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Allerton breaks ground on new entrance drive

A $1 million donation will help give Allerton Park and Retreat Center a facelift for one of the more recognizable landmarks in Central Illinois.


Swap town gives Monticello high marks

Despite a comprehensive, hour-long presentation to wrap up a community swap program on June 28, representatives from Arcola summarized their impression of Monticello within the first few minutes.


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.


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.


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.


Large gift made to Allerton Park

When supporters of Allerton Park & Retreat Center donate to an upcoming project, they will have a chance to double their gift through a generous matching gift opportunity. David and Debra Rathje have donated $156,000 to help fund a semi-permanent tent structure, and they have pledged to match up to $150,000 of additional contributions made to the project until June 2017.


Lunch hour artistry on display at U of I

"Coming Home"
What: Art by Kirk Branch
When: Through Sept. 30


Artwork of Branch to be at U of I

Kirk Branch, a lifelong resident of the White Heath and Monticello area, will have his art featured in the Illini Union Art Gallery Sept. 1-30. The exhibit is called “Kirk Branch: Coming Home.”


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.


Artisan village, coffee bar in plans at Allerton

An artisan’s village and re-establishment of a grand entrance to the Allerton Park & Retreat Center mansion could be next on the list as park organizers begin to check off items prioritized by a master plan that was adopted in 2015.

A coffee bar could also be in the offing for patrons of the park.


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