Parks and Recreation

Families taking advantage of Monticello Y-Zone

The Monticello Y-Zone before- and after-school program was seen as a test case for a possible YMCA branch in town.


MAEF 'Black Jack and Black Tie' fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the Monticello Area Education Foundation (MAEF) 2019 fundraiser, “Black Jack and Black Tie – 21 Years of MAEF.” The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Allerton Mansion.


Mudpuppy Festival is Feb. 2

The Second Annual Mudpuppy Festival is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Monarch Brewing Co., 212 S. Independence St., Monticello. The event celebrates one of the unique creatures of the Sangamon River.


HCE plans Cultural Enrichment Day

The letters HCE stand for Home, Community an Education. The Piatt County HCE is starting the new year by inviting all to come on in and see what HCE is all about. Participants will enjoy the program and learn a bundle from the guest speaker.


2018 Year in Review - Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Upgrades continued at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in 2018 as work was completed on the David and Debra Rathje Allerton Mansion Grand Entrance to the mansion, which recreates a historic entry point to the 1900 home.


McIntosh Christmas Lights Show to stay in Monticello

The McIntosh Christmas Lights Show will live on as the Monticello Recreation Foundation has agreed to purchase the lights and assorted presentation equipment from the Jim McIntosh Trust.


Gift wrap event raises $4,400

Volunteers wrapped more than 1,200 gifts at Maple Point Supportive Living’s annual gift wrapping services on Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. About $4,400 was raised, which will benefit Maple Point’s activity program and also Piatt County Faith in Action. 


Cerro Gordo holiday fundraiser held

By Christy Jankowski
Piatt County Journal-Republican


Last year for McIntosh Christmas Lights Show

Monticello’s most well known holiday light show began as a case of sibling rivalry about 20 years ago, but family members say the McIntosh Christmas Lights Show will end after this year’s display.


Donation to give new life to Parterre Garden

New life will be given to Allerton’s Triangle Parterre Garden, thanks to a donation from Dana Brehm and Larry Baumann, in remembrance of their sibling and brother-in-law, Barry Brehm.


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