Parks and Recreation

Large donors step up at Allerton in 2017

From big birding and big concerts to big donations, it was an eventful year at Allerton Park & Retreat Center.


Trio of Piatt County B&Bs could open in 2018

Owners of a pair of 100-plus-year-old Piatt County homes could start renting out rooms sometime next year. Requests that could pave the way for a pair of potential bed and breakfast style businesses were endorsed by two separate zoning boards last week.


Rec site support discussed by council

As money becomes tight, some Monticello city council members are having a crisis of faith when it comes to the city’s proposed 30-acre recreation complex.


Youth enjoy holiday tea in Bement

By Tabitha Elder
PCJR correspondent

The excitement was building as we approached our 1 p.m. time slot for the 7th Christmas Tea at the Lost in Time Museum in downtown Bement. The town was alive as community members and guests participated in annual Christmas in Bement traditions this second Saturday of December.


Arts Council tree decorating contest

The Monticello Area Arts Council is hosting its 2nd Annual Tree Festival on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.


Monticello Christmas events this weekend

Monticello’s holiday season will get kick-started this weekend with activities that include the annual Christmas parade and Hometown Holiday Open House in the Community Building.

Those strolling through town are also encouraged to view the return of 40 decorated “Frosty’s,” artwork snowmen that have been purchased and decorated by local businesses.


'A Charlie Brown Christmas' in Cerro Gordo

The classic animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” will come to life in a faithful stage adaptation in Cerro Gordo this Saturday. The play features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas.


MTA's "Twelve Angry Women" opens Nov. 11

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) will produce a play entitled “Twelve Angry Women” on Nov. 11, 12 and Nov. 17-19 at the Phoenix Theatre in Monticello.

This drama, written by Reginal Rose and directed by Carrie Brocksmith, involves the jury deliberation of a 19-year-old boy who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father.


A modern twist on a 2,400-year-old play

Monticello High School’s thespians are going old school in a modern way this fall with an adaptation of the Greek Classic “The Frogs,” which is set for 7 p.m. performances this Friday and Saturday in the MHS auditorium.


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.


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