Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Bishop Hill Chautauqua August 29 & 30

Celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War at the Bishop Hill Chautauqua* on Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015.  In this, its third year, a second day of programming has been added to the Chautauqua.  A workshop for teachers, actors, students and home-schoolers is planned. This workshop, ‘Stepping into Character’, will demonstrate how to research and write first person monologues. Students from Geneseo and Williamsfield will perform on the main stage Sunday afternoon.
The community is invited to meet Abraham Lincoln, his his boyhood friend, Austin Gollaher, Lincoln’s law partner, William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a Freed Woman and First Ladies’ Confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. All programs will be held at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill, IL.
Saturday, August 29
  • 10 a.m. A workshop for Teachers, Actors, Storytellers and Students on “Stepping Into Character” with Brian "Fox" Ellis in the Steeple Building.
  • 1 p.m. Austin Gollaher: Lincoln’s Boyhood Friend (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 2:15 p.m. Elizabeth Keckley: First Lady’s Dressmaker (Kathryn Harris)
  • 3:30 p.m. The Drummer Boy of Shiloh The Civil War in Song (Barry Cloyd)

Sunday, August 30
  • 1 p.m. Local students perform as historical figures
  • 2:15 p.m. William Herndon speaks on Lincoln the Lawyer (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 3:30 p.m. A Visit with Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein)

Bring a Lawn Chair, bring the grandkids, bring a friend. Come early to enjoy the shops of Bishop Hill! Call 309 927-3899 for more details. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn. 

Chautauqua*(pronounced shə-t-kwə) refers to an adult education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances; the word is also used for any single organization pursuing this activity. The idea was originated in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York, which lends its name to the format, but was soon copied elsewhere.

Friday, August 14, 2015


This weekend’s Clay and Fiber Festival in Bishop Hill offers a little something for everyone!
Saturday August 15
  • Bishop Hill Heritage Association Pie and Ice Cream Social, 1-4 pm in the village park.
  • Sample a delicious Soup Supper and keep the handmade pottery bowl. The Colony School, 5pm. Reservation required: 309-927-3008. Proceeds benefit the Galva Food Pantry.
  • Enjoy Music at 2pm behind the Blacksmith Shop. Galva folk musician, Wendy Anderson, performs.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16



  • Art Exhibition Opening at the Welcome Center featuring water-colorist, Mary Philips. Refreshments.
  • Special Exhibit in VagnHall Galleri will showcasing the lifelong work of ceramicist, Henry Jo.
  • Fiber artists will sell and demonstrate their work behind the Blacksmith Shop.
  • Ben Watkins Clay Studio will provide opportunities for spectators to get a hands on experience with clay and fiber.
  • Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will exhibit techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art  and offer their work for sale at the Steeple Building.
Sunday August 16

  • Swedish musical group, Akervinda will give a workshop on Nordic folksong at 1pm followed by a concert at 4pm in the Dairy Building.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Celebrate Midsommar in Bishop Hill June 20th

Join us in Bishop Hill at our
Midsommar Music Fest
Saturday, June 20th

Since agrarian times, Midsommar celebrations in Sweden have been held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. This has become the most recognized of all Swedish traditional festivals and one that the residents and descendants of Bishop Hill’s settlers continue to celebrate annually on or around the summer solstice each June.

Following a day of music in the village park, a maypole is decorated and is carried in a procession to the Colony School. Once there, traditional Swedish ring dances are taught to all attending and dancing around the maypole begins. 



This year's lineup for the Main Stage Concert in the village park will begin at 11am and will feature these performers:

Black Hawk Pipes & Drums
Wendy Anderson
The Mountain Men
Turas
Jazz On The Side
Dressing the Maypole will begin following the concert at 4 pm. Visitors will be invited to join a procession led by accordionist, Ernie Sandquist, to deliver the dressed Maypole to the Colony School. Here the festivities will continue with dancing. At 7pm, refreshments will be served and a traditional barn dance will start. The dance will be called by Gail Hintze with music provided by the Rusty Pickup String Band. Admission to the dance is $5.00.

For more information call 309-927-3899