2019 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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April 6 A Local R.R. Bridge and a Railsplitter
Dr. Arthur Pitz will be presenting a free public lecture about Lincoln’s role in the Effie Afton incident. 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.

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. Sponsored by the BHOSA.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 Creative Commons and the Twinflower Inn.

August 17-18 3rd Annual Bishop Hill Plein Air Competition

August 17 Pie and Ice Cream Social
Fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 11 a.m. – until it is gone.

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 Exploring Boundaries. Free event held in the village park. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association 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.

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.

Friday November 29, Saturday November 30, Sunday December 1, Saturday December 7, and Sunday December 8

Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14
Lucia Nights

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