Monday, June 13, 2016

Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music Festival

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 18th with a strong line-up of musical performers. Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, fundraisers, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.
The free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00am and end at 4pm. This year’s lineup includes the Big River Reeltime Band, Tim Ellis, Jazz on the Side, Hammer & Pick, and Black Hawk Pipes and Drums. Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge. Later that evening, at 7pm, there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Rusty Pickup String Band and caller Gail Hintze. Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.

Two fundraisers will also be occurring during Midsommar. The Henry County Historical Society will be serving ice cream cones in the park from 12:30pm to 4pm. Money from the ice cream sales will be used to support the Henry County Museum. The BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, with coffee and lemonade, at the Steeple Building Museum front porch from 11am to 4pm. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support BHHA activities.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Honor Flight Benefit in Bishop Hill



On Sunday, June 12th, Bishop Hill will host a benefit to raise money for the Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities.

This year's Benefit will be held from 3pm to 7pm in the Bishop Hill village park. Over the past five years, the event has raised more than $70,000 which was used to send area veterans on Honor Flights to Washington, DC. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Vietnam veterans are now being accepted for the Honor Flight which recently completed its 36th one-day, round trip to Washington with local veterans.

The festivities will begin with a barbecue rib dinner at 3pm, provided by the Filling Station Restaurant and Bishop Hill Community Club.

Motorcycle riders are welcome to join the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion at 3pm where they will meet to escort the flag to Bishop Hill. At 3:30 p.m, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists will arrive at the park. At 4 p.m. there will be an invocation and the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups.

Speakers will include Illinois Rep. Donald Moffitt and an Honor Flight representative. During the event, veterans may submit their applications to participate in future Flights. A military retreat is scheduled for 1800 hours exactly (6 p.m.) with a 21-gun salute and taps.

Other entertainment will feature Bishop Hill storyteller, Brian “Fox” Ellis, and Shelley Kinzer, of Bishop Hill, who will provide patriotic music. Activities will include a live auction by Stenzel Auction Service. Auction items still are needed.

To donate or volunteer at the event, call Linda Spring at 309-927-3355.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quilt Show and Wheat Weavers return to Bishop Hill - May 13,14 & 15

There is much to see in Bishop Hill this weekend. Over 100 quilts, furnished by members of the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, will be on display at the Colony School. The Bishop Hill Quilt Show returns Friday thru Sunday, May 13 – 15. 
Each year a special theme is chosen; the title and featured subject for 2016 is Lattice, Leaves, and Landscapes. Presenting quilters range in age and experience but are unified by the excellence of their work. This annual event attracts a large, appreciative audience. Come and see for yourself the vast variety of color combinations, design details, fine stitching and applique techniques that make each quilt a memorable work of art. Be amazed by the painstaking process by which these artists interpret and achieve this year’s theme with bits of fabric and thread! Stroll Bishop Hill to find additional quilts and exhibits in our shops and museums. Visit a special BHHA quilt display at the Steeple Building.
Are you a fan of tradition and exquisite detail?  Stop in at the Steeple Building for a Wheat Weaving Show and Sale Friday thru Sunday, May 13 – 15.  Representatives of the Illinois Association Wheat Weavers will be on hand to demonstrate this ancient art form. Watch as they transform wheat straw into woven works of wonder. Try your hand at wheat weaving techniques, guided by members of the IAWW.  They will gladly answer any questions you may have. Their weavings, books, and tools, will also be available to purchase.

A Vintage Wedding Exhibit featuring wedding dresses dating back to 1883 will be on display throughout the entire weekend at the Henry County Historical Museum.  Friday and Saturday will feature a “vintage” program at 2pm.

