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!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jordbruksdagarna - "Ag" Days Celebrated in Bishop Hill this weekend

Read all the details of this weekend's activities HERE.
Cultivating the strong roots of our agricultural past serves Bishop Hill well in weathering the winds of an uncertain future. A look back always helps to set a course for how we want to steer our community forward. Much has been reported lately about upcoming Illinois historic site cutbacks and closures. But in fact, those affected  Bishop Hill venues - the Hotel, Church, and Krans Museum - will remain open on a reduced schedule, operating Thursday through Sunday.
As for the rest of the town and its organizations, all is in high gear, preparing activities and events to entice visitors old and new. In particular, the recent  September 18th meeting of the Illinois Workforce Investment Board  held in  Bishop Hill spotlighted it’s undeniable charm and relevance to many, improving its chance to qualify for restored state funding. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association has sponsored many events and workshops throughout the 2014 season and is planning even more in the months and year ahead! 

Since 1972, on the last weekend in September each year, Bishop Hill has celebrated the harvest festival, Jordbruksdagarna (pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na), Swedish for "Earth Work Days.”
The park and locations about town are now being readied for this year's festivities. Ryan Werkheiser, a local grower of specialty fall ornamentals, has become a delightful addition to the festivities. He has loaded his wagons with all the best of the harvest, fresh-picked from the Bishop Hill countryside.
Come and enjoy 19th century agricultural and artisan demonstrations, food, music, children’s activities, Old Settlers' Colony Stew, and vendors selling produce, antiques, and baked goods. See firsthand what our ancestors did to create the world of luxury in which we live today! While in town plan a stop at the newly renovated Welcome Center located in the heart of town. This spacious building is available to the public to rent for private and public events. Bustling with visitors, is the perfect way to see it at its best. For rental information, use the contact form at right. For general info about the festival and other Bishop Hill events, call 309-927-3899 or 309-927-3345.