Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spring and the Stomp will soon return to Bishop Hill

Although some icy patches on the lawn remain, all will soon be green again. With the first warm winds of Spring comes an interest in getting outside and stretching some muscles. What better way to do that than come and Stomp with us in beautiful Bishop Hill?!

Held rain or shine -

- with a delicious reward waiting at the finish line!

This 5 KRun/walk is in its 22 year and keeps growing. Join us on

Click HERE to reserve your spot online today or
download and application HERE and mail it in. Don't miss the fun.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow in Bishop Hill as we prepare for Lucia Nights

A beautiful fluffy snow fell all day today in Bishop Hill adding some unexpected holiday magic to our Christmas Market.  We look forward to next Friday and Saturday when we will celebrate our annual Lucia Nights. Luminaries will light up the streets, shops and museums will serve refreshements, and holiday music will be preformed throughout town. Please join us.
Lucia Nights Schedule
6pm - 9pm 
December 9 & 10
- The Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will be serving a Soup   and Chili Supper begining at 4:00pm and continuing until they run out. A free-     will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
- Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6pm
- Jazz on the Side will be performing from 6 to 7:30pm at the Dairy Building
- Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Dairy Building
- The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits; Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
- Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of music at the Steeple Building starting at 6pm
- Kewanee High School Chorus will be caroling throughout the village
- The Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will be serving a Soup and Chili Supper begining at 4:00pm and continuing until they run out. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
- Jazz on the Side will be performing from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Dairy Building
- Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Dairy Building
- The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits; storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
- Violinists Stephanie Cannon and Elizabeth Mattern will be playing Christmas carols from 6pm to 7pm in the Steeple Building
- Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of music at the Steeple Building starting at 7pm
- ROWVA High School Chorus will be caroling throughout the village
- Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School will start at 7pm. The Rusty Pickup String Band will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person and beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary
More photos of snowy Bishop Hill:


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Market in Bishop Hill

Cows of Utopia - a November long ago
Google photos has a new feature: I get regular messages prompting me to revisit pics I've taken on the same date years ago. I'm reminded that the snow and ice will soon come and that the unseasonably warm temps will wane. But for now, I'm happy to report this year's Christmas Market weekends are predicted to remain (nearly) frost free!
Thanksgiving weekend in Bishop Hill 2004
Though a little snow makes a pretty scene, it is eaqually delightful to savor the the seasonal festivities without frozen toes!

Snow or not,
Bishop Hill’s Julmarknad (Christmas Market)
is fast approaching
November 25, 26 and December 3,10am to 5pm
November 27 and December 4, 11am to 5pm 

The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. See Tomten (Swedish elves) roam through the town, shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Stop in at the Steeple Building to see a working model railroad and woodcarving demonstrations.
There will be lots to see and do; some sheduled events include:
Friday, November 25 
Old World Santa Claus will visit with children at the VASA National Archives; cameras are welcomed.  While visiting with Santa, help the Vasa National Archives make a paper mache Dala Horse from 10am to 4pm Guests will be adding layers of paper mache to the Dala Horse. This is a community project that is open to children of all ages. A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9am to 4pm  Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound.  Finally, Sweet Annie Primitives will be having their Christmas Open House from 10am to 4pm Finally, Frau Blucker’s will be hosting Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, each and every day of Julmarknad. His book will be available to purchase and Mr. Pletkovich will be happy to autograph your copy.
Tomten ant the Julbock
Saturday, November 26 
The Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. The Paper Mache Dala Horse will be painted at the VASA National Archives from 10am to 4pm. Follow your nose to the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel kitchen for cookie baking. Sample cookies from 1pm to 3pm.  Children ages 12 and under are invited to the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make a Christmas ornament for their tree. Author Mary Davidsaver, will be signing her new book, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, from 1pm to 4pm at the Prairie Arts Center.
Sunday, November 27  

Mary Davidsaver will return to the Prairie Arts Center for readings and discussions of her book, a mystery novel set in Bishop Hill.
Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4
On Saturday afternoon, younger children under 12 can visit the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make and take home a Christmas ornament for their tree. Children are also invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1pm to 3pm. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Site to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights.  A Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. Purchase quality chocolates by the pound from 11am to 5pm each day.  The Prairie Arts Center will again host a book signing for Clouds Over Bishop Hill, written by Mary Davidsaver, from 1pm to 4pm

For more information call 309-927-3899 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Feathered Nest Open House September 25th

