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November 2016


Roaring 20’s Party

November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - November 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! Travel back to the 1920s and experience Allerton in its prime! Robert Allerton was no Great Gatsby, but for one night we'll be transforming his Mansion into a 1920s speakeasy. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, and live jazz music from Chip McNeil. Don't forget your dancing shoes - the…

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Volunteer Orientation

November 19, 2016 @ 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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December 2016


All is Bright featuring the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - January 15, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Experience Allerton after dark! With the generous support of Kirby Medical Center, we will be illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk! Enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Avenue of the Formal Gardens and Brick Wall Garden to the Visitor Center. The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8pm until January 15 to help you stay moving this winter! Come out for the kick off event on December 1 and enjoy festive…

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Gingerbread House Display

December 10, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - December 16, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Show off your talents and get in the holiday spirit – while helping us decorate the Mansion for the Holiday Showcase! Gather your family, your co-workers, your grandkids – whoever wants to take on the challenge to build a gingerbread house! The gingerbread houses will be available for viewing from 10am-4pm on the following dates: December 10-12 (must purchase ticket for the Holiday Showcase) and December 13-16. Gingerbread house drop-off: November 21 - December 9 between 8am-5pm If you would…

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$10 - $28


Holiday Showcase

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime from 10am-4pm to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. The Showcase will feature artisans and businesses selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10:30am-3:30pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (advance purchase required). Enjoy complimentary cookies, coffee, and tea throughout…

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$75


A Holiday Affair

December 10, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! 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, dinner with complimentary wine, and live entertainment. Make a night of it and stay overnight in the Mansion! Call 217-333-3287 for lodging information…

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$5


Full Moon Night Hike

December 13, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future public hikes! Bundle-up, grab a thermos of hot beverage and hike the Buck Schroth Trail under a full moon! Discover the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Dress for the weather! Meet at the Allerton Music Barn Parking…

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Community Yoga

December 15, 2016 @ 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. All contributions will…

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$8


Sweets with Santa

December 18, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion - and Santa! Children will have the chance to chat 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…

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January 2017

$30


Art & Soul: Fu Dog Watercolor

January 18 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Recreate one of the beautiful Allerton Fu Dogs! The eleven pairs of cobalt blue glazed ceramic Fu Dogs are some of Robert Allerton Park’s most recognized and loved statuary. Join Monticello Area Arts Council in the Library for a watercolor painting class on Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Students will paint their very own Fu Dog with the guidance of local art instructor Cara Stoerger. All materials and supplies will be provided. Includes light refreshments and a cash bar…

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February 2017

$90


Retreat + Relax: Overnights at Allerton

February 3 - March 19

"This place has a little magic for everyone who visits." -review of Allerton Park and Retreat Center As uplifting as a day visit to Allerton can be, nothing compares to an overnight stay. Spend a weekend enjoying the Park - or hibernating inside! No formal events are planned, and that's the best part. Explore the gardens or go for a hike in the woods. Sit by the fire and read in the Mansion. Gather a group of friends to play…

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Free


February Bird Hike and Intro to eBird

February 5 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton Park Visitor Center,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States


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Even in the dead of winter numerous bird species call Allerton home. Join Allerton Natural Areas Manager on an early morning bird watching hike. We will hike around the Allerton meadow and along the Sangamon River for 2 hours and likely identify 12-20 different winter resident bird species. After the hike we will warm up in the Allerton Visitors Center and we will enter our morning observations into eBird and discuss how beginning and experienced birders can use eBird as…

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$220 - $240


Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

February 10 @ 7:00 PM - February 11 @ 11:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT. You can still make reservations for our Low-Frills Valentines. For more info click here. "It should be a happy time for the Valentine family - it's the rehearsal dinner for their daughter’s wedding tomorrow. But when the family’s past starts catching up with them, tragedy occurs, and - like the wedding - someone will never see the light of tomorrow..." This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a night of conspiracy at the Allerton…

