Parks and Recreation

MTA tryouts this weekend

The Monticello Theatre Association will hold auditions for its next production, “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” by Frederick Knott, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19 at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market Street, Monticello. Audition materials will be provided.


Nick's Park rebuild starts

The first – and most extensive – phase of Monticello’s Nick’s Community Park renovation began this past Monday in Monticello as workers began the initial teardown of the wooden play structures, installed during a community build in May of 1992.


Cerro Gordo team wins cooking challenge

When given the challenge to create a dish completely from scratch, five area teams took on the challenge. This year Monticello High School hosted the 2017 4-H Food Challenge Contest, held on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The “Tie-Dye” group of Clinton won this year’s event.


'Rumors' opens at Phoenix Theatre Feb. 25

As The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) cast and crew rehearse for the adult comedy “Rumors,” which opens Feb. 25, the MTA Board of Directors is working to increase ticket sales and support in the community. During the February Board of Directors Meeting, the Board voted to include one complimentary beverage during intermission.


Railway Museum to assume operations of Paxton museum

For a few days recently, a crane blocked traffic on Holmes Street by the Illinois Central Historical Society’s museum on downtown Paxton’s north side. The ICHS also announced it has reached an agreement with the Monticello Railway Museum to assume its operations.


Couple donate to Allerton Park

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Mark and Chris Golden, of Chillicothe, IL, have made a six-figure gift utilizing two different “lifetime income gift” methods through the U of I Foundation. The couple also established the Christine L. (’75) and Mark Q.


Princesses gather at Allerton mansion

As snowflakes gently fell to the ground on Sunday, it wasn’t much of a stretch to mistake the Allerton mansion near Monticello for a medieval castle – one that housed fairy tale characters like Belle and Cinderella’s Prince Charming.


Hero workout held for downed officer

CrossFit had not been founded when Monticello’s Virgil Lee Bensyl worked for the Illinois State Police, but family friend Dave McLearin thinks the downed Illinois State trooper would have been honored by the hero workout performed by fitness enthusiasts last week at CrossFit KMC in Monticello.


Grant received for Allerton trail improvements

Allerton Park & Retreat Center was recently awarded two grants, which will be used for trail improvements and environmental education programming.


Allerton hosting Birding Big Year contest

Allerton Park hosts up to 200 different species of birds throughout the year, which should make it a hot spot for bird watchers.

But that aspect of the Monticello-area forest is somewhat overlooked.


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