Thursday, May 16, 2019

The 2019 Bishop Hill Quilt Show at the Colony School

 Preparations are underway for a
fabulous weekend in Bishop Hill!
Join us at 
the Bishop Hill Colony School 
May 17 through May 19
for the Bishop Hill Quilt Show, 
Yule, YoYo, and Yardage.
Fri and Sat, 10 - 4; Sun, 10 - 3
Admission $5

Are you a fan of tradition and exquisite detail?
Stop in at the Steeple Building this weekend. 
Take a peek at
The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge Quilts
and the 
IAWW Wheat Weaving Show and Sale
Representatives of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers (IAWW) will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various plaiting methods used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try a variety of wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. 
Recent works will be on display and for purchase. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 Swedish Stomp Results: Rainy but fun!

To all the runners, walkers, and little skamparoos: 
This race is for you.
Thanks for your participation

Overall winner for women was Allison Kopp 
of Osco, IL, with a time of 22:08.
                CLICK HERE for all the results for women.                
   Overall winner for men was Caelin Foley
of Galva, IL, with a time of 17:22.
CLICK HERE for all the results for men.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

We Stomped in the Rain

Mom Nature gave us a break this morning and held back the rain until the Stomp was over. Runners of all ages ran the course and enjoyed fellowship in the schoolhouse as they shared post race snacks.
Thanks to all those folks who worked to make this a success and a special thanks to the runner and walkers who braved the threat of rain.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Stomp is coming; please join us

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association 
invites you to the 
24th Annual 
Swedish Stomp & Skamparoo
Saturday, April 27, 2019

This 5k walk/run through scenic Bishop Hill is perfect for participants of all ages and abilities. Tots, six and under can join in the fun at the Skamparoo following the 5k race. Post-race refreshments will be served in the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School and the proceeds will help in its restoration and maintenance. To download and print a race application, CLICK HERE. To register online CLICK HERE.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Make Some Lucia Buns

St. Lucia's Day is celebrated in Sweden on December 13 during the darkest days of winter. Martyred St. Lucia depicts the “bringer of light” at festivals throughout Europe – and Bishop Hill too! Here in Bishop Hill, during our two-night festival, visitors are served sweet treats and coffee by young girls dressed as the saint. The celebration opens our Christmas season. Our Lucias wear white gowns and crowns of greenery with candles symbolizing the promise of the sun's return to the cold dark world.

In Swedish homes on Lucia's day, the young girls of the family dress as St. Lucia and present their parents with breakfast in bed. The breakfast tray usually includes a pot of tea, some milk, and some St. Lucia Buns or Lussekatter (Lucia Cats). These saffron buns get their name from the whimsical shapes they take when made: figure-eight shaped cats, "S" shaped for saffron. 
• 1 cup milk
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 tsp. salt
• 2 pkg. dry active yeast (4 1/2 tsp.)
• 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 eggs, well-beaten, plus one egg white
• raisins or currants to decorate

Crumble saffron threads into melted butter. Let sit 30 minutes to an hour; this intensifies the saffron flavor. 
Heat milk to a light boil, turn off heat when it reaches the scalding point, with small bubbles across the top. Stir in melted butter, sugar, and salt. Pour mixture into a large bowl and allow to cool. Stir in yeast and let sit for another 10 minutes. 

Add 3 1/2 cups flour to the liquid. Stir in two well-beaten eggs. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough – just enough so the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl and turn to coat all sides. Cover with a clean towel and allow dough to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. 

Punch down the risen dough. Lightly knead two or three times on a floured surface. Pinch off small handfuls of dough and roll into snakes. Shape snakes into "S" shaped buns or other desired shapes. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover with the towel again, and allow buns to rise until doubled - about an hour. 
Decorate them with raisins, brush with egg white, and bake in preheated 375ยบ oven about 15 minutes or just until brown. Makes about 20 St. Lucia Lussekatter.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Farewell Bob Carter, July 15, 1944 - November 7, 2018

This bit of sad news made it to the in-box of this BHOSA blog. Since there are so many in Bishop Hill that fondly remember Bob, his obituary, provided by his friend, Cain Burdeau, is shared for you here.
Bob died on Nov. 7 in a town in southern Italy. His death was caused by a stroke. He was in Puglia for one of his annual visits to longtime friend, Bob Burdeau.     

He was born in Los Angeles on July 15, 1944 and was raised a Quaker. He grew up on his family's farm in Washington and at a young age was one of the first locals to buy a hay baler, testing out his precocious entrepreneurial skills. Bob spent a year of high school in Guatemala and was also in student-led political protests there.

One of his many accomplishments was writing the alma mater of Battle Ground High School to his mother's musical composition. As a young man, he worked as a political intern in Washington, D.C. As a Quaker, he was a conscientious objector.

He journeyed to Alaska by boat and became the sole member of the East Addington Trading Company. He sold hard-to-come-by items to residents up and down the Alaskan panhandle, announcing his arrival at harbors in his boat by firing off cannons.

The sea remained a constant in his life. He built a sailboat, the Kelly Bogus, at Wyman's Marina in Anacortes. For more than 20 years, he worked on fishing boats and tenders, much of the time as a captain. He built a house on Gravina Island, near Ketchikan, and a house in Germany, where he lived in the off-season of fishing, with his then-wife and children.

Later, he worked as a tow boat and barge traffic controller on the upper Mississippi for Ingram Barge Co. while living in Bishop Hill, Illinois, a Swedish settlement of religious pilgrims.

With the death of his beloved younger brother, Richard Carter, Bob turned to the Camino di Santiago in Spain for solace, beginning many years of arduous walking through Spain. In his final year, he walked through Bosnia, Macedonia and Albania. His final walking trip, in Assisi, Italy, was with dear friends from Anacortes, Washington.

He was intensely spiritual throughout his life and liked to attend religious ceremonies wherever he went, regardless of denomination. He owned few possessions, preferred a jacket rather than a pillow to rest his head on and routinely gave away his belongings. In Bosnia, he gave his sleeping bag and bedroll to a Syrian refugee he met in a park.

In his final years, he cultivated a new passion: film-making. A strange encounter he had in the 1970s with a mysterious Italian from Puglia became the inspiration for "Nasumice", a feature-length movie he made with Caleb Burdeau, the director. The movie was premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival in August, with Bob in attendance. Bob was working on the script for a new film based on his experiences with the East Addington Trading Company when he died.

He is survived by his children, Oliver Carter and Iola Carter of Germany; his step-daughter Mira Kovacova of New York City; one grandchild; one brother, Roger Carter; and a host of friends throughout Italy, Germany, Washington state, Illinois and many other places he lived in and traveled.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Thanks to all of the volunteers who set up, baked cookies, sold cookies and cleaned up. Our 2018 Cookie Walk was a great success! 
Have a fun and safe holiday season.