Parks and Recreation

Halloween events and trick-or-treat hours

Atwood: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

There will also be a Halloween Parade and Parking Lot Party sponsored by the Atwood Chamber of Commerce at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 in downtown Atwood. The costume parade begins at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Church of Atwood.

Parkland, B-N band concert Sunday

The Bloomington-Normal Community Band and the Parkland College Concert Band will present a shared concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 2020 E. Washington St., Monticello.

Krauss returning to Allerton Barn

Allerton Park and Retreat Center has announced a special fall concert in the Allerton Music Barn, featuring Champaign-native and University of Illinois alum Viktor Krauss, and Maeve Gilchrist. The performance will be 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at 588 Allerton Road, Monticello. Tickets are available at

Allerton breaks ground on new entrance drive

A $1 million donation will help give Allerton Park and Retreat Center a facelift for one of the more recognizable landmarks in Central Illinois.

Donations to Allerton on the rise

A $1 million donation has been made to the Allerton Park & Retreat Center to fund a grand entry to the mansion at the Monticello park.

It is one of several large donations that have come Allerton’s way in the last two years, including one announced earlier this month that has helped fund the resurgence of the 400-foot-long bulb garden.

Scarecrow walk winner

The staff at Walgreens in Monticello were winners of the fan voting for favorite scarecrow during the recent Scarecrow Walk, which featured more than 20 entries downtown. A bragging rights trophy was awarded to Walgreens, represented here by Lacy Howe, Tammy Allison, Allison McPike, Erin White and Marty Woodruff.

Ride for Recreation is Sept. 30

Serious bicyclists are certainly welcome at the Sept. 30 Ride for Recreation in Monticello.

But ride organizer Doug Lilly also has others in mind.

“My vision for the ride is everyone in town rides a bike,” said Lilly of the fourth annual Ride for Recreation.

Donation helps rennovate Allerton bulb garden

An Allerton Park garden that laid fallow for about 15 years has bloomed back to life, thanks to a $250,000 donation by Christie Roszkowski in honor of her late husband, Mark E. Roszkowski, a business professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1979 to 2013.

Allerton Barn music tickets on sale

Allerton Park & Retreat Center and the University of Illinois’ School of Music have announced performance details for their annual Music Barn Festival, coming up September 29 - October 1. Limited tickets are available online for the three day event at the Allerton Music Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello.

Ham 'N Beans Homecoming Lunch at Cottage

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site will host the 28th annual Ham N’ Beans Homecoming Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at the state historic site in Bement.

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