2018 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill


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April 28           Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo
Experience Historic Bishop Hill as you run or walk in the 5K event. Registration 7 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the BHOSA.


May 5              Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois, 1818 to 1960

This concert includes historical ballads that recount the stories of a broad range of events, many of them catastrophic, from floods and tornados to murders and coal mining disasters.   This body of song also encompasses protest songs from mills and mines, as well hundreds of gospel songs and fiddle tunes, legions of bluegrass and early country songs, and dance tunes from every ethnic group to settle in the Prairie State. “Booth Shot Lincoln” brings a sample of these songs to life through both performance and commentary.  Bucky Halker draws on his extensive knowledge of Illinois folk music gained from years of research and his production of the five-volume CD series, Folksongs of Illinois.  The concert is free and open to the public. 1:30 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Humanities Council.


May 18-20       Quilt Show
The theme for this year’s show is Teapots, Toys, and Tumbling Blocks. A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, appliqué, or something else. Admission is $5 at the Colony School. Special quilt exhibits will be at the Steeple Building, as well as wheat weaving demonstrations. May 18 and 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and May 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, Bishop Hill Arts Council, and the BHHA


May 26            Bishop Hill Civil War Day

Open to all ages, this Memorial Weekend event will have a Civil War encampment in the village park and free programming throughout the day.  Meet General Blackjack Logan, witness a battle, observe a battlefield surgery, and much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the BHHA.


June 9             Bishop Hill in World War I exhibition opening at the Steeple Building Museum

This display, created by the BHHA, tells the story of the War to End all Wars through the eyes of Bishop Hill men who were “over there.” The exhibit will close on September 30, 2018. Sponsored by the BHHA.


June 10           Honor Flight Benefit
This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 3-6 p.m.


June 23           Midsommar Music Festival
Join a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice. Free concerts in the park. A Maypole will be decorated and a procession will ensure delivery to the Colony School. A barn dance will be held in the evening. Music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pole decorating and procession at 4 p.m. Barn dance at 7 p.m. Organized by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill VASA Lodge #683, VASA Order of America, BHHA, and the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.

2018 Midsommar Music Festival Schedule

Schedule for the day includes the following on the Main Stage in the center of the park in front of the gazebo: 


Black Hawk
Pipes & Drums                                          11 am


Kewanee Community Band/Chorus        1 pm


Big River Reeltime Band                         2 pm


Nordland Band                                        3 pm


***Maypole dressing begins at 4 pm and procession to the Colony School begins just after it is dressed.

Barn Dance at the Colony School with The Ragged Robin Band – 7 pm.   All dances called and taught by veteran caller Ms. Gail Hintze. No experience needed. Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

Nordland Band will have a free workshop from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Building.


June 23           Rabarber Fundraiser 

Enjoy a fresh slice of rhubarb pie as you attend the Midsommar Music Festival.  Located at the Steeple Building Museum, proceeds from this fundraiser will help finance BHHA activities.


July 14            Country Antique Market

Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. $6.00 admission. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Sponsored by Sweet Annie Primitives.


July 22            Antique Car Show
Antique and classic car show. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., judging is from noon – 1:30 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association.


August 11-12  Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts.

Demonstrations include pottery making and firing, spinning and weaving techniques, and broom making, with wheat weaving in the Steeple Building Museum. Vendors of all different type of art forms will be present. Sponsored by the BHAC.


August 11       Pie at the Steeple (Pie and Ice Cream Social Fundraiser)
Join this fund raiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, held at the Steeple Building. 1 – 4 p.m.


August 25       Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Spend the day with several characters from our past. Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music. The theme this year is World War I. Free event held in the village park. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn.
September 8    Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 171st anniversary of the Colony and the 121st year of the Old Settler’s 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 9    Colony School Reunion

Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2 – 4 p.m.


Sept. 29-30      Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, antique/primitive vendors, and much, much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Please call to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.