Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Colony School hosts the Quilt Show

This weekend
The 2015 Bishop Hill Quilt Show

returns to the

Colony School in Bishop Hill
Fri, May 15th & Sat, May 16th
10 am to 5 pm

 Sun, May 17th
10 am to 4 pm

Over 100 quilts will be on display featuring this year's theme,  “Wine, Women, and Windows.” Stop in and be inspired by the masterful stitchery; take a chance on raffle baskets and browse a Trash & Treasures Corner filled with bargains. Admission is $5. Proceeds from the show will be used to provide quilts  distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need.
In further celebration of the event, you will find additional quilt exhibits throughout the village, including a special display in the Steeple Building and Welcome Center. For more details, please call 309 927-3851.
The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club and the Bishop Hill Arts Council.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Colony School Hosts A Civil War Dance

Saturday, May 9  
Bishop Hill
Civil War Day

Grab an umbrella and spend your day in Bishop Hill. 
Check the schedule below for the lineup. Call the BH Heritage Association at 309-927-3899 for weather updates. 

Make plans to end your day at 7pm at the Colony School. Don you best Civil War dress or come as you are and join in the fun at a Barn Dance called by Gail Hintze. The evening's music will be provided by Too Old to Be Controlled and will feature old-time fiddle, banjo, and guitar music for square and contra dances. Based in the Bloomington-Normal area, Too Old to Be Controlled was founded in 1997. They perform throughout the Midwest and are the house band for the Hudson Illinois Square Dances.

Program Schedule

9am  General John “Black Jack” Logan performed by Brian “Fox” Ellis in the Village
Park Gazebo
10am  Artillery Demonstration by Battery G, 2nd IL Light Artillery at Coopers’ Field
11am  Mother Bickerdyke performed by Helen Milan in the Dairy Building
11am  Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White program by Jeanne Schultz
Angel at the Henry County Museum
12:15pm  Civil War Field Embalming demonstration by Jon Austin at the Twinflower Inn
12:15pm   Ladies Tea by the Ladies of Charity in the Steeple Building
1:15pm  The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln as portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels in the Village Park Gazebo
2:30pm  Skirmish in Coopers’ Field
3:15pm  Medical Demonstration by the 17th Corps Field Hospital in the Village Park set as the 17th Corps Field Hospital
4pm  Civil War Music by Hammer and Pick at the Steeple Building
4pm to 7pm  P.L. Johnson’s and the Colony Inn will be open for dinner
7pm  Civil War Dance featuring “Too Old to Be Controlled” with caller Gail Hintze at the Colony School

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Despite Rain Stompers Succeeded

Race morning was a cold 42 degrees and wind driven rain pelted the runners and walkers but the company was convivial and the schoolhouse provided warm and comfortable shelter before and after the Stomp. Seasoned participants dressed for the weather and quickly swapped their wet running attire for warm duds, packed in response to the forecast.

As always, a delicious buffet of post-race finger foods – complete with herring – greeted the runners as they relaxed after completing the course. 

Special new shirts were created for this, the 20th year of the Swedish Stomp. These and other Bishop Hill tees, sweats, and shirts are available for purchase at the Colony Store and the Welcome Center.

There are never losers at the Stomp, only winners! The top medals were won by the fastest folks listed below.
Galva High School junior Mike Bersell, led the pack from start to finish and made the top overall time: 18:57.   GHS senior Ryan Olson came in second at 20:56. Jeremy Randolph of Galesburg was third at 22:13. Patty Gustafson of Galesburg – a past Stomp women’s winner – was the top female finisher. She finished in 23:58. Allison Zurcher of Davenport, Iowa was second at 24:18, followed by Cathy Tillberg of Moline, 24:23.