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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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June 2018


Summer Day Camp: Acorns & Adventurers

June 4 - August 17

We've expanded our Day Camps to give kids even more opportunities to enjoy everything Allerton has to offer! Camps are centered on outdoor exploration and adventure, but we make time for rest, relaxation, and free play as well. Campers will run and hike through the Park...observe and learn about nature...and have good old-fashioned fun with friends! Adventurers (ages 8-12) will also visit the Monticello Family Aquatic Center for two afternoons each week. We'll keep things interesting with a different nature,…

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Discovery Camp

June 18 @ 9:00 AM - June 22 @ 12:00 PM

$82

Monday - Friday | 9am-12pm | Ages 3-4 | $82 Discovery Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Littlest ones ready for their first camp experience? Discovery Camp will introduce our smallest visitors to Allerton and let them explore at their own pace. We will head outside every morning to discover the joys of art and nature with a group of new friends! (Campers must be fully…

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Espalier Pruning Workshop

June 23 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Learn how to do one of Robert Allerton’s favorite gardening techniques: espalier! Participants will hear a brief history of the use of espalier pruning and gain a basic understanding of how to prune fruit trees in the art of espalier. Get hands-on experience working outside in the Brick Wall Garden with Allerton’s Park Supervisor. Please bring your own hand pruners if you have them (bypass pruners only). Location: Park in the Visitor Center lot and meet in the Brick Wall…

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Meet Me For Tea

June 24 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Greenhouse Café

Join Univ. of Illinois and Allerton alum, author Nandita Godbole for afternoon tea and book reading from her latest historical fiction, ‘Not For You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods’ (Turmeric Press, 2017, 2018) About: Family life and special people inspire simple and enduring comfort foods, and is reflected in this multigenerational novel, ‘Not For You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods, Book One & Book Two.’ Nandita’s two-part novel is set in two countries, India, and the…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 27 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Full Moon Hike

June 27 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

$5

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night! Hike the south 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: Buck Schroth Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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Reds, Whites, and the Blues

June 29 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$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. The Reds, Whites, and the Blues Concert will feature Billy Galt and the Blues Deacons and John Primer and The Real Deal Blues Band. Mid-Piatt Fire will be bringing out a fire…

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July 2018


Murder Mystery at the Mansion

July 7 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$48

Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This interactive murder mystery event will have you questioning everyone, looking for clues, eavesdroping on conversations, and trying to discover who did the dastardly deed. With a star spangled theme, there will be plenty of sparks flying! Presented by the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company GET TICKETS $48/person. Tickets are limited and will go quickly! All sales are final. Dinner is included and a cash bar will be available. Dress is red, white,…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

July 12 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

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. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) Please print and sign the liability form and bring…

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Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop

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

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 create your own succulent container garden. Please park in the main/mansion lot and meet in the Mansion Library. REGISTER $35/person Space is limited…

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Farm- to-Mansion: Presented by the Sustainable Student Farm

July 15 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

$65

Join us for a special farm-to-table dinner, presented by the The Sustainable Student Farm at UIUC! The SSF (founded in 2009) is a program of the University of Illinois Crop Science Department, and strives to provide high quality, local produce to the community, while educating students in basic skills and concepts involved in organic food production. This 6-course meal will feature seasonal produce from the farm (located in Urbana, IL). Cash bar will be available. MENU Amuse-bouche Fragrant Onion Tart…

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Natural Dye Making Workshop

July 18 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

$20

Gather natural materials and learn how to use them to tie-dye using a unique, natural pattern and take home a naturally dyed silk scarf of your own creation. Master Gardener Kristi Pyatt will take you through the steps for this make-and-take workshop. Park at the Mansion lot, and meet at the Mansion Library. REGISTER $20/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales are final.

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Jewelry Making Workshop

July 19 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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$25

Join published jewelry designer Anne Potter in this fun jewelry-making class! Learn jewelry-making fundamentals like bead stringing and finishing as you make your own piece of jewelry in a relaxed and self-paced studio environment – PLUS, take your finished product home! All beads and supplies are provided. Simply bring yourself and enjoy an evening of DIY therapy. Please park in the Main Mansion Lot and meet in the Mansion Library. $25/person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All sales…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 21 @ 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

July 27 @ 9:00 PM - 10:00 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. 9-10pm in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time –…

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August 2018


Cut Flower Gardening 101

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

$30

Cut flower gardening can be an easy specialty that not only adds flowers in your garden, but also allows you to decorate your home with beautiful arrangements all summer long. Cut Flower Gardening 101 will cover everything you need to know from the science behind conditioning plants for longevity to Candice Hart’s all-time favorite flowers to grow. Participants will create their own vase of garden flowers to take home. REGISTER $30/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales…

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Irish Fest

August 10 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$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. Irish Fest will feature The Shanties and The Tannahill Weavers. $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate) Food + drinks available for purchase: Dragon Fire Pizza Fusilli Tony's Italian Food NitroCup…

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Volunteer Orientation

August 18 @ 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

August 18 @ 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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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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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, outdoor 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 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 12 & under free PURCHASE…

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