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March 2016


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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March 31, 2016

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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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Mansion Public Tours

April 24, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$5

**Updated 4/18: All tours are now full! Sign-up for our enewsletter here to find out about future public tour dates. Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and how he created his estate? Here's your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, April 24th. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and…

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Arbor Day Tree Planting and Hike

April 29, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Allerton Visitor Center

FREE

Friday April 29th is one of the most important days of the year - it's Arbor Day! Come out to Allerton and help us plant a beautiful black tupelo, learn the proper way to plant a tree and then go for a brief walk and learn to identify some of the most common trees in Central Illinois. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please meet at the Allerton Visitors Center at 8:30am.

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May 2016


Children’s Concert (10am Event)

May 1, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5 – $7

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 10am-Noon | Allerton Music Barn | ScribbleMonster $5/kid or $7/adult, advanced purchase required. Purchase tickets here or call 217-333-3287. Ages 1 and up need a ticket. General admission; no refunds or exchanges. The event kicks off at 10am with a Children’s Fair featuring an inflatable bounce house, raffles, and a local community expo. Snacks will be available for purchase. The concert will begin at 11am. About the band: After illustrating three…

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Children’s Concert (1pm Event)

May 1, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$5 – $7

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 1-3pm | Allerton Music Barn | ScribbleMonster $5/kid or $7/adult, advanced purchase required. Purchase tickets here or call 217-333-3287 . Ages 1 and up need a ticket. General admission. No refunds or exchanges. The event kicks off at 1pm with a Children’s Fair featuring an inflatable bounce house, raffles, and a local community expo. Snacks will be available for purchase. The concert will begin at 2pm. To purchase tickets for the…

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Forest-to-Mansion Dinner

May 1, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$112

Sunday, May 1st, 5:30pm at Allerton Park & Retreat Center Join us as we welcome back guest chef Ann Swanson for our 2nd Annual Forest to Mansion Dinner. Ann’s specially prepared menu will highlight fresh morel mushrooms and produce foraged directly from the Allerton forest, along with other local ingredients. Start the evening with a wild wood mint mojito, beer, or wine in the Mansion’s Grand Gallery followed by a four-course dinner served in the Carriage House. $112/person. Reservations are…

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Kick Off Concert

May 6, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 6-7pm West of Staley | 7-9pm Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound | Gate House Lawn $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Food + drinks for purchase About the bands: The jazz combo West of Staley performs a mix of jazz standards and original compositions. Although young, the members are experienced jazz performers, winning countless group and soloist awards at jazz festivals. They have played in the Jazz Band of America,…

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Third Annual Plant Sale

May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - May 8, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Help us renovate one of Robert Allerton’s original gardens! Join us on Mother’s Day weekend (May 7-8) for our Third Annual Plant Sale, to raise funds for Phase Two of the Bulb Garden renovation. We will have annuals, herbs, and perennials, including arranged hanging baskets - perfect for gifts! The sale is open from 9am-5pm, and will be located next to the Visitor Center.

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Community Yoga

May 7, 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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Art & Soul: Paint the Peonies

May 19, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

Join Monticello Area Arts Council in the awe-inspiring Peony Garden on Thursday, May 19 from 6-9pm 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! $30/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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Volunteer Orientation

May 21, 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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Kids to Parks Day: Third Saturday Garden Tour

May 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring the whole family out for the National Park Trust "Kids to Parks Day" on Saturday, May 21! Enjoy a guided tour of Robert Allerton's Gardens, and then stick around to explore the Park on your own. Hike in the woods, picnic in the Meadow, or feed the fish at the Koi Pond! Opportunities are endless for all ages to discover Allerton. Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our…

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Native Tree Identification Workshop

May 23, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Visitor Center Auditorium

$15

Spend the day polishing your native tree identification skills with Allerton Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue. This all-day workshop will focus on trees native to East Central Illinois. The day will begin in the classroom with a lesson on basic plant vocabulary, but the majority of the day will be spent in the Allerton Natural Areas learning to identify trees in the woods. Participants will learn the identification of 50 different trees and shrubs native to local forests. Lunch will…

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Practical Tree Identification: An essay on skills needed for embracing Plan B!

May 23, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$5

Sometimes an enjoyable day spent in the woods can be briefly interrupted by the need to answer natures call; precisely why an experienced outdoorsman always carries an adequate supply of tissue paper (Plan A). John Edgington (UofI Dept. of NRES Dendrologist – Retired) will present the practical tree identification skills you will need to embrace Plan B: A Leaf-Based Clean-Up! Join us at the Allerton Mansion for this life-saving knowledge as well as a presentation by Jay Hayek (University of…

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June 2016


Irish Fest

June 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Enjoy an evening of live music under the stars! Pack a picnic, grab a chair or blanket, and catch a variety of Celtic-themed music with your friends and family at Central Illinois’ best kept secret... 6–7pm The Shanties | 7pm Amasong | 7:30-9pm The Chicago Rovers | Gate House Lawn $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Food + drinks for purchase (Corned beef sliders with cheese and sauerkraut, served…

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Community Yoga

June 4, 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 on the Bowling Green (Just east of the…

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Community Yoga

June 11, 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 Meadow* (Park at the Visitor Center.…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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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July 2016


Reds, Whites, & the Blues

July 1, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Enjoy a selection of Von Jakob Vineyard'saward-winning reds and whites (plus wine slushies!), while listening to the blues! 6–7pm Tara Terra | 7-9pm The Laurie Morvan Band | Gate House Lawn $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Additional drinks will also be available for purchase, along with: The Caribbean Grill Food Truck, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, and veggie burgers. About the bands: Made up of a diverse group of…

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