Berea, KY Tourism Newsletter
February 2017
#BereaProud #BereaKY #VisitBerea

Berea Our Valentine?

Happy Valentine's day from the sweetest small town around! 

February is packed full of new adventures for you and that special someone to partake in. From plays to gourmet chocolate tasting, we have something that everyone can enjoy!

So come celebrate with us! Indulge your sweet-tooth. Make a broom. Enjoy a locally sourced meal. Hike a mountain. Experience Berea.

Hope to see you soon, 

-Dylan Bogard

Berea Tourism Communications Manager
Upcoming from Berea Tourism
February is shaping up to be a busy month! We are proud to introduce a new Hands on Workshop (HOW) series geared toward Valentine's Day! 

Decorate a cake with Meghan Smith of  Doodlebug Cakes, create beautiful glass sculptures with Michelle Weston of  Weston Glass Studio, craft brooms with Justin Burton of  The Broom House, make mug rugs or spin yard with  Fiber Frenzy LLC, or make some delicious mead with J ereme Zimmerman.

Get your tickets before they are gone!

You can find out more about our HOW programs here:

We are also gearing up for our Festival of Learnshops for 2017! The catalog will be available in March, so be sure to get your name on the early registration list today, and be the first of your friends to get it. Find more information at


For information about all of the great events #BereaKy has to offer, be sure to check out our events page at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube at the links below. 

#BereaKy Photos
We have several great photos from visitors and residents alike from January! Be sure to follow us on social media and post your photos of Berea! 

Each month we will select photos of Berea posted by our wonderful visitors and citizens to be featured in our newsletter! In order to be selected, share your favorite Berea experience and use #VisitBerea, #BereaProud, #OurBerea and #BereaKy. 

We can't wait to see your wonderful photos!

Below are this month's #BereaKy photo selections! We had many great submissions over the past month, and you could be featured in next month's newsletter! (Click on the photo to see the original source.)

@amoney31389 captured the first major snowfall of the season at the Pinnacles! 

@emilymalsam took advantage of some warm weather, and got a little wedged. 

@herbandwillow proves there is nothing better than some hot tea on a snowy, #BereaKy day.  

@homegrown_hideaways shows off a cozy getaway!

@legrandmetalsmithing shows off his signature cast bronze opossum key ring, mad right here in #BereaKy. 


@sam.lyons4 shows off her work at the famous Tater Knob Pottery!

@sheezy007getsome got a little thirsty while hiking #BereaKy! 


@thebroomhouse shows off a wonderful assortment of color mini-brooms! 

@welovestates captured this beautiful sunset! 

Special Events
Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting at PeaceCraft

February 11th
128 S. Main St.

Mark your calendars! It is that time of year again!
Our annual Fair Trade chocolate tasting will be held on Saturday, February 11th. Stop by for FREE fair trade chocolate and coffee samples from 10-4pm.

For more information, click HERE.
Stepping Out for Art Dinner and Art Auction  

February 25th
Churchill Co.
100 Churchill Ct.

The Berea Arts Council (BAC) was organized in 1986 to focus the resources of Berea's art community to the need for arts in the larger community. Stepping Out for Art, a dinner and art auction fundraiser for the Berea Arts Council, is one of the most fun and festive evenings in Berea. The evening features incredible artwork donated by local artists, live and silent auctions, dinner by M & D Catering, appetizers by Cue on Main, and music by Vintage. Patrons are encouraged to dress in festive attire. 

Seating is limited, so the community is encouraged to get their tickets early. Call 859-985-9317 or email for more information or to order your tickets.

Click HERE  for more information. 
Be the Artist
HOW: Hands On Workshops
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H.O.W. (Hands-on Workshops) is a part of Berea's continued attempt to make education in artisan skills & crafts accessible to everyone. 

For more details and workshop availability, please contact the artisans directly using the information provided in their descriptions at

HOW: Valentine's Day  Edition

Our local artists have teamed up with Berea Tourism to make this the sweetest Valentine's Day ever! Check out the workshops below, and click on the photos to learn more. Be sure to check out all of our offerings at

Glass Heart Paperweight- Weston Glass Studio- February 4th,11th & 12th, 9:30am-12:30pm

Hearts Afire! Warm up in the hot shop and fire up your creative passion. Craft a hand formed glass heart paperweight or choose another style of paperweight. If there is time, create a glass icicle ornament as well.

