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

Lucky to be in Berea!
With warm weather approaching and events rolling in, anyone is certainly lucky to be in Berea!   

From outdoor adventure, to exhibits and artist workshops, we offer a variety of reasons to visit Berea. So come on down and let us introduce you to one of the best small towns in America.

Hope to see you soon, 

-Dylan Bogard

Berea Tourism Communications Manager
Upcoming from Berea Tourism
We've revamped our Hands on Workshops (HOW) for 2017, and rumor has it, some of our  favorite artists are teaming up in April to celebrate spring in Kentucky!

Who knows, maybe you'll decorate a cake with  Doodlebug Cakes, create a derby glass with  Weston Glass Studio, or craft a fine piece of jewelry with  Gastineau Studio.

The best way to find out is by registering to receive the catalog at .

We are also gearing up for our Festival of Learnshops for 2017! The catalog will be available in mid-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


#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 have several great photos from visitors and residents alike from February! 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.)

@jessdholly took advantage of the warm weather to explore Brushy Fork. 

@walling.chad captured a photo of this little guy while exploring #BereaKy! 

@bereamakersmarket is showing off the new posters for their upcoming event! 

@rachel_christian got this great shot at the Pinnacles! 

@rederedbobbin took a moment to appreciate the beautiful Berea sunset.


@ohirms enjoyed one of the best views around. 

@thisisberea captured some of #BereaKy's natural art.


@alleycatpottery showed off some of her latest artwork. 

@lydia_purdy showed the world why we love it here. 

@jacksprat and family had a great day out! 
Special Events
Clay Exhibit Reception

March 4th
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Logo
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
116 N. Broadway

The Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen presents a Clay Exhibit featuring work by Buddy Dobbins, Teresa Cole, and Barbara Steinrock. Join us March 4, 7-9 pm for the exhibit reception! Enjoy art, conversation with the artists, and light refreshments!

For more information go to 
National Danish Performance Team Gala Show

March 7th
Berea Signage
Madison Southern High School 213 Glades Rd.

National Danish Performance Team gala show at Madison Southern High School to benefit MSHS Track and Field. 

Doors open at 6 pm, tickets at the door and the Berea Welcome Center in the Artisan Village. 

Children and students $5, adults $10. Special seating available for $20.

For more information, click HERE.
Community Art Show Reception  

March 24th
Berea Arts Council
139 N. Broadway

An event celebrating the opening of the Community Art exhibit at the Berea Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public. 

Call 859-985-9317, email or go to  for more information.

Click HERE  for more information. 
Be the Artist
HOW: Hands On Workshops
Hands On Workshops (H.O.W.) Logo

H.O.W. (Hands-on Workshops) is a part of Berea's continued attempt to make education in artisan skills & crafts accessible to everyone. 

Decorate cakes, make jewelry, blow glass, and much more! 

Craft your hands on experience at

Visual Arts Academy 
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! 

Events for March:

March 4th: 

Art of the Mobile- Using the techniques of Alexander Calder, each student will create an aluminum mobile of their own. Class will take about 2 hours. $60

Beginning Torch Fired Enameling- This class will cover basic techniques to create beautiful pendants and earrings by fusing glass to metal. This process creates beautiful colors on metal to create one of a kind artwork you can wear. We will cover how to clean and shape the metal, how to apply and fire the enamel, and how to finish and assemble the pieces into completed jewelry. This class will focus on using a torch instead of a kiln to fire the pieces and cover basic techniques that can be used alone or can use with other techniques covered in other courses. This class will create at least 2 finished jewelry projects. The class uses torches, heat, and basic chemicals, so please dress with that in mind. No experience with enameling is required. $175

March 11th:

Soul Blooms- An introduction to a variety of acrylic techniques to create abstract acrylic paintings. Colors, Shapes, and Patterns that you intuitively love will be incorporated into vibrant paintings that reflect your inner landscape. All levels of experience. Max of eight students. 2-5 pm. $125.

Individual Artist Workshops

Work with the artists to create your own beautiful pieces! Find more information on these workshops at
Memory Wire Class with Linda Stephenson- March 3rd, 10am & March 18th, 9:30am

Learn basics of using memory wire to make beautiful durable jewelry. You will design and finish one multi wrap bracelet and a pair of earrings to match. You will also make another pair of earring using a different technique. Class is $44. If you have taken the class before and just want a refresher, your cost will be $29.

