Harness nature’s magic and ensure a bountiful summer . . . join in the Midsommar Celebration, Bishop Hill!
Midsommar a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate light and warmth of the summer solstice with music and dancing. A diverse line-up of musical performers are in store for this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.
Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
Beginning at 4 p.m., help decorate the Maypole with flowers and greenery in Village Park. Join the Maypole procession lead by Ernie Sandquist from the park to the Bishop Hill Colony School. Ring dance around the Maypole to the sounds of the accordion playing Swedish tunes. Enjoy refreshments provided by the VASA Lodge.
Shake a leg at the ol’ fashion barn dance!
Stay for the evening and dance the night away at the Colony School called by Ms. Gail Hintze. The Rusty Pickup String Band will play the tunes, beginning at 7 pm. Admission to the dance is $5 per person.
Bishop Hill Chautauqua
The theme of this year’s Bishop Hill Chautauqua is Exploring Boundaries. The event is located in the Village Park; this small town tradition is a free family-oriented event.
What is a Chautauqua anyway? President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is an exploration of American life and liberty. Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun!