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48th Annual Jordbruksdagarna In Bishop Hill...

You don’t have to say “Jordbruksdagarna” to know what it means: food, music, dancing, games, crafts, and many more family fun activities at Bishop Hill. The annual 19th century style fall festival (pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na) takes place on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29. As always, there will be a variety of traditional craft demonstrations in the village park during the 48th Jordbruksdagarna (Swedish for “earth work days”). Artisans will make rope, process flax, carve wood, forge metal, and more. Musical performances in the park include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m., and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s games will also be conducted in the park at 2 p.m. each day.

Rope Making

Rope Making

Jordbruksdagarna is not just located in the park but all over Bishop Hill. On Christina Street, located between the Blacksmith Shop and the Carpenter Building, vendors, such as Nature’s Creations and Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slush, will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. At the Bjorklund Hotel from noon to 4 p.m. each day, there will be demonstrations on how to press and cook sorghum and bake hard tack. Visitors, especially children, can also try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, pressing cider, and making a cornhusk doll. Garden Thyme will be having an Artwalk Sale. Peasant Works will have a DIY Photo Booth where guests can dress up in Colony attire. Visitors can explore Henry County’s agricultural heritage at the Henry County Historical Museum, where a variety of antique tractors and implements will be on display outdoors. People movers will be available to transport people around town to experience many of the activities, museums, and stores that Bishop Hill has to offer.

Nordic Dancers

Nordic Dancers

On Saturday only, there will be even more activities to visit. Historian and actor Brian “Fox” Ellis will portray Jonas Olson, one of the leaders of the Bishop Hill Colony. At 11 a.m. in the park. Mr. Ellis, as Jonas Olson, will provide unique insights about 19th century Colony life. Between the Carpenter Building and the Steeple Building from noon to 1 p.m., Swedish singer and songwriter Johan Johansson will perform songs about Swedish history. Then, at the same location from 1 to 3 p.m., Patt & Possum (Patt Plunkett and Charlie Walden) will perform a concert of traditional mid-western fiddle music that will get your feet a stomping. From 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, there will be a barn dance with the Sangamo Sternwinders and caller Martha Tyner. To end Saturday, the VASA National Archives at 7 p.m. will have a bonfire, with lemonade and smore supplies being provided.

Hammer & Pick Performs

Hammer & Pick

And, of course, food will be in abundance. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will serve “Colony stew” and rice pudding between the Steeple Building and the Carpenter Building. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be serving Svensk Varm Korv, Swedish hotdogs, and pork burgers on the east side of the Steeple Building on Saturday and an ice cream social on Sunday. Don’t forget to check out the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, The Filling Station, the Krans Kafe, and P.L. Johnson’s for additional food choices.

Making Bricks

Brick Making

For more details, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or check out www.bishophillheritage.org.

Jordbruksdagarna is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Arts Council, Old Settlers’ Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department and numerous local businesses, with the assistance of many volunteers. The event is also partly funded by the, Illinois Art Council Agency, Nelson Farm Service, State Bank of Toulon, TerraForm Power, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Nature’s Creations, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association.




Photos are courtesy of Lou Lourdeau.


Census Bureau Launches Updated Website...

The U.S. Census Bureau recently launched a new version of 2020census.gov. The new website adds features, resources, and materials to help inform the public about the 2020 Census.

The site includes dozens of new Statistics in Schools materials, a new webpage to share facts about the 2020 Census, information on applying for jobs, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The new Statistics in Schools material will be released throughout the fall and includes 67 classroom activities, updated classroom maps with census statistics, three videos for students in grades K-12, a singalong song, and a new activity book for children ages 2 to 5. With these materials, teachers can incorporate Census Bureau statistics into subjects such as language arts, math and social studies.


From The Regional Census Center...

The Chicago Regional Census Center will begin Address Canvassing this week.

The purpose of Address Canvassing is to ensure the census address list is accurate and complete for the 2020 Census.

Your member governments and concerned households should be made aware that Address Canvassing is commencing and that there will be Census workers throughout communities until October 18th, verifying locations of houses, apartments, shelters and other places where people could live or stay.

The Chicago Regional Census Center's Office of Security sent a memo and a poster about Address Canvassing to each and every law enforcement agency in the country. The poster contains sample pictures of the official government badge with photo ID and the bag and laptop with the 2020 Census logo that address canvassers will have with them.

In addition, via a partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, every police station in the country will show the Address Canvassing video this week at the start of police shifts, known as roll call, so that police officers know the operation is occurring and how to identify a census worker.


American Legion September Events:

Community Breakfast - The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 8 September 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge. A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.


Galva Arts Council Secures Second Award...

The Galva Arts Council will once again enliven Wiley Park through the second Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, further activating the large, underused green space into a dynamic hub for self-expression, connection and layered arts experiences set to free, live music from across the globe.

The 2019 series aims to deepen community engagement and expand upon community partnerships, creating a weekly communal celebration of the best Galva has to offer.

For photographs of last year's series of concerts, visit our Gallery or visit the official Levitt AMP Galva Facebook page.


Sons of the American Legion...

The Galva American Legion Post #45 has received their charter for a new Sons of the American Legions Squadron.

The Legion is looking for new members to get the squadron rolling.

If you have a parent, grandparent or great grandparent or step parent or step grandparent that was in the military, you are eligible to join.

If interested, please contact Wayne Glisan at (309) 335 - 2931, Lloyd Anderson at (309) 853 - 7347 or Earl Stuckey at (309) 853 - 7917