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$90 - $110


Low-Frills Valentines

February 11 @ 3:00 PM - February 12 @ 11:00 AM

No candlelit dinner. No romantic music. No stress. Just you, your sweetie, and the picturesque, tranquil setting of Allerton Park. Cuddle by the fire, bundle up for a hike, or just relax in your room! Includes a light continental breakfast. $90/couple for lodging in the Gate House, House in the Woods, or Evergreen Lodge $110/couple for lodging in the Mansion *Special Offer* $80/couple "Add On" with the purchase of a Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner package. Space is limited. Call…

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Experience the Hops

February 18 @ 1:00 PM - February 19 @ 11:00 AM

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Head out to Allerton for a winter weekend filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, The Old Bakery Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique weekend experience will include seminars, dinner, overnights at the Allerton estate, brunch, a Boots and…

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$89


Experience the Hops (No Overnight)

February 18 @ 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Head out to Allerton for a Saturday filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, The Old Bakery Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique experience includes afternoon seminars and dinner. For the full package, click here. We hope you can…

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$5


Owl Prowl

February 21 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Allerton Park Visitor Center,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States


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Bundle up and come listen for owls at Allerton Park. Janice Kelly (PhD candidate, University of IL, NRES Department) will lead a short hike stopping at various locations to play owl calls and listen for them to call back. We will have good chances of hearing barred owls, great-horned owls, eastern screech owls and potentially some other visiting species. We will meet in the Visitor Center at 7:30pm for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and leave on the…

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$30


Art & Soul: Sun Singer Painting

February 22 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore one of the most memorable and beloved sculptures of Allerton Park - The Sun Singer by Carl Milles - as you create a painting on canvas with the assistance of Monticello Area Arts Council instructors. Create your one-of-a-kind painting by selecting a day or sunset backdrop and your favorite season of the year to frame this beautiful and majestic sculpture using a variety of brush and painting techniques. All materials will be provided. Includes light refreshments. $30/person. Register through…

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March 2017


Community Yoga

March 3 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. 5:10-6:10pm in the Allerton Mansion Library This is a donation-based class. Space is limited. Email Jbrat__@Hotmail.com to reserve your…

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$95 - $210


Vine to Wine

March 4 @ 1:00 PM - March 5 @ 12:00 PM

"Great food and wine, interesting seminars, beautiful location." -attendee from Vine to Wine 2016 An elegant weekend away with your significant other, fellow wine-lovers, or on your own! This fun and educational event will feature good food, great wine, and the tranquil setting of Allerton Park. Spend the afternoon learning about grape production, pairing wine with food, and Winemaking 101. (For speaker information, click here.) Then, enjoy hors d’Oeuvres as you chat with fellow attendees and guest speakers. A specially…

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$5 - $160


Art & Soul: Community Art Exhibition

March 10 - March 11

Allerton's Community Art Exhibition will showcase the work of specially selected area artists at the historic Allerton Mansion. Enjoy local jazz combo West of Staley, appetizers, and a cash bar as you peruse the work of professional artists and fine crafts persons at Friday's Opening Reception (7-9pm). As the Reception comes to a close, linger over a drink and conversation, gather with friends in the basement rec room, or retire to your guestroom. A mouth-watering brunch buffet will be waiting…

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$5


Full Moon Hike – FULL

March 12 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot,

Bundle-up, grab a thermos of hot beverage and hike the McDonald Family Trails under a full moon! Discover the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Meet at the Allerton Lost Garden Parking Lot at 7pm, dress for the weather! Register here. Feel like staying at the Allerton Mansion after the hike - you can! Guest rooms are available, please call (217)333-3287 to reserve your room. Directions: From Monticello: Take Allerton…

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Community Yoga

March 17 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. 5:10-6:10pm in the Allerton Mansion Library This is a donation-based class. Space is limited. Email Jbrat__@Hotmail.com to reserve your…

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Volunteer Orientation

March 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. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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$30


Art & Soul: Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg Decorating

March 23 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join artist Johanna James and learn the beautiful and traditional art of Ukrainian egg decorating. Johanna will share fascinating facts about the history of Pysanky, then take you through the step by step process using wax and dyes. You will create a beautiful egg to take home! All levels of artistic expression are welcome! All materials are provided and light refreshments will be served. $30/person (Recommended for ages 15 & up.) Space is limited. Click here to register.

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