2020 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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April 18 Basket Weaving Workshop
At the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make a spring basket from instructor Linda Simmons. $25 per person, max of 10 people for this class. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register. Sponsored by the BHHA.

April 25 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.

April 25 Bring Back Heirloom Fiber Art. Come see demonstrations and join us with your project at the Dairy Building. Free and open to the public. Call 309 927-3008 for more details. Sponsored by the Prairie Arts Center.

May 2 Moments in Lincoln’s Life
Tom Emery will be doing a free public presentation about Lincoln. This one-hour program is based on Mr. Emery’s release of the same name, which is a compilation of articles on some of the lesser-known experiences of the sixteenth President, with fresh looks on the more famous episodes. This presentation will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Sponsored by the BHHA.

May 15-17 Bishop Hill Quilt Show
A bedazzling display of quilts will fill the Colony School. This year’s theme is Elephants, Eyes, and Embroidery. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, appliqué, or something else. Admission fee at the Colony School. Challenge Quilts 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 6 Dancing Queen: An #ABBA Salute Concert
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that an ABBA tribute band will be preforming at 2 p.m. in the village park on June 6. Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate tribute band on the planet. Sponsored by the Community State Bank and the BHHA.

June 13 Bishop Hill Colony Papers Exhibition
At the Steeple Building Museum, the BHHA will be displaying documents from the mid-1800’s about various Bishop Hill Colony topics. These papers have never been on public display before.

June 14 Honor Flight Benefit
This is a fundraising 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

June 20 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. Barn Dance at 6 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.

June 27 Basic Woodcarving Workshop
At the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn basic woodcarving techniques from instructor Dennis Carlson. Max of 10 people for this class. Tools will be provided. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

July 11 30th Annual Country Antique Market
Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. $8.00 admission. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored by Sweet Annie Primitives.

July 18 Learn to Felt Class
This three-hour workshop, taught by Lou Hanson of Hantverk Galleri, will teach the basics of wet felting. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register. 1– 4 p.m. at the Dairy Building Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

July 26 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 15-16 Bishop Hill Hummingbird Festival
Spend the day in the gardens and prairies of Bishop Hill at the second annual Hummingbird Festival,
Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Twinflower Inn, and Bishop Hill Arts Council.

August 22 Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Spend the day with several characters from our past, such as Walt Whitman and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music. The theme this year is Literary Figures. Free event held in the village park. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn.

August 29 Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote: Influential Illinois Women and the Suffrage Movement
Angie Snook, curator of the Geneseo Historical Museum, will be speaking in the Dairy Building at 2 p.m. about the local women suffrage movement. This program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

September 12 Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 174th anniversary of the Colony and the 124th 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 13 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. 26-27 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

October 10 March of the Women: Music for the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage
At 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, there will be a one-hour free public concert by hammered dulcimer performer Phil Passen, performing songs about women’s suffrage. Sponsored by the BHHA and the IHC Road Scholars Speaker Bureau.

Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.