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In the earliest days of the Bishop Hill Colony a letter was sent to Sweden proudly proclaiming Illinois was the biblical land of milk and honey, because “sugar flows from the trees in the springtime.” The American Indians taught the pioneers how to make syrup and the Henry County Historical Society has a photo from a 1937 Maple Syrup camp! The Twinflower Inn and Bishop Hill Arts Council are resurrecting this ancient tradition.


The Twinflower Inn and The Bishop Hill Arts Council are partnering to host three Maple Syrup themed events rolled into one, reviving Maple Syrup Making Days in Bishop Hill. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is hosting a pancake supper Saturday March 11th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The Twinflower Inn is hosting an Immersive Workshop March 10, 11, 12, and a day-long workshop Saturday March 11, 10:00 - 3:00.


The pancake supper will be at the Colony School Saturday, March 11, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 16 and under. The evening includes pancakes, fresh made maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Brian “Fox” Ellis will also share stories about the origins of maple syrup and a demonstration of the syrup making process. There will be a silent auction as a fund raiser for the Bishop Hill Arts Council. This will be a fun evening for all ages.


Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Ellis will be leading a day-long workshop at The Twinflower Inn. Through the course of the day, participants will get a hands-on experience of the entire process, from selecting and tapping trees, boiling and processing sap, preserving and eating maple syrup. The workshop fee is $45, and includes a maple themed lunch. Pre-registration is required atfoxtales@foxtalesint.com.


The weekend intensive will start Friday evening March 10th at 7:00 pm with a happy hour where folks will sample a few maple flavored cocktails. We will also discuss cooking with maple syrup and enjoy a maple syrup breakfast for supper on Saturday. Saturday we will walk through the entire process from tap to sap, distillation and preservation. Weekend workshop participants go home with a small jar of syrup. And folks can order all of the equipment they need to make their own maple syrup next spring!


The Twinflower Inn is offering a special rate on rooms at The Twinflower Inn. The all inclusive weekend is just $195 for a single occupancy room or $130 each for double occupancy. This includes two nights of lodging, cocktails Friday, breakfast, lunch, and supper Saturday, breakfast Sunday, plus a jar of the syrup participants will help to make! If you wish to bring children to watch, a donation will be appreciated.


Spend an enchanting weekend in Bishop Hill, Illinois learning the skills to make your own maple syrup! 


For More information please contact Brian “Fox” Ellis  309-696-1017