Wednesday, September 23, 2015

44th Jordbruksdagarna celrbrated in Bishop Hill

This traditional Swedish fall festival
brings great food, music, dancing, and crafts
to Bishop Hill for Jordbruksdagarna

Jordbruksdagarna, pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na, is  Swedish for “earth work days.”  This, our 44th annual fall festival, takes place Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 2015.
Join us and explore a variety of traditional craft demonstrations in the village park. Artisans will make rope, craft barrels, process flax, create wood carvings, and more. Vendors will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, and other tasty treats from 10am – 5pm both days.

Sorghum pressing and a demonstration in baking hard tack will be presented at the Bjorklund Hotel from noon – 4pm each day. There visitors can try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, pressing cider, and creating corn husk dolls.
Activities in the park include Performances by Hammer and Pick at noon and 2pm and the Nordic Dancers at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both days from 10am – 4pm.  Young and old are invited to join in the fun of old-fashioned children’s games at 2pm.

Henry County’s agricultural heritage will be celebrated at the Henry County Historical Museum, where a variety of antique tractors and implements will be on display. Find plowing demonstrations and corn shelling from 10am - noon and from 1 – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. An antique tractor parade starting at 12:30pm is scheduled for both days.

Food will be abundant! The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will serve a Colony Stew Meal, complete with rice pudding, in the park.  The Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s Svenska Varm Korv (Swedish hot dog dinner) will be served next to Colony Store from 11am – 2pm both days.  The Henry County Historical Society is having a bake sale both days at the Henry County Historical Museum. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is will also offer home-baked goods for sale at the Welcome Center on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

Monday, August 31, 2015

I love Bishop Hill in the summer when it sizzles

This weekend's Chautauqua was enjoyed by many

Abe Lincoln (Fritz Klein)  and
Brian “Fox” Ellis took the stage
Mr. Lincoln and young guest compare hats. History lives!
My old-fashioned cutting garden
I like to spin the lyrics of the Cole Porter classic, "I Love Paris,"  a bit in my head as I walk through town. Of course, the voice I imagine sounds a lot like Ella Fitzgerald  and she swaps the name “Bishop Hill” for “Paris” as she croons. My love of this  place doesn't depend on the nearness of someone dear as the song suggests, but instead, it stems from the timeless scenes of serenity I enjoy daily.
Before the fiery shades of fall overtake our gardens, Nature has provided one last shimmering shot of color in the landscape. Seasonal splendor abounds. These are just a few pics taken around town this weekend. They show why I love Bishop Hill in the summer... when it sizzles!

A festive fall display at Sweet Annie's

Apples ripe and ready for picking

A riot of colorful blooms

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Bishop Hill Chautauqua August 29 & 30

Celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War at the Bishop Hill Chautauqua* on Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015.  In this, its third year, a second day of programming has been added to the Chautauqua.  A workshop for teachers, actors, students and home-schoolers is planned. This workshop, ‘Stepping into Character’, will demonstrate how to research and write first person monologues. Students from Geneseo and Williamsfield will perform on the main stage Sunday afternoon.
The community is invited to meet Abraham Lincoln, his his boyhood friend, Austin Gollaher, Lincoln’s law partner, William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a Freed Woman and First Ladies’ Confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. All programs will be held at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill, IL.
Saturday, August 29
  • 10 a.m. A workshop for Teachers, Actors, Storytellers and Students on “Stepping Into Character” with Brian "Fox" Ellis in the Steeple Building.
  • 1 p.m. Austin Gollaher: Lincoln’s Boyhood Friend (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 2:15 p.m. Elizabeth Keckley: First Lady’s Dressmaker (Kathryn Harris)
  • 3:30 p.m. The Drummer Boy of Shiloh The Civil War in Song (Barry Cloyd)

Sunday, August 30
  • 1 p.m. Local students perform as historical figures
  • 2:15 p.m. William Herndon speaks on Lincoln the Lawyer (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 3:30 p.m. A Visit with Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein)

Bring a Lawn Chair, bring the grandkids, bring a friend. Come early to enjoy the shops of Bishop Hill! Call 309 927-3899 for more details. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn. 

Chautauqua*(pronounced shə-t-kwə) refers to an adult education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances; the word is also used for any single organization pursuing this activity. The idea was originated in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York, which lends its name to the format, but was soon copied elsewhere.

Friday, August 14, 2015

This weekend’s Clay and Fiber Festival in Bishop Hill offers a little something for everyone!
Saturday August 15
  • Bishop Hill Heritage Association Pie and Ice Cream Social, 1-4 pm in the village park.
  • Sample a delicious Soup Supper and keep the handmade pottery bowl. The Colony School, 5pm. Reservation required: 309-927-3008. Proceeds benefit the Galva Food Pantry.
  • Enjoy Music at 2pm behind the Blacksmith Shop. Galva folk musician, Wendy Anderson, performs.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16

  • Art Exhibition Opening at the Welcome Center featuring water-colorist, Mary Philips. Refreshments.
  • Special Exhibit in VagnHall Galleri will showcasing the lifelong work of ceramicist, Henry Jo.
  • Fiber artists will sell and demonstrate their work behind the Blacksmith Shop.
  • Ben Watkins Clay Studio will provide opportunities for spectators to get a hands on experience with clay and fiber.
  • Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will exhibit techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art  and offer their work for sale at the Steeple Building.
Sunday August 16

  • Swedish musical group, Akervinda will give a workshop on Nordic folksong at 1pm followed by a concert at 4pm in the Dairy Building.