The Red, White, and Blue Committee was started in 1990, as a way to bring fun and entertainment to the City of Charleston while celebrating our nation's freedom.


We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us!


This year we bring to you -


Salute to Freedom Charleston Style

Saturday, July 2 - GW (GARY) & ANGIE

  • 7:00pm-9:00pm - Kiwanis Park - Charleston American Legion Post 93 - Benefit Concert featuring Country, Old Rock, Blues, & Some Gospel Music
  • Donations will be accepted
  • Post 93 Color Guard will open the evenings event
  • Tickets for the annual AYCE Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be on sale - Breakfast will be held at Morton Park from 6:00am-11:00am on July 4th
  • Raffle Tickets for a chance to win a 4 Burner Gas Grill to be given away on July 4th will be on sale
  • ALL proceeds from this event will go toward LOCALLY sponsored American Legion Post 93 projects

GW & Angie

Sunday, June 26


Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo in the Park

Harold Hackett oversaw the Bingo in the Park for many years. We continue to honor him each year with Bingo in the Park

Lots of fun, snacks, cash and prizes!

  • Morton Park, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Thursday, June 30

Community Band Patriotic Concert

  • Kiwanis Park, 7:30 PM



Sunday, July 3

    • Inflatable Games (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)CANCELLED due to weather
    • Vendors open at 3:00 PM
    • Joyful Bubbles (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
    • Nestor Andress– 6:30 PM
    • Award to Farmer of the Year
    • Crowning of Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker (See Forms below for more information)
    • Brothers Osborne – 8:00 PM




  • American Legion Pancake Breakfast – Morton Park – East Pavilion – 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 4 Mi Run/Walk (Habitat for Humanity) – 6:30 AM Registration – 7:30 AM start
  • Chalk In – Coles County Arts Council – 9:00 AM to Noon
  • Activities all day
  • Inflatables – 10:00 AM
  • Foam Pit
  • Inflatable Games (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
  • All you can eat Ice Cream – $2 – (all day)
  • Parade – 1:00 PM
  • 2:15 PM Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • 2:30 PM Entertainment – Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets
  • DUSK – Fireworks at Coles County Airport

4 for the 4th Race/Walk

Registration: 6:30 am Events: 7:30 am 4 for the 4th 2015 Registration Form Entry Fee: $20 if received by June 20. $25 thereafter Checks payable to: Coles County Habitat for Humanity. Send to: P.O. Box 226, Charleston, IL 61920 T- Shirts: Guaranteed to all pre-registered. Course: 4 mile run on city streets - some rolling hills. 2 mile walk on city streets. Awards: Run - 1st Place Overall - Male and Female Finishers
Male - 1st & 2nd places Female - 1st and 2nd places
12 & under 12 & under
13 – 19 13 – 19
20 – 29 20 – 29
30 – 39 30 – 39
40 – 49 40 – 49
50 – 59 50 – 59
60 – 69 60 – 69
70 and over 70 and over
Walk - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Finishers If you raise $50 or more through donations, your registration fee is waived.

The Great Chalk-in

We will be holding the chalk-in at the north side of Morton Park on Pierce St. From 9:00-12:00. With ribbons to be awarded in the following categories (all grades are rising):
Most Patriotic

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12
  • 18 years and older

Judging will be at 11:30
Ribbon ceremony will take place at 11:45
Photos are immediately following judging & ribbon ceremony and be finished by 12:00.
Photos of winners are published in the newspaper.

Head of “Chalk-in committee”:
Ashley Henigman
(217) 508-9187





All T-Shirts are $10/each.

We have kids size small to adults size XXL.
T- Shirts will be available at Bingo and on the 3rd & 4th.


    Brothers Osborne  

Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like “Stay a Little Longer” and “Rum,” the BROTHERS OSBORNE grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the OSBORNE household, where a series of loose, all-night jam sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones.

THE OSBORNE siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ OSBORNE was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like Johnny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family’s guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between. Combined, the two OSBORNES could play everything from traditional country music to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut, Pawn Shop.

Like its title suggests, Pawn Shop offers a little bit of everything. There’s bluesy slide guitar, country duets, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs — every last one of them co-written by the OSBORNES, who reached out to award-winning songwriters like Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman for help — introduce a duo whose music bridges the gap between the mainstream and the alternative world. Some songs were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows, touring the country with Darius Rucker, and playing some of the biggest arenas in America with fellow rule-breaker Eric Church.

“Most duos are built on singing,” says TJ “But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together.”  

“It’s like an old-school rock approach,” adds John, who cites classic bands like Aerosmith and the Allman Brothers as influences on the duo’s dynamic. “Groups like that always had the lead singer as well as the sideman guitar player. That’s what we’re going for, too. We’re carving our own path in country music.”

