2022 Schedule of Major Spring/Summer Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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June 4             Dancing Queen:  ABBA Tribute Band Concert                                                         
Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate tribute band on the planet. With painstaking attention to detail, they’ve recreated an ABBA experience that is second to none. Fronted by two dynamic women with angelic voices, and backed by a group of world-class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that captivates audiences, both young and old.    This concert is FREE and open to the public. It will start at 1 pm in the Village Park. Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Community State Bank, Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency and The Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899.


June 20          Rarely Seen Treasures from the Attic:  Part Två

Rarely Seen Treasures from the Attic: Part Två is the new summer exhibit opening at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, IL on June 20, 2022. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be exhibiting various objects from its collection that have never been displayed before!! Some of these artifacts include an 18th century Swedish corner cabinet, Bishop Hill Colony papers, World War I memorabilia, and much more. This exhibit contains objects from United States, Swedish, Illinois, and Bishop Hill history. Steeple Building Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibition ends October 28, 2022. For more information, please contact the BHHA at bhha@mymctc.net, 309 927-3899, and www.bishophillheritage.org.


June 25           Midsommar Music Festival

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 25th with a strong line-up of musical performers. Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Scandinavian folk dance workshop, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and much more. Join us as we celebrate this Swedish holiday.

The free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Orion Community Band, Chicago Farmer, and the Nordland Band. Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. The Nordland Band will lead the Maypole procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge. Music for the ring dancing will be provided by the Bob and Judy Duo.

Later that evening, there will be a dance by the park gazebo with the Peaches and Bacon Band performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze. The park dance will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with no partner necessary. Admission is free.

The Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683 will host a Kubb game from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the park playground. Kubb is a Scandinavian lawn game using wooden blocks and batons that has been described as a combination of bowling and horseshow. Learn how to play this game for free.

The Vasa National Archives, a short block south of the park, will be offering a Midsummer Respite featuring drinks, snacks, and a make and take clay sculpture station. The public is welcome to view exhibits, enjoy some light refreshments, and make a clay sculpture to take home. The Vasa National Archives will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Authors Mary Davidsaver and Jannifer Stevens Powelson will be signing their books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center. Check out their latest releases.

Warm up your dance steps at the Nordland Band’s 12:30 p.m. workshop in the Dairy Building as they play wonderful waltzes and pretty polkas. If folks want to dive in feet first, this is an opportunity to learn some simple Swedish dances. There will also be plenty of seating for those who delight in just listening to the music. This workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary for this one-hour workshop.

The Midsommar Music Festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Vasa National Archives, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses. Funding provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, SWEA-Chicago, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency. For directions and more info, visit www.vistitbishophill.com, or call 309-927-3899.


July 24            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.


Aug. 13-14      4th Annual Hummingbird Festival                                 

 Two days of storytelling, music, hands-on crafts, artist demonstrations, bird banding, bird watching, and hummingbird sightings throughout Bishop Hill.  Enjoy a dinner theater performance featuring Illinois ornithologist Robert Ridgway.  Email foxtales@foxtalesint.com for more information.  Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Twinflower Inn, Peoria Wild Birds Unlimited, Bishop Hill Arts Council and the Illinois Audubon Society.


\Aug. 27-28     Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music.  Spend the day with several characters from our past such as Mark Twain, Jane Addams and Herbert Hoover. The theme this year is a Turn of the Century Chautauqua.  Free event held in the Bishop Hill Village Park. Organized by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Fox Tales International and the Twinflower Inn. Sponsored by the Geneseo Foundation and Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.


September 10  Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 176th anniversary of the Colony and the 126th year of the Old Settlers’ Association.  There will be a large parade at 10 a.m.  A traditional chicken dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a band concert and a program.  Sponsored by the BHOSA.


September 18  Honor Flight Fundraiser

Fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. All day breakfast buffet at The Filling Station. Silent Auction. Brown bag Raffle. Live Music.  Be there! Call 309-927-3355 for more info.


Sept. 24-25      Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. .  Email bhha@mymctc.net or call 309 927-3899 for more information.   10 a.m. – 5 p.mOrganized by the BHHAFunded by the Geneseo Foundation, Illinois Art Council Agency, Nature Creation’s, Wilbur and Marilyn Nelson, State Bank of Toulon, TerraForm Power, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association. 


This is a listing of the major events only.  Not all programs are listed, due to the large number of activities.  Also due to the pandemic, events could be rescheduled or cancelled.  Please confirm events details by emailing bhha@mymctc.net, visiting the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook Page, calling 309 927-3899, or visiting www.bishophillheritage.org

*The programs of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.