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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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Holiday Showcase

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

$10 – $28

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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A Holiday Affair

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

$75

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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January 2017


Art & Soul: Fu Dog Watercolor

January 18, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

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


Retreat + Relax: Overnights at Allerton

February 3, 2017 - March 19, 2017

$90

"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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February Bird Hike and Intro to eBird

February 5, 2017 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton Park Visitor Center,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States


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Free

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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Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

February 10, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - February 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

$220 – $240

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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Low-Frills Valentines

February 11, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - February 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

$90 – $110

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, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - February 19, 2017 @ 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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Experience the Hops (No Overnight)

February 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$89

"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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Owl Prowl

February 21, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Allerton Park Visitor Center,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States


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$5

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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Art & Soul: Sun Singer Painting

February 22, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

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, 2017 @ 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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Vine to Wine

March 4, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - March 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

$95 – $210

"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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Art & Soul: Community Art Exhibition

March 10, 2017 - March 11, 2017

$5 – $160

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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Full Moon Hike – FULL

March 12, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

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, 2017 @ 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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Art & Soul: Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg Decorating

March 23, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

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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April 2017


Art & Soul: Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg Decorating

April 11, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

April 15, 2017 @ 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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Arbor Day Tree Planting & Hike

April 28, 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Spend the morning at Allerton celebrating National Arbor Day and the importance of trees! All ages are welcome to help us plant a beautiful tree, and learn the proper way to plant a tree in your own yard. Then, join us on a walk and learn how to identify some of the most common trees in Central Illinois. Free; pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Register here. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30am. We will take a short hike…

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May 2017


Community Volunteer Garden Planting

May 8, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - May 9, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

We have 1,500 perennial plants to put in the ground - and need your help! No gardening experience is necessary, just a desire to help and spend some time with fellow community members in the garden! Bring a water bottle, and work gloves and a trowel/shovel (if you have them, if not - come anyway!). We will have some refreshments. BYOlunch if you plan on volunteering for the full day. Please sign-up in advance here. If you have not volunteered…

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Community Yoga

May 12, 2017 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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. This is a donation-based class. All contributions will go…

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Art & Soul: Paint the Peonies

May 19, 2017 @ 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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

May 20, 2017 @ 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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