Monday, June 18, 2018

Dance around the Midsommar Maypole on Saturday, June 23rd at the Colony School.

The race is on! 
Will the schoolhouse roof be finished by Saturday for Midsommar? 
Put your money on this strong, steadfast crew from QC Roof Doctors. 

These men are amazing! 
I took my phone with me this morning when I went out to water my garden. Before the sun broke the tree line, the temp was 85 degrees; it felt even hotter. After working for an hour, I was too hot to continue. To my amazement, I saw that across the road a team of a dozen workers had begun to remove the old roof of the Colony School. I grabbed my phone from my pocket to capture the start of the project. I saw an error message on the screen. Apparently, my phone overheated in my pocket and turned itself off!  It was THAT HOT.
The workers continued throughout the day under the cruelest weather conditions. In well-choreographed moves, men removed the shingles as others followed them laying all the elements of the new roof. By 4 pm the west side was done. Hopefully, the balance will be finished in time for our Midsommar celebration on Saturday. Thank you Roof Doctors!
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers are committed to maintaining this building as a meeting house for the community and our visitors. It is available for rent for all occasions. Use the contact form at right to request a date. Hold your next event in this unforgettable setting.

Join the fun at Midsommar
Each Midsommar friends and visitors gather in Bishop Hill's village park for music and fellowship. Late in the afternoon a maypole is adorned with greenery and studded with flowers. A procession of revelers then delivers the decorated pole to the east lawn of the schoolhouse. The celebration continues to traditional tunes as the crowd dances around this symbol of the summer solstice.
This beautiful pageant is an enduring link to our Swedish culture and Bishop Hill’s colorful past. Please join us for this event. All are welcome.
Midsommar Schedule
Main Stage performances in the park

11 am - Black Hawk Pipes & Drums
1 pm - Kewanee Community Band/Chorus
 2 pm - Big River Reeltime Band    
3 pm - Nordland Band
 4 pm - The Maypole dressing begins.
A procession to the Colony School will be followed by dancing.

 7 pm - Barn Dance at the Colony School with The Ragged Robin Band. All dances called and taught by veteran caller Ms. Gail Hintze. 
No experience needed. Admission is $5 per person.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bishop Hill's 2018 Honor Flight Benefit is June 10th

The Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill on Sunday, June 10th from 3pm-6pm in the Bishop Village Park. This event honors area veterans by raising money to provide special trips for those chosen to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Many hands make light work! Bishop Hill residents and local organizations (including many Old Settlers), work closely with Linda Spring and the dedicated crew of the Filling Station Restaurant, the organizers of the event.
The Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders, area VFW and American Legion members, speakers, including Representative Dan Swanson, will participate in the program which will begin at 3pm with the Presentation of Colors, and end with a 21-gun salute and taps at 6pm. A barbecue rib dinner, live auction, and patriotic music are planned. To donate, to volunteer or to apply to participate, call 309-927-3355 or 309-507-3801.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Quilt Show Comes to the Colony School May 18, 19 & 20

Living in this little utopia, we can miss the magic that draws folks to Bishop Hill. It’s easy to forget how genuinely special this place is.

Cheery notes and May Day baskets were delivered to Bishop Hill residents on May 1st.  They illustrate what makes this community such a wonderful place to live, work, play, or visit. Bishop Hill is populated with dedicated people committed to the needs of their neighbors! Making May Day baskets is a charming seasonal tradition. Our village children had fun assembling these tokens at the Colony School and distributing them throughout town.

Do you have a group in search of a place to put on a show, have a dance, or throw a crafting party? We have the place for you!

The Colony School has played a big role in the development of Bishop Hill since it was built in 1861. It served the community as a meeting place and school until 1953 when it was purchased and restored by the BHOSA. It is now available to the public for rent. Consider this unique venue for your own event. Use the contact form at right to request info.
The Prairie Queen Quilt Club has reserved the Schoolhouse for the themed 2018 Quilt Show: Teapots, Toys, and Tumbling Blocks. Come and see the school at its best, packed with this year’s amazing selection of quilts on May 18 and 19, 10 am – 5 pm and May 20, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission $5.00.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Swedish Stomp Results: Fun was had by all!

They are off!
There were 74 entrants registered for the 2018 Stomp; a total of 64 runners and walkers undertook the 5K course. The crisp, sunny morning was invigorating. It was perfect race weather.
Our wind whipped banner
The 2018 Stomp was dedicated to the former BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, who served as Race Director for more than 10 years. She passed away earlier this year. Cinda is fondly remembered by the organization's members and was much missed on race day.
The Stomp winds through beautiful Bishop Hill
Special thanks to BHOSA President, Randy Anderson, for stepping in and coordinating the event this year and to Mike Keup for overseeing the race and manning the stop watch and printers. Thanks to Lou Lourdeau who kindly shared these action-packed photos!
The skamparoos having some fun
The BHOSA appreciates the support of our local businesses and all its members who worked behind the scenes to ensure the enjoyment and comfort of our guests.
Find the original Krans sign at the BH Museum on the south side of the village
The organizers of this race wanted to give it a Swedish flair. They called it a “Stomp” and took inspiration for its logo from a wooden sign painted by Olof Krans for the John August Noyd Boot and Shoe Store. Ever since, the winners of the Stomp are awarded a wooden boot. This year the boots were carved and donated by Paul Terpening of Geneseo, IL. Thank you Paul.
President Anderson awards boot to Women's Champion, Karen Brophy 
President Anderson awards boot to Overall Winner, Reese Borlin

