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May 2017


Community Yoga

May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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. This is a donation-based class. All contributions will go…

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Art & Soul: Paint the Peonies

May 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join Monticello Area Arts Council in the awe-inspiring Peony Garden on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30-9pm to “paint the peonies”. Local artist Cara Stoerger will assist those who want to paint in a step-by-step method or if you prefer, choose a spot in the garden and paint away at your own pace! $40/person. Click here to register. All materials including canvas, paint, brushes, etc. will be supplied, as well as some light springtime refreshments! Class will be held rain or…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

May 20, 2017 @ 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! **Weather policy: The tour will continue as scheduled under light drizzle conditions. Anything heavier…

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A Garden Party

May 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

$80

We’re revamping and expanding this year’s Garden Party Fundraiser! Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through Allerton’s Gardens - with live music, drinks, and food along the way. Mingle with friends, start-up a game of croquet or bocce ball, and watch the plein air artists create their masterpieces. Unique auction items will be up for bid in the silent and live auctions, including one-of-a-kind arrangements from area florists, exclusive Allerton events and merchandise, and more. As the afternoon winds down, take…

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Stretch and Sip

May 27, 2017 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Stretch and Sip at Allerton! We start with a rejuvenating 60-minute yoga class suitable for all levels. You will learn the fundamentals while you relax your body and renew your mind. Then enjoy a craft beer (Bell's Two Hearted IPA and Bell's Oberon American Wheat Ale) and conversation. Yoga will begin at 10:30, at the Music Barn. Please arrive 15 mins early and wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided on a first-come…

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Becoming Sherlock

May 30, 2017 - June 2, 2017

$65

Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $65 ‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot!' Campers will stretch their powers of observation and deduction all week to find solutions and solve mysteries, including the Mystery of the Lost Garden. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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June 2017


Allerton Acorns Morning Session – FULL

June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017

$76

Allerton Acorns Morning Session is now FULL. There are still spots available in Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, working together to build outdoor forts, scavenger hunts, and…

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Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session – FULL

June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017

$76

Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, scavenger hunts, and much more! Click here to…

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Allerton Acorns Full Day – FULL

June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017

$129

Allerton Acorns Full Day Camp is now FULL. There are still spot available in Alleron Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $129 If your Acorn is ready for a full-day camp, they are in luck! You can combine two half-day camps for an entire day of fun and outdoor adventure. (Morning and afternoon activities will be different, so full-day campers will have all new adventures!) Full-day campers should bring their own lunch - supervised…

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Hawaiian Adventure: Informational Travel Presentation

June 5, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn more about the upcoming opportunity to visit Lawai-Kai, the estate that Robert Allerton and John Gregg called “home” after moving from Monticello. This special travel presentation in the Mansion will include details of the complete ten day itinerary (February 22-March 3, 2018) and plenty of time to answer all of your questions. Can't be there in-person? Register here to watch the information webinar when it becomes available! About the Hawaiian Adventure: Join Collette Travel and the Kirby Auxiliary on…

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Allerton Artists – FULL

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017

$132

Allerton Arists is now FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 6-11 | $132 Robert Allerton used the landscape to create his own work of art, which became the gardens we enjoy today. Allerton Artists will take this inspiration to create their own great works of art. Some whimsical, some off-beat, some classical… all unique. Like all Allerton Camps, this one includes plenty of fun outdoors!…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 17, 2017 @ 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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Allerton Adventurers – FULL

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017

$108

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 8-11 | $108 Allerton Adventurers is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Once an Adventurer, always an Adventurer! We leave no stone unturned as we explore all Allerton has to offer. Each day begins a new topic about the natural world around us. Adventurers will hike, play games, and enjoy one week of a summer well-spent – outside! Click here to download a Registration Form.…

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July 2017


Rain Gardens and Water Efficient Gardening

July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$10

Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart, to learn the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden. Rain gardens allow water to drain back into the ground, and with native perennial plants, it can add an aesthetically pleasing landscape to your yard. This hands-on program will be will also include a walk through the rain garden demonstration plot at Allerton to see how it all works! Location: Park at the Visitor Center Parking lot. Meet in…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 15, 2017 @ 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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August 2017


Cut Flower Gardening 101

August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$20

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 as well as the best flowers to grow. Participants will create their own vase of garden flowers to take home. Location: Park in the Visitor Center lot and meet inside the…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*Please be aware that this 3rd Saturday Garden Tour falls during our Prairie Sky Music Festival. The park will be open to the public at 8am. Starting at 12pm, entering or remaining in the park will require the purchase of a Festival pass.* 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…

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Cooking with Herbs Workshop

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SOLD OUT

Make sure you are the first to know about our events - sign up for our e-newsletter. Join Kay Carnes, Master Gardener and Mid-American Gardener panelist, for a morning in Allerton’s Herb Garden. Workshop participants will receive a tour of the Garden, which is 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…

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September 2017


Murder Mystery at the Mansion

September 1, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SOLD OUT

To make sure you are the first to know about future events, sign up for our e-newsletter. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense and intrigue! This interactive murder mystery event will have you questioning everyone, looking for clues, eavesdropping on conversations, and trying to discover who did the dastardly deed! With a college class reunion theme, there's the jock, the cheerleader, the class clown, the newspaper editor, the class president... But one friend didn't make it to graduation. That…

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Murder Mystery at the Mansion

September 2, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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 college class reunion theme, there's the jock, the cheerleader, the class clown, the newspaper editor, the class president... But one friend didn't make it to graduation. That death still haunts all…

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Natural Dye Workshop

September 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$20 – $30

University of Illinois extension master gardener Kristi Pyatt will take you through the steps for this make-and-take workshop. Collect and use common and strange natural products (plants, flowers, bark) to make your own fabric dye! Create a unique, natural pattern and take home an eco-dyed silk scarf of your own creation. Location: Allerton Mansion, park in the Main Parking Lot. Cost: $20/person (no drinks) $30/person (includes 2 glasses of wine) Space is limited; pre-registration required. Register here

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Mansion Public Tours

September 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SOLD OUT

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and the creation of his estate? Here's your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, September 10. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. $5/person. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

September 16, 2017 @ 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 and Sip at the Sun Singer

September 16, 2017 @ 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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Campfire Jamboree

September 22, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

$5 – $10

6:30-8pm | Gate House Lawn | Okee Dokee Brothers $5/person or $10/family, at the gate (cash only) Concert is 6:30-7:40pm, followed by a 20 minute meet-and-greet and s’mores at the campfire. Bring your own lawn seats, blankets, and s'mores fixins (we will provide sticks)! Food + drinks for sale. Food options include: Dragon Fire Pizza Fusilli Tony's Italian Food The Snack Shack Feel free to BYO picnic; no outside alcohol, please. Overnight lodging is available - call 217-333-3287 for reservations.…

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