Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Saint Lucia Day to all!

St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of lights celebrated in Sweden (and around the world) on December 13 in honor of St. Lucia. One of the earliest Christian martyrs, St. Lucia was killed by the Romans in 304 AD because of her religious beliefs. During a dark winter in Scandinavia the idea of light overcoming darkness and the promise of returning sunlight has been observed for hundreds of years. The celebrations and processions on Saint Lucia Day are illuminated by thousands of candles. The settlers of Bishop Hill brought this tradition with them and we honor that custom each December.

This year Bishop Hill's luminary-lined  streets were crowded with visitors seeking a quiet alternative to the bustle the season. The unseasonably high temps and the warmth of the hospitality stations created an atmosphere of congeniality that was enjoyed by all.

This holiday signals a change in our community. Some businesses and museums remain open all year but many shift to a winter schedule. The Bishop Hill State Sites (Bishop Hill Museum, Colony Church, Bjorklund Hotel) are now open Wed to Sun 9am to 4pm. 
The BH Heritage Association's Steeple Building is now open 10 am to 4 pm, Sun 12 pm to 4 pm.

Bishop Hill is small enough to extend a personal interest in your visit. Please feel free to use the info on the directory pages to contact the businesses and venues you would like to visit. In many cases special arrangements can be made to accommodate you!

From all your friends in Bishop Hill we wish you the best of the season and look forward to seeing you in the new year ahead.