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.

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.