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. 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.  


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 at this 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 in progress!
Come rain or shine to the
Bishop Hill Antique Show and 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 and 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.