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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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September 2018


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 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Donation

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. This year's Kids' Concert will feature Little Miss Ann, and will take place in the Allerton Meadow. Rain location will be the Allerton Music Barn. Many fun activities are being planned! Although…

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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


Murder Mystery at the Music Barn

October 6 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$48

$48/person. Tickets go on sale September 4th. "THE WITCHES' BALL" Salem Massachusetts was home to the infamous Templeton Sisters, who were rumored to have been hanged as witches. Three centuries later, during the annual Halloween Costume Ball, the witches are back! Are they ones who killed the mayor's wife? Or was it a dirty politician? A lying banker? A crooked historian? They'll put a spell on you! “Presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company’s Seven Corpse Dinner Murder Mysteries.” A beer…

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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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Jewelry-Making Workshop

October 14 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$27

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. $27/person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All sales are final.…

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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 Hike – SOLD OUT!

October 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 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! Meet in the Buck Schroth Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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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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Monthly Allerton Blend

November 8 @ 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 Library

November 14 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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: November & December classes will meet in the Mansion Library from 6:30-7:30pm (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) (In…

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Volunteer Orientation

November 17 @ 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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December 2018


Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

December 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$35

Candice Hart, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, will lead you though this holiday workshop. Create your own wreath with a fresh mix of greenery and then enjoy your evergreen creation all month. Supplies will include the wreath form, a variety of evergreens, decorative items, wire, and ribbon. The workshop will take place in the mansion. Sign-up early - the session will fill up quickly. $35 per person, all sales final. Tickets will go on sale October 1.

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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

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

$35

Candice Hart, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, will lead you though this holiday workshop. Create your own wreath with a fresh mix of greenery and then enjoy your evergreen creation all month. Supplies will include the wreath form, a variety of evergreens, decorative items, wire, and ribbon. The workshop will take place in the mansion. Sign-up early - the session will fill up quickly. $35 per person, all sales final. Tickets will go on sale October 1.

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Holiday Showcase Opening Night

December 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$8 – $10

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening at Allerton! Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk and enjoy snacks and beverages from the Greenhouse Café located in the Visitor Center. Then, head to the Mansion to enjoy live entertainment and do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase. Take a break from shopping and treat the kids to the Monticello Area Art’s Council’s Natural Ornament-Making Workshop in…

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Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 7, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 PM

Free

Experience Allerton after dark! We are illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk, with the generous support of Kirby Medical Center. See Allerton in a new light as you enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Gardens to the Visitor Center. Join us for Opening Night of the Holiday Showcase and the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk on December 7 ($8-10/person) The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8pm through Saturday, January 5. The Walk is FREE December 8 - January…

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Holiday Showcase

December 8 @ 10:00 AM - December 9 @ 4:00 PM

$8 – $28

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out to shop for gifts and relax with friends over drinks or lunch. The Showcase features specially-selected artisans and businesses selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Friday evening (5-9pm) will kick things off with our Holiday Showcase Opening Night. Take a stroll on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, and warm-up in the Mansion with a cash bar and live entertainment as you browse the vendors and have a bite to eat. Saturday and Sunday…

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Community Yoga in the Library

December 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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: November & December classes will meet in the Mansion Library from 6:30-7:30pm (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) (In…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

December 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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