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August 2016


Insects in the Dark 2

August 2, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Join Entomology graduate student Xander Hazel on a night hike focused on insects that only come out at night. The group will use special lights to attract insects from all over Allerton. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 8:00pm. $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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Bluegrass on the Prairie

August 5, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Pack a picnic, grab a chair or blanket, and enjoy live bluegrass music with your friends and family in Allerton's 14-acre Meadow! 6–7:30pm Henhouse Prowlers | 7:30-9pm Ben Miller Band| Allerton Meadow $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Food + drinks for purchase Overnight accommodations are available on Friday, August 5. Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. About the bands: Back for their third year performing at Allerton, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers…

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Fruit Tree Espalier Pruning Workshop

August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Come and 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). Park in the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Meet in the Brick…

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Full Moon River Walk

August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sunsinger Statue,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$5

Heron and Beaver Take a summer night hike under the full moon with Allerton's Natural Areas Manager. We will walk along the Sangamon River and listen for calling insects, owls, coyotes, working beavers, fishing herons, and more. Meet at the Sun Singer Statue at 8pm. $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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Volunteer Orientation

August 20, 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

August 20, 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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Cooking with Herbs Workshop

August 27, 2016 @ 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. 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 portion inside. Park in the main Retreat Center Parking Lot. Meet in the Herb Garden (just north…

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September 2016


Canceled – Allerton Park Freshwater Mussel Survey

September 3, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Centaur Statue Parking,

Allerton Park

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

Due to high water levels this event has been canceled. Freshwater mussels are considered one of the most imperiled groups of animals on Earth! The Sangamon River running through Allerton Park has a high diversity of mussel species; 17 species have been documented alive in the park since 2007. Bring an old pair of tennis shoes and a change of clothes and help Allerton staff and local biologists survey the Sangamon for mussel diversity. Surveys are conducted by hand in…

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Allerton Starwatch

September 3, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $13

Come see the stars! Join members of the CU Astronomical Society in the Allerton Meadow to view some of the darkest skies in the state. Meet in the Visitor Center at 7:30pm to enjoy a preview of what you will see (and maybe a cold craft beer!), plus a short discussion of a few current sky events. Then we’ll head out to the Meadow with telescopes to see nebulae, star clusters, double stars, and the Milky Way. $5/person | $13/person…

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Community Yoga

September 10, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Park near the Visitor…

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Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root

September 16, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

$15

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 6–7pm Lupe Carroll | 7-7:30pm I-Pan | 7:30-9pm Rusted Root | Allerton Meadow $15/person in advance (Available here until 3pm on September 16); $18/person at the gate (cash or check) Ages 12 and under FREE Food + drinks for purchase Click here for important event information (parking, food, weather, etc.) Limited overnight accommodations are available! Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. Please note: Concerts can be canceled if weather is severe, unsafe, or…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 17, 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

September 17, 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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Music Barn Festival

September 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union September 22-23 | Allerton Music Barn | Advance ticket purchased required. Thursday, September 22, 7-9pm Jupiter String Quartet, featuring Jonathan Keeble $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. Friday, September 23, 7-9pm Erin Bode, featuring Viktor Krauss and Matt Munisteri $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. SPECIAL package price for September 22+23: $35 Click here to purchase tickets for both Sept 22+23 Drinks (no food) available for purchase. For more information on…

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Family Campout and Exploration

September 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - September 25, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

$5 – $15

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. Help 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 Surplus and Kelty; and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History Education Company of the…

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October 2016


Community Yoga

October 8, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Park near the Visitor…

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Volunteer Orientation

October 15, 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

October 15, 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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Fall Color Tree Hike

October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park's Lost Garden Area. Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 9am. $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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Art & Soul: Pumpkin Decorating

October 27, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$25

Nothing says "Fall" like painting pumpkins in a Barn! Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this pumpkin decorating workshop, as well as provide a variety of materials and techniques to showcase your personal style. Enjoy a fall evening at the Allerton Bar, along with yummy fall refreshments! Individuals and families are welcome. $25 per individual/family (additional pumpkins are $5). Click here to register.

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An Evening with Poe

October 29, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$20

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! "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping..." Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the…

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November 2016


Community Yoga

November 5, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Park near the Visitor…

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Fall Full Moon Night Hike

November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Take a fall night hike under the full moon with Allerton's Natural Areas Manager. We will walk along the Sangamon River Bluffs and listen for owls, coyotes, and see who else is out and about. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 7pm. $5/person | $13/person with two craft beers 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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Roaring 20’s Party

November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - November 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

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! Travel back to the 1920s and experience Allerton in its prime! Robert Allerton was no Great Gatsby, but for one night we'll be transforming his Mansion into a 1920s speakeasy. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, and live jazz music from Chip McNeil. Don't forget your dancing shoes - the…

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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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