Don't miss this tasty treat at this year's Jordbruksdagarna.
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers are hauling the old cauldron to the park and setting up tables for the traditional meal they prepare each year for festival guests. Follow your nose to the big black bubbling kettle on Saturday and Sunday for a hearty meal of beef and barley stew, hardtack, and rice pudding.
BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, left Louis and Marion Nelson, 2016 Parade Marshals, right
Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade. This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association.
The 2016 BHOSA Parade will be held
Saturday, September 10
at 10:00 am
The annual Old Settlers' Day Celebration will begin at 10:00 with the parade through Bishop Hill. At 11:30 a chicken dinner will be served at the Colony School. At 12:15 the Bishop Hill High Society Band will perform in the gazebo in the town square. The formal program is scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the park. The public is invited to attend. The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. Parade rain date Sunday, Sept 11:00 at 1pm. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association has chosen Bishop Hill residents, Marian and Louis Nelson, as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Old Settlers' Day Parade. Marion and Louis are direct descendants of the original colony settlers and both were born within a mile of Bishop Hill. They have made their home in Bishop Hill since they were wed in 1947 and have played active roles in building and growing this community. Over several decades, Louis has applied his extensive carpentry expertise in preserving many of Bishop Hill's fine old buildings and Marion has lent her hand and culinary skills in fundraising for multiple organizations and events. The BHOSA is proud to have this outstanding couple lead this year's parade!
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association
is now seeking
parade entry applications!
Large floats and small floats, floats pulled by horses, tractors, and trucks are all needed. Marching bands, antique cars, and antique tractors are also welcome to participate. As always, the parade will feature the Old Settlers’ original 1929 Chevy firetruck.
There are no entry fees. If you wish to participate please contact the BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, at 309-927-3044.
Sponsored byThe Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association
Registration is 9am to 11:30am at the historic Colony School. The entry fee is $10.00. Participants judge the entries from 11:30am-1:30pm. Trophies for the 20 classes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and Best of Show, will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Village Park. Download an application here and call 309-937-2474 for more information.
The classes are Street Rod, Street Machine 49-69, Street Machine 70-up, Trucks, 4x4 Trucks, Antique Pre-32, Antique 32-48, Original 49-59, Original 60-69, Original 70-79, Original 80-89, Original 90-99, Original 2000 and up, Corvette, Mustang, 55-56-57, Custom, Special Interest, Kids Class (Under 21), and Muscle Car. Trophies will be awarded in each class. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.
Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Firemen will be serving a grilled pork chop meal in the Park during the event.
Show proceeds are used to restore and preserve the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School. It was the last major structure built before the dissolution of the Bishop Hill Colony in 1861. The Colony School, available for rent, is the headquarters of the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association. Why not make this the setting for your next event? To rent the School, complete with its spacious commercial kitchen and historic hall, download an application here. But to ensure your date is available, please contact a representative of the BHOSA by using the email form at right or by calling 309-927-3044.
This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas Wisconsin. A great selection of primitive antiques, folk art, early country, textiles, stoneware, baskets and more will be available during this one day market.
Bring the whole family. Live Folk Music by "Hammer & Pick." Breakfast and lunch are available by the The Filling Station. This antique market is a rain or shine event. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to explore for antiques at one of the best shows in the Midwest.
Over 100 quilts, furnished by members of the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, will be on display in the Colony School this weekend at the
The Bishop Hill Quilt Show
Friday thru Sunday, May 13 – 15
Each year a special theme is chosen; the title and featured subject for 2016 is Lattice, Leaves, and Landscapes. Presenting quilters range in age and experience but are unified by the excellence of their work. This annual event attracts a large, appreciative audience. Come and see for yourself the vast variety of color combinations, design details, fine stitching and applique techniques that make each quilt a memorable work of art. Be amazed by the painstaking process by which these artists interpret and achieve this year’s theme with bits of fabric and thread! Stroll Bishop Hill to find additional quilts and exhibits in our shops and museums. Visit a special BHHA quilt display at the Steeple Building.
Are you a fan of tradition and exquisite detail?
Stop in at the Steeple Building for a
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale
Friday thru Sunday, May 13 – 15
Representatives of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will be on hand to demonstrate this ancient art form. Watch as they transform wheat straw into woven works of wonder. Try your hand at wheat weaving techniques, guided by members of the IAWW. They will gladly answer any questions you may have. Their weavings, books, and tools, will also be available to purchase.
A Vintage Wedding Exhibit featuring wedding dresses dating back to 1883 will be on display throughout the entire weekend at the Henry County Historical Museum. Friday and Saturday will feature a “vintage” program at 2pm. Sweet Annie Primitives will host “A Day in the Garden” open house on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Explore Sweet Annie’s primitive décor for your home and garden. Light refreshments will be served. Details: 309 927-3072.
Check out the Schoolhouse!
Exploring the Colony School and its grounds when it overflows with treasures is the ideal way to discern how splendid a venue this is for parties, reunions, and other happy events. Rent the School - complete with a spacious commercial kitchen and historic hall, for your own use. For terms, download an application here, but to ensure your date is available, please contact a representative of the BHOSA by email or at 309-927-3044.
Join Us! Now in its 21st year, the Stomp will be held Saturday, April 23rd
As the daffodils push through the winter brush, The Old Settlers are sweeping out the old schoolhouse in preparation for the first of our 2016 sponsored events, the Swedish Stomp.
Held rain or shine -
But so much better when it shines!
This 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. It is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association; the proceeds will be used for the preservation and maintenance of the Old Colony School.