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January 2016


Winter Tree Identification Hike

January 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

More than 60 species of trees and shrubs are native to the Natural Areas of Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Can you tell the difference between an oak and a hickory? How about the difference between a shagbark hickory and a shellbark hickory? Do you know which native tree species is used to make Popsicle sticks or golf club heads? Join Allerton natural areas manager Nate Beccue for a guided hike focused on native tree identification and the natural and…

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February 2016


KOSELIG: Winter Overnights at Allerton

February 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016

$90 - $110

This year, don’t just endure winter - enjoy it! Treat yourself (and your family/friends) to an overnight getaway at enchanting Allerton. Loosely translated into English as “cozy,” koselig is a Norwegian word that describes a sense of warmth and comfort felt especially during the long winter. Simple pleasures - fires, warm beverages, fuzzy blankets, wool socks – are celebrated, and outdoor activities – sledding, hiking, building snowmen – are embraced. Bundle up and go for a hike by the Sangamon…

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Special Discounts for Winter Rentals

February 1, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - March 31, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is offering special reduced rates for your organization or company meeting this winter. Hold a day-long training, overnight team-building retreat, or multi-day strategic planning session. You and your staff will benefit from the pristine, tranquil setting, away from the distractions and everyday flow of the office. Schedule a site-visit and see what corporate executives and conference planners from around the country have discovered: a truly unique atmosphere with ample opportunities for thoughtful reflection and creative…

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Valentine’s Alternative

February 12, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$30

*OVERNIGHT GIVEAWAY - Purchase your tickets by Monday, February 8 at 10am, and you'll be entered to win a FREE overnight stay for two after the concert on Friday night!* Forget candlelit dinners and romantic getaways - spend your Friday night relaxing with friends to the tunes of Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen. Appetizers are included, and a cash bar will be available. $30/person. To purchase tickets click here. Advance purchase is recommended, tickets can only be purchased at the…

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Valentine’s Date Night

February 13, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$65

This event is SOLD OUT. For more information on our Valentine's Alternative, click here. If candlelit dinners and romantic getaways are your thing - you've come to the right place! Enjoy a served dinner with wine in the Carriage House, followed by a couple's painting project. A cash bar will be available. To view the menu, click here. $65/person. To purchase tickets click here. Advance purchase is required. Make a night of it and stay overnight ($90-$110)! Your stay includes…

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Art&Soul: Adult Coloring Workshop

February 18, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$15

Join Monticello Area Arts Council (MAAC) in the Allerton Library for a fun-filled Art & Soul workshop. Take inspiration from beautiful Robert Allerton Park and make it your own! Discover your creative side as you relax and add color and design to line drawings of Fu Dogs, the Sun Singer, formal gardens, woodlands, the Mansion, and more! MAAC instructors will assist you and provide all materials for the class. Colored pencils and markers will be used. Finished art will be…

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Full Moon Night Hike

February 22, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Barn

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! Meet at the Allerton Music Barn Parking Lot at 7pm, dress for the weather! $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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Experience the Hops

February 27, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - February 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

$143 - $195

This is the 2016 event, for the 2017 event click here. Head out to Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a winter weekend (or just a day!) filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, 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: Saturday Only

February 27, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$86

Head out to Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a day filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique experience will include seminars, dinner, and of course - plenty of beer! We hope you can join for this rare opportunity to learn from - and talk with - beer experts…

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Boots and Brew Hike

February 28, 2016 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

$5 - $13

This hair-of-the-dog hike will be the perfect start to your Sunday! Enjoy a craft beer or two in the morning while walking off Saturday night's fun. This hike will be part of Allerton's Experience the Hops event, but if you can't make the whole event you can sign up for the hike only! We will hike along the Sangamon River while enjoying beer from Against the Grain, Bells, Brickstone, Revolution, and Sierra Nevada breweries. Meet at the Allerton House courtyard…

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Discover Allerton calendar

February 29, 2016

Questions? Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu

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March 2016


Murder Mystery Dinner (Friday, March 4)

