Arts, crafts fair is Friday-Sunday

The 28th Quad-City Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be Friday-Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 or free with a new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots, and free for kids age 12 and under.

The fair will feature nearly 60,000 square feet of arts and crafts from over 200 exhibitors including wool spinning, painting, handcrafted toys and dolls, carved/painted gourds, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, greeting cards, quilting, feather extensions, chainsaw and lathe art, clothing, bird feeders, etchings, primitives, pottery and stoneware.

Some exhibitors also will demonstrate their crafts.

Bishop Hill’s Christmas Market opens

Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, will be happening in historic Bishop Hill, Illinois, on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26, and Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3, with Swedish folk characters roaming the town, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts.

Hours on Friday and both Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours on Sundays are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special attractions include:

• Papier mache tomte-making, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, continuing Saturday, Nov. 25, with gluing and painting.

• Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the Colony School, continuing on Saturday.

• Cookie baking, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, in the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen, continuing Saturday.

• Edible tree ornament making, 1-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3, in the Bjorklund Hotel.  

• Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Colony Store from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 2-3.

• Chocolate Walk at the Dairy Building 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2-3.

• Wood carving demo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Steeple Building Museum.

For more information, call 309-927-3899 or visit

Lunch, seasonal music at Abbey Station

Black Hawk College is sponsoring two Lifelong Learner Lunches at Abbey Station, Rock Island, with seasonal music by the Davenport Central High School choir and door prizes.

Dates are Tuesday, Dec. 5, or Friday, Dec. 8. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the choir performing at 12:15 p.m.

The cost is $23, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 29. To register, call 309-796-8223.

Quarters One open for Christmas Tea

Historic Quarters One on Arsenal Island will be open for a Christmas tea ajd tour on Sunday, Dec. 10, hosted by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation. There will be two seatings, one at noon and one at 3 p.m.

The event will include savory and sweet foods and several types of teas, and a guided tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and may be purchased online at or by calling Judy Tumbleson at 309-786-5980. Please indicate which time you would like to attend. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event for $30.

The tea is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and representative Doug Grenier.

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation. All visitors must enter through the downtown Moline gate. Visitors who do not have an approved Department of Defense identification card and are 18 years old or older must obtain a credential at the Visitor Control Center with their picture ID.

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community.

Museum hosts White House Christmas display

You can see how four different presidents celebrated Christmas with a new exhibit at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

The exhibit running through Jan. 7 features photos and original artifacts from Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Items include Lincoln-themed decorations, family photos, gifts received by the presidents and official Christmas cards.