Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Fades But Winter Fun Is Just Ahead!

Only a week ago Bishop Hill was filled with the fiery colors of Autumn. After a hard frost and whipping winds this past weekend, winter is starting to reveal itself. Throughout town plans are being made to welcome guests to the Christmas Market. Goodies are being baked for the Cookie and Chocolate Walks, and candlecrowns are being fashioned for Lucia Nights. Bishop Hill is such a relaxing alternative to the Christmas frenzy found just about everywhere else, that folks have made visiting at this special time an annual holiday tradition. Join us. Check the calendar;  details for upcoming winter dates will be added soon!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 19th Swedish String Concert & Fundraiser for LaGrace Hall of Hope

The Swedish String Duo
lydia and Andrea
will perform traditional music on fiddle,
5-string fiddle, and nyckelharpa
at the Dairy Building on
October 19, 2014  at 3pm  
Much of their repertoire comes from central Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. This free concert is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of Bishop Hill. 
Call 309 927-3899 or check
the BHHA website for details.
After the concert, please plan to attend a
Dinner Fundraiser

at the Filling Station, located at 303 North Bishop Hill Street. All goodwill donations from this supper will go to  LaGrace Hall of Hope
in Galesburg, IL. This not for profit organization helps women and children in need. The dinner will start at 4pm. and will consist of Swedish pancakes, sausage, and other breakfast fare.  For more information about this fundraiser, call 309 927-3355.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dala Horse Painting Workshop in Bishop Hill

Saturday October 11

Carol Curry will be conducting a Dala horse painting workshop from 9 am to 3 pm at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Participants will hand-paint a small Dala horse using a traditional Swedish pattern. Space for the workshop will be limited to 15 adults. The cost is $20 per person. However, if you are a member of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, the cost is only $15. All supplies will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. This Swedish workshop is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Arts Council. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of town. For more details or to reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email the BHHA.

Painting by James Kelso, acrylic on panel
Sweden, in the harsh winter of 1716, was at war. Many soldiers were quartered in homes in the province of Dalarna. They were cold and hungry. The story goes that one soldier carved a Dala Horse from a log of wood. He gave it to the child of the home, but before he did so, he painted it bright red and decorated the harness and saddle with kurbits. This was a biblical touch, echoing the scene in which Jonah sat in the desert and a kurbit - a gourd vine - grew round him to protect him from the sun. Carving the stocky, snub-nosed, tailless horses was already a Swedish tradition, but until then they’d been unpainted. In return for the toy, the woman of the house gave the soldier a bowl of soup. He made another horse. More soup. Word got round. Other soldiers began carving and painting horses for food. Dala horses have since become a symbol of Swedish goodwill, frugality and dexterity.

Scandinavian Band Ljom Performs in Bishop Hill

Join us on Sunday, October 5th

The public is invited to a free performance by the Scandinavian five piece band Ljom (pronounced “Yoom”) at the Bishop Hill Diary Building at 7 p.m.  Basing their music on old vocal melodies used on mountain farms along the Norwegian-Swedish border, this band has created a unique contemporary sound.  Sample their music here. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Arts Council. 
We hope to see you there!