The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the awards of $500 from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and $450 from the Swedish Council of America. This funding will be used to support our Midsommar Music Festival on June 23, 2018. Specifically, these grants will fund the Nordland Band’s workshop and concert at this unique summertime music festival. Because of the support of organizations such as these, the Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival is free and open to the public. The BHHA thanks the ASF and the SCA for its continued support of our Swedish programming!
For Midsommar, the free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Kewanee Community Band/Chorus, Big River Reeltime Band, and the Nordland Band. Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge. Later that evening, there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Ragged Robin Band and caller Gail Hintze. Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.
Warm up your dance steps at the Nordland Band's 12:30 p.m. workshop in the Dairy Building as they play wonderful waltzes and pretty polkas. If folks want to dive in feet first, this is an opportunity to learn some simple Swedish dances. For those who want to dance with their fingers, the band will have some percussion instruments along for you to join in the fun. There will also be plenty of seating for those who delight in just listening to the music. This workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary for this one-hour workshop.