To all the runners, walkers, and little skamparoos: 
This race is for you. Thanks for your participation.
The 2018 Swedish Stomp Results
Men’s Race Results:
Overall Winner – Reese Borlin, Washington, IL  17:06
2.  Dave Hummel, Knoxville, 22:02
3.  Jeremy Randolph, Galesburg, 22:33
4.  Anthony Dearing, Kewanee, 22:59
5.  James Campbell, Kewanee, 24:36
6.  Joe Peters, Oneida, 26:38
7.  Jeff Scheider, Geneseo, 27:17
8.  Kim McCubbin, Colona, 27:32
9.  Mike Shields, Rushville, 28:17
10.  Jake Conrad:  Galva, 28:47
11.  Jerome Stenger, Hampshire, 29:32
12.  Amos Campbell, Kewanee, 29:53
13.  Tom Campbell, Kewanee, 30:00
14.  Brad Nikles, Lincoln, 30:42
15.  Jonathan Johnson, Woodhull, 30:58
16.  Mike Massie, Galva, 32:23
17.  Glen Gustafson, Galesburg, 36:52
18.  Terry Shields, Galva, 36:53
19.  Marshall Randolph, Monmouth, 38:29
20.  Wayne McIntire, Galva, 39:25
21.  Mark Jeffrey, Galva, 39:36
22. Bryant Jeffrey, Galva, 39:39
23.  Drew Larson, Galva, 44:09
24.  Tommy Funke, Bishop Hill, 44:35
25.  Ty Dowell Keup, Bishop Hill, 44:35
26.  James Peterson, Galesburg, 45:08
27.  Tim Montooth, Galva, 1:01:26
Women's Race Results
Overall Women's Champion - Karen Brophy, Des Moines, Iowa, 23:59
2.  Heather Anderson, Galva, IL, 24:52
3.  Allison Kopp, Osco, 25:25
4.  Teresa Thompson, Galesburg, 26:08
5.  Sedonie Scheider, Geneseo, 26:20
6.  Patty Gustafson, Galesburg, 26:24
7.  Jessica Jones, Galesburg, 27:27
8.  Annie Campbell, Kewanee, 29:59
9.  Beth Johnson, Galva, 30:55
10.  Mary Bergren, Kewanee, 31:20
11.  Kaleena Conrad, Galva, 31:34
12.  Cassandra Murdock, Oneida, 33.03
13.  Sheryl Dowden, Sycamore, 33:20
14.  Jacqy Peterson, Moline, 34:30
15.  Sherri Matuszyk, Kewanee, 34:39
16.  Barb Nikles, Lincoln, 34:43
17.  Rita Burrows, Galva, 34:58
18.  Krista Swanson, Oneida, 35:01
19.  Taylor Burke, Altona, 35:40
20.  Laura Burke, Altona, 36:00
21.  Makayla Bern, Orion, 36:00
22.  Mary Bennison, Dahinda, 36:27
23.  Claire Hermie,Kewanee, 37:35
24.  Patricia Gerrond, Neponset, 38:59
25.  Missy McCubbin, Colona, 39:32
26.  Dawn Peters, Oneida, 40:03
27.  Sarah Horr, Osco, 43:12
28.  Marti White, Galva, 44:36
29.  Carmen Peterson, Galesburg, 45:07
30.  Whitney Bergren, Galva, 46:11
31.  Karin McIntire, Galva, 47:23
32.  Vickie Massie, Galva, 56:08
33.  Stacy Hanks, Galva, 56:22
34.  Emily Vought, Milan, 56:23
35.  Gin Gartin, Galva, 56:24
36.  Kim Thrush, Bishop Hill, 1:04:52
37.  Kelly Ellis, Traverse City, Michigan, 1:04:54

Friday, April 13, 2018

Stomp returns to Bishop Hill on April 28th

race day preparations are already being made 
It's time to STOMP!
This timed 5 K Run/walk is in its 23rd year and keeps growing!
Join us for this event on
held rain or shine... but so much better when it shines
Reserve your spot today by clicking the ad in the column to the right
or click here to download an application to mail.
Don't miss the fun!  

Monday, February 19, 2018

In Memory of BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson

It is with great sadness that we share the obituary of
Cinda Anderson, President of the BHOSA
as reported in the Galva News 

Bishop Hill – Cinda S. Anderson, 67, of rural Bishop Hill, died at 1:28 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22 at the Old Colony School in Bishop Hill. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association or the American Cancer Society.

She was born March 24, 1950 in Silver Creek, NY, the daughter of Donald and Grace (Zodle) Hilliker. She married Robert Anderson on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY. He survives as well as a son, Jeffrey Jones of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, a sister, Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX, a brother, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and three brothers-in-law, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Terri Jo in infancy.

Cinda had graduated from Silver Creek Central School and had attended Alfred University. She had worked at the State Bank of Toulon, Kewanee branch and for Country Companies in Bloomington, IL. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association of which she had been president for a number of years. She was also a member of the Henry County Museum and the Henry County Historical Society, both of which she had served as treasurer. She enjoyed antiquing and serving as a volunteer for many of the Bishop Hill events through out the year.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rent the Colony School for your 2018 event!

Looking for just the right location for your party?

A new ramp has been added to the front entrance of the Bishop Hill Colony School. This feature makes the Schoolhouse an even more attractive venue for any social event and is available to the general public for rent year round - winter, summer, spring or fall.
The rustic charm of this faithfully restored schoolhouse - complete with its bell and blackboards - is the kind of setting that would make any occasion most memorable. Its spacious, modern kitchen makes hosting any catered affair carefree. To reserve a spot for your next soirée, use the contact form at the right or call 309-696-0833 for information.