2016 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill


PDF of the 2016 Bishop Hill Visitors Guide, with all of the 2016 events (courtesy of the Bishop Hill Arts Council):    BHVG2016_WEB

PDF of the 2016 Bishop Hill Map:  MapBH2016

Listing of events that are solely or partly sponsored/supported by the BHHA


Return to Bishop Hill by the light of the moon when the Bishop Hill galleries and restaurants will be open after dark. Then come enjoy ghost stories and a bonfire at the Twinflower Innl. Shop until 7pm. The bonfire ghost stories run from 7pm-9pm.


Oct. 22-23

Collectors Weekend

The BHHA is sponsoring the third annual Collectors Weekend on Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, 2016. What is Collectors Weekend? For one weekend only at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes, and topics will be displayed by local residents. Objects on display will be dolls, kitchen utensils, and much more. These items are not for sale but for display only. The Steeple Building Museum will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Besides Collectors Weekend, there are several other activities occuring in Bishop Hill:

  • Preservation Advice: On Saturday October 22, a trained archivist, with 10 years of experience working in museums and conducting artifact preservation, will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VASA National Archives to provide advice on caring for your family treasures. You can do your own light conservation work at this event for cost of materials. The VASA Archives is located at 109 South Bishop Hill Street.
  • Rug Hook-in: On Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dairy Building, there will be a Rug Hook-In. Watch and learn more about the craft of rug hooking. Join in if you wish. There is no charge. Call 309 927-3008 for more details. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street.
  • Fall Fashion Show: Entwined will be partnering with P.L. Johnson’s Dining Room to bring you a Falla Mode (Fall fashion) style show and luncheon on October 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.at P.L’s. Come and enjoy delicious Swedish fare while getting some inspiration for your cold weather wardrobe! You might even win one of the give-a-ways or raffle drawings so hurry and reserve your spot by calling 309-927-3885! (Reservations requested, but not required). P.L. Johnson’s is located at 110 West Bjorklund Street.

Nov 12


1:30 p.m. at the Dairy Building. This free presentation will be presented by Tim Pletkovich, Peoria author, about his book “Civil War Fathers.” The book focuses on eight World War II soldiers and their Civil War fathers. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

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Nov. 25-27


Christmas Market. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Swedish folk characters roam the village. Swedish food specialties, folk arts, and antiques.

Christmas Cookie Walk. Select from a large array of holiday cookies,homemade by community bakers at the Colony School on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 3-4


Christmas Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditionally decorated shops and museums. Encounter Swedish folk characters. Swedish foods, unique gifts, and more.

Chocolate Walk. Saturday and Sunday select from homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dec. 5             


7 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Swedish keyed fiddle player Erik Rydvall and Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva, from Norway, will be performing a free concert open to the public. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Swedish keyed fiddle player Erik Rydvall and Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva, from Røros in Norway, are both counted among the foremost folk musicians of their generation. Their debut album as a duo, “Isbrytaren” (Heilo), was released in 2013 to glowing reviews, and that same year Olav Mjelva was named folk musician of the year at the Folkelarm festival. “Isbrytaren” also won an award at Folkelarm, and was nominated for a Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy) in the category “Folk Music and Traditional Music”.Rydvall and Mjelva are inquisitive musicians, with strong roots in the traditions of their places of origin. A duo collaboration featuring Hardanger fiddle and keyed fiddle has rarely been presented before. The repertoire and playing styles of the two instruments are basically very different, but the two musicians manage to make the combination sound natural and intriguing.

Erik Rydvall comes from Västerbotten, and studied keyed fiddle at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In the past few years he has earned a reputation as one of the leading young keyed fiddle players, and he is known for his energy and virtuosity. He plays with the prize-winning folk music trio Nordic among others.

Olav Luksengård Mjelva, from Røros, is one of Norway’s most active fiddlers. He was a founder and remains a member of both the Norwegian Swedish group SVER and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. He also plays with Frikar, Copper City Ramblers and several other projects. In 2010 he was awarded a Spellemanspris for his first solo album. In 2011 he received another as a member of the Unni Bokasp Ensemble. Olav is in high demand as a studio musician, and has played on at least 30 releases. He also holds popular courses and is very much in demand as a dance musician both in Norway and abroad.


Dec. 9-10

Lucia Nights

Coffee and sweet items are served in shops and museums by “Lucias.” Special music at various village locations. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.