Parks and Recreation

Rusted Root to perform in Allerton meadow

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Rusted Root will be the headliner for their Allerton Festival, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union. The band, which has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide, will perform on Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the estate’s 14-acre Meadow at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Artisan village, coffee bar in plans at Allerton

An artisan’s village and re-establishment of a grand entrance to the Allerton Park & Retreat Center mansion could be next on the list as park organizers begin to check off items prioritized by a master plan that was adopted in 2015.

A coffee bar could also be in the offing for patrons of the park.

County Fair kicks off Thursday

Despite funding cuts that have shortened the length of the Piatt County Fair this year, organizers are trying to turn lemons into lemonade; or in more fair-friendly terms, lemons into lemonade

Inspiration for play attends local performance

At a rehearsal leading up to Monticello Theatre Association’s most recent presentation, “A Week at Mercy Falls,” a director encouraged actors to bring more energy to the stage.

Local filmmaker to be featured at first movie night

“Never work with animals or children” – it’s one of the most famous quotes from early 20th-century entertainer W.C. Fields, but Monticello filmmaker Robin Christian Peters has bucked that trend. Twice.

Air National Guard Band to present local concert

Nestled amidst some particularly patriotic holidays, the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest will present a concert in Monticello this Saturday that will include marches, classic big band jazz songs and even a few modern hits.

"A Week in Mercy Falls" to debut in Monticello

The Monticello Theatre Association will present an original play written by local Champaign actress and author Jennifer Goran.

“A Week in Mercy Falls” will make its stage debut at the Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market St, Monticello at 7:30 p.m. on June 4, 10 and 11, and at 2:30 p.m. June 5 and 12

Grant sought for trail improvements

The City of Monticello will apply for a state grant to help fund recreation trail improvements.

County Fair shortened to four days

Planning for the 2016 Piatt County Fair has been underway since last year’s fair. Many changes are taking place this year.

'Bye Bye Birdie' in Cerro Gordo May 12-14

Cerro Gordo High School will present “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7 p.m. May 12-14 with an added 2 p.m. showing May 14 in the Cerro Gordo Middle School gym. Tickets will be available at the door.

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