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January 2018


2018 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 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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April 2018


SOLD OUT – Forest-to-Mansion Foraging Hike

April 25 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Spend the evening hiking with through the early spring forest learning what you can and can't eat and enjoying the spring wildflowers. Items collected on the hike will be used in the April 29 Forest-to-Mansion Dinner. REGISTER Cost: $5, all sales are final. Please note, collecting wild materials (including mushrooms) is normally prohibited, and will only be allowed for this special event.

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Arbor Day Tree Planting & Hike

April 28 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn best practices when planting a tree in celebration of Arbor Day! Glean tips and tricks from one of Allerton’s full time Gardeners and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger. Class will take place in conjunction with a tree identification hike with Allerton’s Natural Areas Manager Nate Beccue. Please park at the Visitor Center Parking Lot and meet in Allerton’s Meadow. FREE! Space is limited and pre-registration required. REGISTER

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Forest-to-Mansion Dinner

April 29 @ 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

$95

Photo Credit: Jessica Hammie Five local chefs will prepare a delicious and unique 5-course dinner made with foraged ingredients from the Allerton Park forest. Among the expected wild ingredients are morel mushrooms, wild ginger, American ginseng, stinging nettle and wild wood mint. GET TICKETS $95/person Space is limited; this event typically sells out. Chefs and Menu: 1st Course - Ann Swanson, Farm Manager for Hendrick House, Urbana Smoked Trout over Allerton Mustard Green Kimchee, Grilled and Pickled Allerton Ramps and…

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May 2018


Spring into Summer Plant Sale

May 4 - May 6

Come out to celebrate spring, get your outdoor spaces ready for summer, and support Allerton Park! (A portion of the proceeds support Allerton’s Community Programming and maintaining the 14 Formal Gardens.) We will have annuals, herbs, perennials, arranged hanging baskets, and ALLERTON BLUEBELLS (!!!) for sale. Friday 5-8pm - Plant Sale & Kids' Potting Corner 6-7pm - Creative Containers: A Flower Gardening Workshop 6:15-7:45 Live Music from The Bashful Youngens Saturday 9-5pm - Plant Sale & Kids' Potting Corner Sunday…

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Creative Containers: A Flower Gardening Workshop

May 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Donation Based Workshop

Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart, as she demonstrates how to take your summer garden containers to the next level with unique plant combinations and fun props. Come with your container gardening questions in hand and be set up for garden success this season. Afterwards stick around and enjoy the live music from The Bashful Youngens, food + drink, and a Kids’ Potting Corner during the Spring into Summer Plant Sale Fundraiser. Space is limited and pre-registration…

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Fresh Cut Flowers: A Gardening Workshop

May 5 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Donation Based Workshop

How many times have you admired a flower in your garden but didn’t cut it to bring inside because you didn’t want to spoil the look of your garden outside? That’s why the best possible solution is to create a designated cutting flower bed. Learn with flower farmer Becky Newton, from Wren's Gate Garden and Studio in Decatur, IL how to choose a site, assemble a plant list, and watch as she designs with locally grown flowers fresh from the…

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Community Yoga

May 6 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

Find your inner zen and grab some beautiful plants to brighten your spirit! Josie from Yoga Off the Square will be offering a donation based yoga class in the meadow during the Spring into Summer Plant Sale Fundraiser. 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. Move through strength poses and end with cooling postures for the nervous…

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Mother’s Day Tea

May 13 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$8

Treat your mom to a lovely tea in the Allerton Gardens! Sip tea and lemonade in the Brick Wall Garden while you enjoy fresh baked goods from our new Greenhouse Café. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary family photo and tour of the Formal Gardens (including the visitor-favorite Peony Garden!). Seatings are 45 minutes each, and reservations are limited. Choose the time that works best for you: 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. (Tables accommodate up to 5 guests, but accommodations for larger…

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Volunteer Orientation

May 19 @ 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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Spring Soirèe & Garden Party

