Sunday, June 21, 2020

Good News: Work continues on the Colony School

Bishop Hill has been a beehive of activity these past few months. We have taken full advantage of the slowdown in traffic triggered by social distancing to make much needed improvements to our infrastructure and our buildings. The buzz of activity can be heard everywhere in town – including the Colony School.
Earlier this spring the BHOSA announced its window renewal project. We are approaching the hallway mark in our work, with more progress promised soon. The dilapidated doors to the exterior cellar stairs on the west side of the Schoolhouse were replaced with a sturdy, custom-built pair by Van Wassenhove Construction. That’s one more item from our maintenance list we can now check as done!
The letters that were to be mailed soliciting funds for our “window adoption campaign” were politely delayed in light of our current economic instability. Yet news of this project reached sponsors online and I am happy to report that some windows have already been claimed! Donations have come in from members who wish to support the BHOSA by dedicating a window to an individual or in the name of a family. We appreciate all contributions - in any amount - but if you are interested in reserving a window in the name of your clan or to honor a special person, please email President Randy Anderson or email President Roy Magnuson for details.          

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

2020 Bishop Hill Car Show Cancelled

Our hopes of returning to business-as-usual this summer are fading fast. The Midsommar Maypole festivities that are usually held on the lawn of the schoolhouse were cancelled. The July Antique Show has also been deleted from the summer lineup.
As the BHOSA continues to comply with all the covid19 restrictions – designed to keep us healthy and safe – we announce the cancellation of another or our sponsored annual events: The Bishop Hill Car Show.
While it’s possible that Bishop Hill could shift into Phase Four under the Restore Illinois plan as early as late June, the organizers of the Bishop Hill Car Show feel that the uncertainty of this promise makes it too difficult to continue with plans to hold the event this year. We look forward to a safer, bigger, show in 2021, unhampered by virus. We hope all our loyal participants and fans of this show will join in supporting the event next year. Thank you for understanding.