Sunday, May 21, 2017

Colorful Kites Over Bishop Hill

It was a cold, gray day in Bishop Hill this Sunday, but never has there been so much color brightening its northeast corner!
Because of Saturday’s persistent rain, the Kite Show was held Sunday. The star of the event - a 40 foot, purple octopus - needed a little coaxing to lift off.
But once the winds rose, it "swam" through sky above the open field between the Outsider Gallery and the Summer Cottage.
The giant moved through the air just like a real octopus moves in water - swirling and twirling its long legs on the currents.
Meanwhile, next door at Outsider Gallery, the colorful spectacle continued inside. A school of snake gourds hanging from the rafters greeted guests.
Each gourd was grown in a patch behind the Gallery and later transformed into colorful creatures by artist Steven Carleson.
Several new mixed media works by Marsha Carleson are currently featured. She was inspired by the people and places she encountered on a recent cross-country tour. In her latest piece, Marsha combined snippets of life and culture she found along her way with bits of iconic imagery to create a sculptural representation of her spree entitled Western Vision Quest. In fact, though many works by Marsha and Steve might be simply appreciated as quirky, playful objects, most have great personal and social significance - discovered when you take a second, longer look. Outsider Gallery is a "must stop" for folks who enjoy fanciful artistic expression that packs a thought-provoking message!
Outsider Gallery will be open during some Bishop Hill special events throughout the season. Please watch the Bishop Hill calendar for dates and check Facebook for details. If you would like to schedule a visit, email Steve or call 309-371-0775 for an appointment.
Thanks to Arlene Rigg of the Summer Cottage for organizing and hosting the Kite Show. I hope I can add this as an annual event to the Bishop Hill calendar!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch:Bishop Hill Quilt Show 2017

Quilt Show May 19th - 21st
Friday and Saturday 10-5 pm
Sunday 10-4 pm

I am always astounded at the variety, creativity and skill presented at the annual Prairie Queen Quilt Club Show. After sampling the entries this year, I have an urge to "stitch together" a new phrase to convey the artistry exhibited... but the perfect superlative to express such excellence escapes me! Come and see for yourself; the show will surely delight all.

The photos here give a sneak peek at just a few of the 100+ quilts on display in the Colony School at the 2017 themed show, Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch. Included in the show are antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and embroidered works.

Admission is $5.00. Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need. The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge quilts will be on display in the Steeple Building Museum.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New camera, new views of old Bishop Hill

It was quiet this morning when I walked around town. There were very few folks out and about. The sky was gray and the clouds were low. But spring has taken hold and everywhere I looked I saw the promise of beautiful summer blooms. I'm getting acquainted with a new camera and, as I walked, I snapped a few photos along the way to share with you here because I think you'll agree...
...Bishop Hill is so lovely in soft, early light!

Steeple Clock ticks on under a gray sky
Old potting shed

Every garden sports an ornament or two




Spring tulips giving way to summer herbs

Containers overflow with blooms

A herd of straw goats guards the Poppy Barn

Garden ornaments galore!

Beautiful bike basket planter

Spectacular symmetry of the Steeple Building   

Garden shed red


A fragrant sea of lily of the valley



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spring and the Stomp will soon return to Bishop Hill

Although some icy patches on the lawn remain, all will soon be green again. With the first warm winds of Spring comes an interest in getting outside and stretching some muscles. What better way to do that than come and Stomp with us in beautiful Bishop Hill?!

Held rain or shine -

- with a delicious reward waiting at the finish line!

This 5 KRun/walk is in its 22 year and keeps growing. Join us on
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

Click HERE to reserve your spot online today or
download and application HERE and mail it in. Don't miss the fun.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow in Bishop Hill as we prepare for Lucia Nights

A beautiful fluffy snow fell all day today in Bishop Hill adding some unexpected holiday magic to our Christmas Market.  We look forward to next Friday and Saturday when we will celebrate our annual Lucia Nights. Luminaries will light up the streets, shops and museums will serve refreshements, and holiday music will be preformed throughout town. Please join us.
Lucia Nights Schedule
6pm - 9pm 
December 9 & 10
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9:
- The Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will be serving a Soup   and Chili Supper begining at 4:00pm and continuing until they run out. A free-     will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
- Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6pm
- Jazz on the Side will be performing from 6 to 7:30pm at the Dairy Building
- Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Dairy Building
- The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits; Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
- Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of music at the Steeple Building starting at 6pm
- Kewanee High School Chorus will be caroling throughout the village
SATURDAY DECEMBER 10:
- The Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will be serving a Soup and Chili Supper begining at 4:00pm and continuing until they run out. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
- Jazz on the Side will be performing from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Dairy Building
- Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Dairy Building
- The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits; storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
- Violinists Stephanie Cannon and Elizabeth Mattern will be playing Christmas carols from 6pm to 7pm in the Steeple Building
- Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of music at the Steeple Building starting at 7pm
- ROWVA High School Chorus will be caroling throughout the village
- Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School will start at 7pm. The Rusty Pickup String Band will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person and beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary
More photos of snowy Bishop Hill:



 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Market in Bishop Hill

Cows of Utopia - a November long ago
Google photos has a new feature: I get regular messages prompting me to revisit pics I've taken on the same date years ago. I'm reminded that the snow and ice will soon come and that the unseasonably warm temps will wane. But for now, I'm happy to report this year's Christmas Market weekends are predicted to remain (nearly) frost free!
Thanksgiving weekend in Bishop Hill 2004
Though a little snow makes a pretty scene, it is eaqually delightful to savor the the seasonal festivities without frozen toes!

Snow or not,
Bishop Hill’s Julmarknad (Christmas Market)
is fast approaching
November 25, 26 and December 3,10am to 5pm
November 27 and December 4, 11am to 5pm 

The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. See Tomten (Swedish elves) roam through the town, shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Stop in at the Steeple Building to see a working model railroad and woodcarving demonstrations.
There will be lots to see and do; some sheduled events include:
Friday, November 25 
Old World Santa Claus will visit with children at the VASA National Archives; cameras are welcomed.  While visiting with Santa, help the Vasa National Archives make a paper mache Dala Horse from 10am to 4pm Guests will be adding layers of paper mache to the Dala Horse. This is a community project that is open to children of all ages. A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9am to 4pm  Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound.  Finally, Sweet Annie Primitives will be having their Christmas Open House from 10am to 4pm Finally, Frau Blucker’s will be hosting Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, each and every day of Julmarknad. His book will be available to purchase and Mr. Pletkovich will be happy to autograph your copy.
Tomten ant the Julbock
Saturday, November 26 
The Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. The Paper Mache Dala Horse will be painted at the VASA National Archives from 10am to 4pm. Follow your nose to the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel kitchen for cookie baking. Sample cookies from 1pm to 3pm.  Children ages 12 and under are invited to the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make a Christmas ornament for their tree. Author Mary Davidsaver, will be signing her new book, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, from 1pm to 4pm at the Prairie Arts Center.
Sunday, November 27  

Mary Davidsaver will return to the Prairie Arts Center for readings and discussions of her book, a mystery novel set in Bishop Hill.
Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4
On Saturday afternoon, younger children under 12 can visit the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make and take home a Christmas ornament for their tree. Children are also invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1pm to 3pm. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Site to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights.  A Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. Purchase quality chocolates by the pound from 11am to 5pm each day.  The Prairie Arts Center will again host a book signing for Clouds Over Bishop Hill, written by Mary Davidsaver, from 1pm to 4pm

For more information call 309-927-3899 



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