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Watercolor Vignette – Music in the Park

Music returns to the Park with an expanded venue this summer. For the fourth year since its renewal, the summer Concert in the Park Series began June 2nd. The opening local act were the two lead singers and drummer of … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice in New York

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION MORNING SUN June 17 @ 4:30 am Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City Purchase tickets>> The Consort’s special guests will be the renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons. My Consort colleagues will include Paul … Continue reading

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The Sunsinger Connection

At the Sunsinger circle one Saturday morning last fall, I encountered a fellow hiker and his wife photographing the Sunsinger. I stopped to chat, asking him if it was their first visit to The Park. It was not, but they … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – Groundskeeper at work

During Robert and John Gregg Allerton’s tenure at their Monticello, Illinois estate dubbed “The Farms,” they employed a full time staff of ten that included cook, housekeeper, driver/butler and groundskeepers. Some of the staff were married couples or relatives. Some … Continue reading

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Applause for the Shooting Stars of the Flower Show

And Now for the Star of the Wildflower Show –  Location: Lost Garden Parking Lot; The MacDonald Family Trail (Red) to the Sangamon River overlook The Spring wildflowers have been spectacular. And blooming since early March, too. This past weekend … Continue reading

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Long Walk Through the Park

Today was a long walk day. Twelve of the 22 kilometers passed through the Park. Three of these twelve kilometers traveled the red and blue trails accessed via the Lost Garden Trailhead and now the McDonald Family Trail. The plank … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignettes – A Birding Year at Allerton Park

We are now in the fourth month of A Birding Year at Allerton. Anyone can join at anytime by ‘buying’ a free ticket through Event Brite. Allerton paid events and entries are now done through this on line app. The … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – Park Groundskeepers / The Allerton Trails Half Marathon

The seasonal Park groundskeepers have returned to work. The mowing season kicked off early for everyone! The Groundskeepers are the seemingly invisible forces who manicure the landscape. during Robert’s tenure on his estate, now public park, the groundskeepers melted away … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – A Walk in the Park

The Park is awash in colors and textures. Wildflowers bloom abundantly throughout the Park. The wildflower season began early this year owing to the unseasonably warm temperatures in late February. On March 12th, Hepatica and Snow Trillium bloomed on the … Continue reading

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Denicheur d’Oursons – The Snatcher of Baby Bears

From the details of a published catalogue La Main et le Multiple, Emmanuel Fremiet, French animal sculptor cast only two of the life-sized bronze statues entitled Denicheur d’Oursons. Translated into English, the title means the snatcher of baby bears from … Continue reading

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