2019 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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PDF of the 2019 Bishop Hill Visitors Guide: bh_vis guide19fi

October 25  Ghosts Stories from around the World

From 6 to 8 p.m., in the glow of a bonfire at the Twinflower Inn, storyteller Brian “Fox”” Ellis will share scary stories from many lands.  The first set will be more silly scary stories for younger folk, with the second set more seriously scary stories, not for the faint of heart.  Contact foxtales@foxtalesint.com or 309 696-1017 for more details.

November 1-3  Weavers Retreat

Learn to weave with Jeannie Hawkie at the Colony School.  Looms are provided.  Contact hopewellweaving@gmail.com for more details.

2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, there will be a free program presented by nationally recognized author Tim Pletkovich’s on his highly acclaimed book, Civil War Fathers. This book focuses on eight World War II soldiers and their Civil War fathers Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

Friday November 29, Saturday November 30, Sunday December 1, Saturday December 7, and Sunday December 8  Julmarknad (Christmas Market)

Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters throughout the village.  Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other Christmas gift items.  Cookie Walk at the Colony School November 29-30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Help the Vasa National Archives make a paper mache snowman from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 29-30.  Chocolate Walk at the Dairy Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  December 7 and 8.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14
Lucia Nights (Festival of Lights)

From 6 to 9 p.m., experience a unique Swedish holiday.  Luminaries line the sidewalk and music fills the air.  Young girls dressed as St. Lucia serve drinks and sweets in shops and museums throughout the village.  Soup supper available at the Methodist Church.  All Bishop Hill restaurants and shops will be open.  December 13 is the Christmas Tree lighting in the park at 6 p.m.  December 14  Barn Dance at the Colony School at 7 p.m.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

December 20  Celtic Winter Solstice

Join singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis for ancient tales and tunes from Ireland and Celtic diaspora at the Creative Commons at 7 p.m. Contact foxtales@foxtalesint.com or 309 696-1017 for more details.

December 25  Julotta

Nondenominational church service at the Colony Church starting at 6 a.m.  Conducted in Swedish and English.  Coffee and rusks served following the service.  Sponsored by the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.  Call 309 927-3899 for more information.

Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.