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Peanuts On Parade

A Photo Tour Of Charlie Brown
Statues From The 2001 Peanuts On Parade
‘Charlie Brown About Town’ Tribute


The Snoopy statues were so popular that the Peanuts On Parade tribute was repeated again in 2001. This time, it was called Charlie Brown About Town, and it features five foot tall statues of Charlie Brown with his hands outstretched. There were 103 statues as part of the tribute, plus several more that were produced for private sale. The tribute statues were auctioned off at the end of the tribute, with sale prices ranging from $3,000 to over $15,000. The money was donated to charity and used to fund a set of permanent bronze statues in Landmark Park.

Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - You're The Life Of The Party, Charlie Brown
  Name: You're The Life Of The Party, Charlie Brown
  Artist: Best Buy Design Team
  Sponsor: Best Buy Company, Inc
  Location: Best Buy, 7601 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN

Here we see Charlie Brown as a DJ spinning tunes at a party. He is playing selections from ‘Linus Kravitz,’ Pink Floyd's ‘Bark Side Of The Moon,’ ‘The Beagles’ (White Album), U2's ‘The Kite Eating Tree,’ ‘Marcie Gray,’ ‘Red Hot Peppermint Patties,’ and ‘Franklin Sinatra.’ Note that the Best Buy headquarters building is not open to the general public.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Busser Brown
  Name: Busser Brown
  Artist: David Phipps
  Sponsor: Keys Cafe & Bakery
  Location: Keys Cafe, Woodbury

Busser Brown is on display at the Keys Cafe in Woodbury. Busser Brown is a tribute to the hardworking bus staff at the metro area Keys locations who make Keys such a pleasant place to dine. The artist is David Phipps.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Fire And Ice
  Name: Fire And Ice
  Artist: Robyn Berth and Steve Schneider
  Sponsor: Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation
  Location: Sibley Park Apartments, 211 7th Street East, Saint Paul

‘Fire And Ice’, designed by artists Robyn Berth and Steve Schneider, is on display in the front window of Sibley Park Apartments at 211 7th Street East in Saint Paul. This statue was sponsored by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. They sponsor the annual Winter Carnival. According to legend, King Boreas declared Saint Paul the capitol of all of his domains, and to celebrate, he threw a carnival featuring and ice castle (the ice part of the theme). On the 10th day of the carnival, the Fire King invaded and drove Boreas back to Olympus, and thus, the fire part of the theme.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Charlie Welcomes The World
  Name: Charlie Welcomes The World
  Artist: Amanda Engquist
  Sponsor: Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Location: Washington County Library, Harwood Creek Branch

Here we see Charlie Brown welcoming visitors to the Twin Cities from all over the world in several different languages. This statue was on display at the old city hall in Forest Lake since 2001. It was taken off display in 2014, and was brought back out of storage in the summer of 2015 and put in its new home in the Harwood Creek Library just south of Forest Lake.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Chef Charlie
  Name: Chef Charlie
  Artist: Ally Mumm
  Sponsor: The Goodman Group
  Location: Caps Grille, 50th and Hiawatha, Minneapolis.

Chef Charlie is on display at Caps Grille at 50th and Hiawatha in Minneapolis. The chef was sponsored by The Goodman Group, developers of upscale senior housing, and was designed by artist Ally Mumm. Caps is famous for having some of the best BBQ ribs in the Twin Cities.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - MN-DOT Charlie
  Name: MN-DOT Charlie
  Artist: Kim Lanahan-Lahti & Jane Greiner
  Sponsor: Head Lites Corporation/MN-DOT
  Location: Water's Edge Building, 1500 County Road B2 West, Roseville, MN

This is Charlie Brown dressed up as a MN-DOT highway worker directing traffic in a construction zone. This statue not only looks cool, but it is an important educational tool for MN-DOT to help in their campaign to reduce worker injury and death due to drivers speeding through work zones. Charlie appears at the MN State Fair and even goes on tour across the state, but spends most of his time in the lobby of the MN-DOT building in Roseville.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Family Barber Shop
  Name: Family Barber Shop
  Artist: Duane Barnhart.
  Sponsor: O'Gara's Bar and Grill
  Location: Associated Bank, Snelling and Selby, Saint Paul

This Charlie Brown statue is called ‘Family Barber Shop’. It is on display at the Associated Bank at the corner of Snelling and Selby in Saint Paul. This statue was sponsored by O'Gara's Bar and Grill, which is located across the street and on the site of the barber shop that was run by Charles Schulz's father. Charlie Brown's father also ran a barber shop, making this a natural theme. The artist is Duane Barnhart.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Railroad Charlie
  Name: Railroad Charlie
  Artist: Susan Otterness
  Sponsor: Capital City Partnership, North End Business Association
  Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse

‘Railroad Charlie’ is on display at the Jackson Street Roundhouse facility of the Minnesota Transportation Museum. This statue was sponsored by the Capital City Partnership and the North End Business Association, two community organizations that promote business development in Saint Paul. The artist is Susan Otterness.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Spread Your Wings And Fly, Charlie Brown
  Name: Spread Your Wings And Fly, Charlie Brown
  Artist: Mary Schill
  Sponsor: Regions Hospital
  Location: Northwest Family Physicians, 1495 County Road 101 North, Plymouth