Abstract Bubble Trap Paperweight- Weston Glass Studio - February 4th,11th & 12th, 2pm-5pm

Bubbles! A new offering from the hot shop. Craft an abstract bubble trap paperweight swirled with color or choose to create a glass heart. If there's time we will make a glass icicle as well.

Bee Mine Valentine Cake Decorating Class-Doodlebug Cakes- February 5th & 12th, 2pm-4pm; February 12th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Buzz on in to a fun filled day of creating the sweetest Valentine's Day gift you could ever give or receive! Learn how to ice a round cake without cracks or lines in your buttercream frosting for a seamless finish, explore the basics of sugar flowers, sculpt a larger than life fondant bumblebee that will appear to be popping right out of the cake, and leave with the knowledge of creating your own masterpiece from start to finish. In addition to these skills, students will leave with an adorable and delicious chocolate cake to serve 12 accompanied by several recipes to try on your own!

Traditional Broom Making: Beginners- The Broom House - February 11th, 9:30am-12:30pm &

Participants will be learning how brooms were made before machines. Stick and string broom making is one of the oldest forms of broom making. It allows someone to take broom making anywhere they want. First students will learn how to make a Turkey Wing and then a Hawk's Tail. Several options for color choices of the bristles will be available. Participants will finish out the session by braiding each broom with a decorative weave.

Spin Your Own Yarn- Fiber Frenzy- February 11th, 11am-12pm

Spinning yarn is an ancient craft, the precursor to making all of the fabric of our lives. Learn how to set up the spindle, draft fiber, add twist for strength and set the twist, all in one lesson using wool fibers. Learn about color and texture as we work with multiple colors and explore different types of fibers.

Needle Felted Rug Mugs- Fiber Frenzy- February 11th, 1pm-3pm

Needle felting is a method of applying color and texture to the surface of fabric by driving colored fiber through the base with a barbed needle. Participants will learn safe techniques to create colorful patterns on functional home decor items. Participants will complete at least one mug rug featuring a traditional quilt pattern and will take home supplies to create another.

Make Mead for Your Viking Sweetie- Jereme Zimmerman at Herb and Willow- February 11th, 2pm-4pm

The Vikings and other ancient cultures made a fermented honey wine called mead. Not only was it known to have its own aphrodisiacal qualities (the term "honeymoon" was derived from the belief that mead was believed to promote fertility and virility), but aphrodisiacal herbs and spices would often be added to increase its potency and make for a more complex flavor. So, come on down to Berea's "Old Town" Artisan Village and learn how to make your own Viking love potions while enjoying the fine selection of herbal teas at Herb and Willow!

HOW: Other Events Available this Month

In addition to our Valentine's Day offerings, our artists offer other workshops. These can be scheduled through the artist directly. Some of our artists also plan events for the month. Please see to plan your HOW Berea experience. Click on the photos for more information! 

Metropole Jacket- Fiber FrenzyFebruary 2nd at 3pm, 10th at 11am & 25th at 11am

Many people comment on the Metropole jacket, knitted in the linen stitch with lovely, natural, undyed fibers and bright accent stripes. February classes are
intended to give you the skills to knit the Metropole - or any other garment for that matter! Explore Texture Stitches with Joan. By combining knits, purls, and slipped stitches in different combinations you can create beautiful textured fabrics, each with unique properties. The class fee is $20. Bring size 8 needles and solid colored worsted weight yarn to work up several swatches.

Messy Bun Hat- Fiber Frenzy February 3rd, 3pm

It's not too late to knit up a Messy Bun Hat and there is plenty of winter weather yet to come! These hats are fast and fun to make and wear. The hole it the top lets that tossled bun or pony tail swing!  The class and pattern are free with purchase of Aran or Bulky weight yarn - we have several from which to choose!  

Crochet or Knit Knockers- Fiber Frenzy-February 7th & 21st , 3pm-5pm

Fiber Frenzy has joined with  to sponsor handmade prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy. Special patterns have been developed for both knit and crochet, to create soft, comfortable "knockers". Join us the first and third Tuesday every month, 3pm to 5pm to make knockers.

