Parks and Recreation

Grand opening for Hannon Levee Trail

Bruce Hannon often states that he has experienced an ongoing struggle to keep any semblance of humility since he heard a new 2.3-mile walking trail in Monticello would bear his name.


Hannon Levee Trail open house is Saturday

Nestled just past the Monticello golf course and back along the Sangamon River is the scenic and unique Bruce Hannon Levee Trail, which will host a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday.

The trailhead of the 2.3-mile route is located off of Allerton Road.


Cafe next up for Allerton master plan

Allerton Park & Retreat Center staff have started biting off several projects listed in a master plan that was adopted in 2016.


'Dial M For Murder' at Phoenix Theatre

On Saturday May 13, Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sundays May 14 and May 21 at 2:30 p.m., the Monticello Theatre Association will present the thriller “Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knott at the Phoenix Theatre on Market Street in Monticello.


A day for the dogs at the park

The Sangamon Valley Clovers 4-H Club is encouraging dog owners to Pack the Park at the Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Piatt County 4-H group decided to promote the dog park as one of its service projects for the year.


10th edition of Kirby Derby is May 6

As soon as she walked in the door as Kirby Medical Center’s marketing intern, Kaitlyn Hunt was issued a large task: Coordinate the 2017 Kirby Derby, and make this year’s 10th annual run on May 6 bigger and better than ever.


Beauty and the Beast in Cerro Gordo April 27-29

The Cerro Gordo Choral department is presenting the Disney family classic musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” April 27-29 at 7:00 p.m. and a matinee at 2 p.m. (junior high school gym) on Saturday.


Forest to Mansion dinner features local food, local organizers

It’s a lot of work, but organizing the Forest to Mansion Dinner at Allerton Park has its perks, according to local chef Ann Swanson.

Like last year when she kept sassafras root in her car.


Bement approves ballpark, pool upgrades

The village board of Bement made two investments into its recreation facilities at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 11.


Work, nature combine at Allerton spring break

In the past, the Allerton Park & Retreat Center spring break program was mostly about putting University of Illinois students to work. This year it was also about creating memories that will hopefully bring participants back as visitors and volunteers in the future.


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