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Bishop Hill Announces Lucia Nights 2021...
Bishop Hill invites you to join our 2021 Lucia Nights celebration on Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This Swedish tradition is based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. During a famine in Sweden, on the longest and darkest night of the year, Lucia appeared wearing a long white robe and encircling her head was a crown of candles. Legend has it that Lucia appeared on a ship laden with food. When the ship was unloaded, both it and Lucia vanished. 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 Park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 10, with music provided by the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers. The public is invited to bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Businesses and museums will have Lucia Girls to greet guests. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each and every window, and sidewalks will also be illuminated by candles. Restaurants are open both evenings. Special Christmas gifts will be on sale.
On both evenings, Bishop Hill will be hosting a wide variety of free Christmas activities. At the Fire Station, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers will be performing each night at 6:15 p.m., followed by Jazz on the Side at 7:30 p.m. At the Steeple Building Museum, Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of Christmas and folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their Local Lodge Names exhibit. Also at the Archives, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share a medley of Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories and songs from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host its annual Soup and Chili Supper, beginning at 4:00 p.m. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal. Finally, the Colony Church will have Lucia and Tomte Selfie stations.
Lucia Nights is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Settlers’ Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department, and numerous local businesses. This event is also partly funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more details, call 309-927-3899 or view www.visitbishophill.com.
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- Note each of the three webinars are identical, you only need to register for the date / time that works best for you.
Experience Bishop Hill’s Julmarknad (Christmas Market)...
Prepare for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 26, November 27, and December 4. On November 28 and December 5, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, holiday music, a storytelling Santa, craft activities, 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 nations entertains young and old with its antics.
A working model railroad will also be in the Steeple Building Museum, with a Christmas display. At the Bishop Hill State Museum each day, participate in the Olof Krans Paintings Scavenger Hunt. Tim Pletkovich, author of Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame, will be doing a book signing both weekends.
In addition, on Friday, November 26, the Vasa National Archives will have Dala Horse Take and Make Kits available to take home. Each kit has a horse, three colors of paint, and two brushes. Kits are $5 each. Supplies are limited and visitors can reserve them by calling 309 927-3898. Also at the Vasa National Archives, participate at the Make and Take Dala Horse Station where people can paint their Dala Horses in the basement and let them dry while shopping and exploring Bishop Hill. Dala Horses are $5 each and painting is free. The Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound. Finally, cookie baking will be done in the historic Bjorklund Hotel kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, November 27, the Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. At the Vasa National Archives, the Make and Take Dala Horse Station will continue. Mary Davidsaver, author of Shadows Over Bishop Hill, will be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center. Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen. Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so please support your local economy and shop the small businesses of historic Bishop Hill.
On Sunday, November 28, Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m. Participate at the Make and Take Dala Horse Station at the VNA, where people can paint their Dala Horse. Dala Horses are $5 each and painting is free.
On Saturday December 4 only, Lilly Setterdahl, author of Bishop Hill Reframed, will be doing a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steeple Building Museum. Mary Davidsaver, author of Shadows Over Bishop Hill, will also be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center. The Commons will host a visit from Santa Claus, with storytelling starting at 10 a.m. and a photo opportunity to follow. There will also be a sock tomte-making workshop throughout the afternoon at the Commons. Then, starting at 5 p.m., Bishop Hill will have its first Julmarknad Christmas Parade with camels, horses, and much more. This parade will go through downtown Bishop Hill and around the village park.
On both Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5, children are invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 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. Visitors can also participate at the Make and Take Dala Horse Station at the Vasa National Archives. A Chocolate Walk will also be held both days at the Colony School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase quality homemade chocolates by the pound.
For more information about Julmarknad activities, please call 309-927-3899 or visit www.visitbishophill.com. Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
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Galva American Legion Announces Community Breakfast...
The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 12 September, 2021 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.
Local Organizations Provide Financial Support to the BHHA...
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that it has received two grants from local organizations. From Community State Bank, the BHHA received a gift of $1,000. Funding for this gift came from CSB’s partner, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. This grant will be used to assist with the Heritage’s general operating expenses during the pandemic.
Through their GCF Community Impact Fund, the Galesburg Community Foundation has given $2,500 to the BHHA for a 2021 Program Series at the Dairy Building. Next year is the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Hill Colony. As part of this anniversary, the Heritage is hosting a series of lectures, workshops, and concerts celebrating the heritage of Bishop Hill. Funding from the Galesburg Community Foundation will partially support these programs.
The BHHA is dedicated to preserving the history of the Bishop Hill Colony and passing it on to future generations. Like many other nonprofit historical organizations, funding has drastically decreased due to lower visitor revenues. These grants will assist us to continue our activities. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association thanks Community State Bank and the Galesburg Community Foundation for their financial support.
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The 2021 series aims to deepen community engagement and expand upon community partnerships, creating a weekly communal celebration of the best Galva has to offer.
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