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August 2018


Community Yoga in the Meadow

August 4 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) (In case of inclement weather, location will be moved…

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Cut Flower Gardening 101

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

$30

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 to Candice Hart’s all-time favorite flowers to grow. Participants will create their own vase of garden flowers to take home. REGISTER $30/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

August 9 @ 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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Irish Fest

August 10 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories. Irish Fest will feature The Shanties and The Tannahill Weavers. $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate) Food + drinks available for purchase: Dragon Fire Pizza Fusilli Tony's Italian Food NitroCup…

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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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

August 18 @ 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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Cooking with Herbs

August 25 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Join Kay Carnes, Master Gardener and Mid-American Gardener panelist, for a morning in Allerton’s Herb Garden. Tour the Garden (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 portion inside. Park in the main lot and meet in the Herb Garden (just north of the Mansion). REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited and pre-registration…

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Aloha Allerton!

August 25 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate the end of summer with a Luau at Allerton Park! Since we can’t all make it out to Robert’s Hawaiian estate, we’re bringing Lawaii-Kai to Allerton Park & Retreat Center! Enjoy an on-site pig roast and full Hawaiian buffet while experiencing authentic Polynesian dancing and a fire performance. End the night around the bonfire with tropical beverages and entertainment. Luau Menu (buffet-style) Whole Hog, Roasted and Dressed Roasted Asparagus, Squash, and Zucchini Roasted Sweet Potatoes Summer Salad Hawaiian Sweet…

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September 2018


Flower Crown Workshop

September 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The abundance of late summer flowers will spark your creativity while making a lovely flower crown in this workshop. We’ll learn how and when to harvest flowers for a crown, and even get to harvest some from Allerton’s gardens! Joan Jach, from Old Town Flowers, will show participants how to create a flower crown step-by-step. Materials and flowers will be provided and each participant will take home a gorgeous flower crown. Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet in…

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The 2017 and 2018 Archaeological Investigations at Robert Allerton Park

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

Free

How long have humans been living along the Sangamon River? What do we know about the people that called Allerton Park home long before Robert created his estate? Meet us in the Allerton Mansion Library, where Dr. Jacob Skousen will answer these questions and more! Light refreshments will also be served. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please consider visiting Eventbrite to reserve your seat. ABSTRACT: We know little about the pre-Columbian history of the Sangamon…

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Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic

September 7 - September 8

***Find Weather-related information here. For the most up-to-date info, please visit the Facebook event page.*** The Second Annual Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic will go beyond great music with food, drinks, vendors & activities, camping, and more! Featuring: MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON KAYLA BROWN FOX CROSSING STRING BAND MANK & SASS View the 2018 Festival Guide here for a map, lineup, and more! Schedule of bands here.…

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Community Yoga at Prairie Sky

September 8 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free

Take a moment to relax before getting pumped up at Allerton’s Prairie Sky Music Festival! Hope Carlson is coming down from White Heath to teach this special class at 11am on September 8 in the Sunken Garden. Students will be lead through strength poses that can be done at their own level, ending with cooling postures for the nervous system. No props are necessary, but mats are encouraged, and you are welcome to bring anything you use in your yoga…

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Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop – SOLD OUT

September 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$35

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There is almost no lower maintenance container garden than one filled with succulents. Outdoors for the summer and indoors for the winter, these plants are tough. Learn with Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart how to plant your own water-wise, succulent and cacti container perfect for surviving those hot, dry, summer months. The workshop includes all supplies needed to create your own succulent container garden. Please park in the main/mansion lot and meet in the Mansion…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

September 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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Rain Garden Workshop

September 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

$5

Eliana Brown, Extension Stormwater Specialist, and Katy Kraszewska, Department of Landscape Architecture, will lead you through the basics of rain garden design for your home. Rain gardens not only put your stormwater runoff to good use, but are also a wonderful way to plant and encourage native plant species in your own backyard (or front yard!). Eliana and Katy will walk you through the design steps in this hands-on workshop: siting, sizing, and plant selection. You'll learn common mistakes to…

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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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

September 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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Public Mansion Tours

September 16 @ 1:00 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! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, September 16th. 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. Quick – snatch up those tickets! Tours…

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4th Annual Family Campout & Exploration

September 22 @ 11:30 AM - September 23 @ 11:30 AM

$15 – $20

Spend the weekend exploring Allerton’s Natural Areas with the whole family! Champaign Outdoors presents this hassle-free camping experience, providing families the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Spend the day helping biologists (from the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) catch, identify, and release various wildlife; try out the newest camping gear and gadgets from Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus), and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History…

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Kids’ Concert

September 23 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Donation

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories. This year's Kids' Concert will feature Little Miss Ann, and will take place in the Allerton Meadow. Rain location will be the Allerton Music Barn. Many fun activities are being planned! Although…

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Music Barn Festival

September 27 - September 30

$10 – $75

Sept. 27-30 | Allerton Music Barn Join us for a weekend of music in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music! Thursday & Friday, September 27-28, 7:30pm: Lyric Theatre at Illinois presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It's a hilarious tale of high school-aged overachievers, their hopes, their dreams, and their angst as they compete for a slot in…

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October 2018


SOLD OUT – Murder Mystery at the Music Barn

October 6 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$48

This event is sold out. "THE WITCHES' BALL" Salem Massachusetts was home to the infamous Templeton Sisters, who were rumored to have been hanged as witches. Three centuries later, during the annual Halloween Costume Ball, the witches are back! Are they ones who killed the mayor's wife? Or was it a dirty politician? A lying banker? A crooked historian? They'll put a spell on you! “Presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company’s Seven Corpse Dinner Murder Mysteries.” A beer + wine…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

October 11 @ 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 Meadow

October 13 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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: This month, Community Yoga will run from 10-11am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 9:45am.) (In…

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Jewelry-Making Workshop

October 14 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$27

Join published jewelry designer Anne Potter in this fun jewelry-making class! Learn jewelry-making fundamentals like bead stringing and finishing as you make your own piece of jewelry in a relaxed and self-paced studio environment – PLUS, take your finished product home! All beads and supplies are provided. Simply bring yourself and enjoy an evening of DIY therapy. Please park in the Main Mansion Lot and meet in the Mansion Library. $27/person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All sales are final.…

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