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January 2017


2017 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31

A Birding Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat, we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each…

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February 2017

Lunar New Year

February 4 @ 5:00 PM - February 5 @ 12:00 PM

Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Allerton's Lunar New Year celebration, in collaboration with the University of Illinois' Asian American Cultural Center. Start the evening in the Mansion's Library with a presentation on the history of the Lunar New Year, as well as an overview of Asian influences in Allerton artwork. Then, enjoy a short festive performance from the Champaign-Urbana Chinese Folkdance Club before dinner in the Carriage House with guest Chef Kit Lee. After a continental breakfast…

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$220 - $240

Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

February 10 @ 7:00 PM - February 11 @ 11:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT. You can still make reservations for our Low-Frills Valentines. For more info click here. "It should be a happy time for the Valentine family - it's the rehearsal dinner for their daughter’s wedding tomorrow. But when the family’s past starts catching up with them, tragedy occurs, and - like the wedding - someone will never see the light of tomorrow..." This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a night of conspiracy at the Allerton…

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$90 - $110

Low-Frills Valentines

February 11 @ 3:00 PM - February 12 @ 11:00 AM

No candlelit dinner. No romantic music. No stress. Just you, your sweetie, and the picturesque, tranquil setting of Allerton Park. Cuddle by the fire, bundle up for a hike, or just relax in your room! Includes a light continental breakfast. $90/couple for lodging in the Gate House, House in the Woods, or Evergreen Lodge $110/couple for lodging in the Mansion *Special Offer* $80/couple "Add On" with the purchase of a Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner package. Space is limited. Call…

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Experience the Hops

February 18 @ 1:00 PM - February 19 @ 11:00 AM

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Head out to Allerton for a winter weekend filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, Half Acre Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique weekend experience will include seminars, dinner, overnights at the Allerton estate, brunch, a Boots and Brew…

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Art & Soul: Sun Singer Painting

February 22 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore one of the most memorable and beloved sculptures of Allerton Park - The Sun Singer by Carl Milles - as you create a painting on canvas with the assistance of Monticello Area Arts Council instructors. Create your one-of-a-kind painting by selecting a day or sunset backdrop and your favorite season of the year to frame this beautiful and majestic sculpture using a variety of brush and painting techniques. All materials will be provided. Includes light refreshments. $30/person. Register through…

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March 2017

$95 - $210

Vine to Wine

March 4 @ 1:00 PM - March 5 @ 12:00 PM

"Great food and wine, interesting seminars, beautiful location." -attendee from Vine to Wine 2016 An elegant weekend away with your significant other, fellow wine-lovers, or on your own! This fun and educational event will feature good food, great wine, and the tranquil setting of Allerton Park. Spend the afternoon learning about grape production, pairing wine with food, and Winemaking 101. (For speaker information, click here.) Then, enjoy hors d’Oeuvres as you chat with fellow attendees and guest speakers. A specially…

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$25 - $57

Allerton Trails Half-Marathon,10K, and 5K

March 31 @ 8:30 PM - April 1 @ 1:00 PM

The 5th Annual Allerton Races weekend will be March 31-April 1, 2017. Try something a little different Friday night with the one-of-a-kind Trail-Glo 5K, and/or spend Saturday morning on the trails with the Half-Marathon or 10K. You are sure to have a blast with this always-lively group - probably getting a little muddy, and conquering Allerton's trails! Click here to register. For questions or more information visit the Race website, or contact the Race Director at athmdirector@gmail.com.

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May 2017

Fourth Annual Plant Sale

May 6 @ 9:00 AM - May 7 @ 5:00 PM

Save the Date! Allerton's Fourth Annual Plant Sale will be May 6-7, 2017. The sale is open from 9am-5pm, and will be located next to the Visitor Center.

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A Garden Party

May 21 @ 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE! We're revamping and expanding this year's Garden Party Fundraiser! Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through Allerton's Gardens - with live music, drinks, and food along the way. Bid on unique auction items, and hear about exciting plans for the future of Allerton. Festive garden party attire encouraged. The event will be held rain or shine! Tickets are $100. Link will be posted here when available. $60 of your ticket price is a tax deductible donation. For questions…

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