Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Feathered Nest Open House September 25th

September 24th and 25th
Agriculture Days in Bishop Hill

The last full weekend of September is a time we set aside to celebrate the harvest. Honoring Bishop Hill’s agrarian roots and its courageous colonists, Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) features music, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, and an open air market filled with seasonal produce and primitive antiques. For many visitors it has become a family tradition.
The Nest is filled with seasonal treats
All are invited! 
Feathered Nest Open House
Because I live and work here in Bishop Hill, my Feathered Nest, located just three blocks west of the park, becomes a popular destination on such a busy weekend. I am trying something new this year: Rather than open my doors by appointment, I am having a Fall Open House on Sunday September 25th from noon to 4pm. The shop is packed with all sorts of fabulous eggs, dried arrangements and everlasting wreaths made of the best of autumn’s bounty.
The wreaths are hung to the rafters!
Book Launch
Clouds Over Bishop Hill
I am also pleased to host a book launch for my dear friend Mary Davidsaver. Her newly published novel, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, is a mystery set right here in Bishop Hill. Mary will be reading to visitors and signing books from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday at the Bishop Hill Museum and on Sunday she will here at the Feathered Nest from 2pm to 4pm.  Please plan to stop in for a very warm welcome!
Have your copy signed by the author

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Old Settlers' Parade In Bishop Hill

Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade. This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association.

The 2016 BHOSA Parade 
will be held
Saturday, September 10 
10:00 am 

The annual Old Settlers' Day Celebration will begin at 10:00 with a parade through Bishop Hill. At 11:30 a chicken dinner will be served at the Colony School. At 12:15 the Bishop Hill High Society Band will perform in the gazebo in the town square. The formal program is scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the park. The public is invited to attend. The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. Parade rain date Sunday, Sept 11;00 at 1pm.
Louis and Marion Nelson 2016 Parade Grand Marshals, right
Cinda Anderson, BHOSA President, left 

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association has chosen Bishop Hill residents, Marian and Louis Nelson, as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Old Settlers' Day Parade.

Marion and Louis are direct descendants of the original colony settlers and both were born within a mile of Bishop Hill. They have made their home in Bishop Hill since they were wed in 1947 and have played active roles in building and growing this community. Over several decades, Louis has applied his extensive carpentry expertise in preserving many of Bishop Hill's fine old buildings and Marion has lent her hand and culinary skills in fundraising for multiple organizations and events. The BHOSA is proud to have this outstanding couple lead this year's parade!

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. Raining? Join us in the Colony School. 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.