Berea, KY Tourism Newsletter
April 2017
#BereaProud #BereaKY #VisitBerea #OurBerea

Celebrating Spring in Berea
Spring is here y'all, and you know what that means! We are gearing up for outdoor adventure, concerts, great food, and workshops for everyone to enjoy.   

With warm weather here, its a perfect time enjoy our nearly 26 miles of trails. When April showers work to bring May flowers, stop on in one of our artist studios, or grab a bite to eat at one of our many local restaurants!

Visit this month, and let us show you why Patricia Schultz listed Berea in her New York Times best seller, 1 ,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. 

Hope to see you soon, 

-Dylan Bogard

Berea Tourism Communications Manager
Upcoming from Berea Tourism

American Craft Week honored Berea as the Number One Town for Craft Lovers in 2016,  and we are back in the running again! We need your help! You can vote for Berea up to one time per day at  until April 16th. 

Help us show the world why we are #BereaProud to be the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky. 

The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived! The Festival of Learnshops catalog has gone live at With nearly three weeks of workshops, ranging from glassblowing to backyard chickens, we have something for everyone! 

We have already sold out of classes, so be sure to sign up for your favorites before they are gone. 

#OurBerea is an exciting new bi-weekly series highlighting the wonderful people, places, and events that Berea offers the world! From Thai food, to wood working, we want to show you everything that makes our little town a great place to visit! Check out the series on our Facebook or on YouTube at Berea Tourism.

Remember to share your Berea story using #VisitBerea, #BereaKy, and #OurBerea to be featured on our social sites and newsletter!

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 had many great posts from March, and we cannot wait to share them with you! 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.)

Trail Town Berea, KY shared this gorgeous throwback from Floyd Branch. We love hiking in Berea! 

HomeGrown HideAways was excited to announce their new Tipi. 

@paint_town_signs showed off the new artwork on Chestnut St. Clementine's Bakery will be opening soon, just up the street from the Artisan Village. 

@nativebagelco captured this lovely Berea sunset through their new storefront just off of Chestnut St. They open in mid-April! 

@thechristophermorris enjoyed some hammock time at the famous Berea Pinnacles. This is a must see on warm days! 


@startzman enjoyed some family time searching for tadpoles in Berea. 

@restlessnature posted this awesome throwback! We can't wait to get back to hiking in Berea. 

Special Events
Berea Sweep-In Workshops

April 1st
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St.

The Sweep-In is a gathering of broom makers in Berea, KY from 12 different states! We will be offering a selection of classes that are open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm. 

These classes will be open to the public to come and try their hand at the art of broom making!

Classes are on a first come, first served basis for all non-broom makers. 

9am-10am Cobweb brooms Justin $20 (7 max) 

10am-11am Cobwebs with Justin $20 (7 max) 

10am- Spirit Faces with David (4 to 6 hour class) $45 (8 max) 

10am-12pm Bev Larson Angel Wings $25 (7 max) 

1pm-3pm Hybrid shaving horse test drive $15/half hour (2 at a time) 

1pm-3pm Brooms on Strange Things Chris Robbins. $45 (4 max) 

Email or go to for more information.
Jewelry Exhibit Opening at KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

April 8th 
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
116 N. Broadway

The Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen presents a Jewelry Exhibit featuring work by JoAnna Dickey, Chuck Bruce, Micah Kirby, and Jeannette Rowlett. 

Join us for art, conversation with the artists, and light refreshments!

Call 859-986-3192 or visit for more information.
2nd Annual Dandelion Festival at Berea College

April 8th 
Berea College, Fairchild Lawn

This year's Dandelion Festival will be on April 8, 2017. Workshops will be held in Baird Lounge in Alumni Building from 9am-12pm. 

The Festival will be held on Fairchild Lawn on Berea College's campus from 1-6pm and will feature musical entertainment, booths from local businesses, food, games, and activities (all child-friendly)!

Berea College Dining Services will serve dinner on the lawn from 4:30-6pm.

For more information click HERE.
Weaving Retreat at Boone Tavern with the Woolery 

April 13th-14th 
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant 
100 N. Main St. 

Join us for our Introduction to 4-Harness Weaving retreat in historic Berea, Kentucky:
Class runs from Thursday morning to Friday - we strongly suggest arrival on Wednesday evening; this makes a great mini-vacation - lots to do in and around the area, and the April class is during the world-famous Keeneland Spring Meet!
Learn to weave on a beautiful Schacht Wolf Pup loom with our very own veteran instructor, Nancy Reid. Nancy brings over 20 years of fine weaving instructing & experience to the table, and will be instructing this Make & Take class. On Day 1, you should expect to weave and complete a sampler, and on Day 2, a set of mug rugs or scarf.  On Friday morning, enjoy a private tour of the famous Berea Weaving Center before class for some inspiration!
$475 includes: cost of class, materials, breakfast both days, daily beverages/afternoon snacks, a copy of the class text Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler, and use of Schacht Wolf Pup loom (room and meals not included).
'Student only' room rates at beautiful Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant: call 859-985-3700 and mention your class for the special discount!
Space is VERY limited - only six (6) participants per class: Call Dani at The Woolery today to reserve your spot! 502-352-9800

More information at
14th Annual Hands For Spring Dance Weekend

April 21st-23rd 
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St.

Featuring Elixir and caller Wendy Graham Settle. Up to 12 exciting workshops. Registration required.
For more information and registration visit or call 859-986-7584.

Bark for Life: Relay for Life of Madison County 

April 22nd
St. Joseph Berea
305 Estill St. 

Relay for Life of Madison County invites you to bring the kids and your four-legged friends for an afternoon of fun to support the fight against cancer.
- Online pre-registration before 04/15 is $10 ($5 per additional dog).
- On-Site Registration is $10 ($5 per additional dog).
- First 50 dogs registered will receive a purple bandanna!!
Events will include:
* Entertainment
* Dog Costume Contest
* Dog Games & Demonstrations
* Cancer Survivor Recognition Ceremony
* Luminaria and Walk
* Silent Auction
* Face Painting
For a full schedule of events and to pre-register your dog(s), please click HERE,
or Contact Debra Warford at 859-582-4620 or

Red Bud Recovery Ride

April 23rd

The 10th Annual Redbud Ride is coming to Berea! The event, organized be the London Downtown and presented by Saint Joseph London, KY, has been voted's "Best Century Ride in America." 

The event starts in London on Thursday April 20th with the Leather and Spandex Ride, followed by the Redbud Warm-up on Saturday in Barbourville and then the Redbud Ride on Saturday in London. 

The event comes to Berea Sunday at 10am for the Redbud Recovery ride. Find more information at

Yarn Bombing Day at Fiber Frenzy 

April 29th
Fiber Frenzy
137 N. Broadway

Let's yarn bomb the tree in our side yard again. Last year's pieces are looking pretty frayed, and April just invites a new set of clothes for the tree.

Let's change it up a little bit this year and do garter strip pieces in worsted weight, bright colors, and flowers in all colors, shapes, and sizes. We will bring refreshments and party with friends all afternoon!

More information at

Be the Artist
HOW: Celebrating Spring in Kentucky! 

April 8th-9th & 28th-30th 

Spring in Kentucky has always been a magical time, from the Kentucky Derby to the blooming of the redbuds, and we want to make it even better. Berea Tourism invites you to join us in April for a new HOW series featuring some of our favorite local artists!

Join us to decorate a cake with Doodlebug Cakes, blow a glass mint julep cup, a garden globe or more with Weston Glass Studio, create fashionable bracelets with Gastineau Studio, craft springtime mead with Jereme Zimmerman, recreate a beautiful Kentucky sunset in acrylics with Gina Dittmeier, upcycle a bourbon barrel for a cobweb broom with Justin Burton, build a wind art whirly-bird with woodworker, Tim Wade or grow your blacksmithing skills with Jeff Farmer as you forge a vine letter opener and a leaf key-ring or a camp knife.

