2024 Schedule of Major Events for the BHHA 

 

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June 1             Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival

On Saturday June 1, 2024, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host the Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival.  Located in the village park in the center of Bishop Hill Illinois, this one-day festival will present some of the best-known folk music performers from around Illinois, such as Bucky Halker, Barry Cloyd, and many more.  The musical styles presented will span a wide range of folk music including Hammered Dulcimer, Swedish, and Woody Guthrie songs to name just a few.  In addition, Mike Anderson, the Dulcimer Guy, will conduct a presentation about the Beauty of the Mountain Dulcimer in the Steeple Building Museum at noon.  All the concerts and the presentation are free and open to the public.  Music starts at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day. 

The historic town is a perfect place to present the musical heritage of the Midwest.  In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Eric Janson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey.”  Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time.  Bishop Hill is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a National Historic Landmark, and is also an Illinois State Historic Site. 

This event is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the Galesburg Community Foundation and the Geneseo Foundation.  For more details, you can call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.  Information about this festival is also posted on www.bishophillheritage.org and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page.

 

Concert Schedule for Saturday June 1

(main stage is located next to the park gazebo in the center of the village park)

10 a.m.      Hammer & Pick

11 a.m.       Coffee Creek

1:00           Bucky Halker

2:00           Bucktown Americana Music Show

3:00            Barry Cloyd

 

 

 

June 8             Time to Ship Another Steer Presentation

At 1 p.m. in the Steeple Building Museum, listen to author Bill Mueller describe the stories in his second book Time to Ship Another Steer.  When you have eleven kids, and there is a bill to pay it is Time to Ship Another Steer. This is a fun look at growing up on the family farm with ten brothers and sisters. He will share simple ideas on how to save your family’s history.  Bill will make you laugh. His stories will touch your heart, bringing back many special memories.  Bill originally wrote this book for his grandchildren. Before he is finished many of you will be thinking of ways you also can leave a rich legacy for your children, and grandkids.  Email bhha@mymctc.net or call 309 927-3899 for more information.   Organized by the,Bishop Hill Heritage Association,  Funded by the Galesburg Community Foundation and the Geneseo Foundation.

 

 

The 15th annual Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colony School.. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. The Bishop Hill Honor Flight Committee is organizing this benefit.  If anyone wishes to volunteer or need more information about this benefit, please contact Cathy Nelson at 803 351-2486 or Marcy Strand at 309 525-3053.

We are having an exciting Bishop High Honor Flight week leading up to the actual benefit.  H.WYATT will be open on Friday, June 14 with a special pay-what-you-can treat. We will also match donations up to $300.  Krans Cafe will offer a pay-what-you-can Honor Flight Scoop on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They will also match donations up to $300. The Colony Inn will have Trivia Night on Friday, June 14th at 6:30pm. All proceeds will go to Bishop Hill Honor Flight.  Finaly, the Filling Station will have a pay-what-you-can Honor Flight Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, June 15 from 7-10 a.m.

On Saturday, the Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit begins with a pulled pork lunch at the Colony School.  The Colony School is located at 405 West Main Street, Bishop Hill IL.  Lunch will be by free will donation.  Bluegrass music will be provided by the Tap Root Wranglers.  A live auction and a raffle will be occurring as well, next to the Colony School  The live auction will start at 3 p.m. conducted by Travis Spivey of Spivey Auction.   In addition, there will be 50/50 drawing every hour throughout the event.

Since the start of this benefit, the community has raised more than $160,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to Washington, D.C.  to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and any veteran with a terminal illness.  Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.

Right now, we are accepting monetary donations and also donations for the raffle and live auction.  To make a donation or for more information about the Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit, please call 803 351-2486 or 309 525-3053.  Auction/raffle item donations can be dropped off at the Prairie Arts Center in Bishop Hill, IL or at Galva Pharmacy in Galva, IL.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

June 21 Stitched Shibori, Clay Resist and Mandalas plus Indigo Dyeing Class (2-day workshop,
taught by Sheri Wood
Friday, June 21, 2024 (9.am.-3p.m.) plus your choice of Thursday, June 27 OR Saturday, June 29
On June 21st, we will explore some advanced resist methods for patterning indigo, including Stitched Shibori designs, painting, stenciling and stamping with clay resist, and more detailed tying techniques to create Mandala or snowflake designs. We will spend the day working on the different techniques and designs, you may take home your stitched and tied items to complete before the dyeing class next week. Please leave your clay resist items with Sheri to finish drying before next week’s class.

You will choose which day, Thursday June 27 or Saturday June 29 the next week to return for dyeing. We will work with both fresh indigo and vat indigo to color your projects.

Material and most supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along natural fiber fabric or small clothing items from home to use. Bring along an apron, your needlework scissors, thimble and assortment of needles.

Class will meet at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 N. Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL 61419. We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch. Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $150. And includes 2 days of class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: sheri_jeanne@hotmail.com or (309) 299-8007.  Partially sponsored by the BHHA.

 

 

 

June 22           Midsommar Music Festival
Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival returns this year on Saturday June 22 with a strong line-up of musical performers.  Some of the performers are Black Haek Pipes & Drum and the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers.  Other highlights of this event include a Swedish Maypole decoration and ring dancing.  Join us for this lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice.  This festival is free and open to the public.  Email bhha@mymctc.net or call 309 927-3899 for more information.   Organized by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  Funded by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, Minneapolis Foundation, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

 

 

 

June 27 Fresh Indigo and Vat Indigo Dyeing Class, taught by Sheri Wood
Class is from 8 am. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Please join me for fun day of exploring the magic of dyeing with Indigo! Starting with natural fibers and materials, we will add patterns and watch the magic as the fabrics change from white to yellow to blue right in front of your eyes. We will start out the day, meeting at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL and take a short walk to the indigo patch to harvest the fresh indigo (Japanese Indigo or persicaria tinctoria), along the way we’ll discuss planting growing, harvesting and seed saving of these plants. We will then use the freshly harvested leaves to color our fabric using 3 different techniques- salt rub, ice dyeing and leaf pounding. Before lunch break, we will start our indigo vats and prepare items for the afternoon vat dyeing by clamping, tying, and folding materials.

