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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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A Garden Party

May 21, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 - June 2, 2017

$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


Allerton Acorns Morning Session – FULL

June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017

$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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