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April 2015


Early Wildflower Hike

April 4, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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. Meet at the Buck Schroth Paking Lot at 11am. Dogs are prohibited on this hike.

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Allerton Hootenanny

April 17, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Due to an unexpected lose of power at the Allerton Barn, the concert tonight is being held on the Gate House Lawn. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs! The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: Bow-Dacious String Band 6-7p Sam Payne and Friends 7-8pm Bones, Jugs N Harmony 8:30-10pm Location - Gate House Lawn Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Food and Drink for purchase 5:30pm-9:30pm Bow-Dacious String Band 6pm-7pm The Bow-Dacious String Band…

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Tour Allerton Park and Downtown Monticello with Parkland College

April 22, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

$29

HELLO MONTICELLO! Spend a day in Monticello. In the morning, the Allerton Mansion staff will greet us, guide us, and provide a tour of the historic home, gardens, and grounds. Lunch will be served in the mansion's unique Carriage House dining hall, then we'll make the short drive into downtown for shopping, dessert options, and a stroll on the square. Whether your most recent visit was last year or last week, join us on your next visit to the genuine…

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Volunteer orientation

April 25, 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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Forest-to-Mansion Dinner

April 26, 2015 @ 1:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, April 26th, 1:45pm at Allerton Park & Retreat Center 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. Return to the Mansion for a delectable meal prepared with your findings by Chef Ann Swanson. (Click HERE for Chef Swanson's Bio) Connect with Allerton in a new way as you experience the unique food and community that nature can…

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May 2015


Children’s Concert at Allerton Park – 1st show

May 3, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union - Featuring The Dreamtree Shakers! SOLD OUT Location - Allerton Barn - click for map This will be an outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, we will move inside the barn. The event kicks off at 10:00am with a Children's Fair featuring an inflatable bounce house, raffles, and a local community expo (with B.Lime, Glitter Tattoos, Kirby Medical Center, Monticello Dance Academy, and more!). Concert starts…

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Mansion Open House tours

May 3, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$5

The Allerton Mansion is open for tours! Tour times are 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Tours include the 1st and 2nd floor. Each tour is 45-60 minutes. Space is limited so reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call the front desk at 333-3287.

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Children’s Concert at Allerton Park – 2nd show

May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union - Featuring The Dreamtree Shakers! Location - Allerton Barn - click for map This will be an outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, we will move inside the barn. The event kicks off at 1:00pm with a Children's Fair featuring an inflatable bounce house, raffles, and a local community expo (with B.Lime, Glitter Tattoos, Kirby Medical Center, Monticello Dance Academy, and more!). Concert starts at 2pm…

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2nd Annual Plant Sale

May 9, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - May 10, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

Join us on Mother's Day weekend for our 2nd annual plant sale. We will have annuals, herbs and perennials on sale including arranged hanging baskets - perfect for gifts. All proceeds from the sale will benefit of the Allerton Volunteers student organization. Plants will be located next to the Visitor Center. We will also have a container planting workshop from 1-3pm on Saturday facilitated by the U of I Extension Master Gardeners.

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Container Plant Workshop

May 9, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Allerton Visitor Center

$20

Another Great Mother’s Day activity! During our annual plant sale the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be facilitating a Container Plant Workshop. The workshop includes a clay pot, planting media and your choice from a selection of our plant sale plants. Master gardeners will be on site to give advice on style, arrangement and care of plants. Workshop will take place at the plant sale next to the visitor center. Cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP @…

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Art & Soul at Allerton

May 28, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Painting Workshop in the Peony Garden. $40/person Join us in the awe inspiring Peony Garden at beautiful Allerton Park on Thursday, May 28th from 5:30pm until 9:00pm to "paint the peonies." Local artist, Cata Stoerget will assist those who want to paint in a step by step method or if you'd prefer, choose a spot in the garden and paint away at your own pace! All materials, canvas, paint, brushes, etc., will be supplied. We will also offer some light…

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A Garden Party – Fundrasier

May 29, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Come out for A Garden Party and spend a Spring evening in the Allerton gardens! On Friday, May 29th, enjoy live music and the sights and smells of the blooming Peony Garden, followed by a silent auction and dinner in the meadow. Festive garden party attire encouraged. The event will be held rain or shine! Tickets are $100 and must be purchased by May 21. Tickets are available online or by calling 217.333.3287. Includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash bar…

