids may be found in the wooded areas of the park. Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Showy, Purple Fringeless, Twayblade, Puttyroot, Coralroot and Ladies’ Tresses are just some of the varieties to watch for. The variety of orchids makes it possible to find blooming plants throughout the year. For those who prefer to explore nature on their own, several paths crisscross through the hills and woods of the park. Lake Murphysboro also includes an archery range located in the northwest section of the park.

For area information and lodging, including motels, cabin, cottage and Bed & Breakfasts contact  Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau

Concession area hiking trail

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Birds, Botanicals and other Small Creatures

Yellow Moon entrance

Make your way to the Luna Gallery inside the Yellow Moon Cafe and anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, both in Cobden, IL, for a wonderful Spring Oil Paintings exhibit by Molly Cranch which are on display through April 30, 2017

Molly Cranch 6X6 oil paintings birds

Molly is a fine artist and illustrator influenced by nature, meditation and motherhood. Navigating the line between abstraction and realism, her paintings that are now on display at anthill gallery and The Yellow Moon Cafe’s Luna Gallery are infused with light, air, and atmosphere. Subjects include complex botanical forms, delicate gestural renderings of birds and other small creatures.

Yellow Moon lunch

Enjoy locally sourced spring produce for lunch at the Yellow Moon Cafe.  In the evening the intimate atmosphere makes a perfect evening of good food, enthusiastic people and great music.


Shop anthill gallery for a variety of other vintage curiosities for sale.


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