Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bishop Hill Spring Jubilee April 11, 2015

Celebrate the return of warmth 
in Bishop Hill at our annual
Spring Jubilee 
 Saturday, April 11th
Several special events will take place throughout town;
we hope you'll take time to sample these:

  • The Bishop hill Arts Council Welcome Center will host an Art Show featuring Galesburg artist, Jillie Swanson, with a meet the artist reception from 10am to noon.
  • Sweet Annie Primitives will hold a Spring Open House from 10am to 4pm.
  • “Put a little Art in Your Garden” will be the focus of a Studio Open House at Hantverk Galleri. Find handmade garden-inspired pottery birdhouses, plant pots, fairy houses and more from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Stop in at the Bishop Hill Museum to pick up some bird nesting material to offer to your neighboring feathered friends!
  • Richard Morthland will perform a first person portrayal of John Deere.  This program will be at 2pm in the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Toy Tractors in Bishop Hill March 28th and 29th

Toy tractor collectors and enthusiasts will be out in force in Bishop Hill on March 28 and 29, 2015 to see a variety of John Deere, Case, and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements.  Local collectors, such as Jerry Kuster, Wilbur Nelson, Lloyd Anderson, and Richard Carlson, are displaying their treasures for just one weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Over one hundred toy tractors and implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands will be exhibited at the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street.  These items are not for sale.  For more information, call 309-927-3899 or check out

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Enjoy these offerings as our celebration of Lucia, the bringer of light, continues:
- the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will perform at 6pm in the VagnHall Galleri
- the Mountain Men will entertain visitors in VagnHall Galleri at 7pm
- Brian “Fox” Ellis will share traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories and lead a  sing-a-long of favorite carols at the Welcome Center from 6pm-9pm 
- Hammer and Pick will be play from 6pm-9pm at the Steeple Building
- Woodcarving Demonstrations will take place at the Steeple Building from 6pm-9pm
- Soup and Chili Supper at the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will begin at 4:30pm and continue until the pot is empty! A free-will donation is appreciated.
An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at the Colony School featuring The Rusty Pickup Band on Saturday, December 13, at 7pm. All dances will be taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Julmarknad (Christmas Market) in Bishop Hill

Prepare for the winter holidays by attending a Julmarknad, in Bishop Hill.  Hours are 10am to 5pm November 28-30 and December 6-7. The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale.

See Tomten, our Swedish elves, roam through the village, shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. A working model railroad and woodcarving demonstrations will be in the Steeple Building.  The Welcome Center will feature a decorated tree using the Bishop Hill Colony Dairy Maids as the inspiration. These decorations were used on a holiday tree at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion in 2013.   A multi-artist exhibit will also be located at VagnHall Galleri in the Prairie Arts Center.

Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29 will feature three special Julmarknad activities:
- Cookie baking will be done in the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel kitchen. Sample freshly baked cookies from 1pm-3pm.
- Old World Santa Claus will visit with children from 11am-2pm in the Welcome Center.  Cameras are welcomed.
- A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9am-4pm Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound.

Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7 will offer two unique Christmas Market events:
- Children are invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Colony Hotel from 1pm-3pm. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Site to dress the Christmas tree in Bishop Hill Park during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights.
- A Chocolate Walk will be held at the Welcome Center from 10am-5pm. Quality homemade chocolates and other confections are available to purchase by the pound.