This statue, called ‘Spread Your Wings And Fly, Charlie Brown’ is on display in the waiting room at the Northwest Family Physicians office at 1495 County Road 101 North in Plymouth. Here we see Charlie Brown decked out with colorful butterfly wings as designed by artist Mary Schill, and sponsored by Regions Hospital.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - It's A Hole In One, Charlie Brown
  Name: It's A Hole In One, Charlie Brown
  Artist: David Kamish
  Sponsor: Snoopy's Family Fund
  Location: Highland National Golf Course

This statue, located near the first tee at the Highland National Golf Course, is known as It's A Hole In One, Charlie Brown. Charlie is wearing a classical golf outfit in muted colors, but the colors have faded a bit, especially the light yellow on his sweater. This statue was designed by artist David Kamish, and is sponsored by Snoopy's Family Fund, which was created by Charles Schulz's children.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Mr. Soapy
  Name: Mr. Soapy
  Artist: Mary Roettger
  Sponsor: Ecolab
  Location: Anoka County Farms

Here we see Charlie Brown as ‘Mr. Soapy’. This statue was designed by artist Mary Roettger and it was sponsored by Ecolab. Mr. Soapy's bubbles are no longer part of the statue, but it is in otherwise good condition as seen here on display at the REI store in Bloomington.

Update — this statue moved in early 2012, and was seen on display at the Anoka County Farms along Bunker Lake Blvd in Ham Lake.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Home Is Where The Heart Is
  Name: Home Is Where The Heart Is
  Artist: Mary Neilan
  Sponsor: Billy's On Grand
  Location: Plaza Apartments, 2353 Youngman Ave, Saint Paul

Here is Charlie Brown dressed up in patriotic colors in ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’, with his heart clearly in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. This statue was sponsored by Billy's On Grand, a neighborhood bar & grille that has gotten so well known as being a classic neighborhood bar & and grille that it has become a bit of a destination that attracts tourists and people from throughout the region.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Farmer Brown
  Name: Farmer Brown
  Artist: Neil Boltik
  Sponsor: Minnesota State Fair
  Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Here we see ‘Farmer Brown’ on display at the Minnesota State Fair in 2012. Like the other Peanuts statues at the State Fair, this one was designed by artist Neil Boltik and was sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair. This particular photo was taken on a cell phone by my sister, Kathy Boland, since I had neglected to grab a camera when I left home that day.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - #1 Wild Fan
  Name: #1 Wild Fan
  Artist: Dan Bustos
  Sponsor: Minnesota Wild
  Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul

One of (5) Peanuts statues on display at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, home ice for the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team. This example is Charlie Brown dressed up as the state’s biggest hockey fan. The photo was unfortunately looking directly into the evening sun, but it still turned out OK after a number of adjustments in a photo editor.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Charlie Brown Gets On Bass
  Name: Charlie Brown Gets On Bass
  Artist: Ann Dickinson and M. Moline
  Sponsor: Saint Anthony Park Home
  Location: Saint Anthony Park Home, 2237 Commonwealth, Saint Paul

This statue is called ‘Charlie Brown Gets On Bass’. However, rather than Charlie getting on base as in his favorite game, baseball, this time, he is getting down on a string bass. Note that Woodstock is peeking out from behind Charlie's instrument. This statue was designed by artists Ann Dickinson and M. Moline. It was sponsored by the Saint Anthony Park Home, where it remains on display at 2237 Commonwealth Avenue in Saint Paul.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - It's A Love Connection, Charlie Brown!
  Name: It's A Love Connection, Charlie Brown!
  Artist: Michelle Blankenship
  Sponsor: Lawson Software
  Location: University Hospital, 500 Harvard Street, Minneapolis

It's A Love Connection, Charlie Brown! is located in the lobby of the University Hospital at 500 Harvard Street in Minneapolis. This statue was designed by artist Michelle Blankenship, and was sponsored by Lawson Software. This area of the lobby was finished with the statue in mind. Note the zigzag wood inlay patter that matches Charlie's shirt.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Swirlie Charlie
  Name: Swirlie Charlie
  Artist: Sarah Nevins
  Sponsor: Touchstone Energy
  Location: Whitaker Sports & Classic Cars, 1081 Highway 36 E, Maplewood, MN

Here we see Charlie Brown decorated in a modern art design created by artist Sarah Nevins. While the statue was sponsored by Touchstone Energy, it does not have any commercial elements in the design, rather, it is purely a work of art. I found the state on display at the Whitaker Sports & Classic Cars showroom in Maplewood.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Good Grief! I'm Part Of Minnesota History
  Name: Good Grief! I'm Part Of Minnesota History
  Artist: Eric Berg and Glen Smith
  Sponsor: Minnesota Historical Society
  Location: ProX Pharmacy, 5th and Marie, South Saint Paul

