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May 2015


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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3rd Saturday Garden Tour

August 15, 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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Allerton Bluegrass

August 21, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: Big Bluestem String Band 6:00-7:00pm The Special Consensus 7:30-9:00pm Location - Gate House Lawn Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Food and drinks available for purchase 5:30pm-8:30pm Big Bluestem String Band 6-9pm BBSB performs an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-time string band music, bluegrass and historic tunes, with an occasional sprinkling of swing and the blues. Special Consensus 7:30-9pm Formed in the Chicago area in 1975,…

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September 2015


Volunteer orientation

September 5, 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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Hiking, Hunting, Ticks, Deer and Your Health

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

Livingston Center,

200 E Livingston

Monticello,

61856

United States


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A free, open to the public information meeting sponsored by Allerton Park, City of Monticello, DeWitt-Piatt Public Health, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Land Conservation Foundation. Linn Haramis from the Illinois Department of Public Health will speak on tick borne diseases such as Lyme’s disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis and tularemia. Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, University of Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey and Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program will speak about the current perspectives on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease…

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Country Allerton

September 11, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: Matt Poss Band Location - Gate House Lawn Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family Drinks available for purchase 6:30pm-8:30pm Matt Poss Band 7-9pm <a Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow, and it's about as organic as it can get. Cowboys, rednecks, truckers, hippies, bikers and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

September 19, 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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Allerton Family Campout & Exploration

September 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - September 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Visitor Center and Meadow,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States


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$5 - $15

PLEASE NOTE: This is for the 2015 event that has passed. To view the 2016 Family Campout and Exploration, click here. Presented by Champaign Surplus Bring your family and spend the weekend camping and exploring in the Allerton Natural Areas with wildlife biologists from the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Help biologists catch, identify and release fish, birds, butterflies, mussels, dragonflies and more! See and try the newest camping gear and…

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AllertonNatural Areas Exploration – North Side River Hike

September 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park,

Visitor's Center

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$5

Join Allerton Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue on a hike along the Sangamon River. Highlights of this hike include seeing the largest trees at Allerton, the largest swamp white oak tree in IL and tasting a paw paw (if we can beat the opossums to them)! Registration is required and the event will be limited to 25 participants. Meet at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Visitors Center at 9am. $5

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Meet & Greet with Viktor Krauss

September 27, 2015 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Allerton Barn

$35

Don't miss the pre-concert Meet & Greet with Viktor Krauss before the Allerton Homecoming Concert! Includes a one-hour open bar (beer and wine), light hors d'oeuvres, and your ticket for the concert. Did we forget to mention - it also includes time talking with Viktor! General Admission Ticket + Meet & Greet - $35/person Limited tickets are available SOLD OUT! For more information on the Allerton Homecoming Concert with Viktor Krauss, click here.

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Allerton Homecoming Presented by UIECU

September 27, 2015 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Allerton Barn

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring: VIKTOR KRAUSS Sunday, September 27, 5:30-7:30pm at the Allerton Barn Help us welcome Viktor "home" to Central Illinois with this special evening at Allerton! General Admission Ticket - $15/person (The event is expected to sell-out and tickets will not be available at the door.) Limited tickets are available HERE! No refunds or exchanges. Soft drinks will be available for purchase 5:15-7pm. Don't miss the Meet &…

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October 2015


Discover Allerton calendar

October 1, 2015

Questions? Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu

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