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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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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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

October 20 @ 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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Full Moon Hike – SOLD OUT!

October 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

$5

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night! Hike the north side of the park with the moon shining through the trees. Experience the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Meet in the Buck Schroth Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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Full Moon Yoga

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

Donation Based Class

Enjoy the serene setting of yoga at Allerton under the full moon! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit after dark in the Allerton Meadow. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through an all-levels class. No mat? No problem! Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Class will be held on the Gate House Lawn if it is cloudy. 6:30-7:30pm in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time –…

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Tree Care and Pruning

October 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Park Attendant and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger for a workshop in Tree Care and Pruning. Learn tips and tricks in planting, mulching, site selection and species selection among other need to know 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 Lot and meet outside the Visitor Center. REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales are final.

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An Evening with Poe

October 29 @ 7:00 PM - October 31 @ 9:30 PM

$20

Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards explore the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. Doors open at 6:00pm. Please arrive no later than 6:45 to find your seats before the show starts at 7! Continue the experience by staying overnight! Call (217) 333-3287 for details or to make a reservation. Tickets will go on sale September…

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November 2018


Fall Color Tree Hike

November 1 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park’s McDonald Family Trails (Lost Garden). Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. This hike will cover approximately 2 miles. Meet at the McDonald Family Trails Parking Lot. Preregistration required, all sales are final.

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Monthly Allerton Blend

November 8 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Free

Enjoy your morning pick-me-up while getting up-to-speed on all things Allerton! Grab a coffee and join Allerton staff in the Greenhouse Café at 9am on the second Thursday of each month to hear about a blend of topics on the past, present, and future of the Park. All sessions will include an opportunity for Q&A; some will end with an optional walk/hike. No pre-registration required. The Greenhouse Café will be open – so you can purchase a snack or take something home…

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Community Yoga in the Library

November 14 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Free

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. *NOTE: November & December classes will meet in the Mansion Library from 6:30-7:30pm (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) (In…

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Whiskey Dinner

November 16 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

$75

Warm up with an evening of delicious food, perfectly paired with samples and cocktails from Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. of DeKalb, IL! Learn more about spirits and pairing from co-founder Nick Nagele while enjoying this four-course meal in the Allerton Mansion. _____________________________________________________________________________ Menu: Bacon Bourbon Brussels Sprouts Skewers, paired with tastes of Whiskey Acres Vodka, Rye, and Bourbon Creamy Tomato Vodka Soup with Maple Bourbon Grilled Cheese, paired with a Whiskey Acres Vodka Martini Rye Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Roasted Root…

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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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December 2018


SOLD OUT – Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

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

$35

Candice Hart, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, will lead you though this holiday workshop. Create your own wreath with a fresh mix of greenery and then enjoy your evergreen creation all month. Supplies will include the wreath form, a variety of evergreens, decorative items, wire, and ribbon. The workshop will take place in the Mansion. Sign-up early - the session will fill up quickly. $35 per person, all sales final. Tickets will go on sale October 1.

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Holiday Showcase Opening Night

December 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$8 – $10

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening at Allerton! Your ticket includes access to all events listed below: Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk and enjoy snacks and beverages from local food trucks or the Greenhouse Café located in the Visitor Center. Then, head to the Mansion to do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase. Take a break from shopping and treat the kids…

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Holiday Showcase

December 8 @ 10:00 AM - December 9 @ 4:00 PM

$8 – $28

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out to shop for gifts 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 (5-9pm) will kick things off with our Holiday Showcase Opening Night. Take a stroll on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, enjoy live outdoor entertainment, grab a bite to eat from one of many food trucks, and warm-up outside by the bonfire or in the Mansion with…

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Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - January 5, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

Donation

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. Get a first look at the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk on December 7th during the Holiday Showcase Opening Night! For $8-10/person, enjoy the Wellness Walk, food trucks, carriage rides, vendors, a bonfire, and more! The Kirby Winter Wellness…

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Community Yoga in the Library

December 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Donation

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. *NOTE: November & December classes will meet in the Mansion Library from 6:30-7:30pm (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) Please…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

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

Free

Enjoy your morning pick-me-up while getting up-to-speed on all things Allerton! Grab a coffee and join Allerton staff in the Greenhouse Café at 9am on the second Thursday of each month to hear about a blend of topics on the past, present, and future of the Park. All sessions will include an opportunity for Q&A; some will end with an optional walk/hike. No pre-registration required. The Greenhouse Café will be open – so you can purchase a snack or take something home…

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Public Mansion Tours

December 15 @ 12:00 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 how he created his estate? Here’s your chance! Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. $5/person (Children 2 and under are free). Pre-registration is required – tours typically sell out in advance.

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A Holiday Affair

December 15 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$80 – $90

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, followed by 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! Rooms in all buildings will be available for…

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Sweets with Santa – Presented by the State Bank of Bement

December 16 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free – $5

Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion – and Santa! At Sweets with Santa – presented by the State Bank of Bement – children will have the chance to chat and get their picture with Santa, read a story with Mrs. Claus, create their own crafts, and nibble on festive treats. With an “open house” format, come anytime between 2-5pm to enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer! $5/person (Ages 2 & under FREE.) Purchase tickets here on Eventbrite. / Tickets will go on-sale…

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Feast of Juul

December 21 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Donation

Join us in the Allerton Meadow for a celebration of the December solstice! Warm up by the fire as we celebrate this Scandinavian tradition of burning the Juul log. Historically, a piece of the Juul log is kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year’s log. Be sure to also check out the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk! A cash bar and local food trucks will be available. This event is FREE, but donations…

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