After the lunch break, we will spend the afternoon dipping and dyeing our fabric and other materials. We will discuss how to finish your projects at home, and suggestions for different uses for your treasures. Material and supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along fabric or small clothing items from home to use, natural fibers dye best. I will provide samples of many different natural fabrics and yarns for you to dye. Bring along an apron, or wear clothing that make be shades of blue before the day is over. Everyone will take home their samples to finish at home, starts of the plants, and class handouts including sources for supplies, instructions for what we did in class, and directions for finishing your samples at home.

We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch.
Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $75. And includes class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: sheri_jeanne@hotmail.com or (309) 299-8007.
Partially sponsored by the BHHA.

 

 

 

June 29           Fresh Indigo and Vat Indigo Dyeing Class, taught by Sheri Wood

Class is from 8 am. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Please join me for fun day of exploring the magic of dyeing with Indigo! Starting with natural fibers and materials, we will add patterns and watch the magic as the fabrics change from white to yellow to blue right in front of your eyes. We will start out the day, meeting at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL and take a short walk to the indigo patch to harvest the fresh indigo (Japanese Indigo or persicaria tinctoria), along the way we’ll discuss planting growing, harvesting and seed saving of these plants. We will then use the freshly harvested leaves to color our fabric using 3 different techniques- salt rub, ice dyeing and leaf pounding. Before lunch break, we will start our indigo vats and prepare items for the afternoon vat dyeing by clamping, tying, and folding materials.

After the lunch break, we will spend the afternoon dipping and dyeing our fabric and other materials. We will discuss how to finish your projects at home, and suggestions for different uses for your treasures. Material and supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along fabric or small clothing items from home to use, natural fibers dye best. I will provide samples of many different natural fabrics and yarns for you to dye. Bring along an apron, or wear clothing that make be shades of blue before the day is over. Everyone will take home their samples to finish at home, starts of the plants, and class handouts including sources for supplies, instructions for what we did in class, and directions for finishing your samples at home.

We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch.
Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $75. And includes class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: sheri_jeanne@hotmail.com or (309) 299-8007.
Partially sponsored by the BHHA.

 
 
 

DANCING QUEEN RETURNS TO BISHOP HILL IN 2024
Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute will once again be performing in Bishop Hill on Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m. in the Village park. This two-hour concert is FREE and open to the public. For more information about this concert, contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309 927-3899 or bhha@mymctc.net.


Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is the ultimate tribute to the music of ABBA – sure to capture the hearts of fans and audiences of all ages! This live show is full of musical precision, fabulous flair and fashion, and promises a mesmerizing ABBA experience for every Chiquitita, Super Trouper, Fernando, and Dancing Queen around!


Fronted by a dynamic Agnetha and Frida duo, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a joyful celebration of these timeless tunes. Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is the Midwest’s long-standing resident ABBA tribute, with a repertoire of over 40 all-time favorite hits. From Waterloo to Mamma Mia, S.O.S. to Knowing Me, Knowing You, Honey, Honey to Voulez-Vous, audiences won’t be able to help singing and dancing along with their high-energy homage to everything ABBA!

 

 

 

July 20            Basket Weaving Workshop

 At the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make an ivy basket from instructor Linda Simmons. $15 per person, max of 10 people for this class. Participants are asked to bring with them the following items: a towel, a pail, and some hand-held garden shears. All other materials will be provided and lunch will be on your own. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Art Council Agency, a state agency.

 

 

 

Aug. 17 Fresh Indigo and Vat Indigo Dyeing Class, taught by Sheri Wood

Class is from 8 am. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building. . Please join me for fun day of exploring the magic of dyeing with Indigo! Starting with natural fibers and materials, we will add patterns and watch the magic as the fabrics change from white to yellow to blue right in front of your eyes. We will start out the day, meeting at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL and take a short walk to the indigo patch to harvest the fresh indigo (Japanese Indigo or persicaria tinctoria), along the way we’ll discuss planting growing, harvesting and seed saving of these plants. We will then use the freshly harvested leaves to color our fabric using 3 different techniques- salt rub, ice dyeing and leaf pounding. Before lunch break, we will start our indigo vats and prepare items for the afternoon vat dyeing by clamping, tying, and folding materials.

After the lunch break, we will spend the afternoon dipping and dyeing our fabric and other materials. We will discuss how to finish your projects at home, and suggestions for different uses for your treasures. Material and supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along fabric or small clothing items from home to use, natural fibers dye best. I will provide samples of many different natural fabrics and yarns for you to dye. Bring along an apron, or wear clothing that make be shades of blue before the day is over. Everyone will take home their samples to finish at home, starts of the plants, and class handouts including sources for supplies, instructions for what we did in class, and directions for finishing your samples at home.

We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch.
Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $75. And includes class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: sheri_jeanne@hotmail.com or (309) 299-8007.
Partially sponsored by the BHHA.

 

This is a listing of BHHA events only.  To view all other Bishop Hill events, please check out https://www.visitbishophill.com/.  Please confirm BHHA 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.