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June 2017


Allerton Artists – FULL

June 12 - June 16

$132

Allerton Arists is now FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 6-11 | $132 Robert Allerton used the landscape to create his own work of art, which became the gardens we enjoy today. Allerton Artists will take this inspiration to create their own great works of art. Some whimsical, some off-beat, some classical… all unique. Like all Allerton Camps, this one includes plenty of fun outdoors!…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 17 @ 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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Discovery Camp – FULL

June 19 - June 23

$76

Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 3-4 | $76 Discovery Camp is now full. To be added to the wait list, 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 potty-trained. Click here to download…

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Allerton Adventurers – FULL

June 26 - June 30

$108

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 8-11 | $108 Allerton Adventurers is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Once an Adventurer, always an Adventurer! We leave no stone unturned as we explore all Allerton has to offer. Each day begins a new topic about the natural world around us. Adventurers will hike, play games, and enjoy one week of a summer well-spent – outside! Click here to download a Registration Form.…

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Reds, Whites, and the Blues

June 30 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Blues Deacons | 7:30pm The Cash Box Kings $5/person or $10/family, at the gate Food + drinks available for purchase. About the bands: "Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists The Cash Box Kings are keeping real deal, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of…

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July 2017


Rain Gardens and Water Efficient Gardening

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

$10

Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart, to learn the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden. Rain gardens allow water to drain back into the ground, and with native perennial plants, it can add an aesthetically pleasing landscape to your yard. This hands-on program will be will also include a walk through the rain garden demonstration plot at Allerton to see how it all works! Location: Park at the Visitor Center Parking lot. Meet in…

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Volunteer Orientation

July 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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 15 @ 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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Espalier Pruning Workshop

July 22 @ 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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August 2017


Irish Fest

August 4 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Shanties | 7:30pm Skipper's Alley $5/person or $10/family, at the gate 6-8pm Celtic Kids’ Playground (Camelot Castle bounce house, a fairy wand craft, and Joyfulbubbles) Food + drink available for purchase. About the bands: "Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on such diverse stages as The Late Late Show, La Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and the Irish Embassy…

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Cut Flower Gardening 101

August 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$20

Cut flower gardening can be an easy specialty that not only adds flowers in your garden, but also allows you to decorate your home with beautiful arrangements all summer long. Cut Flower Gardening 101 will cover everything you need to know from the science behind conditioning plants for longevity as well as the best flowers to grow. Participants will create their own vase of garden flowers to take home. Location: Park in the Visitor Center lot and meet inside the…

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Prairie Sky Music Festival

August 18 - August 19

*SPECIAL OFFER*: "Sky's the Limit!" Group Ticket Discount. Click here for details. Join us for a weekend of fun, food, and tons of Americana music in the Allerton Meadow! Kick things off Friday night with Chatham County Line, the Hot Iron String Band, and stargazing with the CU Astronomical Society. Saturday's festivities begin at 1pm - enjoy four bands throughout the day as you try out C4A's Instrument Petting Zoo, let the kids run on "Fort Hill", browse the vendors,…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

August 19 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*Please be aware that this 3rd Saturday Garden Tour falls during our Prairie Sky Music Festival. The park will be open to the public at 8am. Starting at 12pm, entering or remaining in the park will require the purchase of a Festival pass.* 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…

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Cooking with Herbs Workshop

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

SOLD OUT

Make sure you are the first to know about our events - sign up for our e-newsletter. 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…

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September 2017


Murder Mystery at the Mansion

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

SOLD OUT

To make sure you are the first to know about future events, sign up for our e-newsletter. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This interactive murder mystery event will have you questioning everyone, looking for clues, eavesdropping 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…

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Murder Mystery at the Mansion

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

SOLD OUT

Be the first to know about future events, sign up for our newsletter. 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…

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Natural Dye Workshop

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

$20 - $30

University of Illinois extension 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

SOLD OUT

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 and is limited to 20 people. $5/person. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets…

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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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Stretch and Sip at the Sun Singer

September 16 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$10 - $15

Kick off your weekend with Stretch and Sip at the Sun Singer! Start with a rejuvenating 60-minute yoga class suitable for all levels. Learn the fundamentals while you relax your body and renew your mind. Afterwards enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. Yoga will begin at 10:00am, please arrive 15 mins early to set-up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. No mat? No problem! Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Event is open to…

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Campfire Jamboree

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

$5 - $10

6:30-8pm | Gate House Lawn | Okee Dokee Brothers $5/person or $10/family, at the gate (cash only) Concert is 6:30-7:40pm, followed by a 20 minute meet-and-greet and s’mores at the campfire. Bring your own lawn seats, blankets, and s'mores fixins (we will provide sticks)! Food + drinks for sale. Food options include: Dragon Fire Pizza Fusilli Tony's Italian Food The Snack Shack Feel free to BYO picnic; no outside alcohol, please. Overnight lodging is available - call 217-333-3287 for reservations.…

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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 (or reserve a room in the Mansion! - call 217-333-3287) In the morning, sleep-in or get up early to help…

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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. Click here for information about the FREE student…

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October 2017


Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss in the Music Barn

October 14 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for the return of hometown favorite Viktor Krauss, with special guest Maeve Gilchrist as they play music from their recently release album Vignette. This first-time collaboration weaves a spell in music that is intimate and cinematic. The co-production is a feast for the ears, where tube amps, subtle space echo, and an emphasis on round, warm tones create serene, tactile beauty. GET TICKETS HERE Online ticket sales will end 10/14 at noon. Tickets will be available at the…

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