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May 2018


Mother’s Day Tea

May 13 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$8

Treat your mom to a lovely tea in the Allerton Gardens! Sip tea and lemonade in the Brick Wall Garden while you enjoy fresh baked goods from our new Greenhouse Café. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary family photo and tour of the Formal Gardens (including the visitor-favorite Peony Garden!). Seatings are 45 minutes each, and reservations are limited. Choose the time that works best for you: 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. (Tables accommodate up to 5 guests, but accommodations for larger…

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Volunteer Orientation

May 19 @ 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

May 19 @ 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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Spring Soirèe & Garden Party

May 19 @ 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Step back in time at Allerton’s Annual Fundraiser! Inspired by the life and times of Robert Allerton, this unique experience will immerse you in the culture, fashion, and entertainment of the 1920s. The ambiance of Allerton sets the tone for an afternoon of extravagance - stroll through the formal gardens, sway to jazz music, and watch (or play!) yard games on the Bowling Lawn. Sip a drink (beer & wine open bar, 4-8pm) and peruse the Mansion as you enjoy…

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Full Moon Hike

May 29 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 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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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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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 6 @ 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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Summer Kick Off Concert

June 8 @ 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 Summer Kick Off Concert will feature Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen and Lupe Carroll. $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate) Food + drinks will be available for purchase: Dragon…

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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 13 @ 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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State of Allerton Address

June 13 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for an evening of discussion on all things Allerton! You may have noticed some changes over the past few years. We would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what has been done, and look forward to all the good things to come! Director Derek Peterson will give an overview of past, current, and upcoming improvement projects, followed by a Q&A. Anyone with thoughts, interests, or ideas about Allerton’s future is encouraged to attend. 5:30-7pm Allerton Mansion…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 16 @ 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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Stretch & Sip at the Sun Singer

June 16 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$10 – $15

Kick off your weekend with Stretch and Sip at the Sun Singer! Start with a rejuvenating 60-minute yoga class suitable for all levels. Learn the fundamentals while you relax your body and renew your mind. Afterwards enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. Yoga will begin at 10:00am, please arrive 15 mins early to set-up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. No mat? No problem! Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Event is open to…

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Father’s Day Hike

June 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Bring your dad out for a hike through the Allerton forest! Hike through the Fu-Dog garden, make a brief stop at the Goldfish pond, and continue our hike through the bottomland of the Sangamon River. All family members are welcome! Location: Mansion Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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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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Community Yoga in the Meadow

June 20 @ 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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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 *SOLD OUT*

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

$5

SOLD OUT - Check back later for more Full Moon Hikes! 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. NOTE: Due to construction this concert will take place in the Meadow not the Gatehouse Lawn. The Reds, Whites, and the Blues Concert will feature Billy Galt and the Blues Deacons and…

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July 2018


Community Yoga in the Meadow

July 4 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.) (In case of inclement weather, location will be moved…

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Sold Out – Murder Mystery at the Mansion

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

$48

Sorry, this event has sold out. Be the first to know about future events, sign up for our newsletter. 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…

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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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Allerton Blend: ‘Mini’ State of Allerton Address

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

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. This month, we will have a 'Mini' State of Allerton Address. Come to hear an update of the…

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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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