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.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Calling All Tomten (Bishop Hill Christmas Elves)



Attention Parents:  This is a wonderful opportunity to share some of our Swedish Christmas traditions with your children!

The holiday season is fast approaching and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is looking for 4th thru 6th boys and girls, to dress up as Tomten, the little Swedish elves that appear around town during our Christmas market weekends in November and December. Children will be provided with the traditional elf costume consisting of  red caps, grey sweatshirts, red sashes, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. As elves, they will be led around town engaging visitors in games of hide and seek and will be coached in performing other impish acts. Tomten delight our guests; over the years these folk characters have become 
festival favorites!

If you’d like your child to join the fun and become a Tomten for a day, parents/guardians are asked to call the BHHA’s Todd DeDecker at 309-927-3899 and sign tour child up for a 2 hour shift. For their help, children will be awarded a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store. Light refreshments will be provided for the children. We look forward to sharing this time-honored tradition with you and your family.