Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quilt Show at the Colony School in Bishop Hill

Quilt Show May 19th - 21st
Friday and Saturday 10-5 pm
Sunday 10-4 pm

I am always astounded at the variety, creativity and skill presented at the annual Prairie Queen Quilt Club Show. After sampling the entries this year, I have an urge to "stitch together" a new phrase to convey the artistry exhibited... but the perfect superlative to express such excellence escapes me! Come and see for yourself; the show will surely delight all.

The photos here give a sneak peek at just a few of the 100+ quilts on display in the Colony School at the 2017 themed show, Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch. Included in the show are antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and embroidered works.

Admission is $5.00. Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need. The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge quilts will be on display in the Steeple Building Museum.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The 2017 Stomp Results Are In!



Thank you to all the folks who participated in The Bishop Hill Old Settlers'  22nd Annual Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo! Thanks also to the volunteers who made the day a success. Mother Nature provided the perfect weather for the race and a good time was had by all.
The results have been tabulated. First place in the Men's division was awarded to Dave Hummel of Knoxville; his time was 20:29:08. Mandy Brothers of Geneseo was the first in the Women's division with a time of 22:09:53.

CLICK HERE for the entire list of this year's Stomp runners and their finish times. We hope to see you all again in 2018!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Both Spring and Stomp will return to Bishop Hill...soon

Although some icy patches on the lawn remain, all will soon be green again. With the first warm winds of Spring comes an interest in getting outside and stretching some muscles. What better way to do that than come and Stomp with us in beautiful Bishop Hill?!

Held rain or shine -

- with a delicious reward waiting at the finish line!

This timed 5 K Run/walk is in its 22 year and keeps growing. Join us on
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
Reserve your spot today by clicking the ad in the column to the right or download and application here and mail it in. Don't miss the fun.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bishop Hill Christmas Cookie Walk at the Colony School

Grab some tasty treats for the holidays!
Purchase confections by the pound
at our annual
This is a fundraiser for, and sponsored by,
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association
and 
The Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church
join us at the 
Colony School
Friday, Nov 25 and Saturday, Nov 26
from 9am to 4pm
Special thanks to all our local bakers who make this event a success! We are grateful to you for taking the time to make and donate such a delightful selection of sweets. We ask that they be delivered to the School between 7am and 9am on Friday and Saturday.

Just in time for the holidays the Old Settler's garage got a facelift!
Check out that new siding! It makes the schoolhouse an even more attractive venue for you to host a special occasion.
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 through the email form at right  or by calling 309-927-3044.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stew for all at Ag Days 2016


Come and eat like a colonist!
September 24 and 25
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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

BHOSA 120th Anniversary Parade Needs You! Join Us September 10th

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 
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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bishop Hill Car Show




Bishop Hill Car Show Returns
Sunday, July 24, 2016 
Sponsored by The 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.
 Planning ahead?
Find your application for the July 23, 2017 Car Show here!


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.