It’s all in the details…

Can you find the small change in the pair of Bronze Maidens? Compare the shots from 2016 and 2017.

2016 October

2016 October

October 2017 - Kuohl Bronze Maidens

October 2017 – Kuohl Bronze Maidens

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2016 October

2016 October

The cable series Project Runway, Fixer Upper and Million Dollar Listing and others sell their fans on the details. It’s all in the details.

IMG_7235This is also a reminder to the upcoming Kirby Hospital Winter Wellness Walk that begins December 8, 2017 and continues many evenings per week until January 6, 2018. The gardens will be open for evening walks in a lighted magical environment. Opening Friday night begins December 8, 2017 at 5:00. After strolling through the lighted gardens, the visitor can enter the House with paid entry to the Holiday Showcase. Live music will be performed, libations can be purchased and visitors can stroll through the House and shop local vendors for holiday gifts and wares. The Showcase continues daily through December 10, 2017.

Tickets are available now through Event Brite app. If purchased before December 1, showcase entry for Friday night is discounted from $10 to $8. Ticket entry on Saturday and Sunday is $10. Docent tours of the House are not scheduled during the Showcase.

The object of the Holiday Showcase 2017 seems to be about shopping for gifts in a magical setting with music and merriment. Vendors will offer products or take orders and arrange delivery.

Allerton Park is offering many holiday activities during November and December. Many of the activities are limited in number, require reservation or ticket (Event Brite) and some are already SOLD OUT.

For all these activities, your paid ticket gives entry into a splendidly decorated 1900 Georgian style home.IMG_7376 Robert Allerton did not live the Gilded Age life compared to the Vanderbilt’s, Astor’s, Carnegie’s or Rockefeller’s, but in the eye of the mid-western, non-urbans, Robert lived ‘higher on the hog’ than anyone else in Piatt County.

The magic of Robert’s House continues today. The magic leaves much to our own imaginations, since the House operates as a hotel and not a museum. Robert actually lived much better than what the visitor to his House today sees. IMG_7389Little of what the visitors see during the tour are original to Robert Allerton. Robert’s Bedroom upstairs is the same room, same bed and same sheets where a weekend wedding guest might sleep next week. The House is a swell hotel, but it is not a museum of keepsakes. What we see and take away mentally from today’s tour of Robert’s House is what we want choose. The Park is our magical escape. It’s comforting to know we still have one.

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