Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Market in Bishop Hill

Cows of Utopia - a November long ago
Google photos has a new feature: I get regular messages prompting me to revisit pics I've taken on the same date years ago. I'm reminded that the snow and ice will soon come and that the unseasonably warm temps will wane. But for now, I'm happy to report this year's Christmas Market weekends are predicted to remain (nearly) frost free!
Thanksgiving weekend in Bishop Hill 2004
Though a little snow makes a pretty scene, it is eaqually delightful to savor the the seasonal festivities without frozen toes!

Snow or not,
Bishop Hill’s Julmarknad (Christmas Market)
is fast approaching
November 25, 26 and December 3,10am to 5pm
November 27 and December 4, 11am to 5pm 

The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. See Tomten (Swedish elves) roam through the town, shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Stop in at the Steeple Building to see a working model railroad and woodcarving demonstrations.
There will be lots to see and do; some sheduled events include:
Friday, November 25 
Old World Santa Claus will visit with children at the VASA National Archives; cameras are welcomed.  While visiting with Santa, help the Vasa National Archives make a paper mache Dala Horse from 10am to 4pm Guests will be adding layers of paper mache to the Dala Horse. This is a community project that is open to children of all ages. A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9am to 4pm  Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound.  Finally, Sweet Annie Primitives will be having their Christmas Open House from 10am to 4pm Finally, Frau Blucker’s will be hosting Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, each and every day of Julmarknad. His book will be available to purchase and Mr. Pletkovich will be happy to autograph your copy.
Tomten ant the Julbock
Saturday, November 26 
The Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. The Paper Mache Dala Horse will be painted at the VASA National Archives from 10am to 4pm. Follow your nose to the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel kitchen for cookie baking. Sample cookies from 1pm to 3pm.  Children ages 12 and under are invited to the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make a Christmas ornament for their tree. Author Mary Davidsaver, will be signing her new book, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, from 1pm to 4pm at the Prairie Arts Center.
Sunday, November 27  

Mary Davidsaver will return to the Prairie Arts Center for readings and discussions of her book, a mystery novel set in Bishop Hill.
Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4
On Saturday afternoon, younger children under 12 can visit the Steeple building from 1pm to 3pm to make and take home a Christmas ornament for their tree. Children are also invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1pm to 3pm. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Site to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights.  A Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. Purchase quality chocolates by the pound from 11am to 5pm each day.  The Prairie Arts Center will again host a book signing for Clouds Over Bishop Hill, written by Mary Davidsaver, from 1pm to 4pm

For more information call 309-927-3899