September 24th and 25th
Agriculture Days in Bishop Hill

The last full weekend of September is a time we set aside to celebrate the harvest. Honoring Bishop Hill’s agrarian roots and its courageous colonists, Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) features music, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, and an open air market filled with seasonal produce and primitive antiques. For many visitors it has become a family tradition.
The Nest is filled with seasonal treats
All are invited! 
Feathered Nest Open House
Because I live and work here in Bishop Hill, my Feathered Nest, located just three blocks west of the park, becomes a popular destination on such a busy weekend. I am trying something new this year: Rather than open my doors by appointment, I am having a Fall Open House on Sunday September 25th from noon to 4pm. The shop is packed with all sorts of fabulous eggs, dried arrangements and everlasting wreaths made of the best of autumn’s bounty.
The wreaths are hung to the rafters!
Book Launch
Clouds Over Bishop Hill
I am also pleased to host a book launch for my dear friend Mary Davidsaver. Her newly published novel, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, is a mystery set right here in Bishop Hill. Mary will be reading to visitors and signing books from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday at the Bishop Hill Museum and on Sunday she will here at the Feathered Nest from 2pm to 4pm.  Please plan to stop in for a very warm welcome!
Have your copy signed by the author

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Old Settlers' Parade In Bishop Hill

Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade. This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association.

The 2016 BHOSA Parade 
will be held
Saturday, September 10 
10:00 am 

The annual Old Settlers' Day Celebration will begin at 10:00 with a parade through Bishop Hill. At 11:30 a chicken dinner will be served at the Colony School. At 12:15 the Bishop Hill High Society Band will perform in the gazebo in the town square. The formal program is scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the park. The public is invited to attend. The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. Parade rain date Sunday, Sept 11;00 at 1pm.
Louis and Marion Nelson 2016 Parade Grand Marshals, right
Cinda Anderson, BHOSA President, left 

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association has chosen Bishop Hill residents, Marian and Louis Nelson, as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Old Settlers' Day Parade.

Marion and Louis are direct descendants of the original colony settlers and both were born within a mile of Bishop Hill. They have made their home in Bishop Hill since they were wed in 1947 and have played active roles in building and growing this community. Over several decades, Louis has applied his extensive carpentry expertise in preserving many of Bishop Hill's fine old buildings and Marion has lent her hand and culinary skills in fundraising for multiple organizations and events. The BHOSA is proud to have this outstanding couple lead this year's parade!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bishop Hill Chautauqua, Immigrants, and Jonas Olson

Bishop Hill's
4th Annual Chautauqua 
Sat, August 27 and Sun, August 28
This year’s theme is America’s Story: The Immigrants’ Tale. Learn how immigrants have impacted history and continue to impact modern day society through the stories told by reenactors portraying famous historical characters. This free family oriented event will be held in the village park. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Raining? Join us in the Colony School. This free public event is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Swedish Council of America, private donations, and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast. Email or call 309 927-3899 for more information.
The Chautauqua Schedule
Saturday, August 27
10am - A workshop for Teachers, Actors, Storytellers
and Students on “Storytelling for Children” exploring
literacy development with Brian "Fox" Ellis and
Tersi Bendiburg in the Dairy Building.
1pm - An Irish Immigrant’s Tale (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
2:15pm - Two Modern Immigrants Cuban Storyteller Tersi Bendiburg &
Tunisian Bradley Professor Souhail Elhouar PhD.
3:30pm - Jenny Lind; The Swedish Nightingale (Sherri Mitchell)

Sunday, August 28
1pm - Laura Ingalls Wilder; America’s Emigration West (Sarah Uthoff)
2:15pm - Williamsfield Students perform as historical figures
3:30pm - Jonas Olson; A Bishop Hill Founding Father (Brian “Fox” Ellis)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vikings, Wheat Weavers, Clay/Fiber Artists, & Ice Cream in Bishop Hill this weekend!

There's lots to see and do 
at Bishop Hill's Fiber Fest on
August 13th and 14th
This year's Clay and Fiber Festival, hosted by the Prairie Arts Center, will showcase local and regional pottery artisans creating work at their wheels, firing their pieces and selling their wares. You'll also find jewelry and fiber artists, rug weavers, and a blacksmith demonstrating and displaying work on the lawns surrounding the Blacksmith Shop.
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host a Nordic Market in the village park. This encampment will present everyday scenes from the Viking Age.  It will feature the costumed interpreters of Micel Folcland, who will create an eleventh century Anglo-Scandinavian encampment. Textiles, gaming, woodworking, book-binding, moneying, and many more activities from this time period will be demonstrated from on Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
While in the park, sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers at a Pie and Ice Cream Social in the Village Park on Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. This is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899
Reserve your spot at the Saturday night Soup Supper at the Colony School sponsored by the Prairie Arts Center. Call ahead 309-927-3008. Yummy homemade soup served in a handmade pottery bowl made by festival potters is your treasure to keep.

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 13, 10am to 5pm and Aug 14, 10am to 4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try weaving, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. For information call 217-732-1957.