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September 2016

Free


Allerton Park Freshwater Mussel Survey

September 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Centaur Statue Parking,

Allerton Park

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States


Freshwater mussels are considered one of the most imperiled groups of animals on Earth! The Sangamon River running through Allerton Park has a high diversity of mussel species; 17 species have been documented alive in the park since 2007. Bring an old pair of tennis shoes and a change of clothes and help Allerton staff and local biologists survey the Sangamon for mussel diversity. Surveys are conducted by hand in the river, but if you don’t want to get wet…

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$5 - $13


Allerton Starwatch

September 3 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Come see the stars! Join members of the CU Astronomical Society in the Allerton Meadow to view some of the darkest skies in the state. Meet in the Visitor Center at 7:30pm to enjoy a preview of what you will see (and maybe a cold craft beer!), plus a short discussion of a few current sky events. Then we’ll head out to the Meadow with telescopes to see nebulae, star clusters, double stars, and the Milky Way. $5/person | $13/person…

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$15


Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root

September 16 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 6–7pm Lupe Carroll | 7-7:30pm I-Pan | 7:30-9pm Rusted Root | Allerton Meadow $15/person in advance (Available here); $18/person at the gate, if available (cash or check) Ages 12 and under FREE Food + drinks for purchase Limited overnight accommodations are available! Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. Please note: Concerts can be canceled if weather is severe, unsafe, or deemed to be disruptive by the musicians. The decision to cancel the concert…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 17 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. You can get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

September 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Music Barn Festival

September 22 - September 23

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union September 22-23 | Allerton Music Barn | Advance ticket purchased required. Thursday, September 22, 7-9pm Jupiter String Quartet, featuring Jonathan Keeble $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. Friday, September 23, 7-9pm Erin Bode, featuring Viktor Krauss and Matt Munisteri $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. SPECIAL package price for September 22+23: $35 Click here to purchase tickets for both Sept 22+23 Drinks (no food) available for purchase. For more information on…

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$5 - $15


Family Campout and Exploration

September 24 @ 12:00 PM - September 25 @ 12:00 PM

Spend the weekend exploring Allerton's Natural Areas with the whole family! Champaign Surplus presents this hassle-free camping experience, providing families the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Help biologists (from the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) catch, identify, and release various wildlife; try out the newest camping gear and gadgets from Champaign Surplus and Kelty; and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History Education Company of the…

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October 2016


Volunteer Orientation

October 15 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. You can get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

October 15 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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$5


Fall Color Tree Hike

October 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park's Lost Garden Area. Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 9am. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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$20


An Evening with Poe

October 30 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping..." Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. Doors open at 6:30pm; a cash bar will be available. $20/person Ticket link will be posted here when available. Continue the experience by staying overnight! Call 217-333-3287 for…

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November 2016

$5


Fall Full Moon Night Hike

November 14 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

Take a fall night hike under the full moon with Allerton's Natural Areas Manager. We will walk along the Sangamon River Bluffs and listen for owls, coyotes, and see who else is out and about. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 7pm. $5/person | $13/person with two craft beers Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by…

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Roaring 20’s Party

November 18 @ 7:00 PM - November 19 @ 11:00 AM

Save the date! Travel back to the 1920s and experience Allerton in its prime! Robert Allerton was no Great Gatsby, but for one night we'll be transforming his Mansion into a 1920s speakeasy. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, and live jazz music from Chip McNeil. Don't forget your dancing shoes - the Illini Swing Society will be here to give a short performance, followed by dance lessons and a contest! And be sure to dress the part for the photo booth…

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December 2016


Gingerbread House Display

December 1 @ 8:00 AM - December 19 @ 5:00 PM

Get in the holiday spirit – while helping us decorate the Mansion for the Holiday Showcase! Gather your family, your co-workers, your grandkids – whoever wants to take on the challenge to build a gingerbread house! Drop-off days/times TBA.

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$10 - $28


Holiday Showcase

December 10 @ 10:00 AM - December 12 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime from 10am-4pm to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. New this year, the Showcase will feature an application process for our 20+ artisans and businesses, selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10:30am-3:30pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (advance…

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$75


A Holiday Affair

December 10 @ 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Get in the holiday spirit with an elegant evening at the Allerton Mansion! Enjoy a "welcome" glass of champagne, a cocktail hour with cash bar, dinner with complimentary wine, and live entertainment. Make a night of it and stay overnight in the Mansion! Call 217-333-3287 for lodging information and reservations. Cocktail attire is requested. $75/person. Includes wine with dinner, a cash bar will be available. Click here to purchase tickets. Reservations are kindly requested by December 1. Seating will be…

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$5


Full Moon Night Hike

December 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Coyote Bundle-up, grab a thermos of hot beverage and hike the Buck Schroth Trail under a full moon! Discover the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Dress for the weather! Meet at the Allerton Music Barn Parking Lot at 7pm. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied…

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$8


Sweets with Santa

December 18 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion - and Santa! Children will have the chance to chat with Santa, read a story with Mrs. Claus, create their own crafts, and nibble on festive treats. With an "open house" format, come anytime between 2-5pm to enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer! $8/child | Adults (with a paying child) and Ages 1 & under are FREE Click here to purchase tickets. (Please note: Tickets will only be available at the door if…

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February 2017


Lunar New Year

February 4, 2017

Save the date! Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster at our inaugural Lunar New Year celebration, in collaboration with the University of Illinois' Asian American Cultural Center. This event will feature opportunities to learn about this traditional Chinese holiday, entertaining performances, and dinner. Additional details and ticket link will be posted here when available. Sign-up for our enewsletter to find out when registration opens.

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Experience the Hops

February 18, 2017 - February 19, 2017

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Save the date! We're already planning for year two after last year's sold-out Experience the Hops event! This winter weekend will include seminars with staff from local and regional breweries, dinner, overnights at the Allerton estate, brunch, a Boots and Brew Hike on Sunday, and of course – plenty of beer samples! Additional details and ticket link will be posted here when available. Sign-up for our…

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March 2017


Vine to Wine

March 4, 2017 - March 5, 2017

"Great food and wine, interesting seminars, beautiful location." -attendee from Vine to Wine 2016 Save the date! This fun and educational weekend will offer an overview of the wine-making process, dinner, and plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! Additional details and ticket link will be posted here when available. Sign-up for our enewsletter to find out when registration opens.

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May 2017


Fourth Annual Plant Sale

May 6, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - May 7, 2017 @ 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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