May 19 @ 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Step back in time at Allerton’s Annual Fundraiser! Inspired by the life and times of Robert Allerton, this unique experience will immerse you in the culture, fashion, and entertainment of the 1920s. The ambiance of Allerton sets the tone for an afternoon of extravagance - stroll through the formal gardens, sway to jazz music, and watch (or play!) yard games on the Bowling Lawn. Sip a drink (beer & wine open bar, 4-8pm) and peruse the Mansion as you enjoy…

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June 2018


Summer Day Camp: Acorns & Adventurers

June 4 - August 17

We've expanded our Day Camps to give kids even more opportunities to enjoy everything Allerton has to offer! Camps are centered on outdoor exploration and adventure, but we make time for rest, relaxation, and free play as well. Campers will run and hike through the Park...observe and learn about nature...and have good old-fashioned fun with friends! Adventurers (ages 8-12) will also visit the Monticello Family Aquatic Center for two afternoons each week. We'll keep things interesting with a different nature,…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 6 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Summer Kick Off Concert

June 8 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

Featuring: Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen & Lupe Carroll $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation. Food + drinks available for purchase. Find more info on the Summer Concert Series here. Concerts may be cancelled or postponed due to weather. View the cancellation policy here.

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 13 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Discovery Camp

June 18 @ 9:00 AM - June 22 @ 12:00 PM

$82

Monday - Friday | 9am-12pm | Ages 3-4 | $82 Discovery Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Littlest ones ready for their first camp experience? Discovery Camp will introduce our smallest visitors to Allerton and let them explore at their own pace. We will head outside every morning to discover the joys of art and nature with a group of new friends! (Campers must be fully…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 20 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Espalier Pruning Workshop

June 23 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Learn how to do one of Robert Allerton’s favorite gardening techniques: espalier! Participants will hear a brief history of the use of espalier pruning and gain a basic understanding of how to prune fruit trees in the art of espalier. Get hands-on experience working outside in the Brick Wall Garden with Allerton’s Park Supervisor. Please bring your own hand pruners if you have them (bypass pruners only). Location: Park in the Visitor Center lot and meet in the Brick Wall…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 27 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Reds, Whites, and the Blues

June 29 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

Featuring: Billy Galt and The Blues Deacons & John Primer and The Real Deal Blues Band $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation About the bands: "Billy Galt and the Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since forming in 1990. Together, three veteran musicians form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. When the East Central Illinois Blues Club was asked to send a representative to "Bluestock," a Memphis showcase of blues bands…

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July 2018


Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop

July 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

There is almost no lower maintenance container garden than one filled with succulents. Outdoors for the summer and indoors for the winter, these plants are tough. Learn with Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart how to plant your own water-wise, succulent and cacti container perfect for surviving those hot, dry, summer months. The workshop includes all supplies needed to create your own succulent container garden. Please park in the main/mansion lot and meet in the Mansion Library. REGISTER $35/person Space is limited…

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August 2018


Irish Fest

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

$5 - $10

Featuring: The Shanties & Tannahill Weavers $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation Food + drink available for purchase. About the bands: The Shanties “new Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new, and originals. The focus is the up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop Irish influence from Solas, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea, and Flogging Molly. The blended singing and instrument sounds of fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar, and the Irish (drum) bodhran create their unique sound. Tannahill Weavers celebrate their…

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Volunteer Orientation

August 18 @ 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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September 2018


Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic

September 7 - September 8

The Second Annual Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic will go beyond great music with food, drinks, outdoor activities, vendors, camping, and more! Featuring: MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON FOX CROSSING STRING BAND and more... September 7, 6-9:30pm | September 8, 12:30-9:45pm $30 EARLY BIRD Festival Pass--only 200 available! $37 Festival Pass, in advance ($45 at the gate) $15 Friday only, in advance ($20 at the gate) Kids 12 & under free…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 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. 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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