Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
February 07
Fabulous You!

Discover your inner artist at this workshop at Hantverk Galleri. Design, create, and color a textured and personalized porcelain heart shaped plate for your favorite Valentine. The plate will be available to pick up the following Friday. 1:30pm. Fee: $25. Space is limited; call for reservation: 309-927-3064

February 07
Meditation and Massage at the Twinflower Inn

Meditation: Samantha Hartley will teach a class about the ancient practice of Mantra Based Meditation. Witness the full span of experiences involved in the meditation process. Learn to use a mantra to develop a centered awareness and a deeper level of consciousness. 10:30am-11:45am. Class Fee:  $25
Massage: Visit the relaxing Twinflower Inn to chase the winter aches away with a massage by Elmira A. Akama, LMT, NCTMB. Elmira is offering  1/2 hour and 1 hour massages for $30.00 and $60.00. She will be Available 9am-4pm.  

February 14
Fabulous Felting!

Learn to use colorful wool roving to felt decorative items at this workshop offered at Hantverk Galleri. Make  heart shaped coasters, bookmarks, a cell phone case, or a Valentine card. 1:30pm. Fee: $25. Space is limited; call for reservation: 309-927-3064.

February 14
Yoga with Christy DeSmit

Treat yourself to this midwinter yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Twinflower Inn. Christy DeSmit of the Kewanee Yoga Center will show you how to expand the radiance within you through gentle yoga poses, breathing, and mindfulness meditation. 10:30am. Fee: $5.00

February 21
Fabulous Spring Flowers!

At this workshop at Hantverk Galleri you will decorate a handmade porcelain bulb vase with your own design. After the bulb blooms you can use the vase for summer flowers. The vase will be available to pick up the following Friday. 1:30pm. Fee: $25.00. Space is limited; call for reservation: 309-927-3064

February 21
Tarot Card Readings by Deb Freuh

Stop in at the Twinflower Inn from 10am-4pm for an informative and enlightening reading. Fee: $20.00 for 15 minutes; 2 session limit per person.

February 21
Coffee House

The Dreaming Tree Coffee House concert series continues at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center with Two Guys & Two Guitars: Justin Leuba & John Heasly. 7pm. Contact the sponsor, the Twinflower Inn, for more information. 309-696-1017.

February 28
Fabulous Gluten Free Baking!

In this hands on workshop at Hantverk Galleri, you’ll learn gluten free baking tips and techniques and leave with gluten free treats to take home. 1:30pm. Fee: $25.00 Space is limited; call for reservation: 309-927-3064

February 28
Massage with Stephanie Adams Taylor

Visit The Twinflower Inn from 10am-4pm where Stephanie, owner of Taylor Made Massage in Cambridge, IL, will be offering  chair massages. Fee: $30.00 for 30 minutes.

March 21
Coffee House

This Dreaming Tree Coffee House Concert, The Story of Blues, at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center will feature the red hot Piedmont blues and finger-picking guitar of David Berchtold and the classic American humor, wit and wisdom of storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis. 7pm. Contact the sponsor, the Twinflower Inn, for more information. 309-696-1017.

March 28 To March 29
Toy Tractor Weekend

Are you a toy tractor enthusiast? Visit the annual Four Boys Farm Collector Show featuring a variety of over 100 John Deere and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements. View the miniature farm landscape depicting life on the farm at the Steeple Building from 10am-5pm. Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899

April 11
Spring Jubilee

Bishop Hill springs to life as shops and museums open for the season from 10am-5pm. Guests are greeted with coffee, cookies, and special treats. 309-927-3311

April 11
He Gave the World the Steel Plow: The John Deere Story

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host Richard Morthland, a scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council, to present a first person portrayal of John Deere in the story He Gave the World the Steel Plow. The public is invited to this free program in the Dairy Building at 2pm. Email or call 309 927-3899 for more details.

April 21
Swedish Immigration Program

Dr. Anne-Charlotte Harvey will present a program with accompanying music, about Swedish immigration. Sponsored by the BHHA, this hour-long program will be held in the Dairy Building at 410 North Erickson Street at 7pm.  Call 309 927-3899 for more information.

April 25
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

Experience Historic Bishop Hill as you run or walk in this 5K event. Registration 7am; Race 9am. Download Application here. 309-927-3044

May 02
Valborg Bonfire

Welcome Spring in this traditional way. Listen to songs and speeches as you watch the bonfire consume the remnants of Winter. 6pm-9pm. Enjoy a wiener roast, coffee, hot chocolate, and other tasty treats. 309-927-3898

May 09
Civil War Days

The public is invited to celebrate Bishop Hill's Military Company D, 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. This event will feature a Civil War encampment in the village park and free programming throughout the day. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, General Blackjack Logan, and other Civil War figures. A special Civil War exhibit will be on display at the Steeple Building. Stay for an evening Civil War Dance held in the Colony School. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Email or call 309-927-3899 for details.

May 15 To May 17
Quilt Show: Wine, Women, and Windows

A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. May 15 and 16, 10am-5pm and May 17, 10am-4pm. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something else. $4.00 admission. See special quilt exhibits throughout town. 309-927-3851

June 07
Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-6pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355

Summer
June 20
Midsommar Music Festival

Join this lively Swedish tradition; come celebrate the summer solstice with music, workshops, and a center stage concert.  A Maypole will be decorated and a procession will deliver it to the Colony School where singing and dancing will continue.  Later, a barn dance will be held in the School.  Music from 11am-4-pm. Pole decorating and procession at 4pm. Barn dance at 7pm. 309-927-3311

July 11
25th Annual Country Antique Market

Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. Proceeds from this event will benefit a Bishop Hill organization. 9am-3pm. $6.00 admission.  309-927-3042 or 309-927-3037

July 26
Antique Car Show

A great antique and classic car show.  Registration is from 9am-11:30am,  judging is from noon-1:30pm with awards presented at 3pm.  Download application here. Call 309-525-5665

August 15
Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers! Held in the Village Park from 1pm-4pm, this is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899

August 15 To August 16
Clay and Fiber Fest

Enjoy a pottery and fibers weekend.  Demonstrations include pottery making and firing, spinning and weaving techniques, and broom making. Hands-on activities include spinning and weaving.  Enjoy a soup supper on Saturday  featuring homemade soups served in handmade bowls. Call 309-927-3008

August 29 To August 30
Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The public is invited to this free family-oriented event. This small town tradition takes place in the Bishop Hill Village Park where reenactors, portraying famous historical figures, bring the past to life through their inspiring stories. 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899.