Spinning Wheel Lessons- Fiber Frenzy- February 11th, 1pm

These i ndividualized instructions will get you well on your way if you are a beginner, or take you  to the next level if
 you've already done some spinning. Then stick around and practice spinning with the group, learning from each of them along the way as well. 

Verdant Shrug- Fiber Frenzy - February 13th & 14th 1pm-3pm
A sophisticated shrug that will look great over jeans and a tee,  or over a little black dress....heck, even over a dress AND jeans! The shrug has no season...knit it in wool for winter and in silk or cotton for summer. The options for your wardrobe are limitless! Judy will be making this with you using size 10 needles and Queensland Kathmandu Aran Yarn, a wool and silk blend. No class fee, just yarn purchase. 

Shaping- Fiber Frenzy- February 16th at 3pm, 24th at 11am, & 25th at 2pm

Shaping is fundamental to garment construction. Fully fashioned increases and decreases allow your stitches to follow the line of the fabric, either blending in invisibly or creating fine details. Join Joan to master several different methods of adding and subtracting stitches. Class fee is $20. Bring size 8 needles and solid colored worsted weight yarn.  

Snow Cowl- Fiber Frenzy
- February 20th, 2pm

Join Judy to knit the Snow Cowl using 2 skeins of Ella Rae Lush Merino, a hand-painted merino roving, wonderfully soft, big, and chunky. This is a fast knit using 13 or 15 circular 24" or 32" needles. No class fee, just purchase of yarn. Bring your own needles, or buy from us prior to class. 

Wurm Hat- Fiber Frenzy- February 27th,1:30pm

This is a versatile hat knitted with sport weight yarn and it looks good on every body. A shop friend wears this hat all the time and it always gets compliments!! No class fee, just purchase of yarn.  Bring your own size 4 and 6 circular 16" or 20" needles, and size 6 DPNs, or buy from us prior to class.  

Gilliam Gallery- Diane Gilliam - By appointment.

Contact Diane to learn beginning stained glass, or how to make a stained glass suncatcher with overlay. Come to Berea a visitor and leave an artist! 

Gastineau Studio- Ken Gastineau - By appointment.
Bring your group of 2-4 and create beautiful jewelry. Ken specializes in copper and brass bracelets and necklaces. His courses range in difficulty.

Visual Arts Academy 
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Artists from all levels are invited to attend the Visual Arts Academy from the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

From painting to bead work, everyone is sure to find something they will enjoy. 

These events are updated monthly, and can be found by visiting

Come on out with family and friends for your next art adventure! 
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Berea Arts Council Exhibits 

"Stepping Out for Art Preview Exhibit"- January 20th-February 23rd
A preview of art to be auctioned at the Stepping Out for Art Dinner on February 25th.

Visit, call  859-985-9317 or email for more information
Berea College Art Exhibits

Rogers-Traylor Art Building, Berea College
9am-6pm M-R, 9-5 F, 1-5 Sun. (please note that these hours will change for the holiday season)

 Plight of Ought: Earth Tones in Bloom - Now- February 17th

Horizon Line- Now- February 17th-   While I am influenced by the southern tradition of narrative figure painting, my work focuses mainly on drawing. My drawings have paint, of course, but they are not really paintings-the drawn line is what tells the tale. I use painting and mixed media elements enhance the mark making, and reassert the shallow space of the picture plane. The pops and veils of color and the stained surfaces provide a ragged sort of embellishment. But line is what makes the edges and directs the characters and each mark provides a kind of unstable punctuation. My drawings are informed by psychoanalytic theory, symbolist poetry, and absurdist humor. Each work has a cast of characters, images and elements, in flattened landscapes or ambiguous spaces. I set up these vignettes as a way of investigating what makes people be the way they are, but I am the worst sort of detective. I just like to pile up clues and rearrange them into melancholic jokes, farcical calamities and occasional moments of grace. Katherine Jill Johnson

