Thursday, July 11, 2019

Antique Show returns on July 13th

Preparations are underway. 
The weather on Saturday may be SIZZLING, 
but you'll want to check out the cool deals here!
will be held at 
Bishop Hill, Illinois.
Saturday, July 13th, 2019
9 am until 3 pm 
Admission is only $7

This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, 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. 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.

Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery.
For further information call 309-927-3072.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bishop Hill 25th Annual Car Show is July 28

The Bishop Hill Car Show Returns
on SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019
in the Village Park
Sponsored by The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association

Registration is 9am to 11:30am. The entry fee is $10.00. Participants judge the entries from noon-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

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.