Parks and Recreation

Allerton Park planners 'dreaming big'

In an idealistic world where money is no object, the Allerton Park and Retreat Center could eventually have more conference space, a 300 to 500-seat indoor music venue, artists in residence, interactive children’s areas, even a footbridge over the Sangamon River connecting the north and south porti


Bement celebration is this Saturday

Santa is coming to Bement for the Annual Christmas in Bement, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13.


Allerton hosts tree-lighting event

About 150 people gathered to take part in natural ornament making and the first-ever courtyard tree lighting at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center mansion last Thursday.


Christmas in Piatt County!

Area towns are gearing up for the holidays with events to usher in the season. That includes the Monticello Christmas Parade, Lunch with Santa on the Train, Cerro Gordo's Christmas on the Hill, A Christmas in Bement, and more.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center also held its first annual tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4. 


Polar Express is underway

When the train started to chug away from the Wabash Depot, snowflakes slowly started to fall from the cold and brisk November sky.

Train cars filled with parents and children, dressed in their favorite winter pajamas, quickly forgot they were in Monticello and started to head to the North Pole.


Long-range plans again the focus at city council

The Monticello City Council approved several ordinances on its agenda during Monday’s regular meeting, and council members also considered some major proposals looking ahead to the future.


MHS fall play set for this weekend

For any high school thespian director, the decision on what type of play to present is never an easy one.

A comedy? A mystery?

Monticello High School’s Carrie Brocksmith decided to do both with “The Groom Has Cold Feet” by Martin A. Follose, which will be presented Nov. 14-15 in the high school auditorium.


Activities announced for Christmas in Bement

Activities have been announced for the annual Christmas in Bement, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13.


Council set to consider bicycle master plan

As Assistant Recreation Director for the City of Monticello, Mindy Condis has a professional stake in the bicycle network master plan that will be considered by the city council over the next month.


Monticello looks at draft bike plan

Long range plans were the theme of the Monticello City Council, Monday night, as aldermen saw drafts for a bicycle network master plan, along with a trio of documents aimed at guiding city planners for decades.


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