Monday, September 21, 2020

Enjoy Bishop Hill's Bargin Harvest Weekend Oct 2, 3 & 4

Shops, restaurants, and museums in Bishop Hill will hold a Bargain Harvest Weekend on October 2, 3, and 4. A variety of sale merchandise will be offered by participating businesses and restaurants during normal business hours. Stop by the Filling Station on Friday, PL Johnson’s on Saturday, or the Colony Inn on both nights for dinner. Visitors who gather signatures from all the shops, restaurants, and museums will be entered into Sunday's drawing for a gift basket at the Colony Store or the Vasa National Archives. 

Visitors are invited to participate in special activities around town. The Bishop Hill State Museum will have a scavenger hunt. The Vasa National Archive invites you to their craft station. Visitors who find the cut-out pumpkins hidden around town will win a special prize. Tell the host at the Vasa National Archives where the pumpkins are and you will get a special treat. The Prairie Arts Center is sponsoring a Scarecrow Contest among the businesses and museums of Bishop Hill; visitors are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite scarecrow at the Prairie Arts Center.

Please visit Bishop Hill to show support for the businesses that keep this treasured community alive. Masks and social distancing/capacity rules are enforced.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Bishop Hill Is Bustling Again.

‘Tis the season of renewal …and turkey vultures!
While work on our new water supply project continues to move through the streets of town, some of our businesses are open and restaurants have made arrangements to serve guests alfresco.  
Call ahead or check on your favorite businesses HERE to confirm hours and any restrictions that may apply to visitation. 
While in town, look up. The turkey vultures have returned from the south to nest in Bishop Hill. They do their part in keeping our streets clean for guests by consuming carrion. You’ll frequently find a kettle (flock) of these large, black birds soaring high above the village on thermals patiently searching for food. These birds nest in hollow trees, old barns, hollow stumps and rock crevices. Two eggs, white with brown spots, are laid in late spring.
Moon-rise and turkey vultures in Bishop Hill
In a spiritual context, the totem of a turkey vulture is said to exemplify adaptability, resourcefulness, and patience. Perhaps the Village of Bishop Hill might consider adopting it as our official bird. The 2020 season has been full of challenges for the business community where adaptability, resourcefulness and patience are key to success!  

Saturday, May 9, 2020

A Beautiful Mother's Day in Bishop Hill

Greetings to all the Bishop Hill Moms today. 
You can make any day special for your Mom (or yourself) by ordering a fabulous take away meal from one of Bishop Hill's Eateries.

Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery
Lunch orders available by phone 309-927-3042, text 309-644-2542, or Facebook messenger only.
11am to 2pm Wednesday - Sunday.  Ordering starts at 10am.
PL Johnson's Restaurant
Pick up available every Sunday! Order Friday by noon - menu changes weekly - follow us on Facebook for details and updates. Fresh pies available now for carryout. Call ahead to place an order.
Filling Station 
Call from 11am to 2pm for selections. Available for pick up daily. 309-927-3355 or 309-507-3801.
Filling Station, Bishop Hill, IL
"Great food; questionable service."

Friday, May 1, 2020

A Happy May Day to All!

Today's beautiful weather was just the thing to lift spirits and make staying at home a happy occasion. If the sunshine was not enough to produce smiles, then the surprise May Day Baskets delivered by the "The Bishop Hill Kids" surely spread some good cheer! I found mine hanging from my front doorknob, filled with sweet treats and warm wishes. These little tokens are charming reminders that Bishop Hill is a wonderful place in which to live, work and play. Our village is filled with thoughtful folks who teach their children the importance of building a caring community. A BIG THANKS to those kids and their parents who cultivate this generous attitude and neighborly concern. Well done all!

Friday, April 24, 2020

When will our doors open again?

This is the question we all ask. Answers are coming soon and this is the place to find them! Although I retired this blog a few years ago, the timing seems right to resurrect it to connect with returning visitors once the threat of illness is over and we are free to socialize.
My previous Bishop Hill web page was punctuated with photos of village doors and windows and included a tag line that promised enchantment beyond each portal. Still true. One recent morning I toured town and snapped a few photos for this new chapter in our history. These doors will be open again soon!

Check back for upcoming events and Bishop Hill news. 
We look forward to your company. 

There are still stories behind Bishop Hill's doors and windows 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Feathered Nest Open House on Bishop Hill's Jordbruksdagarna Weekend

September 23 and 24th 
Agriculture Days in Bishop Hill

 The last full weekend of September is a time we set aside to celebrate the harvest. Honoring Bishop Hill’s agrarian roots and its courageous colonists, Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) features music, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, and an open air market filled with seasonal produce and primitive antiques. For many visitors it has become a family tradition.
See the full listing of activities below.
All are invited! 
Feathered Nest Open House

Because I live and work here in Bishop Hill, my Feathered Nest, located just three blocks west of the park, becomes a popular destination on such a busy weekend. Rather than open my doors by appointment this year I am having a Fall Open House on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th from noon to 4pm. The shop is packed with all sorts of fabulous eggs, dried arrangements and everlasting wreaths made of the best of autumn’s bounty. 

Join Us for Jordbruksdagarna

10am – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday
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
Forging / Flax Processing / Rope Making / Woodworking / More!
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
BHHA Food Stand with Svenska Varm Korv, Swedish Hotdogs, and Pork Burgers 11am - 2pm both days
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
Outside Antique Tractors and Equipment Display
Concert by Johan Hohansson 11am Saturday only
Book signing by Lilly Setterdahl 11am to 3pm Saturday only
Open house Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm
Kinfolk Barnfest both days. DIY Colony Photo Booth and a Vintage & Handmade Market
Book signing by Mary Davidsaver 10am – 2-pm. Saturday only
 11am – 4pm. Saturday only with stops at the VASA archives, the Henry County Museum, the Village Park, and the Colony Church

Friday, July 7, 2017

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.