This statue is known as ‘Good Grief! I'm Part Of Minnesota History!’ This Charlie Brown was sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and was designed by Eric Berg and Glen Smith. It was sold at auction for $3,500, and is now on display at the ProX Pharmacy at 5th and Marie in South Saint Paul.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Carlitos Brown
  Name: Carlitos Brown
  Artist: Luis Fitch
  Sponsor: District Del Sol
  Location: 176 Cesar Chavez Street, Saint Paul

Carlitos Brown is located outside of the District Del Sol offices and the Boca Chica Taco House at 176 Cesar Chavez Street. Carlitos Brown has slightly darker skin and is wearing festive colors. The original design was by artist Luis Fitch, but the mustache and hat have been added on in recent years.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Shine, Charlie Brown
  Name: Shine, Charlie Brown
  Artist: Max Haynes
  Sponsor: StarTribune
  Location: 400 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis

This statue known as Shine, Charlie Brown, designed by artist Max Haynes, is located in a small park area in the 400 block of Portland Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Charlie is painted to look like he is constructed out of mosaic tiles. The paint has been touched up from its original look where the stripe on Charlie's shirt and his skin were also done in a mosaic pattern.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Chuck Finn
  Name: Chuck Finn
  Artist: Tim VanNess
  Sponsor: Saint Paul Port Authority
  Location: CHS Field Parking Lot

Here we see Charlie Brown in a Mississippi River theme dressed up as Huck Finn in a statue titled ‘Chuck Finn’ This is one of five statues that were on display at the Radisson Hotel (later Crown Plaza), but appeared in the parking lot behind the new CHS Stadium when it opened in the summer of 2015.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Coffee Break
  Name: Coffee Break
  Artist: DeAnne Parks and Marla Gamble
  Sponsor: Radisson Riverfront Hotel
  Location: Saint Paul Crowne Plaza Hotel

Here is Charlie Brown in a statue called ‘Coffee Break’, located in the ballroom level of the downtown Saint Paul Crowne Plaza Hotel. This statue was designed by artists DeAnne Parks and Marla Gamble. It was sponsored by the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, which has since become the Crowne Plaza.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Remember, Restore, Rejoice
  Name: Remember, Restore, Rejoice
  Artist: Richard Blue
  Sponsor: McGough Companies
  Location: Premier Bank, Woodbury

This is one of two statues on display outside of the Premier Bank at the corner of White Bear Avenue and Beam Avenue. This statue is named Remember, Restore, Rejoice by artist Richard Blue. It has been repainted in the Premier Bank colors. Charlie originally wore a white shirt with suspenders, and was dressed as a construction worker. The statue, sponsored by the McGough Companies, was designed as a tribute to the Saint Paul Cathedral. These Charlie Brown statue is rotated to different Premier Bank branches from time to time, so it is not always on display in Maplewood.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Charlie Appleseed An Apple A Day...
  Name: Charlie Appleseed An Apple A Day...
  Artist: Caprice Glaser
  Sponsor: HealthEast Care System
  Location: Saint Joseph's Hospital, Exchange & Saint Peter, Saint Paul

This statue is called ‘Charlie Appleseed An Apple A Day...’. It was designed by artist Caprice Glaser and was sponsored by HealthEast Care System. I found it on display in a small courtyard at Saint Joseph's Hospital at the corner of Exchange Street and Saint Peter Street in downtown Saint Paul. The sign next to Charlie Brown tells the story of John Chapman, the real life Johnny Appleseed.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Tugboat Charlie
  Name: Tugboat Charlie
  Artist: Carol Halloran
  Sponsor: Meritex Enterprises
  Location: Lafayette Park, Saint Paul

This statue is called Tugboat Charlie and was designed by artist Carol Halloran. It was sponsored by Meritex Enterprises, and it is on display in Lafayette Park near Meritex's headquarters building at 7th Street and Willius Street at the north end of the Lafayette Bridge.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Concerto Charlie
  Name: Concerto Charlie
  Artist: Josh Porter
  Sponsor: Minnesota Orchestral Association.
  Location: House Of Note, Saint Louis Park

Concerto Charlie is on display at the House Of Note, a violin shop located on Minnetonka Blvd. in Saint Louis Park. This is one of the best preserved and displayed of the statues. It includes an intricately detailed violin as well as Woodstock acting as the conductor. Concerto Charlie was designed by artist Josh Porter and was sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestral Association.


Peanuts On Parade - Charlie Brown About Town - Dog's Best Friend
  Name: Dog's Best Friend
  Artist: Brooke Nelson
  Sponsor: D'Aquila Family Foundation
  Location: Veterinary Medical Center, 1365 Gortner Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

This is Charlie Brown as ‘Dog's Best Friend’. Charlie Brown's parents brought Snoopy home from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm as a treat after another kid mistreated Charlie on the playground. Snoopy was previously owned by a girl named Lila, but she had to give up Snoopy when they moved away. The round-headed kid (as Snoopy calls Charlie Brown) is bringing Snoopy's dinner dish, a bone to play with, and a box of treats.

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