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October 2015


Pumpkin Painting Workshop

October 15, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Barn

$25

COME BE INSPIRED...Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this pumpkin decorating workshop, as well as provide a variety of materials & techniques to showcase your personal style. Individuals of all ages and families are welcome to attend! Come enjoy a fall evening at the Allerton Barn and enjoy yummy fall refreshments! To sign-up click here. $25 includes 1 pumpkin, paints, materials & refreshments. Additional pumpkins may be purchased for $5 each.

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Volunteer orientation

October 17, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton Visitor Center and Meadow,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. This meeting is a chance to get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour (April-Oct)

October 17, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Free

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Come follow a garden tour and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours typically last 45-60 minutes. All ages welcome. Tours will start in the Visitor Center. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 333-3287.

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Farm-to-Mansion Dinner

October 25, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$105

Join us as we welcome guest chef Jessica Gorin, Executive Chef at Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign, for Allerton’s Fall Farm-to-Mansion Dinner on Sunday, October 25. Jessica’s specially prepared menu will highlight seasonal produce from local and regional farms. Begin with craft beer from J.T. Walker's Brewery and canapes in the Mansion’s Grand Gallery at 6pm, followed by a four-course dinner served in the Carriage House. Reservations are limited for this delicious autumn evening at Allerton! Cost: $105/person (Includes…

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An Evening with Poe

October 30, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evening with Poe,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

$20

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 man behind it all. A cash bar will be available. New this year – continue the experience by staying overnight in the Mansion! Overnight reservations are limited, and can be made by calling 217-333-3287. Event tickets can be purchased by calling 217-333-3287…

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November 2015


Volunteer orientation

November 7, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton Visitor Center and Meadow,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. This meeting is a chance to 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 Auditorium. Alternative Spring Break. Students paint the visitor's center at Allerton Park. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Art & Soul: Tree Branch Weaving

November 19, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Celebrate nature and be inspired…Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this off loom weaving project. A tree branch will provide the backdrop and be used as a loom to combine yarn, fiber, grasses, seeds, acorns, shells and a variety of “objects of nature” to create a unique weaving, Explore finger weaving, twining and interlacing techniques to experience this fun and rewarding project. No weaving experience is necessary — this is a great workshop for beginners! If you…

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November 30, 2015

Questions? Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu

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December 2015


All Is Bright

December 3, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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Bring the whole family to kick-off the holidays at this festive event! Join the Monticello Area Arts Council and use natural materials from Allerton's woodlands to create unique ornaments for our courtyard tree. At 6pm, we’ll light the tree and ring in the season with the Monticello High School Madrigals. Light refreshments (popcorn, cookies, cider, and hot chocolate) provided. Free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Click here to register. For more information call Allerton's Front Desk at 217-333-3287.

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Gingerbread House Display

December 5, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - December 11, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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Get in the holiday spirit - while helping us decorate the Mansion for the Holiday Open House! Gather your family, your co-workers, your grandkids - whoever wants to take on the challenge to build a gingerbread house! Bring in your completed house December 5-11 from 8am-5pm. Optional pick-up is Saturday, December 19 from 2-5pm.

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Holiday Open House

December 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - December 14, 2015 @ 4:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$12 - $28

Come out to see the beautifully decorated Mansion during the Holiday Open House, held December 12-14 from 10am-4pm each day. Shop for gifts from area businesses and artists, enjoy tours of the Mansion, and make reservations for a warm lunch buffet (11:30am or 1:30pm). Limited overnight accommodations on the estate are also available. $12 Open House Only. Tickets may be purchased at the front desk. $28 with lunch. To purchase Open House tickets that include lunch, choose the appropriate option…

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A Holiday Affair

December 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$105

Celebrate the season with an elegant holiday party at the Allerton Mansion! Festivities include a cocktail hour with cash bar, five-course meal, and classy holiday tunes from The Katie Flynn. Limited overnight accommodations are also available! Cocktail attire is requested. $105/person. Includes wine with dinner, a cash bar will be available. Registration is available online. For questions, or to make lodging reservations, contact Allerton’s Front Desk at 217-333-3287.

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Breakfast With Santa

December 19, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$15

Start a family tradition with a visit to the magical Allerton Mansion! Kids (and their adults) will enjoy a delicious waffle bar, holiday craft stations, and a visit with Santa. $15 (Children 2 & under are free.) NEW - 12:00pm seating added! To purchase tickets, click here. - SOLD OUT 9:00am Breakfast - SOLD OUT 10:30am Breakfast - SOLD OUT For more information call Allerton's Front Desk at 217-333-3287.

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December 31, 2015

Experience Allerton this December! Questions? Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu

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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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