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June 2015


Allerton Irish Fest

June 5, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: The Shanties 6-7:30pm FiddleFire 8-9:30pm Location - Gate House Lawn Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Food and drink available for purchase 5:30pm-9:00pm Bring the whole family and stop by the Celtic Kids Playground from 6-7:30pm! The SHANTIES 6-7:30pm The Shanties “New Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new and originals. Though there is nothing sweeter than an Irish ballad, the focus is the…

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Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Acorns FULL

June 8, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

This camp is currently full. To be added to the wait list, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu No one sees nature quite like our youngest visitors! 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, learning camping skills, working together to build outdoor forts,…

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Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Artists

June 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 18, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

Art is the heart of Allerton Park. Robert Allerton used his artistic flare to create the formal gardens we enjoy today. Allerton Artists will take this inspiration to create their own great works of art. Some whimsical, some off-beat, some classical… all unique. We will have a last day Art Exhibit where campers can display their art for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles… anyone who loves art! This camp meets Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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Allerton Garden Walk Concert

June 19, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: West of Staley from 6-6:45pm at the Koi Pond Terrace (near the Allerton Mansion) The Quadivium Saxophone Quartet from 6:30-7:15pm in the Brick Wall Garden Ricardo Flores from 7:30-sunset in the Sunken Garden Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Drinks available for purchase from 5:30pm-8:30pm (bars located in the Allerton Mansion and the Sunken Garden) Allerton's first ever Garden Walk Concert will begin near the mansion, move…

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Native Trees of Allerton Park

June 20, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5.00

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 their natural and…

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Allerton Day Camp – A Day in the Life…

June 22, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

The Allerton mansion was completed in 1900, a time we now only know from books and photographs. Campers will have the chance to imagine themselves at the turn of the 20th century by taking part in activities of that time. We will make history fun by taking part in games, activities, and crafts that let us imagine a day in the life… of Robert Allerton. This camp meets Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Adventurers

June 29, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - July 2, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

Once an Adventurer, always an Adventurer! We leave no stone unturned as we explore all Allerton has to offer. Each day begins a new topic about the natural world around us including camping skills and animal tracking. We will also climb aboard Spaceship Earth to see our planet’s resources in a new light that will give our campers the confidence and knowledge to use them wisely! This camp meets Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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July 2015


Allerton Blues

July 10, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: Candy Foster and Shades of Blue Location - Gate House Lawn Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Drinks available for purchase 6:30pm-8:30pm Candy Foster and Shades of Blue 7-9pm Candy Foster has been performing classic rhythm and blues throughout the midwest for 40 years. Based in Champaign-Urbana, Candy is well-known as one of the hardest working blues singers in the area. His strong vocals and high energy…

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Natural Areas Exploration Hike – Willow Branch Creek

July 18, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park,

Lost Garden Parking Lot

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$5

Willow Branch winds for more than half a mile through Allerton Park before entering the Sangamon River. Join Allerton Park Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue on an off-trail hike to explore this tributary as it winds through a seldom seen part of Allerton. Registration is required and the event will be limited to 25 participants. Meet at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Lost Garden Parking Lot at 8am. $5. Click here to register.

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Be an Eco-Explorer!

July 22, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Be an Eco-Explorer and take a guided walk through an authentic prairie at Allerton with a local Master Naturalist. Find out what is so cool about the wildlife that lives in this prairie and figure out what native flowers are around you! This program is a collaboration between Piatt County 4-H and Allerton Park. Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Location: Allerton Park Visitor Center 515 Old Timer Road, Monticello, IL 61856 Register by: Wednesday,…

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August 2015


Allerton Park Sounds of the Summer Night HIke

August 6, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Centaur Statue Parking,

Allerton Park

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$5

Can you tell the difference between the calls of Cicadas and Katydids? Between the calls of a tree frog and a bull frog? Have you ever heard the unmistakable calls of barred owls? Hike the Buck Schroth Memorial Trail at night and listen for the sounds of summer. The trail will cross through the Allerton Prairie where the group will also do some naked-eye astronomy. Registration is required and the event will be limited to 25 participants. Meet at the…

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Somerston Estate Wine Dinner

August 12, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$95

Join Somerston Estate's owner F. Allan Chapman and winemaker Craig Becker, along with Todd's Wines in Art Mart, for a magical evening at Allerton. The fun starts at 6:30 pm with a greeting wine in the Solarium, overlooking the picturesque Koi Pond. A classic steakhouse dinner menu has been selected to showcase the wines of this excellent Napa producer. For a complete menu, click here. $95/person. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 217-333-3287. There will be special…

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Volunteer orientation

August 15, 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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