Classes are filling up fast, so register today! 

Craft your hands on experience at

Visual Arts Academy- Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Logo

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! 

April events include:

-Fold Formed Enamel Jewelry, April 1st
-Wire Weave Jewelry, April 8th
-Enameling Embellishment Techniques, April 29th 
Individual Artist Workshops

Work with the artists to create your own beautiful pieces! Find more information on these workshops at
Events from Fiber Frenzy:

- Increases and Decreases- Skills-Building, April 6th & 21st
-Easter Bunny, April 7th & 13th
-Basket, April 8th & 14th
-Pendenza by Plymouth Yarn, April 11th & 15th
-Pullover Vest, April 15th & April 24th (both days required to finish)
-Crochet or Knit Knockers, April 4th & 18th 
-Spinning, April 8th
-Wheely Big Lessons, April 8th. 
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Berea Arts Council Exhibits 

"The Community Art Show" - now- April 22nd

This annual event is a great opportunity to showcase the artistic skills of the Berea community.  

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)

College Art Collection: Southeast Asia- Now- May 27th- As part of our showing of objects from the College Art Collection, we at the Doris Ulmann Galleries like to display art to go along with the Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education's International Focus. This year's International Focus is Southeast Asia. Join us in the Masterpiece Gallery to appreciate the fine works of art that come from Southeast Asia.

Brush, Ink, Line: Calligraphy of Japan- Now- May 4th- This exhibit of Japanese calligraphy is a corollary to work by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, on display in Upper Traylor Gallery.

Graduation Exhibit for Art Majors- April 17th-May 4th- This exhibit showcases the work of Berea College's graduating Art Majors.

For more information visit .
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

"225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky's History"

New Exhibit! (Through September 23rd) 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky's History.
Kentucky has always cherished its history. The preservation of Kentucky stories, places and traditions has shaped its culture today. This exhibit includes over 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists who have recorded and celebrated numerous facets of Kentucky's rich 225-year history.
These works capture the essence of Kentucky - including its historical places, people, events, state commerce, agriculture and the state's unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist's words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally.
Covering Kentucky history from 1775 to the present, this exhibit includes portraits of famous Kentuckians from Daniel Boone to Mohammed Ali.
Viewing this exhibit brings Kentucky history to life with sculptures, images and words from 51 Kentucky artists.

"Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner"
Now- 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
April 1st 

-Donnie and Donna Smith, of Waco, will carve and paint natural gourds from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Most of the Smith's gourds are raised on their 5-acre farm. Donna, who has a background in graphic design, draws on the gourd first with pencil, and then with a wood-burning tool. The gourds are then painted with watercolors, inks, dyes, water-based stains and sealed with a clear acrylic.

-Author Jim Shields will sign copies of his children's book "Welcome Baby Bunnies" from 11am to 2pm at the Center.

April 8th

- Lisa Hagen, of Louisville, will demonstrate how she makes her round beeswax luminaries using dried flowers and wax from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Hagen has been making natural soaps and botanicals for many years and recently developed her luminaries. Each one hold a votive candle and the globe lights up and glows sending the fragrance of honey and beeswax into the air.

- The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the Center's gallery exhibit, "225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky's History" and the lobby exhibits, "Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner."
These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center staff who will talk about the exhibits, the artists and individual works. Staff will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used, and the objects featured. Tours will be given at 11am and again at 2pm.

April 15th 

-Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday from 10:30am-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.

April 22nd (Earth Day) 

-Darlene Hellard, of McKee, will create an amazing array of flowers from corn shucks from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Hellard dyes the corn husks into many colors and folds and gathers them into a variety of flowers. Over the years, she has come up with many new flower designs. 

April 29th

-B asket artist Jan Treesh, of Lexington will demonstrate her basket weaving techniques from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Treesh uses traditional weaving techniques and her basket forms include both traditional round bottom baskets that are formed by arranging reeds in a "spoke" fashion, and then twining the walls with round reed. 

