Bishop Hill to welcome Midsommar Music Festival

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
The Black Hawk Pipe and Drums group will be one of the performers at this year's Midsommar Music Festival to be held in Bishop Hill on June 20.

Bishop Hill’s annual Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 20, with a strong line-up of musical performers.

Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

The Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo - all free of charge - will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. This year’s lineup includes the Mountain Men, Jazz on the Side, Turas, Wendy Anderson, and Black Hawk Pipes and Drums.

After the Main Stage performances are completed, the Maypole will be decorated with flowers. Everyone is then invited to join the Maypole procession.

Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School, where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments.

Later that evening, enjoy supper at PL Johnson’s and then go to the barn dance at the Colony School with The Rusty Pickup String Band and caller Gail Hintze. Admission is $5 per person.

Also on June 20, starting at 8 a.m., find new, vintage and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at the VASA National Archives Museum.

The Midsommar Music Festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, co-sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses. This project is supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

Donations are welcome.

For more information about the Music Festival, visit www.bishophill.com, call 309-927-3899, or email bhha@mymctc.net.