Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lucia Celebration Continues in Bishop Hill

The weather is unseasonably warm and contributes to the festive mood here in Bishop Hill on the second day and night of our Lucia festival, Saturday, December 13th.
Before I moved to Bishop Hill and was charmed by its culture, I was aware of Lucia and even recalled a Lucia Betsy McCall paper doll that was created in the early 70's. It makes a lovely memento of the day and I include it HERE TO DOWNLOAD with an invitation to join the crowd tonight as we celebrate the darkest night and the bringer of light, Lucia.
 Enjoy these offerings:
- the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will perform at 6pm in the VagnHall Galleri
- the Mountain Men will entertain visitors in VagnHall Galleri at 7pm
- Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories and lead a  sing-a-long of favorite carols at the Welcome Center from 6pm-9pm 
- Hammer and Pick will be play from 6pm-9pm at the Steeple Building
- Woodcarving Demonstrations will take place at the Steeple Building from 6pm-9pm
- Soup and Chili Supper at the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will begin at 4:30pm and continue until the pot is empty! A free-will donation is appreciated.
An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at the Colony School featuring The Rusty Pickup Band on Saturday, December 13, at 7pm. All dances will be taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Market continues in Bishop Hill

Grab some goodies at the Chocolate Walk when you visit!
I made them again: crunchy butterscotch nests with gumdrop cardinals. These, are part of a tempting array of chocolates and other confections that await you in the Bishop Hill Welcome Center this weekend Saturday, 12/6 and Sunday, 12/7 from 10am - 5pm. Fill a plate or a box; the goodies are sold by the pound. The proceeds from the Chocolate Walk will fund public events and Arts Council programs in the year ahead.