2019 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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.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 had 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 19  Duo Scandinavica Concert

Duo Scandinavica’s Jim Nelson and Lori Ann Reinhall will present a concert entitled “Unto the New World” on June 19 at 7 pm. The concert will take place in the Bishop Hill Colony School and include Swedish and Norwegian folk music, Scandinavian Vaudeville hits, and popular Scandinavian music. This wide variety of Scandinavian musical history spans from 1850– 1980.

Duo Scandinavica’s repertory covers the breadth of the Scandinavian-American musical tradition. Its creators, Jim Nelson and Lori Ann Reinhall, both have roots in the Scandinavian immigration. They have strong ties to musical communities in Scandinavia and North America. With the goal of preserving a pivotal selection of the Nordic musical treasure chest on both sides of the Atlantic, Duo Scandinavica has performed in Seattle, Tacoma, Chicago and Indianapolis in the US, and in Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Their CD “Emigrant” features 18 of these songs.

Jim Nelson grew up with his Norwegian-speaking father and family in the Midwest. He studied at Augustana College and the University of Wisconsin, and has a Ph.D in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington. He played accordion for Scandinavian “old-time” dances in Illinois and Wisconsin, and has sung and played in Edmonton and Viking, Alberta; Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and San Francisco and Seattle in the US. Jim was Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies at colleges in Alberta and Minnesota. He has also taught at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University of Washington in Seattle. He taught public school music in Norway for 15 years. Jim is a member of Svea Lodge 253, Vasa Order of America.

Lori Ann Reinhall was born and raised in Seattle. Her grandparents came from Blekinge, Sweden. She studied Scandinavian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. There she and Jim began their musical collaboration. Lori Ann sang and played piano in Sweden, taught school in and near Vienna, Austria for 3 years and continued her music studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. She was worked in software production for Microsoft and is currently assistant editor of the newspaper “The Norwegian-American” in Seattle.

The Bishop Hill Colony School is located at 304 Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill, IL. For more information contact the Vasa National Archives at 309-927-3898 or at VasaArchivist@gmail.com.

June 22 Midsommar Music Festival

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 22th with a strong line-up of musical performers. In Sweden, Midsommar is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. Given Sweden’s long, dark winters, it is not surprising that the arrival of the longest day of the year is a reason to celebrate. Bishop Hill honors its Swedish roots by hosting its own Midsommar celebration. Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

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, Jazz on the Side, and the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers. Black Hawk Pipes and Drums has been performing reels, jigs, and slow airs since 2000. The appearance of the Orion Community Band continues our practice of featuring Henry County’s town bands. Jazz on the Side returns to Bishop Hill to entertain the crowd with their big band standards and jazz selections. Kyle and Dave, the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, have been entertaining audiences for over two decades with their eclectic blend of upbeat Scandinavian folk music, humor, and storytelling.

Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist 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. Later, at 6 p.m., there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with Cloud Nine and caller Gail Hintze. Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will also be having its annual Rabarber Fundraiser. The BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, with coffee and lemonade, at the Steeple Building Museum front porch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support BHHA activities.

The Vasa National Archives, a short block from the park, will be offering a Midsummer Respite featuring drinks, snacks, and a make and take clay station. The public is welcome to view exhibits, enjoy some light refreshments, and make a clay sculpture to take home with you. The Vasa National Archives will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses. Partial funding for this festival is provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. For directions and more info, visit www.bishophillheritage.org , call 309-927-3899, visit the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page, or email bhha@mymctc.net.

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:

11 a.m.  Charles Darwin (by Brian “Fox” Ellis)
1  p.m.   Susan B Anthony (by Annette Baldwin)
3  p.m. George Washington Carver (by Bobby Norfolk)
4  p.m.  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.

August 24  Rededication of Carpenter Building

The BHHA will be hosting a rededication ceremony of the 1851 Carpenter Building on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will consist of music, light refreshments, and speakers . The rededication is open to the public. It is also occurring during our Bishop Hill Chautauqua. Not to worry, the ceremony will take place in between Chautauqua performances so you will not miss a thing. More details will be released later.

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.