2019 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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April 27 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. This 5k walk/run through scenic Bishop Hill is perfect for participants of all ages and abilities. Tots, six and under can join in the fun at the Skamparoo following the 5k race. Post-race refreshments will be served in the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School and the proceeds will help in its restoration and maintenance. To download and print a race application, click on the following:  Swedish stomp and skamparoo 2019 amended 3.   Sponsored by the BHOSA.

April 27  Valborg and Wiener Roast

Experience an ancient Swedish traditional bonfire as the VASA National Archives welcome the return of Spring. The Valborg and Wiener Rost will start at 6 p.m. on April 27 (same day as the Stomp). Yard games and activities will be available to the whole family. Hot dogs, buns, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

April 28  Henry County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Noon luncheon and meeting followed by a program.  Open to the public.  Please call Sue Schulz at 309 927-3899 for luncheon reservations.  The program is Bree Summers presenting the “Life Cycle of Monarch Butterflies” with slide show.

May 5  Civil War Presentation

Dan Dauw, a Civil War Living History Presenter and local historian, will present a Civil War program at the Henry County Museum at 1 p.m.  This program is open to the public.

May 11 The History of Baseball
Dr. Bruce Storey will be presenting a free public lecture about the history of baseball in the United States. This program will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

May 14-16  Birding Between Two Rivers

Join storyteller and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis in this well balanced blend of bird watching and history, culture, and ecology.  An all inclusive price covers all meals, lodging at the Twinflower Inn, ground transportation, guide services, and canoe rental.  Contact Mr. Ellis at 309 696-1017 or foxtales@foxtalesint.com to make reservations.

May 17-19 Bishop Hill Quilt Show
A bedazzling display of quilts will fill the Colony School. This year’s theme is Yule, YoYo, and Yardage. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, appliqué, or something else. Admission fee at the Colony School. Challenge Quilts and the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will be at the Steeple Building Museum. May 17 and 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and May 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, Bishop Hill Arts Council, and the BHHA.

June 8 Textiles to Tools: Their Impact on 19th Century Bishop Hill
Exhibition Opening at the Steeple Building Museum
This exhibition, created by the BHHA, not only display unique tools and garments but also tells the story of Bishop Hill through these “everyday” objects. The exhibit will close in October 2019. Sponsored by the BHHA.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

June 9 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.  Call 309 927-3355 for more information

.June 15 How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else
Writer and food historian Cynthia Clampitt will present a one-hour free public lecture about the impact that corn has on society. This program will be at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, 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.

June 22 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. Music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maypole decorating and procession at 4 p.m. Organized by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill VASA Lodge #683, VASA Order of America, BHHA, Old Settlers’ Association, and the Bishop Hill State Historic Site. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

June 22 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.

June 22 Midsommar Respite

The VASA National Archives invites you take a break to enjoy fika with them.  Fika is a Swedish custom of offering visitors a drink and a snack.  There will also be a make-and-take clay sculpture station for you.  Call 309 927-3898 for more details.

June 23-25  Rug Hooking Workshop

Sponsored by the Prairie Arts Center.  Call 309 927-3008 for more details.

July 13   29th Annual Country Antique Market
Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. $7.00 admission. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored by Sweet Annie Primitives.  309 927-3072  www.sweetannieprimitives.net

July 26  Native American Star Stories

Join Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis as he shares an American Indian view of astronomy with ancient stories and songs. Gather around the campfire at the Twinflower inn with telescopes to gaze into the starry night.  Begins at 8 p.m.  Call 309 696-1017 or foxtales@foxtalesint.com for more details.

July 28 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 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
Spend the day with several characters from our past, such as George Washington Carver and Charles Darwin. Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music. The theme this year is An Encounter With Visionaries:  Exploring Boundaries.  Free event held in the village park.

The following are the historical characters being portrayed, followed by the reenactors who will be portraying them:

Charles Darwin (by Brian “Fox” Ellis)
Susan B Anthony (by Annette Baldwin)
George Washington Carver (by Bobby Norfolk)
Bob Dylan (by Danny Fox); this will be a musical performance

Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, the Galesburg Community Foundation, the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, and the Twinflower Inn.

September 7 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 8 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.

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.