2019 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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PDF of the 2019 Bishop Hill Visitors Guide: bh_vis guide19final

August 16-18  Plein Air Festival

Come to Paint or come to watch the artists at work.  We will offer classes for beginners and awards to the winners.  There will be hands-on craft projects for the kids as well.  Call Katrina Morrison at 309 373-5314 for more details.  Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, the Creative Commons, and Garden Thyme.

August 17-18 Bishop Hill Hummingbird Festival
Spend the day in the gardens and prairies of Bishop Hill at our first annual Hummingbird Festival, a new part of the third annual Plein Air painting event. Most of the event is free! Donations accepted.

August 17th at 5:30 p.m. An Intimate Evening with John James Audubon. A Dinner Theater Experience catered by PL Johnson’s. Reservations Required. $30 per person

August 18th
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Birding with Audubon ($10 suggested donation)
12:00 – 4:00 Hummingbird Banding in the Prairie, Song Bird Banding near the Cemetery, and Hands-On Hummingbird Crafts for Kids
12:30 Hummingbird Tales w/ Brian “Fox” Ellis
1:30 Audubon’s Hummingbird Stories
2:30 Plein Air Art Exhibit and Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, the Bishop Hill Creative Commons and the Twinflower Inn.

August 17 Pie and Ice Cream Social
Fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 11 a.m. – until it is gone. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

August 24 Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is excited to announce the line-up for this year’s seventh annual Chautauqua, Saturday, August 24th, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. The theme this year is “An Encounter With Visionaries.” The re-enactors will bring to life four characters who changed the world: the pioneering biologist Charles Darwin; a leader in the effort to win women the right to vote, Susan B. Anthony; botanist and civil rights hero, George Washington Carver; and the first singer/songwriter to win the Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan!

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with Brian “Fox” Ellis portraying Charles Darwin and telling the stories of his voyage around the world on HMS Beagle. As one scholar has said, modern biology would make no sense without Darwin’s theory of evolution. Though highly controversial in his day, 150 years of research has only confirmed his ideas. This performance is equal parts history, science and stand-up comedy as Darwin shares the stories of his adventures in the wildest places on the planet.
At Noon, there will be a lunch break so visitors can enjoy one of three fine restaurants in Bishop Hill, or visit the shops and museums.

At 1 pm, Annette Baldwin will take the stage as Women’s Rights Advocate Susan B Anthony. She was the bold, courageous and unstoppable leader of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. Chicago-area actress Annette M. Baldwin has lectured and performed on the woman’s suffrage movement for over 20 years.

At 2 p.m., local dignitaries will re-dedicate the 1851 Carpenter Building. Thanks to the support of the community, this important Bishop Hill Colony building has underwent an historic exterior restoration, with new windows and new brick. Light refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by Hammer and Pick.

At 3 p.m., Emmy winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk will take the stage as George Washington Carver. Carver is a farmer and botanist whose research transformed agriculture not only popularizing peanut butter, but changing the way we think about rotating crops for soil health.

And at 4, Danny Fox will present a concert of your favorite Bob Dylan songs. He has opened for such prestigious acts as Buddy Guy, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, and Beatles tribute acts American English and The Cavern Beat. He has also won the Bob Dylan singer/songwriter competition in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, three years in a row.

All performances are at the gazebo, in the town square. This FREE family program is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Galesburg Community Foundation, and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast. Come early to visit museums and shops. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. For more information, call 309-927-3899, visit www.bishophillheritage.org or email bhha@mymctc.net .

August 24  Rededication of Carpenter Building

The BHHA will be hosting a rededication ceremony of the 1851 Carpenter Building on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will consist of music, light refreshments, and speakers . The rededication is open to the public. It is also occurring during our Bishop Hill Chautauqua.

September 14 Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 173rd anniversary of the Colony and the 123rd year of the Old Settlers’ Association. A traditional chicken dinner is served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a band concert at 12:15 p.m., and a program featuring Colony descendants at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the BHOSA.

September 15 Colony School Reunion
Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the BHOSA.

Sept. 28-29 Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna
Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

Saturday October 12
The Journey to Mollie’s War: WACS and WWII
At 2 p.m. on Saturday October 12 at the Dairy Building, there will be a free public presentation by Cyndee Schaffer about World War II WACS. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street. This presentation is hosted by the BBHA and sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

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.