With the last big holiday weekend of the summer in the rear-view mirror, our friends in Bishop Hill are taking pains to remind Quad-Citians that the27 restaurants, museums and shops that make up this charming and historic village are open for business.|
While it's true that a month from now, on Oct. 1, cutbacks by a cash-strapped state government will mean that the Bishop Hill State Historic Site will be open just four days a week. But that represents just THREE of the village's many attractions.
The rest of the town, village promoters tell us, will be open for business as usual; that means many of those shops will remain open seven days a week.
Events also will go on as scheduled, including three this month, kicking off on Saturday with a Chautauqua in the park, an open house at the VASA Archives, and a fall open house at Sweet Annie Primitives. The following week, the historic pre-Civil War village will host Old Settler's Day and Colony School Reunion. And, to close the months, on Sept. 27-28, the popular Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days) will be held on September 27 and 28.
A healthy and growing fall and winter schedule also remain and restoration works continues on colony buildings.
There's lots to do and see with or without the historic sites. To find out why reports of Bishop Hill's deaths are so greatly exaggerated, call 309 927-3899 or check out www.bishophill.com.
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