Midsommar Music Festival is June 23
For our annual Midsommar Celebration, our free music performances in the village park will include the Nordland Band, a Scandinavian Band from Chicago, and Black Hawk Pipes and Drums. Enjoy fresh rhubarb pie at the BHHA Rabarber Fundraiser at the Steeple Building Museum. As always, we will have the Midsommarstång (Maypole) decorating, processional, and ring dancing in the afternoon. There will also be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Rusty Pickup String Band, starting at 7 p.m. The Midsommar Music Festival is partially sponsored by the BHHA, SWEA Chicago, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency
“Never Give In”
To honor the 100th anniversary of the War to End All Wars, the theme for the sixth annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua will be World War I. The Chautauqua will be performed in the village park on August 25. This is a free family oriented event where you will hear re-enactors tell inspiring stories about the historical characters they are portraying. Winston Churchill, General Black Jack Pershing, and Herbert Hoover will all be making appearances in Bishop Hill. Students from Galva and Williamsfield will also portray various historical figures. The Chautauqua is partially sponsored by the BHHA and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Jordbruksdagarna is September 29 and 30
Going into its 47th year, Jordbruksdagarna (Swedish for “earth work days”) celebrates Bishop Hill’s rural roots, with 19th century harvest activities, music, dancing, demonstrations, hands-on learning stations, farm produce, and much more. For more details, check out www.bishophillheritage.org this coming summer. This event is partially sponsored by Nelson Farm Service; State Bank of Toulon; the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association.