Monday, August 22, 2016

Bishop Hill Chautauqua, Immigrants, and Jonas Olson

Bishop Hill's
4th Annual Chautauqua 
Sat, August 27 and Sun, August 28
This year’s theme is America’s Story: The Immigrants’ Tale. Learn how immigrants have impacted history and continue to impact modern day society through the stories told by reenactors portraying famous historical characters. This free family oriented event will be held in the village park. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Raining? Join us in the Colony School. This free public event is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Swedish Council of America, private donations, and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast. Email or call 309 927-3899 for more information.
The Chautauqua Schedule
Saturday, August 27
10am - A workshop for Teachers, Actors, Storytellers
and Students on “Storytelling for Children” exploring
literacy development with Brian "Fox" Ellis and
Tersi Bendiburg in the Dairy Building.
1pm - An Irish Immigrant’s Tale (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
2:15pm - Two Modern Immigrants Cuban Storyteller Tersi Bendiburg &
Tunisian Bradley Professor Souhail Elhouar PhD.
3:30pm - Jenny Lind; The Swedish Nightingale (Sherri Mitchell)

Sunday, August 28
1pm - Laura Ingalls Wilder; America’s Emigration West (Sarah Uthoff)
2:15pm - Williamsfield Students perform as historical figures
3:30pm - Jonas Olson; A Bishop Hill Founding Father (Brian “Fox” Ellis)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vikings, Wheat Weavers, Clay/Fiber Artists, & Ice Cream in Bishop Hill this weekend!


There's lots to see and do 
at Bishop Hill's Fiber Fest on
August 13th and 14th
This year's Clay and Fiber Festival, hosted by the Prairie Arts Center, will showcase local and regional pottery artisans creating work at their wheels, firing their pieces and selling their wares. You'll also find jewelry and fiber artists, rug weavers, and a blacksmith demonstrating and displaying work on the lawns surrounding the Blacksmith Shop.
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host a Nordic Market in the village park. This encampment will present everyday scenes from the Viking Age.  It will feature the costumed interpreters of Micel Folcland, who will create an eleventh century Anglo-Scandinavian encampment. Textiles, gaming, woodworking, book-binding, moneying, and many more activities from this time period will be demonstrated from on Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
While in the park, sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers at a Pie and Ice Cream Social in the Village Park on Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. This is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899
Reserve your spot at the Saturday night Soup Supper at the Colony School sponsored by the Prairie Arts Center. Call ahead 309-927-3008. Yummy homemade soup served in a handmade pottery bowl made by festival potters is your treasure to keep.

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 13, 10am to 5pm and Aug 14, 10am to 4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try weaving, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. For information call 217-732-1957.