Celtic Soltice: Calling all Illini

This clue is orange and blue. Any Illini out there? Join me in song as we cut and sew the first clue to Celtic Soltice.

For cutting, the Alma Mater, with a little change in words, is perfect.

Hail to the Orange,


Hail to the Blue,


Hail Bonnie Hunter,
Ever so true!
We love no other
So let our motto be
Mystery, Bonnie H! Mystery!

For sewing, we need something a little more lively. Illinois Loyalty fits the bill perfectly. Original words and music by T.H. Guild, 1907, modified by me. Sing along as we sew . . .


We’re loyal to you, Bonnie H,
We’re “Orange and Blue,” Bonnie H,
We’ll back you to stand ‘gainst the best in the land,
For we know you make quilts, Bonnie H, Rah! Rah!

So crack out the clues, Bonnie H,
We’re following you, Bonnie H,
Our seam guide is our protector,
On! girls, for we all have a mystery from our Bonnie H!

Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha! Go Bonnie, Go!
Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha! Go Bonnie, Go!
Bonnie H! Bonnie H! Bonnie H!

Create that dear old clue of Orange and Blue,
Lead on our sons and daughters quilting with you;
Like quilts of old, on our scraps placing reliance, shouting defiance,

Amid the broad green fields that nourish our land,
For honest Labor and for Quilting we stand,
And unto thee we pledge our heart and hand,
Dear Mystery Maker, Bonnie H!

And, for a victory dance after finishing the clue, enjoy Chief Illiniwek’s final performance. As a student at Illinois, I was always thrilled to see the Chief dance. Frankly, I don’t see any difference between what he did and the fancy dances at pow-wows, except that the student portraying the chief is not native American. I was very sad when the NCAA forced Illinois to eliminate him. The chief was a symbol rather than a mascot. During half-time, he came out, did his dance, and left, as you see in the video. That was it. He did not lead cheers on the sidelines and pump up the crowd like mascots at other schools do.

The NCAA also tried to eliminate the name, “The Fighting Illini”. They eventually accepted the fact that the use of the name “Fighting Illini” pre-dates the Chief Illiniwek symbol and was bestowed upon the team in honor of Illinoisans who fought in World War I; the use of the name “Illini” dates to the 19th century.

See what everyone else is doing on Celtic Soltice.



3 Responses to “Celtic Soltice: Calling all Illini”

  1. Andee in AZ Says:

    I love your Bonnie song! You should post it to her facebook so she sees it–if she hasn’t already! 🙂

    • Barbara Says:

      Thanks! I was quite pleased with myself for coming up with it andI was really bummed that no one commented. As soon as I saw the orange and blue, my old school songs started running through my head.I didn’t have to change that many words.They were really easy to change to fit the mystery and still keep it to the same number of syllables to fit the music.It was meant to be.

      I don’t really get the Facebook thing – I don’t know how to post it there. Barbara Bennett, Columbia, MD


  2. Kathy Says:

    Oh yes, we needed a fight song! Great creativity there! Thanks for sharing it!

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