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
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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Honor Flight Benefit on June 14

The Honor Flight of the Quad Cities has made possible 32 round trip tours of the war monuments in Washington, D.C.  for war veterans and their guardians.
Bishop Hill is once again hosting this annual fundraiser to be held rain or shine from 3-7pm on June 14 in the village's park. In the past five years, participants of the event have raised a total of more than $60,000 in support of the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
Organizer Linda Spring, the owner of the Filling Station Restaurant in Bishop Hill, launched the event five years ago. "That first year, we got it together in three weeks and pulled it off. Now it just falls into place so nicely each year."

  Please join us!
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit Schedule

  • 3pm Barbecue dinner provided by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club. Motorcycle riders can join up with the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion to escort the flag to Bishop Hill.
  • 4pm  Invocation and presentation of colors by area VFW and American Legion groups. Honor flight representatives and other speakers will address the crowd. Bishop Hill storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis will perform. A live auction will be provided by Stenzel Auction Service of Cambridge.
  • 6pm  A 21-gun salute and taps will be conducted.
To volunteer or donate an item for auction call Linda Spring at 309-927-3355.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Quilt Show in Bishop Hill

Join us this weekend for the
 2015 Quilt Show

when it returns to the

Colony School in Bishop Hill
May 15 & 16, 10 am to 5 pm  
May 17, 10 am to 4 pm.  
 Over 100 quilts will be on display featuring this year's theme,  “Wine, Women, and Windows.” Stop in and be inspired by the masterful stitchery; take a chance on raffle baskets and browse a Trash & Treasures Corner filled with bargains. Admission is $5. Proceeds from the show will be used to provide quilts  distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need.
In further celebration of the event, you will find additional quilt exhibits throughout the village, including a special display in the Steeple Building and Welcome Center. For more details, please call 309 927-3851.
The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club and the Bishop Hill Arts Council.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Civil War Day Is May 9th - Rain or Shine!

Bishop Hill's
Civil War Day Events

open to the public on
Saturday, May 9th,
will take place as planned unless the weather becomes severe.
Call 309-927-3899 or email the sponsor,
the Bishop Hill Heritage Association,
for storm-related updates.
Grab your umbrella and join us. Should there be drizzle, kindly consider that battles were often fought in extreme conditions! A bit of rain will add to the authenticity of this reenactment and will serve to focus attention on the sacrifices made on the battlefield by the gallant soldiers we gather to celebrate. 
The event honors Bishop Hill’s Company D, IL 57th Volunteer Infantry, as part of the 150th year-long anniversary of the Civil War. The Steeple Building Museum, Henry County Museum, and Bishop Hill Museum all feature special Civil War displays. An encampment will be held in the village park, with programs each hour throughout the day. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, General Blackjack Logan, and other Civil War figures. Witness an artillery demonstration, a skirmish, and more activities true to the period. End your day by attending an evening Civil War Dance at the Colony School. These programs are free and open to the public.
A Ladies Tea 
will be held at
the Steeple Building.
Walk-ins are welcome
but reservations are recommended!
Call 309-927-3899

Event Schedule

General John “Black Jack” Logan performed by Brian “Fox” Ellis in the Village
Park Gazebo
10am  Artillery Demonstration by Battery G, 2nd IL Light Artillery at Coopers’ Field
11am  Mother Bickerdyke performed by Helen Milan in the Dairy Building
11am  Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White program by Jeanne Schultz
Angel at the Henry County Museum
12:15pm  Civil War Field Embalming demonstration by Jon Austin at the Twinflower Inn
12:15pm   Ladies Tea by the Ladies of Charity in the Steeple Building
1:15pm  The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln as portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels in the Village Park Gazebo
2:30pm  Skirmish in Coopers’ Field
3:15pm  Medical Demonstration by the 17th Corps Field Hospital in the Village Park set as the 17th Corps Field Hospital
4pm  Civil War Music by Hammer and Pick at the Steeple Building
4pm to 7pm  P.L. Johnson’s and the Colony Inn will be open for dinner
7pm  Civil War Dance featuring “Too Old to Be Controlled” with caller Gail Hintze at the Colony School

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring has come to Bishop Hill...at last!

I thought it would never happen -
but the snow has melted
and the grass is greening up!
Please come and celebrate the return of warmth 

with us in Bishop Hill at our annual
Spring Jubilee

Saturday, April 11th
Several special events will take place throughout town;
we hope you'll take time to sample these:

  • The Bishop hill Arts Council Welcome Center will host an Art Show featuring Galesburg artist, Jillie Swanson, with a meet the artist reception from 10am to noon.
  • Sweet Annie Primitives will hold a Spring Open House from 10am to 4pm.
  • “Put a little Art in Your Garden” will be the focus of a Studio Open House at Hantverk Galleri. Find handmade garden-inspired pottery birdhouses, plant pots, fairy houses and more from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Stop in at the Bishop Hill Museum to pick up some bird nesting material to offer to your neighboring feathered friends!
  • Richard Morthland will perform a first person portrayal of John Deere.  This program will be at 2pm in the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Warmth and good cheer in the year ahead!

my view west
This morning I awoke to find a crawl of weather-related cancellations running across the TV screen during the local news. Snow is predicted for our area and the temperature is expected to drop well below zero in the week ahead. I immediately felt uncomfortable by the ominous forecast. Brushing back the curtains, I saw it was still dark outside. I caught a picture the full moon just before it slipped below the horizon at dawn. 
a frequent visitor
Most cultures have given meaningful names to the full moons throughout the year. Here in the Midwest this month’s moon, The Wolf Moon, was at it’s fullest on January 4th at 10:52 pm. Howling heard in the cold dark of night inspired the name and, although the calls you hear today are more likely coyotes than timber wolves, that eerie midnight song is just as chilling. Burrrrrrrr.
The beauty of living in Bishop Hill is never more obvious to me than when I’m forced inside by weather. I live in a cottage built in 1928. It was the first dwelling in the village built - not retrofit - with central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity!
my little mermaids
The tiny footed tub in the guest bathroom was the height of luxury back in the day. Generations later, it still delights the youngest of my clan! How easy it is to romanticize the past. But truth be told, thinking of what winter weather meant to the settlers of this community, makes me feel snug, warm, and most fortunate to be living here NOW!

May the frostiest of your days be warmed by the same sort of epiphany that comforts me here in utopia today. Plan to visit again in 2015. Honor the past but let our history reminded you how privileged you are to be living in the present! Cheers to you in the year ahead.