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August 2014


Monticello Movie Night presents… The Goonies

August 22, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old TImber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

This FREE movie begins at sunset in the Allerton Brick Walled Garden. Bring lawn chairs, blankets,(bug spray), and get comfortable in front of our 18' inflatable movie screen! In the event of rain or windy weather, movie will be rescheduled. Visit the City of Monticello's official website or Facebook page or event status updates. Concessions available!

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September 2014


U of I Credit Union at Allerton Park presents Classical Allerton

September 5, 2014 @ 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM

Classical Allerton The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Baroque Players September 5, 7:30-8:30pm Featuring Golden Mean Quartet 6-7pm Location - Allerton Barn - click for map Cross the Piatt county line and head to Allerton this September for the perfect date night. Fall in love again under the stars at Allerton listening to local classical music played especially for you. Food and Drink for purchase: 5:30pm-8:30pm Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family - Kids Welcome! Golden Mean Quartet 6:00-7:00pm Members Jenna Lee and Tamara…

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Farm-to-Mansion Dinner Fundraiser

September 28, 2014 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$100

Join us for a fun evening of farm-to-table food and conversation! Guest Chef Thad Morrow of Champaign’s Bacaro will highlight the flavors of the season with produce from the University of Illinois’ Sustainable Student Farm and meat from Triple S Farm (Stewardson, IL). Come out to support Allerton Park and these local farms as you enjoy delicious tasting-portion samples, complemented with beer from JT Walker’s Brewery (Mahomet, IL) and wine from Sleepy Creek Vineyards (Fairmont, IL). 5:00 pm - Live…

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October 2014


U of I Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton Park – OKTOBERFEST

October 4, 2014 @ 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allerton OKTOBERFEST October 4th from 3:00-8:00pm Location - Allerton Barn - click for map Food and Drink for purchase: 3:00pm-7:30pm Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family - Kids Welcome and encouraged to attend! Maria & Company 3:00-4:15pm - A traditional take of Polka geared toward children. 4:30-6:00pm High Cotton 4:30-6pm A local favorite that reminds us of years gone by. Big Red Skillet Band 6:00pm-8:00pm - Celebrate the harvest in the American tradition with Country Music. Get into the Fall frame…

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Autumn Artists at Allerton

October 9, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Mansion

$25

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. Pumpkins grown from Allerton’s sustainable farm will be transformed, without carving, and be displayed throughout the Allerton Mansion from October 13-31.Come enjoy this fall evening of art & autumn refreshments which include: Salted caramel Apple Martinis & spiced cider. Adults only please.

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An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

October 31, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evening with Poe,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

$20

Listen to the haunting stories and poems of 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. Reservations are encouraged, please call 217-333-3287 to purchase tickets and make reservations.

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November 2014


Autumn Yoga Retreat

November 14, 2014 - November 16, 2014

$685 - $715

2nd Annual Autumn Yoga Retreat November 14 -16, 2014 Presented by Kelsey Bourgeois and Amara Yoga & Arts Join us for a beautiful autumn weekend of yoga, rest and rejuvenation. Yoga and meditation sessions will be offered throughout the weekend by Kelsey Bourgeois and special guests. Sessions will be available for both the beginner yogi as well as the seasoned practitioner.

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December 2014


“All Is Bright” – Lighting of the Allerton Courtyard Tree

December 4, 2014 @ 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

4:00pm-5:45pm- "Nature's Ornaments Workshop" in the carriage house at the mansion- Come and bring your family to a workshop where you will be guided by art teachers on how to create natural ornaments for the Allerton Tree. We'll provide nature's bounty of supplies for these handmade ornaments and you'll provide your imagination and creativity to help create ornaments fit for the mansion's Christmas tree! Light snacks and beverages provided to "hold you over" if you come from work or school!…

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Allerton Park and Retreat Center Master Plan Public Meeting

December 11, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Allerton Park and Retreat Center Master Plan public meeting A public meeting for input and comment to assist the development of the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Master Plan will be held on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Dining Hall of the Main House at the Park. The Planning Consultant, Ratio Architects, will present the draft of the final master plan illustrating proposals for park programs and facilities.

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Gingerbread Houses Go On Display

December 12, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

9:00am-5:00pm- No mansion would be complete at the holiday times without a Gingerbread House Display. Visit your favorite grocery or superstore to find all the gingerbread house basics for you, your family, your workplace team, your grandkids, or whoever wants to take on the challenge to display your holiday artwork at the mansion! On Friday, the 12th….bring in your display before 5pm and we will take pictures of your "building team" and we will find just the perfect spot for…

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Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House

December 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday- December 13, 2014 (10am-4pm) The door to the mansion will open and welcome you back to our beautiful home. You may want to make your way to the Solarium first and start with fresh baked scones and hot tea, coffee, or cider. Next you just might want to stop a few minutes to listen to the piano player play some of your favorite holiday songs or you may want to step in on a "station" tour for 15 minutes…

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“A Holiday Affair”- Dinner at the Mansion (SOLD OUT)

December 13, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday, December 13th (6pm-11pm) 6:00pm cocktail hour begins / 7:00pm served dinner SORRY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT You will feel like royalty when you attend our "Holiday Affair" four course dinner! Your evening begins with a classic wine and hor'dourves cocktail hour in the gallery. The warm glow of the fireplace, the holiday decorations and the acoustical guitarist will immediately put you in a festive mood for the evening! Your four course dinner will begin at 7pm in the…

