Friday, September 19, 2014

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

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, 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. See this and more this weekend, September 27 and 28.

Come and enjoy 19th century agricultural and artisan demonstrations, food, music, children’s activities, Old Settler 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.       

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

There will be a  meeting of the
Thursday, September 18, 2014
 VagnHall Galleri in Bishop Hill, IL 

The VagnHall Galleri is located on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Arts Center at 203 North Bishop Hill Street.  The meeting is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be open to the public.
The Illinois Workforce Investment Board (IWIB) is a sixty member board  appointed by the Governor to review the progress of the state’s workforce planning efforts by assisting development services and programs in order to meet the  needs of Illinois employers and workers. The IWIB includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education and community organizations.
This meeting is being hosted by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  If you have questions about the meeting location, please call 309 927-3899 or email the BHHA

Monday, August 18, 2014

Catalyst performs in Bishop Hill

The Dreaming Tree Concert Series


Sunday, August 31 from 4pm-6pm
110 North Olson Street, Bishop Hill
Catalyst is an alternative rock band that plays an amazing variety of original tunes in a diverse array of genres from rollicking rock to haunting ballads.

Bring a lawn chair to this outdoor concert. 
Donations appreciated.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fiber Festival Continues in Bishop Hill

Crowds filled the town yesterday for our annual 
Fiber Festival in Bishop Hill.
There is still time to browse the wares of regional artisans and see a variety of crafts demonstrated throughout town!

The fun continues today, Sunday,
August 17, from 10am to 4pm.

A group of talented rug hookers set up shop
in the newly renovated
Welcome Center.

The convenient central location and the open floor plan of its front meeting room makes this an ideal spot to gather.Why not host your next event here in Bishop Hill? Rent this room for your public or private party! Use the contact form at the right or call 
309-927-3008 for information.