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202 Park Street

P.O. Box 48
Bishop Hill, IL 61419

Museum Times

Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
from May 1st to October 31st



This Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th, the Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts is coming to historic Bishop Hill, Illinois. This first annual event, sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, features music, plein-air painting (art created “in the open air”), hands-on activities for kids, an arts and craft show and much, much more!

On Saturday, an “Antique Alley” will be set up next to Sweet Annie’s, with eight different vendors selling their primitive wares. Also on Saturday, a soup supper will be held at PL Johnson’s Restaurant at 5:30 pm. Soup and bread are included and attendees also get to keep the handmade bowl that the soup is served in! Tickets are limited and may be purchased in advance at The Colony Store or Hantverk Galleri (or at the information booth on Saturday). Plan to end the evening with a Backyard Concert at the Twinflower Inn, featuring Preston Jackson and Friends, with solos by vocalist Judy Page. Concert begins at 7pm.

On both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm, an arts and crafts show will be held next to the Steeple Building and plein-air painters (including portrait painters) will be working in the park and throughout town. During both days, VASA is sponsoring a hands-on kids’ activity, Natural Dyeing, at the Archives building.

Children of all ages can try their hand at sun prints or paper marbling in the park from 10-noon and again from 1-3 pm. After lunch, there will be music in the park as well, featuring a variety of performers.

For those attendees looking for something more physical, “A Historical Hike: A Storyteller’s Tour of Bishop Hill,” hosted by Brian “Fox” Ellis, is also scheduled both days (11am and 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday).

Finally, the Henry Cointy Historical Society Museum is also open during the weekend and so with so much to see and do, what better way is there to savor summer than spending the day enjoying beautiful Bishop Hill ! And the best part? All events are FREE and open to the public!