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January 2018


2018 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31

Free

A Birding Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat, we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each…

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August 2018


Cooking with Herbs

August 25 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Join Kay Carnes, Master Gardener and Mid-American Gardener panelist, for a morning in Allerton’s Herb Garden. Tour the Garden (certified by the Illinois Herb Association), learn how to grow herbs in our Central Illinois climate, and witness cooking demonstrations using herbs and spices in various recipes. The workshop will mostly be outdoors with a small portion inside. Park in the main lot and meet in the Herb Garden (just north of the Mansion). REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited and pre-registration…

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Aloha Allerton!

August 25 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate the end of summer with a Luau at Allerton Park! Since we can’t all make it out to Robert’s Hawaiian estate, we’re bringing Lawaii-Kai to Allerton Park & Retreat Center! Enjoy an on-site pig roast and full Hawaiian buffet while experiencing authentic Polynesian dancing and a fire performance. End the night around the bonfire with tropical beverages and entertainment. Luau Menu (buffet-style) Whole Hog, Roasted and Dressed Roasted Asparagus, Squash, and Zucchini Roasted Sweet Potatoes Summer Salad Hawaiian Sweet…

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Full Moon Hike

August 26 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$5

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night! Hike the north side of the park with the moon shining through the trees. Experience the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Location: Centaur Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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September 2018


Flower Crown Workshop

September 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The abundance of late summer flowers will spark your creativity while making a lovely flower crown in this workshop. We’ll learn how and when to harvest flowers for a crown, and even get to harvest some from Allerton’s gardens! Joan Jach, from Old Town Flowers, will show participants how to create a flower crown step-by-step. Materials and flowers will be provided and each participant will take home a gorgeous flower crown. Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet in…

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The 2017 and 2018 Archaeological Investigations at Robert Allerton Park

September 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Free

How long have humans been living along the Sangamon River? What do we know about the people that called Allerton Park home long before Robert created his estate? Meet us in the Allerton Mansion Library, where Dr. Jacob Skousen will answer these questions and more! Light refreshments will also be served. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please consider visiting Eventbrite to reserve your seat. ABSTRACT: We know little about the pre-Columbian history of the Sangamon…

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Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic

September 7 - September 8

The Second Annual Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic will go beyond great music with food, drinks, vendors & activities, camping, and more! Featuring: MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON SLEEPING OKAMI FOX CROSSING STRING BAND MANK & SASS Schedule of bands here. September 7, 6-9:30pm | September 8, 12:30-9:45pm $37 Festival Pass, in advance ($45 at the gate) $15 Friday only, in advance ($20 at the gate) Kids…

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Community Yoga at Prairie Sky

September 8 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free

Take a moment to relax before getting pumped up at Allerton’s Prairie Sky Music Festival! Hope Carlson is coming down from White Heath to teach this special class at 11am on September 8 in the Sunken Garden. Students will be lead through strength poses that can be done at their own level, ending with cooling postures for the nervous system. No props are necessary, but mats are encouraged, and you are welcome to bring anything you use in your yoga…

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Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop

September 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$35

IT'S BACK! Due to popularity, Allerton will be hosting another Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop. Sign up now before it sells out! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There is almost no lower maintenance container garden than one filled with succulents. Outdoors for the summer and indoors for the winter, these plants are tough. Learn with Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart how to plant your own water-wise, succulent and cacti container perfect for surviving those hot, dry, summer months. The workshop includes all supplies needed to…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

September 13 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Free

Enjoy your morning pick-me-up while getting up-to-speed on all things Allerton! Grab a coffee and join Allerton staff in the Greenhouse Café at 9am on the second Thursday of each month to hear about a blend of topics on the past, present, and future of the Park. All sessions will include an opportunity for Q&A; some will end with an optional walk/hike. No pre-registration required. The Greenhouse Café will be open – so you can purchase a snack or take something home…

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Rain Garden Workshop

September 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

$5

Eliana Brown, Extension Stormwater Specialist, and Katy Kraszewska, Department of Landscape Architecture, will lead you through the basics of rain garden design for your home. Rain gardens not only put your stormwater runoff to good use, but are also a wonderful way to plant and encourage native plant species in your own backyard (or front yard!). Eliana and Katy will walk you through the design steps in this hands-on workshop: siting, sizing, and plant selection. You'll learn common mistakes to…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 15 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. 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. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

September 15 @ 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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Public Mansion Tours

September 16 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$5

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, September 16th. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. Quick – snatch up those tickets! Tours…

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4th Annual Family Campout & Exploration

September 22 @ 11:30 AM - September 23 @ 11:30 AM

$15 – $20

Spend the weekend exploring Allerton’s Natural Areas with the whole family! Champaign Outdoors presents this hassle-free camping experience, providing families the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Spend the day helping biologists (from the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) catch, identify, and release various wildlife; try out the newest camping gear and gadgets from Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus), and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History…

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Kids’ Concert

September 23

$5 – $10

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories. Kids' Concert will feature Little Miss Ann. Lots of fun activities are being developed and will be posted soon! $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate). Food + drinks available for…

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Music Barn Festival

September 27 - September 30

$10 – $75

Sept. 27-30 | Allerton Music Barn Join us for a weekend of music in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music! Thursday & Friday, September 27-28, 7:30pm: Lyric Theatre at Illinois presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It's a hilarious tale of high school-aged overachievers, their hopes, their dreams, and their angst as they compete for a slot in…

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October 2018


Monthly Allerton Blend

October 11 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Free

Enjoy your morning pick-me-up while getting up-to-speed on all things Allerton! Grab a coffee and join Allerton staff in the Greenhouse Café at 9am on the second Thursday of each month to hear about a blend of topics on the past, present, and future of the Park. All sessions will include an opportunity for Q&A; some will end with an optional walk/hike. No pre-registration required. The Greenhouse Café will be open – so you can purchase a snack or take something home…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

October 13 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Free

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. 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. *NOTE: This month, Community Yoga will run from 10-11am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 9:45am.) (In…

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Volunteer Orientation

October 20 @ 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

October 20 @ 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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Full Moon Yoga

October 24 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Donation Based Class

Enjoy the serene setting of yoga at Allerton under the full moon! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit after dark in the Allerton Meadow. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through an all-levels class. No mat? No problem! Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Class will be held on the Gate House Lawn if it is cloudy. 6:30-7:30pm in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time –…

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Tree Care and Pruning

October 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Park Attendant and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger for a workshop in Tree Care and Pruning. Learn tips and tricks in planting, mulching, site selection and species selection among other need to know basics for trees around your home. Proper pruning techniques will also be discussed as Peter leads you through Allerton’s gardens. Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet outside the Visitor Center. REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales are final.

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An Evening with Poe

October 29 @ 7:00 PM - October 31 @ 9:30 PM

$20

Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards explore the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. Doors open at 6:00pm. Please arrive no later than 6:45 to find your seats before the show starts at 7! Continue the experience by staying overnight! Call (217) 333-3287 for details or to make a reservation. Tickets will go on sale September…

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November 2018


Fall Color Tree Hike

November 1 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park’s McDonald Family Trails (Lost Garden). Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. This hike will cover approximately 2 miles. Meet at the McDonald Family Trails Parking Lot. Preregistration required, all sales are final.

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