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August 2017


Cooking with Herbs Workshop

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

$5

Join Kay Carnes, Master Gardener and Mid-American Gardener panelist, for a morning in Allerton’s Herb Garden. Workshop participants will receive a tour of the Garden, which is certified by the Illinois Herb Association. Learn how to grow herbs in our Central Illinois climate, and witness cooking demonstrations using herbs and spices in various recipes. The workshop will mostly be outdoors with a small portion inside. Location: Park in the main Retreat Center Parking Lot. Meet in the Herb Garden (just…

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September 2017


Murder Mystery at the Mansion

September 1 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$48

Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This interactive murder mystery event will have you questioning everyone, looking for clues, eavesdroping on conversations, and trying to discover who did the dastardly deed! With a college class reunion theme, there's the jock, the cheerleader, the class clown, the newspaper editor, the class president... But one friend didn't make it to graduation. That death still haunts all of them - well, almost all of them. $48/person. Limited tickets are available…

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Murder Mystery at the Mansion

September 2 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$48

Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This interactive murder mystery event will have you questioning everyone, looking for clues, eavesdroping on conversations, and trying to discover who did the dastardly deed! With a college class reunion theme, there's the jock, the cheerleader, the class clown, the newspaper editor, the class president... But one friend didn't make it to graduation. That death still haunts all of them - well, almost all of them. $48/person. Limited tickets are available…

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Natural Dye Workshop

September 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$20 - $30

Master Gardener Kristi Pyatt will take you through the steps for this make-and-take workshop. Collect and use common and strange natural products (plants, flowers, bark) to make your own fabric dye! Create a unique, natural pattern and take home an eco-dyed silk scarf of your own creation. Location: Allerton Mansion, park in the Main Parking Lot. Cost: $20/person (no drinks) $30/person (includes 2 glasses of wine) Space is limited; pre-registration required. Register here

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Mansion Public Tours

September 10 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 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 Sunday, September 10. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes. $5/person. Children 2 and under are free. Tours are limited to 20 people. Pre-registration…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 16 @ 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

September 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 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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Campfire Jamboree

September 22 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

$5 - $10

6:30-8pm | Meadow | Okee Dokee Brothers $5/person or $10/family, at the gate Food + drink available for purchase. Information about overnight camping is TBA! About the bands: The GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, have put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. "Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain…

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3rd Annual Allerton Family Campout and Exploration

September 22 @ 6:30 PM - September 24 @ 7:00 AM

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. We will kick off the event on Friday Night with our Campfire Jamboree Concert featuring the Okee Dokee Brothers. Following the concert sleep under the stars in the Allerton Meadow and in the morning, sleep-in or get up early to help check wildlife traps, catch birds, or stretch your legs…

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Music Barn Festival

September 29 - October 1

$10 - $50

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 | Music Barn $28/person for each performance $50/person for two performances (Friday + Saturday OR Sunday) $10/person for students A cash bar will be available. Piato To Go will be here Saturday, September 30. Friday, September 29, 7:30pm | The UI Jazz Faculty in Concert: A Dizzy Gillespie Centenary Tribute | Purchase tickets here. Saturday, September 30, 7:30pm | Lyric Theatre @ Illinois presents * | Purchase tickets here. Sunday, October 1, 2:00pm | Lyric Theatre @…

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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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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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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. It will…

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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. 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 bar and live entertainment as you browse…

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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, tours of the Mansion (5:30pm and 6:30pm), and do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase. As you shop, drop your kids at the Monticello Area Art’s Council’s Natural Ornament-Making…

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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!) Make a night of it and stay overnight in the Mansion! View guestrooms, and call 217-333-3287 for lodging information and…

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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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