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February 2016

$90 - $110


KOSELIG: Winter Overnights at Allerton

February 1 - March 31

This year, don’t just endure winter - enjoy it! Treat yourself (and your family/friends) to an overnight getaway at enchanting Allerton. Loosely translated into English as “cozy,” koselig is a Norwegian word that describes a sense of warmth and comfort felt especially during the long winter. Simple pleasures - fires, warm beverages, fuzzy blankets, wool socks – are celebrated, and outdoor activities – sledding, hiking, building snowmen – are embraced. Bundle up and go for a hike by the Sangamon…

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Special Discounts for Winter Rentals

February 1 @ 8:00 AM - March 31 @ 5:00 PM

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is offering special reduced rates for your organization or company meeting this winter. Hold a day-long training, overnight team-building retreat, or multi-day strategic planning session. You and your staff will benefit from the pristine, tranquil setting, away from the distractions and everyday flow of the office. Schedule a site-visit and see what corporate executives and conference planners from around the country have discovered: a truly unique atmosphere with ample opportunities for thoughtful reflection and creative…

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$30


Valentine’s Alternative

February 12 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

*OVERNIGHT GIVEAWAY - Purchase your tickets by Monday, February 8 at 10am, and you'll be entered to win a FREE overnight stay for two after the concert on Friday night!* Forget candlelit dinners and romantic getaways - spend your Friday night relaxing with friends to the tunes of Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen. Appetizers are included, and a cash bar will be available. $30/person. To purchase tickets click here. Advance purchase is recommended, tickets can only be purchased at the…

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$65


Valentine’s Date Night

February 13 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

This event is SOLD OUT. For more information on our Valentine's Alternative, click here. If candlelit dinners and romantic getaways are your thing - you've come to the right place! Enjoy a served dinner with wine in the Carriage House, followed by a couple's painting project. A cash bar will be available. To view the menu, click here. $65/person. To purchase tickets click here. Advance purchase is required. Make a night of it and stay overnight ($90-$110)! Your stay includes…

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$15


Art&Soul: Adult Coloring Workshop

February 18 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join Monticello Area Arts Council (MAAC) in the Allerton Library for a fun-filled Art & Soul workshop. Take inspiration from beautiful Robert Allerton Park and make it your own! Discover your creative side as you relax and add color and design to line drawings of Fu Dogs, the Sun Singer, formal gardens, woodlands, the Mansion, and more! MAAC instructors will assist you and provide all materials for the class. Colored pencils and markers will be used. Finished art will be…

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Full Moon Night Hike

February 22 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Barn

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! Meet at the Allerton Music Barn Parking Lot at 7pm, dress for the weather! $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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$143 - $195


Experience the Hops

February 27 @ 1:00 PM - February 28 @ 12:00 PM

Head out to Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a winter weekend (or just a day!) filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, 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 Hike on Sunday, and of course - plenty of beer!…

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$86


Experience the Hops: Saturday Only

February 27 @ 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Head out to Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a day filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique experience will include seminars, dinner,and of course - plenty of beer! We hope you can join for this rare opportunity to learn from - and talk with - beer experts and…

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$5 - $13


Boots and Brew Hike

February 28 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This hair-of-the-dog hike will be the perfect start to your Sunday! Enjoy a craft beer or two in the morning while walking off Saturday night's fun. This hike will be part of Allerton's Experience the Hops event, but if you can't make the whole event you can sign up for the hike only! We will hike along the Sangamon River while enjoying beer from Against the Grain, Bells, Brickstone, Revolution, and Sierra Nevada breweries. Meet at the Allerton House courtyard…

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Discover Allerton calendar

February 29

Questions? Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu

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March 2016


Murder Mystery Dinner (Friday, March 4)

March 4 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

This event is now sold out. Sign-up for our enewsletter to learn about additional Murder Mystery Dinner dates and other events. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a world of mystery and conspiracy at he Allerton Mansion. It will be up to you to question all the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and try to discover who did the dastardly deed! Dinner is included, and a cash bar…

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Murder Mystery Dinner (Saturday, March 5)

