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January 2018


Community Yoga

January 24 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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. 6:30-7:30pm in the Allerton Mansion Library (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) This is a donation-based class, and all money…

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Movie in the Mansion – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

January 26 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5

Come to the Mansion’s Library and enjoy a roaring fire, popcorn, hot chocolate, and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"! Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. Movie begins at 6:45pm and lasts 2hr 23min. Kids are encouraged to wear their pjs, and bring a pillow and blanket. Parents are welcome to watch the movie, or…

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Beekeeping Class-Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

January 27 @ 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

According to the USDA, honeybee populations have decreased by more than 50% in the last 60 years and the loss has accelerated in the past year! If you want to help the fight against this alarming epidemic, join us for a class on beekeeping and learn how to produce honey in your own backyard! Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping will focus on the principles of beekeeping including: the history of beekeeping honeybee biology plant/pollinator relationships essential equipment and requirements By…

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Digital Detox

January 27 @ 1:00 PM - January 28 @ 11:00 AM

$120 - $140

Visitors come to Allerton from all over to escape the distractions and noise of everyday life. In a time where we are constantly connected, but surprisingly disconnected from each other, we can utilize part of what Robert Allerton created that still exists today – a place where you can experience a simpler time. In the early 1900s, Robert Allerton provided his friends an escape from the suffocating smog of the city. They would come to "the Farms" in rural Monticello,…

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February 2018


Jazz in Chicago: Yesterday and Today

February 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$25

In the bustling, booming 1920’s, Chicago was the jazz capital of the world -- the hotbed in which Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Earl Hines created the entirely new sound and feel of swing. In this multimedia presentation, Sam Reese, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, will explain how the economic boom of the 1920’s, the Great Migration of African-Americans, and a gelling of a new American identity all came together to make Chicago a great jazz…

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Valentine’s Weekend Retreat

February 16 @ 7:00 PM - February 18 @ 11:00 AM

$220 - $320

Escape the everyday and enjoy a unique weekend of mystery, romance, and fun! Friday night will feature the classic romantic fantasy "The Princess Bride" (7-9pm) in the Mansion's Library, along with complimentary popcorn and a cash bar. Guests can also challenge each other to a game of pool, shuffle board, or cards in the basement Rec Room. Saturday night's audience-interactive Murder Mystery Dinner (6:30-9:30pm) will create a night of conspiracy for an "Unlucky in Love" couple -- "The Baron and…

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Hawaiian Adventure, featuring a visit to the Allerton Garden in Kauai

February 22 - March 3

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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Experience the Hops

February 24 - February 25

This unique weekend experience will include beer sampling from a variety of regional breweries, optional educational seminars, dinner, an overnight at the Allerton estate, breakfast, and a hike on Sunday. New this year – several registration options are available! Join us Saturday afternoon to mingle with brewers, enjoy samples (drink tickets will be available upon arrival), and listen to seminars (topics TBA). Stick around for a six-course meal, with beer pairings (menu TBA), or stay overnight and get more time…

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March 2018


BEAR and The Unreliable Bestiary

March 8 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

“Unlikely stories from our precarious moment in natural history.” This one-man show is part storytelling, part cinematic documentation, part TEDtalk. BEAR is the fourth performance in Deke Weaver’s life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary. His audaciously ambitious goal of creating 26 full-length pieces – one for every letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat – represents a tiny sliver of our current catastrophic loss of biodiversity. Staged “in the wild,” in sites that reflect the…

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Vine to Wine – SAVE THE DATE

March 10 - March 11

Learn something new about wine and enjoy a variety of wine-tasting! Afterwards indulge in a delicious five-course meal with wine pairings. More details coming soon. Sign up for Allerton’s enewsletter to be the first to know about concerts, events, workshops, and more at Allerton.

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Volunteer Orientation

March 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. 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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Allerton Spring Break

March 18 - March 23

Join your fellow students for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) participants get to stay at Allerton for the entire week, volunteering their time while experiencing all that this unique setting has to offer. Students will work together on volunteer projects daily, then take time to experience and explore Allerton. Allerton Park offers opportunities to relax, hike, and make lasting memories with new friends. Space is limited for this unique Spring Break experience, so apply early. For…

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April 2018


Allerton Trails Half-Marathon,10K, and 5K

April 6 - April 7

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! Register Here

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Public Mansion Tours

April 8 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 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 8. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. Tours typically sell-out in advance. Walk-ins will…

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Volunteer Orientation

April 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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May 2018


Fifth Annual Plant Sale

May 5 - May 6

Save the Date for Allerton's Fifth Annual Plant Sale! More details will be posted here when available.

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Spring Soiree & Garden Party

May 19

Allerton's donors are the cornerstone to the continued improvements you see at Allerton, in the past, present, and future. Be a part of Allerton's progressive vision by attending the Annual Fundraising Soiree & Garden Party on Saturday, May 19. Take a leisurely stroll through the blooming gardens, listen to live music by the Koi Pond, grab a cocktail in the Solarium, and enjoy a game of croquet on the bowling lawn. Guests will also enjoy a strolling or seated dinner…

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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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August 2018


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


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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October 2018


Volunteer Orientation

October 20 @ 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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November 2018


Volunteer Orientation

November 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. 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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