Monday, June 16, 2014

Midsommar Music Fest, June 21, in Bishop Hill

Celebrate the longest day of the year
in Bishop Hill style at our
Midsommar Music Fest
Saturday, June 21st

Following a day of music in the village park, the maypole is decorated and is carried at the head of a procession to the Colony School. Once there, traditional Swedish ring dances are taught to all attending and dancing around the maypole begins. At 7 pm refreshments are served and a traditional barn dance is held.
The Main Stage Concert

in the village park
This year’s lineup includes:

Black Hawk Pipes & Drums at 11:00 am
River Bend Bronze at Noon 
Jansson Five at 1 pm
Hammer & Pick at 2 pm
Bear Clan of Sweden at 3 pm 
Dressing the Maypole follows the concert at 4 pm
For more information call 309-927-3899

Sunday, June 15, 2014

See the Portrait of a Solder Exhibit in Bishop Hill - now through June

The Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit opened June 1, 2014,  as part of a statewide tour; it will remain on display at the Bishop Hill State Museum until July 1, 2014. It features hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 men and women from Illinois who have died in service of the country since 9/11/01.
The museum is open
Wed - Sun, 9 - 5

Portrait of a Solider was started when Artist Cameron Schilling, of Mattoon, drew his first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley's parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has died during the Global War on Terror. 

The portraits in the traveling show are copies of the originals, which have been given to the next of kin of those soldiers who have fallen. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill

Join us
Sun, June 8
3-7 pm
for our annual 

Help us raise funds to send area veterans to Washington, D.C.  Fortunate veterans who are chosen will visit memorials
dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.

In the last five years, the community has raised more than $50,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be 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.  Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.  Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be there to answer questions and to accept applications. 

The schedule begins with the Barbecue Rib dinner at 3 p.m. in the village park.  At 3:30 pm, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders will arrive, after completing the Schuyler Patch Memorial Ride; at 4 pm, there will be an Invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups.  There will be several speakers, including Representative Donald L. Moffitt from the 74th District and an Honor Flight representative.  Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.  Local Bishop Hill story teller Brian “Fox” Ellis will also perform.  Live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service.  Auction items include a Chicago Blackhawks signed puck, a signed Chicago Bears print as well as locally made quilts, pottery, and other items.  Special military display provided by the Galva American Legion. There will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21 gun salute and taps.  Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart, are provided from the edge of the park.  For more information call 927-3355.

The event is being organized by the Filling Station Restaurant. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. If anyone wishes to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information call (309) 927-3355.     

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Bishop Hill Dairy Building is now open!

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the opening of the 1854 Dairy Building conference area.  The Dairy Building was built by the Bishop Hill Colonists to serve as a dairy processing center.  Cheese, cream, and butter were produced and stored on the first floor of this building.  The dairy maids lived on the second floor.  The BHHA is in the process of restoring this historic Colony building.

As part of this restoration, the first floor of the Dairy Building has recently been made into a conference area, ready to be used by individuals and groups.  It contains a large workshop/classroom area (called the Grand Room) and a smaller, adjoining coffee bar room, with restroom.  This pre-Civil War building is a unique setting for families, churches, school groups, businesses, and other organizations looking for a meeting place.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill. 

Please call the BHHA at 309 927-3899
or email for more details.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Crowds turn out for Bishop Hill Quilts

Pictured above are snippets of just a few of the dazzling quilts on display through Sunday at the Prairie Queen Quilt Show in the Colony School in Bishop Hill. 
Hours are May 16 & 17, 10 am – 5 pm  
May 18, 10 am – 4 pm. 
Admission is $4.00.

While in town plan to stop in at the Henry County Museum just around the corner from the school. Quilts from The Henry County Historical Society and the Galva Historical Society have been added to the permanent displays depicting life in the "past" lane in Henry County, Illinois.
Henry County Museum Blacksmith Shop
Quilts on display at the HC Museum

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Quilt Show in Bishop Hill's Colony School

Join us in Bishop Hill for the 

2014 Prairie Queen Quilt Show

Colony School
May 16 & 17, 10 am – 5 pm
May 18, 10 am – 4 pm  
Admission is $4.00
More than 100 quilted items will be on display. This year's theme is jars, jellyrolls, and jewels. Quilt categories include antique quilts, wall hangings, club members quilted items, and more. There will be demonstrations on all three days of the event, as well as awards, door prizes, and raffles. Don’t miss out on the Trash & Treasures corner, where all kinds of bargains can be had for pennies on the dollar.
 More around town...
The Steeple Building Museum will be hosting the Challenge quilts and is showcasing a special quilt/fabric display created by dedicated volunteers. The Henry County Historical Society and the Galva Historical Society will show their quilt collections at the Henry County Museum.  A special quilt exhibit will be on display at VagnHall Galleri, located on the second floor of the Prairie Arts Center.  While in town, plan to stop in at the new Welcome Center where you will find Messippi Threads, the river quilt collection, on display.
For additional information call 309-927-3851

Teams of quilters worked throughout the day Thursday setting up display racks and organizing quilts for this weekend's quilt show

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Walk or run the 5 K course
in beautiful Bishop Hill 
at the 2014 
Bishop Hill Stomp & Scamperoo
on Saturday April 26th.
Download your application HERE
Good luck to all. See you there.