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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Colorful Kites Over Bishop Hill

It was a cold, gray day in Bishop Hill this Sunday, but never has there been so much color brightening its northeast corner!
Because of Saturday’s persistent rain, the Kite Show was held Sunday. The star of the event - a 40 foot, purple octopus - needed a little coaxing to lift off.
But once the winds rose, it "swam" through sky above the open field between the Outsider Gallery and the Summer Cottage.
The giant moved through the air just like a real octopus moves in water - swirling and twirling its long legs on the currents.
Meanwhile, next door at Outsider Gallery, the colorful spectacle continued inside. A school of snake gourds hanging from the rafters greeted guests.
Each gourd was grown in a patch behind the Gallery and later transformed into colorful creatures by artist Steven Carleson.
Several new mixed media works by Marsha Carleson are currently featured. She was inspired by the people and places she encountered on a recent cross-country tour. In her latest piece, Marsha combined snippets of life and culture she found along her way with bits of iconic imagery to create a sculptural representation of her spree entitled Western Vision Quest. In fact, though many works by Marsha and Steve might be simply appreciated as quirky, playful objects, most have great personal and social significance - discovered when you take a second, longer look. Outsider Gallery is a "must stop" for folks who enjoy fanciful artistic expression that packs a thought-provoking message!
Outsider Gallery will be open during some Bishop Hill special events throughout the season. Please watch the Bishop Hill calendar for dates and check Facebook for details. If you would like to schedule a visit, email Steve or call 309-371-0775 for an appointment.
Thanks to Arlene Rigg of the Summer Cottage for organizing and hosting the Kite Show. I hope I can add this as an annual event to the Bishop Hill calendar!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch:Bishop Hill Quilt Show 2017

Quilt Show May 19th - 21st
Friday and Saturday 10-5 pm
Sunday 10-4 pm

I am always astounded at the variety, creativity and skill presented at the annual Prairie Queen Quilt Club Show. After sampling the entries this year, I have an urge to "stitch together" a new phrase to convey the artistry exhibited... but the perfect superlative to express such excellence escapes me! Come and see for yourself; the show will surely delight all.

The photos here give a sneak peek at just a few of the 100+ quilts on display in the Colony School at the 2017 themed show, Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch. Included in the show are antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and embroidered works.

Admission is $5.00. Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need. The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge quilts will be on display in the Steeple Building Museum.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New camera, new views of old Bishop Hill

It was quiet this morning when I walked around town. There were very few folks out and about. The sky was gray and the clouds were low. But spring has taken hold and everywhere I looked I saw the promise of beautiful summer blooms. I'm getting acquainted with a new camera and, as I walked, I snapped a few photos along the way to share with you here because I think you'll agree...
...Bishop Hill is so lovely in soft, early light!

Steeple Clock ticks on under a gray sky
Old potting shed

Every garden sports an ornament or two

Spring tulips giving way to summer herbs

Containers overflow with blooms

A herd of straw goats guards the Poppy Barn

Garden ornaments galore!

Beautiful bike basket planter

Spectacular symmetry of the Steeple Building   

Garden shed red

A fragrant sea of lily of the valley

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spring and the Stomp will soon return to Bishop Hill

Although some icy patches on the lawn remain, all will soon be green again. With the first warm winds of Spring comes an interest in getting outside and stretching some muscles. What better way to do that than come and Stomp with us in beautiful Bishop Hill?!

Held rain or shine -

- with a delicious reward waiting at the finish line!

This 5 KRun/walk is in its 22 year and keeps growing. Join us on

Click HERE to reserve your spot online today or
download and application HERE and mail it in. Don't miss the fun.