Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bishop Hill Folk Festival July 30th and 31st

Come and enjoy the music this weekend at of one of Illinois’ most historic towns in a free, family friendly event!  
Main Stage Performances on Saturday July 30 in the Park:
Noon:  Paul Wilson & Mary Abendroth (traditional Swedish)
1:00:    Bahola (Celtic)
2:00:  Joel Mabus (old time and original Midwestern Folk)
3:00:   Los Condenados Haustecos (Mexican Ranch Music)
4:00:   Chicago Spelmanslag (Swedish Dance music)
5:00:   Volo Bogtrotters  (Traditional String band)
Saturday Workshops: In the Steeple Building
2:15:   Bahola
3:15:   Joel Mabus
4:15:   Los Condenados Haustecos
5:15:   Chicago Spelmanslag

Main Stage Performances on Sunday July 31 in the Park:
Noon: Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of Mary Marimba Ensemble
1:00:   Chris Vallillo  (Original Rural Illinois music)
2:00:  Nordland Band (Swedish)
3:00:  Catfish Keith  (Blues)
4:00:  Bill Robinson and Friends  (hammered dulcimer music)
Sunday Workshops: In the Steeple Building
2:15:  Bill Robinson
3:15:  Nordland Band
4:15:  Catfish Keith
Click here to learn all about these remarkable performers .
For more information contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association or call 309-927-3899.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bishop Hill Car Show Returns
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sponsored by the
Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association
Registration is 9am to 11:30am at the historic Colony School. The entry fee is $10.00.  Participants judge the entries from 11:30am-1:30pm. Trophies for the 20 classes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and Best of Show, will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Village Park. Download an application here and call 309-937-2474 for more information.
The classes are Street Rod, Street Machine 49-69, Street Machine 70-up, Trucks, 4x4 Trucks, Antique Pre-32, Antique 32-48, Original 49-59, Original 60-69, Original 70-79, Original 80-89, Original 90-99, Original 2000 and up, Corvette, Mustang, 55-56-57, Custom, Special Interest, Kids Class (Under 21), and Muscle Car.  Trophies will be awarded in each class.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.
Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Firemen will be serving a grilled pork chop meal in the Park during the event. Show proceeds are used to restore and preserve the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Antique Show Returns to Bishop Hill

Preparations are already in progress!   
Come rain or shine to the
Bishop Hill Antique Show & Sale
at the Old Colony School
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
9am to 3pm.
Admission  $6
This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from  Illinois, Indiana,  Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas Wisconsin.   A great selection of primitive antiques, folk art, early country, textiles, stoneware, baskets and more will be available during this one day market.

Bring the whole family. Live Folk Music by "Hammer & Pick."  Breakfast and lunch are available by the The Filling Station. This antique market is a rain or shine event.  Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to explore for antiques at one of the best shows in the Midwest.

Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery.

For further information call 309-927-3072.

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
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