That unique path has already led the band toward the upper half of the country charts. “Rum” got them there first, mixing the feel-good sunshine of a beach tune with a far more realistic storyline. There’s no actual beach in “Rum,” after all. Instead, BROTHERS OSBORNE turn the song into a tribute to the simple pleasures that their Maryland hometown offers: friends, good weather, and the occasional drink. They even filmed the song’s music video in Deale, filling the clip with footage of friends, relatives, and locals.

“Most people we grew up with don’t go to these beautiful beaches,” says TJ. “They can’t afford to do it. They don’t have the time for it. What we’re most familiar with is people going to the local bars and hanging out with each other.” John adds, “We tried to have the biggest time possible with what little we had. ‘Rum’ explains that.” The brothers agree, “We had to say it from our own perspective.”

A similar theme runs throughout “Dirt Rich” and “Pawn Shop,” two songs that stress the importance of appreciating what you’ve got. Pawn Shop dishes up plenty of love songs, too, from “Loving Me Back” — an old-school country duet featuring vocals from Lee Ann Womack — to “Stay a Little Longer,” the band’s biggest hit to date. While a three-minute guitar solo brings “Stay a Little Longer” to an epic, anthemic close, BROTHERS OSBORNE also devote time to more laid-back songs, from the nostalgic California country of “21 Summer” to the 420-friendly “Greener Pastures.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE, who co-produced the album with Jay Joyce (the award-winning producer behind Little Big Town’s Painkiller, Eric Church’s The Outsiders, and Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller), recorded most of Pawn Shop during breaks in their busy touring schedule, using members of their own touring band rather than session musicians from the Nashville community. The result is an album that’s stamped with the unmistakable mark of a band. It doesn’t sound like two singers, flanked by anonymous players. Instead, it sounds like a group of road warriors who’ve spent years sharing bus seats and hotel rooms, creating the sort of chemistry that can’t be faked. Pawn Shop is both raw and real, and BROTHERS OSBORNE — who, years after those household jam sessions in Deale, now have a handful of nationwide tours under their belts, songs on the charts, and a career on the rise — are no longer a family secret.



Bring your lawn chairs!



Nestor Andress

A passionate heart is no stranger to “Falling in Love.” Falling in love with a moment, a memory, a place and the feeling a song gives to make you want to move or the cinematic ride it takes you on as if you were there. This is not just an idea but a priority and reality to the lyrics, music and life of NESTOR ANDRESS.

This South-Texan didn’t grow up with neon in his blood eager for a stage and stars in his eyes, but he sure was born with a fire for adventure and making the world his stage. Once music grabbed a hold of Nestor’s heart it became a natural fit to put his charm, passions and poetic imagery into Nestor’s music.

NESTOR ANDRESS released his highly anticipated EP, “Falling In Love”, to iTunes on February 14th. This six-song EP, “Falling In Love, peaked at #22 on the iTunes Country Album Chart.

The Texas native, who has been captivating fans playing alongside country music mainstays, Craig Campbell, Cody Johnson Band, Tracy Lawrence and Jon Pardi, will be hitting the road this Spring.

Nestor Andress

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets Return in 2016!


Have you witnessed the spectacle of grown men singing, dancing and playing, telling jokes, transforming entire crowds into happy, dancing fun monsters?  Well, welcome to the wonderful world of CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS!

CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS puts on a high energy 50’s and 60’s rock’n’roll show, bursting with humor and satire.  Great American Music, and a festival of fun-fun-fun for everyone!  They have been legends since 1980 for their boffo stage show, featuring props, silly hats, funny faces, zany antics, and of course, great rock’n’roll expertly performed.

Specializing in American music of the era:  The Monkees, Elvis, Turtles, the Ventures- the band chooses the right song for each moment from a repertoire of over 400 vintage oldies, fast and slow songs from the greatest era in American popular music.

Based in Champaign, Illinois, since 1980, CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS is consistently voted best regional band.  They have brought their spectacular family-oriented show to more than a million people, in such venues as  Wrigley and Soldier Fields, Memorial Stadium, the Chicago Air and Water Show, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino in Nassau, Bahamas.

The group features five outstanding musicians:  Jeff Evans, a/k/a  “Buster B. Dordaun”, drums and vocals; Roger Prillaman, a/k/a “Todd Modern”, keyboards, trumpet and vocals; Tim Vear, a/k/a” Timmy Ray”, vocals and guitar; “Mark B. Rubel” on bass and vocals, and our latest addition Tary Powers, a/k/a “Bart Bartonia” on saxophone and vocals.   The playing is tight and always energetic- the excellent singing and harmonies shine on Beach Boys songs and on a capella numbers.  The band members move into the crowd using wireless transmitters, and even switch instruments.

But musical talent in this case is just the departure point for the creation of memorable fun, for both audience and act.  Drawing from over six sets of material, our guys blend experience, spontaneity and group chemistry to transform every show into a festival, the crowd always participating in the dancing, singing and laughter.

Here is a group that pleases audiences of every age, at every type of celebration.  We hope that you soon have a chance to enjoy the experience that only such light-hearted, well-presented entertainment can bring…magical, musical CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS!

 Captain Rat

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