Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
April 01
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 spring classes. 309-927-3899 Read more here.

April 01
VASA Exhibit Opening

Join the VASA National Archives and Museum as we open our doors for the 2017 season with an Opening Reception for a new exhibit. The new exhibit will display Swedish and Swedish-American handcrafts, art and the rise of the handcraft (sjold) movement in Sweden. Light refreshments available throughout the day.

April 01
Bishop Hill Museum Program: Attract Birds to Your Yard

The public is invited to join Sue Ruxton, Master Gardener University of Illinois Extension, for a free program at the Bishop Hill Museum at 1pm. She will discuss attracting birds to your yard and answer questions on how you can make your landscape more bird friendly. Packets of bird nesting materials will be available at the Museum.  309-927-3345  

April 01 To April 02
Toy Tractor Weekend

Over one hundred toy tractors and implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands will be exhibited at the Steeple Building.  Local collectors will be displaying their treasures for just one weekend. 309-927-3899 Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. 

April 14 To April 15
Rug Hooking Retreat

Join in the fun at the Prairie Arts Center. 309-927-3008

April 22
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

The 22nd annual Bishop Hill Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo is a timed 5 kilometer race open to all runners age 7 to 107! Run or walk the course through the streets and bucolic countryside of our historic village. The race begins at the Bishop Hill Colony School. Children age 6 and under are invited to participate in the 1/3K Skamperoo at 10am. Registration begins at 7am; race time is 9am. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, the proceeds will be used for the preservation and maintenance of the Old Colony School.  309-927-3044 CLICK to register online or download an application HERE.

April 22
Program: The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Bill Hampes, psychology professor at Black Hawk College, will be presenting a program about the humor of President Abraham Lincoln. The 40-minute presentation will discuss the ways that President Abraham Lincoln used humor and will also utilize what psychologists and others have learned about humor to show how it reflected his complex personality. 1:30pm at the Dairy Building. Sponsors: The B H Heritage Association and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.

April 28
Valborg and Winer Roast

Experience an ancient Swedish traditional bonfire as we welcome spring’s return at the Vasa National Archives. Yard games and activities will be available to the whole family. Hot dogs for roasting, buns, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to share.  6pm, VASA Museum. 309-927-3898

May 05 To May 07
Weavers Retreat

Learn to weave with Jeannie Hawkie at the Colony School and spend the night in Bishop Hill. Looms are provided. Call Twinflower Inn at 309-927-3506.

May 19 To May 21
Quilt Show: Cats, Calico, and Cross-stitch

A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. May 19 and 20, 10am-5pm and May 21, 10am-4pm. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something else. $5.00 admission. See quilt exhibits throughout town including special programs and displays at Dairy and Steeple Buildings. For more information call the Village Smithy at 309-927-3851. 

May 20 To May 21
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building May 13 and 14, 10am-5pm and May 15, 10am-4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will answer questions and demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. The IAWW seeks to further develop the craft, teach future generations of its heritage, and build a bond with wheat weavers throughout the world. Membership in the IAWW is open to all! Sign up at the show or email IAWW President Dianne Ruff for more info. 217-732-1957  

Summer
June 11
Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-7pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355

June 24
Midsommar Music Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice with music. Concerts in the village park from 11am-4pm. Maypole decorating and procession at 4pm. Barn dance at 7pm.
MidSommar Respite:
If you get too hot or dry while exploring Bishop Hill during this summer celebration, the Vasa National Archives invites you to take a break and enjoy fika with us. Fika is a Swedish custom of offering visitors a drink and a snack. To help pass the time while you cool off, we have a make-and- take clay sculpture station for you.

July 08
27th 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. 309-927-3072

July 23
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. Enjoy a grilled pork chop meal in the Park served by Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Firemen. Show proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School. The entry fee is $10.00. Download an application HERE.

August 12
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 12 To August 13
The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts

Artists and fine craft in the park, Plein Air throughout the village, hands on kids activities, soup bowl event and a backyard concert at Twin Flower Inn. 309-927-3064 This is a juried fine arts and crafts fair. For more information on this event email the Bishop Hill Arts Council. Exhibitors can download an application HERE

August 26
4th Annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The public is invited to this free family-oriented event. Take part in this small town tradition in the Bishop Hill Village Park where the theme of this year’s celebration will focus on immigration and migration. Reenactors, portraying famous historical figures, will educate and entertain with their inspiring stories and songs. 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899.

 

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