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Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House

December 14, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday- December 14, 2014 (10am-4pm) The door to the mansion will open and welcome you back to our beautiful home. You may want to make your way to the Solarium first and start with fresh baked scones and hot tea, coffee, or cider. Next you just might want to stop a few minutes to listen to the piano player play some of your favorite holiday songs or you may want to step in on a "station" tour for 15 minutes…

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Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House

December 15, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday- December 15, 2014 (10am-4pm) The door to the mansion will open and welcome you back to our beautiful home. You may want to make your way to the Solarium first and start with fresh baked scones and hot tea, coffee, or cider. Next you just might want to stop a few minutes to listen to the piano player play some of your favorite holiday songs or you may want to step in on a "station" tour for 15 minutes…

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Breakfast with Santa in the Carriage House (SOLD OUT)

December 20, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday- December 20, 2014 (9am-12:30pm) (Two seating times for Breakfast- 9:00am or 10:30am) SORRY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT This special event will begin with a yummy waffle bar with waffles, sausage links, juice or milk and all of the yummy waffle toppings that will delight kids of any ages! The next stop is a holiday craft station where pre-made cardboard trees or ornaments will be ready for imaginative kids to decorate and take home for display! 10:30am or 12:00noon-…

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January 2015


Winter Tree Identification

January 24, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free

Come out and learn the basics of winter tree identification. We will begin in the Visitor Center with a quick lesson in tree and twig vocabulary. Then we will hike (approx. 2 miles) along the Sangamon River and participants will learn to identify a minimum of 15 native trees by their bark and buds alone. A highlight of the hike will be a visit to one of the largest swamp-white oaks in the state of Illinois. Dress for the weather.…

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February 2015


“All of My Friends” Valentine Party!

February 13, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

This will be a great opportunity to gather all of your friends and bring them out to Allerton for a "Significant Friends" Valentine Party. This casual but super fun evening will be filled with great food, drinks, and live entertainment! Enjoy a delicious buffet meal of sliders & upscale Mac-n-Cheese in the Mansion's Library, and live music from The Diva and The Dude in the Grand Gallery. $40.00 per person includes all of the food and fun for the evening!…

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The Whole Weekend Valentine Package

February 13, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - February 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

If you want fun with your significant friends and then special time with your significant other, this includes the whole weekend of activities, lodging, and meals! Make it a weekend to remember and stay the whole time! $425.00-$450.00 per couple. Call 217-333-3287 for more information or to make reservations. For more information on each event, visit "All of My Friends" Valentine Party or Romantic Getaway.

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Romantic Getaway

February 14, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - February 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Come and be swept away to a romantic getaway at Allerton. When you check-in at 3:00pm you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon before cocktails and hor d'oeuvres at 6:30pm. Your romantic dinner follows and includes a classical guitarist serenading and setting the tone for love! After an intimate dinner, couples will have the opportunity to be guided through the process of creating your own artwork masterpiece together in our Library. As the evening continues, enjoy drinks, a…

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Nature Hike – Experience Allerton Natural Areas

February 21, 2015 @ 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free

TODAY'S NATURE HIKE IS GOING AS SCHEDULED - IT'S BEAUTIFUL AT ALLERTON RIGHT NOW! Hike approximately 3 miles off the trails at Allerton! We will look for resident birds including the pileated and red-headed woodpecker, keep our eyes out for recently shed white-tailed deer antlers and check to see if any great-blue herons have made an early return to the Allerton rookery. This hike is semi-rugged and will include thorns, hills, and a small stream crossing! Meet at the Main…

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March 2015


Full Moon Night Hike

March 5, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Allerton Music Barn Parking Lot

Free

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night. Hike the south side of the park with the moon shining through the trees. 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!

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A Bridal Brunch at the Allerton Mansion

March 7, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello,

$15

Whether you are planning an intimate wedding luncheon, a country chic wedding at a barn, an outdoor garden ceremony, or an elegant reception, Allerton can accommodate all of your needs! Please join us and be our guest for a perfect event and opportunity to see the Mansion set-up for a reception, taste delicious brunch menu items, sip on Mimosas, preview our new wedding packages and much more at the beautiful and unique Allerton Mansion! Please call 217-333-3287 to make your…

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Volunteer orientation

March 14, 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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Allerton Spring Break

March 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - March 27, 2015 @ 1:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

ASB participants wanted! Join your fellow nature lovers for a week-long adventure at Allerton! Days are filled with challenging but rewarding projects, knowing that you are helping to protect our wonderful University treasure. Most volunteer projects will be outdoors in our formal gardens or natural areas. Participants will stay Sunday-Friday in Allerton's historic Gate House. Room and board will be provided. Transportation is available from Champaign to Allerton. ASB is open to all University of Illinois and Parkland students. To…

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Big Band in the Mansion

March 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union - Featuring Tons O' Fun Band! Location - Allerton Mansion Concert cover charge - $10/person Cash bar 6:30-10pm Doors open at 6:30. Tons O' Fun Band The Tons ‘O Fun Band (TOFB) fills the stage with ten talented and experienced musicians including a powerful four piece horn section. While the horns give TOFB its distinctive edge, three lead vocalists creates the ability to deliver a wide variety…

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