March 4, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

This event is now sold out. Sign-up for our enewsletter to learn about additional Murder Mystery Dinner dates and other events. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a world of mystery and conspiracy at he Allerton Mansion. It will be up to you to question all the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and try to discover who did the dastardly deed! Dinner is included, and a cash bar…

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Murder Mystery Dinner (Saturday, March 5)

March 5, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This event is now sold out. Sign-up for our enewsletter to learn about additional Murder Mystery Dinner dates and other events. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a world of mystery and conspiracy at he Allerton Mansion. It will be up to you to question all the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and try to discover who did the dastardly deed! Dinner is included, and a cash bar…

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WILL Downton Abbey Finale Event

March 6, 2016 @ 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM

$75

Bid farewell to Downton Abbey with WILL at Allerton Park! High Tea and Conversation (3pm): You'll enjoy tea, sandwiches and pastries, plus you'll hear from Downton Abbey fan Cele Otnes, Ph.D., author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture. A Champagne Toast and the Series Finale (4:30pm): Thank you for making Downton Abbey a part of your life these past six years. Join us as we toast the series and enjoy the final episode together. $75 per person.…

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From Vine to Wine

March 12, 2016 @ 1:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$125

This fun and educational day offers a comprehensive overview of the wine-making process, along with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! Seminars will cover grape production, turning grapes into wine, and a wine tasting course. Dinner will feature guest Chef Elizabeth Partneheimer, a delicious five-course meal, and wine pairings from the Westrey Wine Company with special guest vintner David Autrey. Click here for a detailed schedule and here for the dinner menu. $125/person. Call Allerton's Front Desk at 217-762-7011 to make…

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Allerton Spring Break

March 20, 2016 - March 25, 2016

Join your fellow nature-lovers for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) is an alternative spring break program in which college students have the opportunity to stay on Allerton property and volunteer for the entire week to improve Allerton Park. Room and board is provided. Days will be filled with volunteer projects, and nights will be open for students to relax, hike, or play games. To apply, fill out an application and send it to Mindy Brand at…

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Volunteer orientation

March 20, 2016 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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! No registration required. Meet in the Visitor Center. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Art & Soul: Painting Workshop

March 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 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. Refreshments will be served and a…

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Early Wildflower Hike

March 26, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Hike the Sangamon River bluffs to see the first wildflowers of spring! We will see snow trillium, sharp-lobed hepatica and others. Our hike will also take us within earshot of the great blue herons as they rebuild their nests. The hike will be off trail and will include a stream crossing. Registration is required. Click here to sign-up. Meet at the Buck Schroth Paking Lot at 10am. $5

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Discover Allerton calendar

March 31, 2016

Discover Allerton this March!

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April 2016


Volunteer Orientation

April 16, 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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Third Saturday Garden Tour

April 16, 2016 @ 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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Art & Soul: Fu Dog Watercolor

April 20, 2016 @ 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 April 20 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Students will paint their very own Fu Dog with the guidance of local art instructor Michele Hillard. $30/person. Click here to register. All materials and supplies will be provided. Light refreshments…

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Trail Dedication Ceremony

April 21, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

You are invited to a dedication ceremony honoring Ward and Diana McDonald’s recent financial commitment to the Park. The event, which will include brief remarks, followed by a short hike, will officially name the Ward and Diana McDonald Family Trails. Please join us for this historic day on Thursday, April 21, at 4:00pm near the Lost Garden Parking Lot, just east of the intersection of E 1300 North Road and Allerton Road. The McDonald’s gift includes a substantial bequest for…

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Morel Mushroom Hike

April 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allerton Barn

$5

Join Allerton's Natural Areas Manager Nate Beccue on a memorable and educational hike through the Allerton woods as you forage for morel mushrooms and learn to identify other spring edibles. All mushrooms collected during the hike will be kept at Allerton and used for the 2nd Annual Forest-to-Mansion Dinner on May 1st, 2016. Space is Limited - Register Here Please note, collecting wild materials (including mushrooms) at Allerton is prohibited, and will only be allowed for this special event.

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