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Mansion Events

A Unique Illinois Getaway Awaits You

The Vrooman Mansion is much more than a bed and breakfast. Throughout the year we host a variety of events for guests and the public to enjoy. From cooking classes to mansion tours, these events give visitors a special look into the Mansion and surrounding area.

Cooking Classes
Enjoy an evening of delicious food; cooking demonstrations, possibly some hands-on experience and a fun atmosphere on the beautiful grounds of the Vrooman Mansion. Past cooking classes have included an Outdoor BBQ on the lawn, Classes with Glasses (a wine pairing class), and Holiday Entertaining & Appetizers. Cooking Classes are being held in conjunction with the Heartland Community College Community Education program. Class descriptions and online registration is available on their website

Fashion Shows
We have hosted various fashion shows at the Vrooman Mansion. The fashion shows are typically scheduled on a Sunday afternoon and include a variety of desserts and beverages prior to the show. Some of the fashion shows have featured live models while others may feature the clothing displayed on mannequins. Several models have displayed a theme of ensembles. Guests are able to guess what each clothing article is made of and ask questions regarding the styles.

A Day in Historic Dimmitt's Grove
Last held in June 2008, this event is held every three years and involves the entire neighborhood surrounding the Vrooman Mansion. Held in the summer, house & garden tours are available, featuring homes full of history and beautiful gardens with unique landscaping. Enjoy a guided walking tour and experience the wonderful architectural/historic features of the homes of this interesting neighborhood. Indulge in lunch or a tea at one of the fine homes or gardens. Shop for a variety of items, from fine arts and crafts to flowers and garden art, at the local vendors' booths. Enjoy the entertainment with family and friends.

Christmas at the Mansions
During the holidays, the Vrooman Mansion participates in 'Christmas at the Mansions,' a holiday open house tour. This event is a collaboration of three mansions in the Bloomington/Normal area - the Vrooman Mansion, the David Davis Mansion, and the Broadview Mansion. These three beautiful mansions can be toured as a Christmas gift to the community. This rare treat is offered, usually the third Saturday afternoon and evening in December, for one low price, and a shuttle service is provided between the mansions. Tasty holiday treats, seasonal music, and costumed guides add to the tour festivities.

This fundraising event benefits the Immanuel Bible Foundation, the David Davis Foundation, and a community service agency of our choice.

Ticket sales are limited and usually go on sale December 1st. For more information, call the David Davis Foundation at 309.828.1084 or Immanuel Bible Foundation at 309.452.6710.


Vrooman Mansion
Pam & Dana Kowalewski, Hosts

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
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