Ritual- Now- March 3rd-  My ceramic vessels portray spirituality and are influenced by symbols in religious architecture. Inspirations include Islamic temples and mosques and architecture of the Czech Republic that are topped with domes, spires and finials. Luxury or ceremonial wares that were originally made to reside in holy or other culturally significant edifices are also an influence. Such examples include Islamic metalwork and pottery and Chinese ritual bronze vessels. I seek to take advantage of clay's ability to retain carefully defined and metal-like details while using luxurious metallic finishes, only possible through the ceramic process, that highlight the symbolic elements of the work.
Seth Green

For more information visit .
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

"Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans"

Now through February 2017

Kentucky artists have submitted their entries and this new exhibit looks to be an exciting one!
Chairs by 29 artists will be displayed and for sale, with 10 participating artists new to  the Center. 

Artists have created chairs using a variety of materials and have also re-purposed existing chairs into colorful new works. Chairs both large and small will show a wide range of artistic imagination and interpretation with some chairs functional and others purely whimsical and visual.

"Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner"
January 7th- April 30th

The Center's new exhibit program, Reveal had so many strong entries that jurors selected two artists in a selection-tie for this new showcase of large format two-dimensional works in the Center's lobby. Both artists selected are new to the Kentucky Artisan Center. Large photographic panels of water and landscapes by Lexington artist Don Ament were chosen as well as large format oil paintings by Louisville artist Joyce Garner. 

Reveal is an exciting new program at the Center that provides exhibition opportunities for Kentucky artists whose larger two-dimensional works cannot be accommodated within the center's regular retail spaces.

Saturday Tours and Demonstrations
February 4th 

-Tonya Vance, of Lexington will felt colorful wool into bowls, vessels and ornaments. Vance dyes her wool into bright colors and uses thread along with the wool when wet-forming her vessels. 10:30am-3:30pm.

February 11th

-Joette Dunn, of Falmouth, will demonstrate how she creates her stitched fabric dolls and pillows from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Dunn comes from a four-generation business that started in 1983 with her mother and grandmother selling stitched items to Red Bird Mission Crafts in Beverly, KY. Dunn states, "It was an honor to create the ornaments for the 2016 Christmas Tree at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea!"

-The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the Center's gallery exhibit, "Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans." Tours will be given at 11am and again at 2pm.

February 18th

-Berea fiber artist Shawnna Southerland will machine stitch lengths of fabric into coiled fiber bowls on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Southerland comes from several generations of seamstresses who created both functional and decorative works. She is reminded of this family tradition, some of which predates the sewing machine, every time she sews on her 1950s machine.

February 25th 

-Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.

For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit
Plays and Shows
The Nerd

February 3rd-5th/ 10th-11th
Friday/Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Spotlight Playhouse (Churchill's)
100 Churchill Ct.

One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam-the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid "nerd" who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

For more information, tickets, and showtimes, call 859-756-0011 or visit
Freedom Riders Concert 

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February 18th 
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St. 

Join us for "Freedom Riders" in concert at the Acton Folk Center! Your $25 ticket includes great 60's and 70's music, light refreshments, and door prize drawings! Proceeds benefit the Kentucky Guild Visual Arts Academy. 

For more information and tickets, click HERE
The Jeff Richey Experience with Home Grown Head

February 18th 
The Spotlight Playhouse
100 Churchill Ct. 

A night of great music! Featuring local favorite, The Jeff Richey Experience with special guests, Home Grown Head, this is a concert you won't want to miss.

$10 admission

For more information and tickets, call 859-756-0011 or click HERE
Berea College Concerts

Held at Gray Auditorium, Berea College Campus, unless otherwise noted. (101 Chestnut St.)

Faculty Organ Recital- February 10th, 8pm

Jeremy Bass, guitar, Aryana Misaghi, flute
Guest Recital-
February 12th, 3pm

Voice Master Class- February 16th, 7pm

Festival of Spirituals- *at Union Church (200 Prospect St.)*- February 25th, 7pm

Wind and Jazz Ensemble- February 27th, 7:30pm 

Events are free and open to the public.

For more information and showtimes, visit
Celtic, Folk and World Music Concert with Four Shillings Short

February 18th 
Madison County Library 
319 Chestnut St.

