Parks and Recreation

Allerton concert series lineup announced

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is has announced the line-up for its 2015 Concert Series presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union (UIECU). The Series runs throughout the spring, summer, and fall with a variety of musical genres performed in the unique natural setting at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello.

Entries open for Fair Queen pageant

The 2015 Miss and Junior Miss Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant and 2015 Parade of Princesses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

The fair is currently seeking contestants for Miss, Junior Miss and Parade of Princesses divisions.

Bement's Easter Egg Lane starts Thursday

The popular Easter Egg Lane, an annual Bement tradition, returns March 29 to April 5 with colorful decorations along Route 105 through this central Illinois community, including the lawn of Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.

MTA auditions March 30-31

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) will be holding open auditions for the upcoming play “Stealing Home” at 7 p.m. March 30-31, 2015 at the Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market, Monticello.

Those not available for either date can schedule a prior audition by emailing

Allerton Concert series opens March 27

Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off the 2015 concert season with an indoor concert by Tons of Fun on March 27 at the Retreat Center (mansion).

A cash bar will open at 6:30 and include local craft beer from J.T. Walker, with the band playing form 7 to 10 p.m.

Mansfield school reunion is April 11

The 125th Mansfield Community High School (MCHS) Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Blue Ridge Junior High School, formerly Mansfield Community High School in Mansfield. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by entertainment provided by Jake Hoult, a singer/Elvis impersonator of Casey. A buffet meal will be provided by Bonnie Hammer and staff.

Bement to codify ordinances

Bement village ordinances will get a 21st-century makeover in the next 12 to 18 months, and, in time, residents will be able to search the city law database by phone.

Kirby Derby set for May 9

Duane Schlabach has run around the world. Maybe not literally, but last year he hit the 24,901-mile mark – the same as the circumference of the earth.

CGMS to present "Alice" this weekend

Cerro Gordo Middle School will perform “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Feb. 20-21.   The musical takes songs from the 1951 Disney cartoon “Alice in Wonderland.”

County Antique Day is March 7

The 3nd  Annual Piatt County Antique Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 throughout the county.

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