March 5 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This event is now sold out. Sign-up for our enewsletter to learn about additional Murder Mystery Dinner dates and other events. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a world of mystery and conspiracy at he Allerton Mansion. It will be up to you to question all the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and try to discover who did the dastardly deed! Dinner is included, and a cash bar…

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$75


WILL Downton Abbey Finale Event

March 6 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bid farewell to Downton Abbey with WILL at Allerton Park! High Tea and Conversation (3pm): You'll enjoy tea, sandwiches and pastries, plus you'll hear from Downton Abbey fan Cele Otnes, Ph.D., author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture. A Champagne Toast and the Series Finale (4:30pm): Thank you for making Downton Abbey a part of your life these past six years. Join us as we toast the series and enjoy the final episode together. $75 per person.…

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$110 - $650


From Vine to Wine

March 11 @ 3:00 PM - March 13 @ 11:00 AM

This fun and educational weekend offers a comprehensive overview of the wine-making process, along with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! "From Vine to Wine" will bring those interested in beginning or expanding their personal wine knowledge, guest vintners, and University educators to breathtaking Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a unique wining and dining experience. Seminars will cover grape production, turning grapes into wine, and a wine tasting course. Evening dinners will include specially prepared meals and wine pairings selected…

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Allerton Spring Break

March 20 - March 25

Join your fellow nature-lovers for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) is an alternative spring break program in which college students have the opportunity to stay on Allerton property and volunteer for the entire week to improve Allerton Park. Room and board is provided. Days will be filled with volunteer projects, and nights will be open for students to relax, hike, or play games. To apply, fill out an application and send it to Mindy Brand at…

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Volunteer orientation

March 20 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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! No registration required. Meet in the Visitor Center. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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$5


Early Wildflower Hike

March 26 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hike the Sangamon River bluffs to see the first wildflowers of spring! We will see snow trillium, sharp-lobed hepatica and others. Our hike will also take us within earshot of the great blue herons as they rebuild their nests. The hike will be off trail and will include a stream crossing. Registration is required. Click here to sign-up. Meet at the Buck Schroth Paking Lot at 10am. $5

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April 2016


Third Saturday Garden Tour

April 16 @ 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 typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. Tours start in the Visitor Center. 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


Mansion Public Tours

April 24 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and how he created his estate? Here's your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, April 24th. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes. $5/person. Children 2 and under are free. Tours are limited to 20 people, so…

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May 2016


Third Annual Plant Sale

May 7 @ 9:00 AM - May 8 @ 5:00 PM

Join us on Mother's Day weekend (May 7-8) for our Third Annual Plant Sale. We will have annuals, herbs, and perennials on sale, including arranged hanging baskets - perfect for gifts! The sale is open from 9am-5pm, and will be located next to the Visitor Center.

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$100


A Garden Party

May 20 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE for the Third Annual Garden Party fundraiser! On Friday, May 20th, spend a Spring evening in the Allerton gardens enjoying live music and the sights and smells of the blooming Peony Garden, followed by a silent auction and dinner in the meadow. Includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash bar available. Festive garden party attire encouraged. The event will be held rain or shine! Tickets are $100 and will be available as the date gets closer. $60 of…

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$15


Native Tree Identification Workshop

May 23 @ 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Visitor Center Auditorium

Spend the day polishing your native tree identification skills with Allerton Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue. This all-day workshop will focus on trees native to East Central Illinois. The day will begin in the classroom with a lesson on basic plant vocabulary, but the majority of the day will be spent in the Allerton Natural Areas learning to identify trees in the woods. Participants will learn the identification of 50 different trees and shrubs native to local forests. Lunch will…

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$5


Practical Tree Identification: An essay on skills needed for embracing Plan B!

May 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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Sometimes an enjoyable day spent in the woods can be briefly interrupted by the need to answer natures call; precisely why an experienced outdoorsman always carries an adequate supply of tissue paper (Plan A). John Edgington (UofI Dept. of NRES Dendrologist – Retired) will present the practical tree identification skills you will need to embrace Plan B: A Leaf-Based Clean-Up! Join us at the Allerton Mansion for this life-saving knowledge as well as a presentation by Jay Hayek (University of…

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