• HOt rod HOliday HOedown 2014

    It’s almost here!  For the past two years, we have had an open invite Christmas Party, and it’s back again for 2014.  The HOt rod HOliday HOedown is a Christmas party/Sockhop/Toy Drive all in one!  We again have the World Famous Cadillac Casanovas playing all the great Rock’n’Roll and Rockabilly hits from the early 1950’s such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers and more!  We will have a pot luck style dinner (please feel free to bring a dish!!).  There will be an amazing Thowback Drink and Beer menu with drinks like the Vodka Gimlet, Big Mac Daddy, Harvey Wallbanger and beers like Schlitz, Blatz and Hamm’s!  There will even be open bowling upstars after 10:30!!!

    But, more importantly, the HoHoHo is a Toy/Food drive for An Angel’s Touch.  An Angle’s touch is a federally recognized organization that was formed in 1991 to assist working-class families in times of need. They recognize that misfortunes such as illness, job lay-offs and other unpredictable events can occur at any time and can be devastating to those involved. An Angel’s Touch therefore endeavors to bring comfort to those in need, whether by gifts of food, clothing, toys or other material comforts. They are a non-profit organization which depends on the generosity of others who are willing to donate their time, money and other resources to help those who are less fortunate.   Last Christmas, with your help, they helped over 30 families, and more during the year. They also passed along Christmas joy to the Blue Island Nursing Home, Courage, Guildhaus, the Southwest YMCA, to the CEDA School in Blue Island, and other organizations. And each year, after Christmas, they pass our remaining canned food donations to the St. Benedict’s Parish Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

    We are proud to be working with An Angel’s Touch again this year.  AND…. this year, as a little incentive for ya, everyone who makes a donation will receive a raffle ticket which may win ya one of a bunch of raffle prizes donated by our generous sponsors and club members.  Our way of saying thanks.

    We will also have a 50/50 raffle, in which all the proceeds go to An Angels Touch as well.

    The current list of items needed can be found HERE.

    Info on last years Angel’s Touch activities are HERE.

    Cost is $10 and donations are strongly encouraged

    See ya Saturday, December 6, at 8pm!


  • Veterans Day Parade Info



    Blue Island American Legion Post 50 and the Blue Island Park District have finalized their plans for the sixth annual Veterans Day Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8.

    The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 123rd and Western, proceed south to Union St., west on Union to Highland Ave., and north on Highland to Memorial Park at 128th St. The parade grand marshal will be former Tuskegee Airman Virgil Poole of Glenwood.

    Following the parade, a variety of entertainment will be offered at Memorial Park. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., an antique car show will take place on the football field, with winners being selected in five categories: participants’ choice, spectators’ choice, club choice, best of show and best dressed. From 12:30 to 1 p.m., the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society will perform on stage in front of the stadium bleachers. At 1 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held for the winners of the car show. From 1:15 to 2 p.m., rising country music star Makena Hartlin will perform many of the more than 100 songs she has written. The day will conclude at 2 p.m. with a rifle salute by members of the Post 50 Rifle Squad.

    In addition to the live events, there will also be displays of antique military vehicles and informational exhibits from various veterans’ organizations. Beggar’s Pizza and the St. Walter’s School Student Council will have booths at the park to sell pizza and chili dogs, respectively.

    Post 50’s Veterans Day activities have earned recognition for the second consecutive year from the Veterans Day National Committee. Blue Island is the only Illinois community selected as regional site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2014. The committee is comprised of various national veterans and military organizations and selects a small number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country.

    Last year’s parade, themed “Welcome Home,” drew more than 90 entries and is viewable on YouTube under “Blue Island Veterans Day Parade 2013.” A similar number of entries are expected for this year’s parade, the theme of which is “Freedom Isn’t Free.”

    In addition to the parade, Post 50 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Plaza, Western Ave. at Grove St., Blue Island. The public is invited to attend.

    ******All Classic cars, Hot Rods, Antique Cars, etc should turn off Western at Krueger St (between Tanks & BI park District lot) proceed East to Gregory, turn North.  The Romin’ Chariots Car Club (Scott Schmaltz) will assign spaces to entries.

    Line up starts at 9:30 AM****