Parks and Recreation

Penguin Project welcomes all

After suffering a brain injury at the tender age of 10-days-old, life has been a struggle for nine-year-old Conlan Broyles of Monticello. Even after his parents were told he would never walk or talk, he bucked those odds.

MHS homecoming parade is Oct. 7

The Monticello High School homecoming parade on Oct. 7 will observe the same parade route as 2015, with floats traveling around three sides of the downtown square before returning to the high school.

Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root is this Friday

The Allerton Festival will be held in the 14-acre Meadow at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and will feature 90s rock band Rusted Root, who has toured with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, and The Allman Brothers Band.

Ride for Recreation set for Oct. 15

In its third year, organizers for Monticello’s Ride for Recreation hope to attract at least 100 bicyclists for the Oct. 15 event, which will feature rides of between 10 and 60 miles. A loyal following of about 75 took part each of the past two years in the ride that raises money for the Monticello Recreation Foundation.

Nick's Park plan endorsed by council

A refurbished Nick’s Park with added green space, treehouse and connection to local bicycle trails was officially endorsed by the Monticello city council on Monday.

Bluegrass concert heads to Allerton meadow

Allerton Park and Retreat Center will host their Bluegrass on the Prairie concert, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the estate, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

The concert will be the first one to be held on the rolling, 14-acre meadow behind the Allerton mansion.

Nick's Park upgrade desired, but will be costly

About 82 percent of those voting online between two Nick’s Park upgrade proposals have chosen option two, which would expand the green space of the park by eliminating the current parking lot and city storage shed on the north side of the popular recreational site.

"Annie Jr." opens Aug. 5

Sherrie Hildreth is fulfilling one of her childhood dreams vicariously through the kids she is directing in “Annie, Jr.,” a youth musical that debuts on the Monticello Theatre Association’s Phoenix Theatre stage on Aug. 5.

Allerton Barn Music Festival to return

After a one-year hiatus, the Allerton Music Barn Festival returns to Allerton Park near Monticello on Sept. 22-23, and will once again feature the classical Jupiter Quartet, along with jazz bassist Viktor Krauss, who performed in the barn in a standalone concert last fall.

City wants input on Nick's Park options

The City of Monticello is encouraging community members to vote on their preference of two proposed Nick’s Park upgrades. Votes can be cast online at, and results will be presented to the city council, possibly at a work session on Aug. 1.

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