Everything you need for the class will be provided. Tools will be provided for use in class. If you have your own tools, feel free to bring them.

Any questions, call or text me at 859-582-0765 or email me at
Deadline to register and $25 nonrefundable deposit required by March 2nd for the 3rd and March 17th for the 18th at 4pm. I take MC, Visa, Discover, Amex, or PayPal. Hope to see you there! Total cost $44.

Hoop Earring Class with Linda Stephenson- March 3rd, 6pm & March 18th, 2pm

You will learn to use memory wire to create and make 3 pair of hoop earrings of different sizes. Great gift idea for teens and adults.

Tools will be provided for use in class. All other supplies are included in fee price. $44 total.

Questions-call or text 859-582-0765 or email Deadline and nonrefundable deposit of $25 due by March 2nd for the 3rd and March 17th for the 18th at 4pm.

Merle Lake- Fiber Frenzy- March 6th, 13th, and 20th, 3pm

Judy saw the picture of Merle Lake by  Louisa Harding on Facebook and fell in love. So Joan promptly ordered the pattern and several colors of Trenzar yarn and we are now ready to knit this wonderful poncho. There is no class fee. Just purchase the pattern and yarn from us, and needles if you don't have a size 10 or 10 1/2 circular in a 40 or 47 inch length. This poncho only takes 3 balls of yarn, so it will be a fairly quick knit.                               

Crochet or Knit Knockers- Fiber Frenzy- March 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.

Seams to Me- Fiber Frenzy- March 9th, 2pm & 17th, 12pm

Seams to Me...... that finishing is the thing most knitters dread. Joan will teach you techniques to  seam rows to rows, stitches to stitches and rows to  stitches. Bring 6 swatches, each at least 2" x2" (worsted weight preferred) and a tapestry needle. 

Basic Beading Class with Linda Stephenson- March 10th, 10am & 6pm

Make a beautiful bracelet to fit your perfect size. Learn how to finish jewelry properly, You will also learn two different techniques to use for earrings and pendants.

You will design and finish a bracelet, earrings, and pendant. You will also make a pair of sterling silver/Swarovski crystal earrings for yourself or gift for someone special.

If you have your own tools, feel free to bring them. If not, tools will be provided for use in class. Everything else is provided in class fee. Please call or text me at 859-582-0765 or email jjewels2015@gmail with any questions.

Deadline to register is and $25 nonrefundable deposit required by Thursday March 9th at 4pm. Hope to see you soon! $44 total cost.

Spinning Wheel Lessons- Fiber Frenzy - March 11th, 11am & 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. 

Drop Spindle Lessons- Fiber Frenzy- March 11th, 12pm

Jessica teaches drop spindle March 11 at noon. In a few minutes time you will master drafting and adding energy to fiber to create your very own yarn!  Don't have the tools? Kits are available for only $19.95, containing everything you need.  The hour long lesson costs $20. Then stay for spin day, practice your new skill and meet others who enjoy the process

Poncho- Fiber Frenzy - March 14th & 28th, 2pm
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. 

Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Berea Arts Council Exhibits 

"Young at Art Exhibit "- March 3rd-18th 

This exhibit features the artwork of artists aged from kindergartners through high school seniors in the Berea community. 

"The Community Art Show" - March 24th- 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.

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

Daydreaming in an Open Land- Now- March 31st- "My drawings and paintings document how I grew into my Vietnamese-American identity. In my work, I reflect on themes of growth, integration, and reconciliation. These paintings combine Eastern and Western traditions of depicting nature to describe a space that is as much emotional as it is physical. This space, at once thunderous, mysterious, and hopeful, mirrors the refugee experience of creating a new home in a foreign land." -Thuan Vu

Words Walking- Now- March 31st- "As a child, I learned Japanese calligraphy at school. When I was growing up, I watched my father, a calligrapher, practicing and saw how he approached his work. We talked about the meaning behind each proverb he was writing or about his practice itself.We still do. Together with Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), Japanese calligraphy has become an activity that immediately connects me to my foundation as an individual and artist."   -Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Brush, Ink, Line: Calligraphy of Japan- March 19th-May 4th- This exhibit of Japanese calligraphy is a corollary to work by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, on display in Upper Traylor Gallery.