Four Shillings Short, the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, perform Traditional and Original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.  

Free  admission

For more information see,
Last Thursday at Herb and Willow

February 23rd 
Herb and Willow
136 N. Broadway

An evening of good drinks, good treats, good friends, and great music.

For more information,

Jammin' on the Porch

Thursday 7pm-9pm
Russel Acton Folk Center (weather/seasonal location) 
212 W. Jefferson St. 

A family friendly jam session at the Russel Acton Folk Center. It's an event you won't forget.

Call 800-598-5263 or go to for more information.
3rd Friday Contra Dance

February 17th
128 N. Broadway
Above the Old Town Candy Kitchen

3rd Friday contra dances at Chez Moi, our "fine home and dancehall" above the Old Town Candy Kitchen. Come to the left side of the building and ascend. The dance runs from 8pm-11pm before devolving into fun and merriment of all sorts till the wee hours. Calling is by a cavalcade of volunteers, and music is by ... YOU! Bring your instruments and calling cards - you get in FREE! The rest are in for the low low price of $3.

No partner or experience is needed. All dances are taught first and then prompted. We change partners after every dance, and are especially welcoming to new dancers! If you get winded, there are seven miles of sofas and a table-full of food and drinks to revive you. Root around for the Ramekin of Recompense and drop in a few dinero if you can.

Call 859-985-5501 or visit for more information. 
4th Saturday Contra Dance

February 25th
212 Jefferson St. 
Russel Acton Folk Center

An evening of Contra dance that is fun for all!

Saturday beginners: 7:30-8:00 pm Saturday contra dance: 8:00-11:00 pm

Call 859-985-5501 or visit for more information. 
Berea College Convocations

Berea College hosts world renowned speakers and performers throughout the semester. These individuals or groups are selected by the College for the education and enjoyment of students, staff, and visitors. These events are free and open to the public. Evening programs are dress up.

Calvin Alexander Ramsey, The Chorus of Life.

February 2nd
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

The Chorus of Life. In his talk, author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey will explore how we are all connected, what we share, and how we might hear one another. The least valued person we encounter could well provide the spark that helps us grow the most on our journey. Every one of us is connected through joy, sorrow and struggle-a thread that binds us together. Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation.

Dr. Margaret Lowman, Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Rain Forest Exploration.

February 9th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Rain Forest Exploration. Forest canopies benefit all of us, providing climate regulation, medicines, food, and fresh water cycling. Dr. Lowman, Director of Global Initiatives and Lindsay Chair of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences, takes us into the treetops of the Amazon, Ethiopia, Bhutan, and Australia to illustrate the links between canopy exploration and forest conservation.

Jordan Ryan, JD, For Justice, and Peace.

February 16th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

For Justice, and Peace. Jordan Ryan, Vice President for Peace Programs at the Carter Center in Atlanta, will speak about the Center's exciting work in helping to secure civil and political rights for the people they serve. Prior to working at the Carter Center, Ryan had a long and distinguished career at the United Nations. Sponsored by the CCC. Robbins Peace Lecture.

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal, Night Music: Blending West African and Baroque Traditions.

February 23rd
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Night Music: Blending West African and Baroque Traditions. After years of touring together, Sissoko, the Malian master of the kora, or traditional harp, and Ségal, the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop, have created their own hybrid tradition, one that draws from the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of Baroque music, and an elusive but modern sensibility. Stephenson Memorial Concert.

For more details, visit
Community Events
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 10am-1pm 
101 Fee St.
Berea Methodist Church Parish House 

Want some delicious local foods during your visit to Berea? Don't miss Berea's local farmer's market. 

Fresh produce, delicious baked goods, and much more await you at the lovely indoor location.

For more information, visit
Kentucky Trail Town

Our trails are perfect for warm winter days! 

Maps to hike or bike some of Berea's awesome trails are located at the Welcome Center at 3 Artist Circle off of North Broadway.

Enjoy scenic views at the Pinnacles and Anglin Falls, or take a nice stroll along one of our lovely shared use paths through town.

Berea Parks and Recreation Newsletter

Thank You!
As always, thank you for following us! We look forward to seeing you here in Berea!

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Dylan Bogard
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