For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit
Plays and Shows
A Kennedy Evening
Berea Arena Theater

April 6th-9th
Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 2pm
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd. 

"Two award winning plays by Eddie Kennedy" 

Great for an evening out in Berea! 

Tickets are $8. 

See for more information. 
Concerts at Berea College

-Folk Roots Ensemble Spring Concert- April 1st, 8pm, Gray Auditorium 

- Wind and Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert- April 11th, 7:30pm, Gray Auditorium

-Ballad Night- April 21st, 8pm, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

-Blue Grass Ensemble- April 22nd, 8pm, Phelps-Stokes Chapel

-Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Spring Concert- April 23rd, 3 pm, Gray Auditorium

- African-Latin Percussion and Contemporary Percussion Ensemble- April 26th. 8pm, Gray Auditorium

-Women's Chorus- April 30th, 3pm, Gray Auditorium

All are Free and open to the public at Berea College. 

For more information, call 859-985-3466 or go to
Berea Classic Chorale Spring Concert: "Healing for the Nations"

April 2nd 
Union Church
200 Prospect St. 

Contemporary sacred and secular choral music.

Including music by Randall Thompson, Dan Gawthrop, Benjamin Boster, David Cherwien and Ben Allaway.

Admission is $5.

More information HERE
The Jeff Richey Experience 

April 7th 
Bobbyz Place
113 Clay Dr. 

Rock in the weekend with a local favorite! Admission is $5.  

For more information about the group, please click HERE
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

April 21st
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

April 22nd
212 Jefferson St. 
Russel Acton Folk Center

Fun dancing for the whole family! The beginners' session from 7:30pm - 8pm will teach you everything you need to know, then dance the night away to foot-stomping live music and a rotating cast of experienced callers. Cost is $5 for students and seniors (65+), $8 for the rest of us. And bring a snack for the break if you're so inclined - your fellow dancers will appreciate it!
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! Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat smooth-soled shoes that won't mar the fine wood floor, then get ready for a good workout! 

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

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.

Wayna Adams, Coming Home: The Archaeology of Eastern Kentucky.

April 6th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Coming Home: The Archaeology of Eastern Kentucky. A native of Menifee County and an archaeologist for over 20 years, Wayna Adams is currently the forest archaeologist for the Daniel Boone National Forest; her job is to protect and learn from archaeological sites located there. During her talk, Adams will share some of the stories that the forest is revealing. Co-sponsored with LJAC. Appalachian Lecture.

Dengue Fever, Breaking down Musical Barriers: Cambodian Rock and Beyond.

April 20th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Dengue Fever, Breaking down Musical Barriers: Cambodian Rock and Beyond. Widely recognized for their trademark blend of 1960s Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock, Dengue Fever has most recently released The Deepest Lake, a recording that expands their musical palette to include Khmer rap, Latin, grooves, Afro percussion, layered Staz-like horns, and more. Stephenson Memorial Concert.

Community Events
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 9am-1pm 
416 Chestnut St (Near People's Bank)

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

Warm weather is here, and Berea has many outdoor attractions for you to enjoy!  

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, take a nice stroll or bike ride along one of our lovely shared use paths through town, or launch your kayak at Owsley Fork Reservoir.

Upcoming in Berea

-Native Bagel, the local favorite at the Berea Farmer's Market is
 opening a new restaurant here in #BereaKy! The doors are set to open in mid-April, so be sure to check their website and social media to stay up-to-date! 

We are excited for another awesome addition to our community! Learn more at

-Clemintine's Bake Shop is opening a brick and mortar this month! We are excited to add another member to our community. 

Check out their website for details:

-Berea is welcoming a new craft fair this spring! The Berea Makers Market will spotlight modern craft and indie design that is found right here in Berea. The date is set for May 13th at the Russel Acton Folk Center, so mark your calendars!

Find more information at

Berea Parks and Recreation Newsletter
Karaoke at Memorial Park with the Madison County Library -
 April 28th, 5 pm-7 pm
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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