Saturday, September 16, 2017

Colony Stew served at Bishop Hill's Jordbruksdagarna


Come for the Stew; Stay for the fun.
September 23 and 24th 
Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill
In 1972 the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association participated in the first Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) by preparing and serving a Swedish style meal. Each year since then, The Old Settlers have set up their tents and huge black kettle outside to cook this traditional Colony Stew which has, in time, become a festival favorite. Crowds line up for a hearty meal of beef and barley stew, hardtack, and rice pudding.
Many recipes have been passed down through Bishop Hill families and this Colony Beef Stew recipe is a perfect example. It was published in a Heritage cookbook decades ago, attributed to Beverly Spets, longtime resident and former Postmaster. Though it is scaled for a crowd, the proportions are easily converted to make a family sized meal. The original recipe is available at right to download; click the stewpot to print!
Even more fun than being a guest at our many events is being part of the team putting on the show, cooking up the delights, and rolling out the carpet for new friends. The Old Settlers are always happy to add new faces to their ranks. Good news: You don’t have to be old or a settler to hitch up to this group. We welcome anyone who wishes to keep these traditions rolling. Fun and fellowship are free to all interested – just use the email form to contact us. Next year you could stir that stew!
For more details about this event, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Please see the full lineup of the weekend's activities below.

Join us for Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days) 
THROUGHOUT BISHOP HILL VILLAGE
10am – 5 pm
Saturday, Sept 23 & Sunday, Sept 24
Colony Stew and Rice Pudding
Music: Hammer and Pick - Noon & 2pm
Nordic Dancers - 1pm & 3pm
Children’s Games - 2pm
Sunday only: 
Community Church Service 10am
Demonstrations:
Forging / Flax Processing / Rope Making / Woodworking / More!
Vendors:
Pumpkins, Mums, Goat Milk Products, Gourds, Popcorn, Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slushies, Antiques, Vintage Wagons, and Primitives
Petting Zoo by the Burns Booster 4-H club
WEST OF COLONY STORE
BHHA Food Stand with Svenska Varm Korv, Swedish Hotdogs, and Pork Burgers 11am - 2pm both days
BJORKLUND HOTEL
Join the fun at the demonstration area south of the Bjorklund Hotel
Noon-4pm each day. Brick Making / Corn Husk Dolls / Apple Cider Pressing / Corn Shelling / Sorghum Pressing / Cooking / Hard tack baking
HENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM  
Outside Antique Tractors and Equipment Display
STEEPLE BUILDING
Concert by Johan Hohansson 11am Saturday only
Book signing by Lilly Setterdahl 11am to 3pm Saturday only
FEATHERED NEST
Open house Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm
PEASANT WORKS
Kinfolk Barnfest both days. DIY Colony Photo Booth and a Vintage & Handmade Market
PRAIRIE ARTS CENTER
Book signing by Mary Davidsaver 10am – 2-pm. Saturday only
PEOPLE MOVERS
 11am – 4pm. Saturday only with stops at the VASA archives, the Henry County Museum, the Village Park, and the Colony Church

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Celebrate Old Settlers' Day on September 9

For the 121th consecutive year, the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will be celebrating the 171st anniversary of the founding in 1846 of the Bishop Hill Colony on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  The day’s activities include a traditional chicken dinner, band concert, and program. From 11:30 am until 1 pm the traditional Old Settlers’ Day Chicken Dinner will be served at the historic Colony School.  This delicious meal features chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, Swedish rye bread, homemade pie, and good strong coffee. The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert; for kids under 8 years the cost is $5.
In the afternoon activities shift to the Park’s Bandstand.  The Bishop Hill High Society Band will present a 12:30 p.m. concert.  Following the concert the annual program will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Ulla Voss, Sweden.  She will be discussing the connections between Bishop Hill, Illinois and Sweden today.  Paul Collinson will provide the music with songs.  The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church.
The day’s activities will end with a social time at the Colony School.  Coffee and Swedish rusks will be served while guests socialize.
Activities continue on Sunday, September 10, 2017 when the Colony School Reunion will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Colony School.  All former students and who attended the Colony School and all who attended the country schools around Bishop Hill are invited to attend.  Teachers of those schools are also invited.  Bring pictures, memories and stories to share with old classmates, teachers, and friends.  Refreshments will be served.

For additional information on Old Settlers’ Day call 309-927-3044.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This set Galvaland Magazines can be yours

 Add these
GALVALAND MAGAZINES 
to your library

The Galvaland Magazine was published by George Swank every two months from August, 1958, to January, 1996. It consists of 327 issues of approximately 20 pages each. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association has recently acquired a set these original volumes which includes an index and user’s guide.
These survived a house fire in Bishop Hill and are in good, albeit smoky condition. The BHOSA is offering this collection to any person or organization interested in adding a remarkable record of local historical news to their personal library. If you would like to claim them, please email the BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, or call her at 309-927-3044.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ramp Makes Entry To The Colony School Easy For All!

SCHOOL FOR RENT
Plan to hold your party here.
A new ramp has been added to the front entrance of the Bishop Hill Colony School. It's shown above awaiting the addition of its railings. This feature makes the Schoolhouse an even more attractive venue for any social event and is available to the general public for rent. Are you searching for the right location for a private or public party?
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.
A spacious modern kitchen makes a catered affair easy to achieve. To reserve a spot for your next soiree, use the contact form at the right or call 309-927-3833 for information.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017 Bishop Hill Car Show Winners

Thank you to all our participants.
Congratulations to these
2017 Car Show Winners!
Best of Show
Joe Westart, Wyoming - 1965 Chevy Impala LS-2
Best Paint
Bob Nelson, Davenport - 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Best Engine
Gary Campbell, Fulton - 1932 Ford Coupe
Best Interior 
Tom Gorski, Dahinda - 1965 Cadillac Hearse
 
First Place Winners

Street Rod
Nancy Rollins, Altona - 1938 Cadillac Sixty Special
Street Machine 49-69
Gary Picketts, Monmouth - 1933 Plymouth Coupe
Street Machine 70-up
Brian Elliott, Williamsfield - 1957 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe
Trucks
Mike Rose, Galva - 1953 Ford F-100
4X4 Trucks
Scott Sappington, Coal Valley - 1947 Jeep Willys
Antique 32-48 
Joe & John Talbot, Geneseo - 1938 Buick 46C
Original 49-59
Joe Grant, Eldridge, IA - 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Original 60-69
Ron Jones, Geneseo - 1961 Chevy Impala
Original 70-79
Tom Hebert, Moline - 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo
Original 80-89
Teresa Haga, Galva - 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
Original 90-99
Roger Myers, Galesburg - 1999 Plymouth Prowler 
Original 2000-up
Kevin Johnson, Abingdon - 2004 Chevy Intimidator SS
Corvette
Rod Mason, Orion - 1961 Chevy Corvette
Mustang
Phil Watkins, Chillicothe - 1965 Ford Mustang
55-56-57
Bob France, Davenport - 1957 Chevy 210
Custom
John Knaack, Moline - 1955 Buick Special
Special Interest
Ron Williams, Davenport - Oldsmobile 88
Kids Class
Destiny Kidd, Alpha - 1968 Chevy El Camino
Muscle Car
Ron & Linda Grimes, Colona - 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibou SS

Click here for a complete listing of winners.
Save this date -
We hope to see you all at next year's show,
July 22, 2018.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Colony School Hosts Bishop Hill Antique Show July 8th

Preparations are in progress!
Come find cool stuff and hot deals at the
Bishop Hill Antique Show and Sale
at the Old Colony School
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
9am to 3pm.
Admission still just $6
This popular country antique market features these exceptional antique dealers from  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Vermont.  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.
Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery. For further information call 309-927-3072.

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.