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October 2017


Volunteer Orientation

October 21 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. 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. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

October 21 @ 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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Tree Care and Pruning Workshop

October 21 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Join Allerton Park’s Park Attendants and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger for a workshop in tree care and pruning. Attendees will learn tips and tricks in planting, mulching, site selection, and species selection, among other basics for trees around your home. Proper pruning techniques will also be discussed as Peter leads you through Allerton’s gardens. Park in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please meet outside the Visitor Center $5/person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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Art & Soul Pumpkin Painting Workshop

October 24 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$25

COME BE INSPIRED...Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this pumpkin decorating workshop, as well as provide a variety of materials & techniques to showcase your personal style. Come relax, invite friends to join in for hauntingly fun evening in the mansion! $25 per person includes 1 pumpkin, paints, and materials. Yummy fall refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. TICKETS

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An Evening with Poe

October 26 - October 30

$20

"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. This year's performance becomes even more theatrical with interpretations from three different performers of Poe at different stages of his life. Afterwards explore the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. $20/person. Purchase tickets: Thursday, October 26, 7-9:30pm Sunday, October 29, 7-9:30pm…

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Stretch and Sip

October 28 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$10 - $15

Learn the fundamentals of yoga while you relax your body and renew your mind. Then enjoy a beer/cider (Blue Moon Harvest and Angry Orchard) and conversation afterwards. This 60-minute yoga class is suitable for all levels. Yoga will begin at 10am, at the Music Barn. Please arrive 15 mins early and wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided on a first-come basis. Event is open to all ages, but must be 21 to enjoy a beer after class. GET TICKETS…

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November 2017


Volunteer Orientation

November 18 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. 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. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Mansion Public Tours

November 18 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$5

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and the creation of his estate? Here's your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Saturday, November 18. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. Continue the experience by staying…

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December 2017


2017 Allerton Birding Big Year

December 1 - December 31

Free

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

Free

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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Holiday Showcase

December 8 - December 10

$10 - $28

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over drinks or lunch. The Showcase features specially-selected artisans and businesses selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. (Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply here.) Friday evening (5-8pm) will kick things off with our opening night event All is Bright. Take a stroll on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, and warm-up in the Mansion with a cash…

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All is Bright

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

Free - $10

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening at Allerton! Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk and enjoy light snacks and hot cocoa in the Visitor Center. Next, head to the Mansion to enjoy live entertainment, a cash bar, tours of the Mansion (5:30pm and 6:30pm), and do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase. Monticello Area Arts Council will be hosting a Natural Ornament-Making Workshop…

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Holiday Affair

December 9 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$80

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, and dinner with complimentary wine. After dinner, head to the Grand Gallery for dessert, grab a drink, and enjoy the soothing sound of vintage holiday records. (Bring your own favorites for our DJ to spin!) Cocktail attire is requested. Before Dec. 1: $80/person | After Dec. 1: $90/person (Includes wine with dinner, a cash bar…

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Sweets with Santa, presented by State Bank of Bement

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

$8

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 “open house” format, come anytime between 2-5pm to enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer! October 9 - November 30: $8/person | December 1 - December 16:…

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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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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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