Sweet Annie Primitives will host “A Day in the Garden” open house on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Explore Sweet Annie’s primitive d├ęcor for your home and garden. Light refreshments will be served. Details: 309 927-3072.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spring Jubilee in Bishop Hill

Celebrate our Spring Jubilee
here in Bishop Hill, Illinois
Saturday, April 2, 10:00am - 6:00pm 


scheduled classes & events
10:00
Artful Dining at Hantverk Galleri: Decorate a 3 piece breakfast set of pottery that

will then be fired overnight so you can celebrate breakfast at the Twinflower Inn
Sunday morning at 9:30. Reservations are required.
10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and 11:00 to 4:00 on Sunday:
Toy Tractor Collectors Display at the Steeple Building Museum.
12:00 - 4:00 Sweet Annie’s Primitives is making a small dried flower bouquet.
The Bishop Hill Museum will have packets of bird nesting materials.
The Colony Store will help you craft a flower pot or a bug catcher!
1:00 Garden Thyme will host a gourd painting workshop.
2:00 The Henry County Museum will host a program on Beekeeping.
3:00 The Twinflower Inn will offer a workshop on How to Plant a Prairie.
4:00 - 6:00 The Vasa National Archives will host the opening of two new exhibits:
“A Swedish Sketch" looks at 19th century Sweden and “Vasa's First Century"
reviews the origins of the Vasa Order of America. Refreshments served.
For More Information call the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309-927-3899

Monday, December 14, 2015

Warmest greetings of the season from your friends in Bishop Hill

Thank you 
to all who came and celebrated St. Lucia Nights in Bishop Hill this year. The unusually warm weather resulted in a mist in the air that added a magical glow to the holiday lights.  We had an absolutely wonderful time and hope you made some happy holiday memories here.

Cheers to you and yours in 2016!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Market Events Schedule



Mark your calendar and plan to attend
our annual Christmas Market on
Nov 27th, 28th, 29th & Dec 5th and 6th!
 


For a relaxing holiday treat, bring the family for a visit to Bishop Hill during our annual Christmas Market weekends. Our shops are brimming with special holiday food, gifts, and crafts for sale. Catch a glimpse of our little costumed elves called Tomten, as they roam through the town, greeting guests and making merry. Stop in at the Steeple Building to see a working model railroad, woodcarving demonstrations and bring kids 12 and under to make it/take it Christmas Ornament Workshops in the afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. VagnHall Galleri in the Prairie Arts Center will showcase a special multi-artist exhibit and the Bishop Hill Welcome Center will feature a Christmas tree fully dressed in ornaments inspired by Bishop Hill’s painter, Olof Krans – as it was seen at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion in 2014. The magic of the season comes alive in this beautiful historic setting. In addition to the above mentioned revelry, you will find additional offerings on the dates and times listed below.  



Friday, November 27th – 10am to 5pm
9am to 4pm - Cookie Walk in the Colony School; home baked holiday cookies available by the pound.
1pm to 3pm
- Sample Christmas cookies baked in the kitchen of the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel.
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.
Saturday, November 28th – 10am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm
- Make it/Take it Christmas ornament work shop for kids ages 12 and under in the Steeple Building.
1pm to 3pm - Sample Christmas cookies baked in the kitchen of the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel.
6pm - Welcome Center Fundraiser: A Murder Mystery Dinner Party at PL Johnsons. Die Laughing Productions presents The Mystery of the Ugly Christmas Sweater. Advanced tickets required. 309-927-3064
Sunday, November 29th – 11am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.       
Saturday, December 5th – 10am to 5pm

11am to 5pm - Chocolate Walk at the Welcome Center; purchase handmade chocolates by the pound.
1pm to 3pm - Make it/Take it Christmas ornament work shop for kids ages 12 and under in the Steeple Building.
1pm to 3pm
- Children are invited to make edible tree ornaments in the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel to be taken home or left to decorate the park Christmas tree at our Lucia celebration.
Sunday, December 6th – 11am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm
- Children are invited to make edible tree ornaments in the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel to be taken home or left to decorate the park Christmas tree at our Lucia celebration.

11am to 5pm - Chocolate Walk at the Welcome Center; purchase handmade chocolates by the pound.