Category Archives: Current Events

Events and happenings at Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center

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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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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All is Bright – Tuesdays – Saturdays Through January 15

ALL IS BRIGHT at The Park. Kirby Medical Center in Monticello is partnering with Allerton Park to bring people out of doors to enjoy an evening walk through a lighted magic land. The path from the main parking lot to … Continue reading

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The Fremiet Gorilla – Gorille Enlevant une Femme

Two bronze sculptures surprise the unsuspecting visitor walking the trail at Robert Allerton Park (aka ‘The Park’). Commonly just referred to as The Bear and The Ape or Gorilla, the pair are masterpiece works of art by Emmanuel Fremiet. They … Continue reading

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The “Snatcher of Baby Bears” – Fremiet Reinstalled

The Fremiet “Bear” previously installed at The Park has recently been reinstalled near its original installation site on the path near the newly renovated Goldfish Pond. The trail off the main parking lot or off the Foo Dog Garden will … Continue reading

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There’s one more butterfly in The Park today

All butterflies, but especially the Monarch, in Piatt County, in Central Illinois, and throughout the Midwest Corn Belt are becoming ‘extinct.’ From early July until mid-August, intensive aerial application (crop dusting) of pesticides on row crop corn and soybeans is killing … Continue reading

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This is a Test….

……. of your knowledge of and ability to identify the Spring wildflowers of Allerton Park. Each of the following photos were taken this year (2016). From the given list of wildflower names, match each with the appropriate photo. The list … Continue reading

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Buck Schroth Trail – Hepatica Hill

Hepatica Hill is Stunning ~ At least among close friends and family, the first bluff overlooking the Sangamon River on the Buck Shroth Trail is known as Hepatica Hill. It is a great place to sit against a tree amidst … Continue reading

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Full Moon Hike, February 22, 2016

Today we leap into March, 2016, with the extra day added to our calendar to catch up with lost time. Something like that – condensed into Third Grade  (or lower) understanding of the added day every four years. How nice … Continue reading

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