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December 2014


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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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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