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Bishop Hill, Illinois


In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey,” and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.

Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site.

   

Bishop Hill, Illinois Event Calendar

Spring - 2014
April 26
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo
Experience Historic Bishop Hill as you run or walk in this 5K event. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association. Call 309-927-3044 or click link below for an application.
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May 03
Valborg Bonfire
Welcome spring in this traditional way. Enjoy the bonfire as you listen to songs, speeches; enjoy a wiener roast, coffee, hot chocolate and fine fellowship. 309-927-3898
6pm to 9pm
May 16 to May 18
Quilt Show: Jars, Jewels, and Jellyrolls
A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something unique. Admission is $3. Special quilt exhibits will be at VagnHall Galleri and the Steeple Building. May 16 and 17 10am-5pm, May 18, 10am-4pm 309-927-3851
Summer - 2014
June 08
Honor Flight Benefit
This is a fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner all in the Bishop Hill Village Park 309-932-3355
3pm to 6pm
June 21
Midsommar Music Festival
Join in a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice with music and dancing. Decorate a Maypole and follow the procession to ensure a bountiful summer. Shake a leg at the barn dance held at the Colony School. Music from 11am-4pm. Pole decorating and procession at 4pm. Barn dance at 7pm. 309-927-3899
July 12
24th Annual Country Antique Market
Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. This event benefits a Bishop Hill organization. $5.00 admission 9am-3pm. 309-927-3042 or 309-927-3037
July 27
Antique Car Show 2014
Come to view or display great antique and classic cars. Registration is from 9am-1:30pm, judging is from noon-1:30 with awards presented at 3pm
309-932-2474
August 16 to August 17
Clay and Fiber Fest
Enjoy fine pottery and fiber work as dozens of the Midwest's best display their wares. 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 at the Colony School.
309-926-3008
August 16
Pie and Ice Cream Social
Join this delicious fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association in the Village Park. 1pm- 4 pm.
309-927-3899
Fall - 2014
September 06
Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Located in the Village Park, this small town tradition is a free family oriented event where you will hear reenactors tell inspiring stories portraying famous historical figures from the past. For more information go to www.bishophillheritage.org
309-927-3899
September 13
Old Settlers' Day
Celebrate the 168th anniversary of the Colony and the 118th year of the Old Settlers' Association. A traditional chicken dinner is served at 11:30am at the Colony School. In the Village Park attend a band concert at 12:15pm and a program featuring Colony descendants at 1:30pm.
309-927-3044
September 14
Colony School Reunion
Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2-4pm. 309-927-3044
September 27 to September 28
Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna
Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Colony stew. 10am-5pm.
309-927-3345
October 10
Harvest Moon Shopping and Bonfire
Return to Bishop Hill and shop by the light of the harvest moon when the Bishop Hill galleries and restaurants will be open after dark. Then come enjoy ghost stories and a bonfire at the Twinflower Inn located in the Colony Hospital. Shop until 9pm. The bonfire ghost stories run from 8:00pm-10:00pm.
309-927-3008
Winter - 2014
November 28 to November 30
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters causing mischief throughout the village. Music and the smell of food fills the air. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. 10am - 5pm
November 28 to November 29
Christmas Cookie Walk
Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone.
309-927-3899
December 06 to December 07
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
This is the second week of the Christmas Market. Shopping for the gift items continues and the music and food is just as tantalizing. 10am-5pm
December 06 to December 07
The Chocolate Walk
Held at the new Arts Council Welcome Center. Many Chocolate treats will be available for you to enjoy. Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm.
309-927-3899
December 12 to December 14
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights
Coffee and sweets are served in shops and museums by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Musical entertainment fills the air throughout the village. 6pm-9pm
309-927-3899
December 25
Julotta - Candlelight Non-Denominational Church Service
Services are held in the Colony Church and conducted in Swedish and English. Coffee and rusk served following the service. 6am.
309-927-3345

Additional information-phone 309-927-3345 unless otherwise noted.

TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES.

*Programs of the Bishop Hill Arts Council are partially supported by a grant from
the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Attention:
The VALBORG BONFIRE is
APRIL 26
(not May 3 as indicated on the calendar)

COME STOMP WITH US!
Saturday, April, 26
5k run and walk
Click Link in the calendar listing
to download application

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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