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Lucia Nights...

Bishop Hill invites you to join the Lucia Nights celebration on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. This Swedish tradition is based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. Girls in Sweden today wake their families on December 13th carrying a tray of Lucia buns while dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown of candles.

Lucia Nights begins in Bishop Hill with the Lighting of the ParkTree Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 7, with music provided by the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers. The public is invited to bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Evening attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated. Restaurants are open both evenings. Special Christmas gifts will also be on sale.

GirlsOn both Friday and Saturday evenings, Bishop Hill will be hosting a wide variety of activities. At the Fire Station, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers will be performing each night at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jazz on the Side at 7:30 p.m. The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits, with storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis sharing traditional Swedish and PioneerHammer and Pick Christmas stories. At the Steeple Building Museum, Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of Christmas and folk music. On the first floor of the Colony Church, there will be a Lucia and Tomte Selfie Station. In addition, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper, beginning at 4:00 p.m. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.

On Friday December 7 only, American/Folk singer Mark Stuart will be performing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons. Starting at 5 p.m., a potluck dinner will precede the concert. $10 to $20 donation is suggested.

Lucia GirlsOn Saturday, December 8 only, at 7 p.m., there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School. The Sangamo Stemwinders will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary. Later that evening, as part of their Christmas is Coming Tour, Jason Gray, Stars Go Dim’s frontman Chris Cleveland, and Jilian Linklater will be performing from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons. This family friendly concert will feature Christmas original songs, fan-favorite radio hits, and Christmas classics. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the concert. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com.

Lucia Nights is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Settler’s Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department, and numerous local businesses. The event is also partly funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and the Quad City Arts.

For more information about Lucia Nights, call 309-927-3899 or visit www.bishophill.com.

*Photographs are courtesy of Lou Lourdeau


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Bishop Hill's Julmarknad is here...

Prepare for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 23, November 24 and December 1.

On November 25 and December 2, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. All our shops, museums, and restaurants will be open to satisfy your holiday needs. See Tomten, our Swedish elves, roam through the town, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Guests will also enjoy the Julbock, the Christmas Goat. This trickster from Scandinavian entertains young and old with its antics. A working model railroad will also be in the Steeple Building Museum. At the Peasant Works, there will be a festive Julmarknad DIY Photo Booth in the barnyard, featuring tomten and julbock attire.


In addition, on Friday, November 23, help the Vasa National Archives make a paper mache holiday craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will be adding layers of paper mache to the holiday craft. This is a community project that is open to children of all ages. A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony SchoolCookies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound. Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, will be doing a book signing at the Steeple Building Museum. Finally, cookie baking will be done in the historic Bjorklund Hotel kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, November 24, the Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. The paper mache holiday craft project will also continue at the VASA National Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with painting and other personal touches being added. Mary Davidsaver, author of Clouds Over Bishop Hill, will be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, will be doing a book signing at the Colony Store. Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so please support your local economy and shop the small businesses of historic Bishop Hill. Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen on Saturday and Sunday. Sample freshly baked cookies from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday December 1 only, Mary Davidsaver, author of Clouds Over Bishop Hill, will be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers, will also be doing a book signing at the Steeple Building Museum.

GoatOn both Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2, children are invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Peanuts will be used. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Hotel to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights. A Chocolate Walk will also be held at the Dairy Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Purchase quality homemade chocolates by the pound.

For more information about Julmarknad activites, please call 309-927-3899 or visit us at www.bishophill.com. Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency. Julmarknad photos courtesy of Lou Lourdeau.


Veterans Day...

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American Legion January Events:

Community Breakfast - The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 13 January 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.