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Bulb Garden Renewal Worth Taking a Walk

The vision and efforts of many in the renewal of the Bulb Garden come to fruition in this newly landscaped garden. It is truly spectacular! Last fall a newly designed concrete sidewalk replaced the narrow slab perimeter walk. Three half … Continue reading

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Morning Walks – Man Zou (Walk slowly and safely)

Morning Walks through Allerton Park not only promote good health but promote psychological well-being. Some of this well-being comes from the physiologic effects of exercise, but some arises from the experience of being present in nature. When one takes notice … Continue reading

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Inside Allerton – new book by Mr. David Finnigan

A new book, Inside Allerton, written by David Finnigan has been available since the end of May. It is available through Amazon. Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park is the book’s full title, but the scope of … Continue reading

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Allerton Park: The Fairy Tale Dream Wedding Venue

Few moments are as beautiful as a summer’s afternoon or evening wedding in the Sunken Garden at Allerton Park. Actually, any chosen wedding location within The Park provides a dream wedding backdrop. But photographs can hide the 100 degree, sultry, … Continue reading

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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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