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.
27th Bishop Hill Country Antique Market ~ One of the best in the Midwest!
The back roads beckon you to this one-day country antique market featuring 60 exceptional antique dealers from eight states. You will find primitive antiques, folk art, textiles, and more! Held on the lawn of the historic Colony School, rain or shine! Live folk music will play while visiting this historic setting. Lunch stand is on premises. Bishop Hill is in south-central Henry County, just a few miles north of US Highway 34. Admission is $6.
Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Bishop Hill Chautauqua will showcase immigration and migration 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!
Celebrate Old Settlers’ Day in Historic Bishop Hill, IL
Celebrate the 171st anniversary of the 1846 founding of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th year of the Old Settlers’ Association.
Savor a traditional chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the historic Colony School. This delicious meal features chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, slaw, Swedish rye bread, homemade pie, and good strong coffee. The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert. For children under 8 years the cost is $5.
Head to Village Park and enjoy a performance by the Bishop Hill High Society Band. A Bishop Hill Colony descendant will share stories passed from one generation to the next. Join in a social time at Colony School with Swedish rusks and coffee served.
11:30 Traditional Chicken Dinner held at the Old Colony School
12:15 Band Performance
1:30 p.m. Colony Descendant Program
Sunday, September 10
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Former students and teachers of area country schools gather at the Colony school to celebrate their heritage.