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May 2017


Kids’ Concert

May 13 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5 - $8

11am (Gate opens at 10am) | Gate House Lawn | Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players $5/kid + $8/adult or $25/family, at the gate Get there before the concert in time to enjoy some of the Kids' Concert activities! - Bounce House - Face painting - Joyful Bubbles - Touch-a-truck About the band: Just like a typical concert, fans at a Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players’ concert are jumping, dancing, and bouncing off…

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Art & Soul: Paint the Peonies

May 19 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join Monticello Area Arts Council in the awe-inspiring Peony Garden on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30-9pm to “paint the peonies”. Local artist Cara Stoerger will assist those who want to paint in a step-by-step method or if you prefer, choose a spot in the garden and paint away at your own pace! $40/person. Click here to register. All materials including canvas, paint, brushes, etc. will be supplied, as well as some light springtime refreshments! Class will be held rain or…

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Volunteer Orientation

May 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. 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

May 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! **Weather policy: The tour will continue as scheduled under light drizzle conditions. Anything heavier…

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A Garden Party

May 21 @ 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

$80

We’re revamping and expanding this year’s Garden Party Fundraiser! Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through Allerton’s Gardens - with live music, drinks, and food along the way. Mingle with friends, start-up a game of croquet or bocce ball, and watch the plein air artists create their masterpieces. Unique auction items will be up for bid in the silent and live auctions, including one-of-a-kind arrangements from area florists, exclusive Allerton events and merchandise, and more. As the afternoon winds down, take…

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Stretch and Sip

May 27 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Stretch and Sip at Allerton! We start with a rejuvenating 60-minute yoga class suitable for all levels. You will learn the fundamentals while you relax your body and renew your mind. Then enjoy a craft beer (Bell's Two Hearted IPA and Bell's Oberon American Wheat Ale) and conversation. Yoga will begin at 10:30, at the Music Barn. Please arrive 15 mins early and wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided on a first-come…

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Becoming Sherlock

May 30 - June 2

$65

Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $65 ‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot!' Campers will stretch their powers of observation and deduction all week to find solutions and solve mysteries, including the Mystery of the Lost Garden. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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June 2017


Summer Kick Off Concert

June 2 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Bashful Youngens | 7:30pm Birds of Chicago $5/person or $10/family Food + drinks available for purchase. The Summer Kick Off will feature drink options from Revolution Brewing. Food menu: pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and Dave's Dogs food truck will be here. About the bands: "Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion - radical in these times - that beautiful words and music can…

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Allerton Acorns Morning Session – FULL

June 5 - June 9

$76

Allerton Acorns Morning Session is now FULL. There are still spots available in Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, working together to build outdoor forts, scavenger hunts, and…

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Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session – FULL

June 5 - June 9

$76

Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, scavenger hunts, and much more! Click here to…

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Allerton Acorns Full Day – FULL

June 5 - June 9

$129

Allerton Acorns Full Day Camp is now FULL. There are still spot available in Alleron Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $129 If your Acorn is ready for a full-day camp, they are in luck! You can combine two half-day camps for an entire day of fun and outdoor adventure. (Morning and afternoon activities will be different, so full-day campers will have all new adventures!) Full-day campers should bring their own lunch - supervised…

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Hawaiian Adventure: Informational Travel Presentation

June 5 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn more about the upcoming opportunity to visit Lawai-Kai, the estate that Robert Allerton and John Gregg called “home” after moving from Monticello. This special travel presentation in the Mansion will include details of the complete ten day itinerary (February 22-March 3, 2018) and plenty of time to answer all of your questions. Can't be there in-person? Register here to watch the information webinar when it becomes available! About the Hawaiian Adventure: Join Collette Travel and the Kirby Auxiliary on…

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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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