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September 2016


Community Yoga

September 10, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 (Park near the Visitor…

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Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root

September 16, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

$15

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 6–7pm Lupe Carroll | 7-7:30pm I-Pan | 7:30-9pm Rusted Root | Allerton Meadow $15/person in advance (Available here until 3pm on September 16); $18/person at the gate (cash or check) Ages 12 and under FREE Food + drinks for purchase Click here for important event information (parking, food, weather, etc.) Limited overnight accommodations are available! Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. Please note: Concerts can be canceled if weather is severe, unsafe, or…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 17, 2016 @ 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

September 17, 2016 @ 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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Music Barn Festival

September 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union September 22-23 | Allerton Music Barn | Advance ticket purchased required. Thursday, September 22, 7-9pm Jupiter String Quartet, featuring Jonathan Keeble $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. Friday, September 23, 7-9pm Erin Bode, featuring Viktor Krauss and Matt Munisteri $20/person. Click here to purchase tickets. SPECIAL package price for September 22+23: $35 Click here to purchase tickets for both Sept 22+23 Drinks (no food) available for purchase. For more information on…

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Family Campout and Exploration

September 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - September 25, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

$5 – $15

Spend the weekend exploring Allerton's Natural Areas with the whole family! Champaign Surplus presents this hassle-free camping experience, providing families the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Help 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 Surplus and Kelty; and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History Education Company of the…

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October 2016


Community Yoga

October 8, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 (Park near the Visitor…

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Volunteer Orientation

October 15, 2016 @ 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 15, 2016 @ 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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Fall Color Tree Hike

October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park's Lost Garden Area. Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 9am. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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Art & Soul: Pumpkin Decorating

October 27, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$25

Nothing says "Fall" like painting pumpkins in a Barn! Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this pumpkin decorating workshop, as well as provide a variety of materials and techniques to showcase your personal style. Enjoy a fall evening at the Allerton Bar, along with yummy fall refreshments! Individuals and families are welcome. $25 per individual/family (additional pumpkins are $5). Click here to register.

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An Evening with Poe

October 29, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$20

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping..." Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the…

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November 2016


Community Yoga

November 5, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 (Park near the Visitor…

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Fall Full Moon Night Hike

November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Take a fall night hike under the full moon with Allerton's Natural Areas Manager. We will walk along the Sangamon River Bluffs and listen for owls, coyotes, and see who else is out and about. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 7pm. $5/person | $13/person with two craft beers Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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Roaring 20’s Party

November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - November 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! Travel back to the 1920s and experience Allerton in its prime! Robert Allerton was no Great Gatsby, but for one night we'll be transforming his Mansion into a 1920s speakeasy. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, and live jazz music from Chip McNeil. Don't forget your dancing shoes - the…

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December 2016


All is Bright featuring the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - January 15, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Experience Allerton after dark! With the generous support of Kirby Medical Center, we will be illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk! Enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Avenue of the Formal Gardens and Brick Wall Garden to the Visitor Center. The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8pm until January 15 to help you stay moving this winter! Come out for the kick off event on December 1 and enjoy festive…

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Holiday Showcase

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

$10 – $28

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime from 10am-4pm to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. The Showcase will feature artisans and businesses selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10:30am-3:30pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (advance purchase required). Enjoy complimentary cookies, coffee, and tea throughout…

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A Holiday Affair

December 10, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$75

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! Click here to sign-up for our enewsletter to stay in touch and find out about future themed dinners and special events! Get in the holiday spirit with an elegant evening at the Allerton Mansion! Enjoy a "welcome" glass of champagne, a cocktail hour with cash bar, dinner with complimentary wine, and live entertainment. Make a night of it and stay overnight in the Mansion! Call 217-333-3287 for lodging information…

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January 2017


Art & Soul: Fu Dog Watercolor

January 18, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$30

Recreate one of the beautiful Allerton Fu Dogs! The eleven pairs of cobalt blue glazed ceramic Fu Dogs are some of Robert Allerton Park’s most recognized and loved statuary. Join Monticello Area Arts Council in the Library for a watercolor painting class on Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Students will paint their very own Fu Dog with the guidance of local art instructor Cara Stoerger. All materials and supplies will be provided. Includes light refreshments and a cash bar…

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February 2017


Retreat + Relax: Overnights at Allerton

February 3, 2017 - March 19, 2017

$90

"This place has a little magic for everyone who visits." -review of Allerton Park and Retreat Center As uplifting as a day visit to Allerton can be, nothing compares to an overnight stay. Spend a weekend enjoying the Park - or hibernating inside! No formal events are planned, and that's the best part. Explore the gardens or go for a hike in the woods. Sit by the fire and read in the Mansion. Gather a group of friends to play…

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February Bird Hike and Intro to eBird

February 5, 2017 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton Park Visitor Center,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States


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Free

Even in the dead of winter numerous bird species call Allerton home. Join Allerton Natural Areas Manager on an early morning bird watching hike. We will hike around the Allerton meadow and along the Sangamon River for 2 hours and likely identify 12-20 different winter resident bird species. After the hike we will warm up in the Allerton Visitors Center and we will enter our morning observations into eBird and discuss how beginning and experienced birders can use eBird as…

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Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

February 10, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - February 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

$220 – $240

This event is now SOLD OUT. You can still make reservations for our Low-Frills Valentines. For more info click here. "It should be a happy time for the Valentine family - it's the rehearsal dinner for their daughter’s wedding tomorrow. But when the family’s past starts catching up with them, tragedy occurs, and - like the wedding - someone will never see the light of tomorrow..." This audience-interactive murder mystery event will create a night of conspiracy at the Allerton…

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Low-Frills Valentines

February 11, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - February 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

$90 – $110

No candlelit dinner. No romantic music. No stress. Just you, your sweetie, and the picturesque, tranquil setting of Allerton Park. Cuddle by the fire, bundle up for a hike, or just relax in your room! Includes a light continental breakfast. $90/couple for lodging in the Gate House, House in the Woods, or Evergreen Lodge $110/couple for lodging in the Mansion *Special Offer* $80/couple "Add On" with the purchase of a Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner package. Space is limited. Call…

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Experience the Hops

February 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Head out to Allerton for a winter weekend filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, The Old Bakery Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique weekend experience will include seminars, dinner, overnights at the Allerton estate, brunch, a Boots and…

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Experience the Hops (No Overnight)

February 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$89

"Fun, educational, and well-run from beginning to end." -attendee from Experience the Hops 2016 Head out to Allerton for a Saturday filled with education, kinship, and beer! Staff from Against the Grain Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Brickstone Brewery, The Old Bakery Beer Company, Revolution Brewing, and Sierra Nevada will be here to cover a wide variety of topics related to beer and brewing. This unique experience includes afternoon seminars and dinner. For the full package, click here. We hope you can…

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