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December 2017

2017 Allerton Birding Big Year

December 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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Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 8, 2017 - January 6, 2018


Experience Allerton after dark! We are illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk, with the generous support of Kirby Medical Center. See Allerton in a new light as you enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Gardens to the Visitor Center. New this year – the walk will be expanded to include different views of the Mansion and Reflecting Pond! The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk kicks-off during All is Bright on Friday, December 8. (For more…

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Community Yoga

December 13 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Allerton provides the perfect setting to relax and unwind, while strengthening your mind, body, and spirit. All levels are welcome for this donation-based class, focusing on waking up the body. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through strength poses that can be done at their own level, and end with cooling postures for the nervous system. 6:30-7:30pm in the Allerton Mansion Library (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) This is a donation-based class. All contributions will…

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SOLD OUT – Sweets with Santa, presented by State Bank of Bement

December 17 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. If you would like to be the first to know about events at Allerton, please sign up for our enewsletter here. Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion – and Santa! Children will have the chance to chat with Santa, and venture outside to visit his reindeer! Inside, decorate a yummy holiday treat at the "Sweets Station" with local favorite Pies by Inge, and join Mrs. Claus in the library for a story. With an…

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Winter Solstice Walk

December 21 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Enjoy the Winter Solstice with an evening garden walk at Allerton Park! Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year - the one in which we experience the least amount of daylight in 24 hours; it is also the time when the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky. You’ll notice a peaceful quietness when you walk throughout the park—a unique and serene time to be at Allerton. To celebrate we are offering two evening garden tours (5pm…

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NYE Celebration: A Masquerade Ball

December 31, 2017 @ 8:30 PM - January 1, 2018 @ 12:30 AM


Spend a special evening at Allerton filled with costumes, cocktails, music, and dancing! Come in your masquerade mask and cocktail best to enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres, live music, an open beer/wine bar, and a fun photo booth. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a late night snack. Continue the fun (and celebrate responsibly!) by staying overnight (discounted package pricing available). A complimentary light breakfast on New Year’s Day is included. Space is limited. Purchase tickets here. NYE…

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January 2018

Movie in the Mansion – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

January 26, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Come to the Mansion’s Library and enjoy a roaring fire, popcorn, hot chocolate, and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"! Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. Movie begins at 6:45pm and lasts 2hr 23min. Kids are encouraged to wear their pjs, and bring a pillow and blanket. Parents are welcome to watch the movie, or…

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Beekeeping Class-Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

January 27, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

According to the USDA, honeybee populations have decreased by more than 50% in the last 60 years and the loss has accelerated in the past year! If you want to help the fight against this alarming epidemic, join us for a class on beekeeping and learn how to produce honey in your own backyard! Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping will focus on the principles of beekeeping including: the history of beekeeping honeybee biology plant/pollinator relationships essential equipment and requirements By…

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February 2018

Hawaiian Adventure, featuring a visit to the Allerton Garden in Kauai

February 22, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit Lawai-Kai, the estate that Robert Allerton and John Gregg called “home” after moving from Monticello. Your guided tour of this popular Hollywood film location will lead you through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features. Then, enjoy dinner in the house where Robert Allerton and John Gregg lived and view their personal collection of pictures and memorabilia. Join Collette Travel and the Kirby Auxiliary on a ten day…

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March 2018

Allerton Spring Break

March 18, 2018 - March 23, 2018

Join your fellow students for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) participants get to stay at Allerton for the entire week, volunteering their time while experiencing all that this unique setting has to offer. Students will work together on volunteer projects daily, then take time to experience and explore Allerton. Allerton Park offers opportunities to relax, hike, and make lasting memories with new friends. Space is limited for this unique Spring Break experience, so apply early. For…

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April 2018

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

April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018

The 6th Annual Allerton Races weekend will be April 6-7, 2018. 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! Stay tuned for more details and registration!

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May 2018

Fifth Annual Plant Sale

May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Save the Date for Allerton's Fifth Annual Plant Sale! More details will be posted here when available.

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A Garden Party Fundraiser

May 20, 2018

SAVE THE DATE! for Allerton's annual Garden Party Fundraiser! Take a leisurely stroll through the blooming gardens before heading to the Mansion for a lively auction and dinner. Details and tickets will be posted here as the date gets closer. For questions or more information, contact Bridget Frerichs at bridgetf@illinois.edu.

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