For more information visit .
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

"Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans"

Now- March 18th 

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"
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
March 4th 

-Robin Reed, of Irvine, will create baskets from bark. Bark, the outermost covering of a tree, is a versatile natural material that for thousands of years has been used to make huts, houses, roofing, buckets, canoes and boats. A self-taught artisan, Reed keeps this tradition alive by creating baskets from the bark he harvests from willow and poplar trees growing along the banks of the Kentucky River and its tributaries, near his rural Estill County home. 10:30am-3:30pm

March 11th

- Elizabeth Worley, of Lexington, will demonstrate her basketry techniques .
Worley creates contrasting color in her baskets by dying the reed with walnut hulls and incorporating old kitchen and garden utensils and tools into her baskets. Her love of antiquing inspired this direction in her work. 10:30am-3:30pm

- 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" and the lobby exhibits, "Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner" on Saturday, March 11.
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.

March 18th 

-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.

March 25th 

-Janet Northern, of Mount Vernon, will create baskets using honeysuckle vines and hickory bark from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Northern has been making baskets for over 20 years and utilizes the wood and natural vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her Rockcastle County farm to create her baskets.

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

March 3rd-4th/ 10th-12th
Friday/Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Spotlight Playhouse (Churchill's)
100 Churchill Ct.

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.  Presented by the Spotlight Acting School's advanced troupe.

Tickets $8, $6 Senior, $5 Student (Any)

For more information, tickets, and showtimes, call 859-756-0011 or visit
Pop, Rock, Do-Wop

Berea Arena Theater
March 2nd-5th
Thursday- Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd

"Oldies but goodies musical revue." Come hear your favorite songs, with some of your favorite people!

For more information, tickets, and showtimes, call 859-986-9039 or visit
Kenyon College Chamber Singers 

March 10th
Union Church 
200 Prospect St. 

The Kenyon College Chamber Singers will be presenting a wonderful program that will inspire all.  While on their Spring Tour, Union Church will be one of their many stops to share their music.  

For more information about the group and the program, please click HERE
Black Music Ensemble Spring Concert

March 26th 
Berea College

Music performance, free and open to the public at Berea College. 

For more information and tickets, call 859-985-3466 or go to
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

March 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

March 25th
212 Jefferson St. 
Russel Acton Folk Center

Fun dancing for the whole family! The beginners' session from 7:30 - 8:00 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: 7:30-8:00 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.

Harry Allen, Shooting the Enemy: My Life in Pictures with the People Who Became P.E. (Public Enemy)

March 2nd
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Shooting the Enemy: My Life in Pictures with the People Who Became P.E. (Public Enemy). Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, is known for his long-time association with the seminal band Public Enemy and for his widely heard "cameo" on their classic record, Don't Believe the Hype. Allen, a renowned journalist and radio host, will discuss the classic photographs he took in the early 1980s and explore the context of early hip-hop.

Carlos Núñez, Celtic Music with Latin Passion. 

March 16th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Celtic Music with Latin Passion. Carlos Núñez, a preeminent artist on the Celtic music scene, comes from Galicia, Spain's Celtic region and is considered the undisputed master of Galicia's signature musical instrument, the gaita, or bagpipes. Núñez has expanded the borders of Celtic music to include Flamenco, Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, and classical music. Stephenson Memorial Concert

Odessa Woolfolk, Civil and Human Rights: An Agenda for the Future

March 23rd
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Civil and Human Rights: An Agenda for the Future. Fifty years ago, college students helped launch a movement which, in many ways, transformed American life and culture. Odessa Woolfolk, founder, former president, and board chair of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, has played a key role in educating others about the Civil Rights Movement. Woolfolk will reflect on the accomplishments of that era and propose new avenues and platforms for civic engagement. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) and the CCC. Service Convocation.

Gloria Steinem, Living with Courage. 

March 30th
Berea College Campus
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Living with Courage. Gloria Steinem, prolific writer, political activist, feminist icon, and author of the newly released travelogue, My Life on the Road, is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. Steinem will reflect on the challenges and opportunities provided by the current political climate. Cosponsored with Women's and Gender Studies.

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.

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-March, 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

-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

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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