FYI: Memorial Day weekend events

This Memorial Day weekend should be an exciting one for Charleston residents interested in the several planned events both related and not related to the holiday.

Charleston VFW events

The Charleston VFW Post 1592 will be performing two different flag ceremonies on Memorial Day. The first will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston at 10 a.m., and the second will be at the Ashmore Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

On the May 28, VFW members will be selling poppies at County Market and Rural King from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farmer’s Market

The 18th St. Farmer’s Market begins May 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Coles County Health Department parking lot.

The farmer’s market will feature several different vendors:

Jason’s Garden: garden and orchard produce and baked goods

Ranchero Farms: eggs and produce

Yatokya Rafela: handmade soap and beads

Nikkitas Kitchen: jams, jellies, candies, and herb mixtures

Bee My Honey: honey, jams and jellies

Coartney Farms: vegetables

Chunks Cookies: cookies

Jason’s Garden: garden and orchard produce and baked goods

Lynze Greenwood: stain glass and gourd planters

County Road Succulents: succulents

3 Peas Farm Stand: vegetables, fruit, and baked goods


The Charleston Rotary Community Aquatic Center will open for the season on Memorial Day from noon to 7 p.m.

Family passes are no longer available for purchase, but individual summer passes for children age 2-17 and seniors age 55 and up are $50 and individual summer passes for adults age 18-54 are $60.

Punch card passes for children and seniors are $40, and for adults are $50.

Day passes are also available for $5 for children and seniors and $6 for adults.

Passes can be purchased at the aquatic center or online at

Lincoln Log Cabin

The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site will be having an Introduction to Weaving: Weaving a Rag Rug workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, May 29. The workshop will be held at the historic site’s visitor center.

The historic site — located at 402 S Lincoln Hwy, Lerna, Illinois — will be holding a workshop that goes over the basic terminology and process of rug weaving to help participants begin weaving their own rugs.

A variety of looms will be pre-wrapped for participants to choose from. Also, all materials will be provided so participants will be able to weave off two small rugs. Lunch will also be provided.

According to the Lincoln Log Cabin Facebook page, this rug weaving workshop “is the perfect class for beginning weavers.”

Those interested in participating in the workshop will be required to socially distance and wear masks.

The workshop costs $50 per person and requires registration. The class is limited to 6 participants. Those interested in registering can do so at the following link: .