Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
July 2018
 # BereaKY #VisitBerea #OurBerea

Upcoming from Berea Tourism
Berea Craft Festival

July 13-15
Indian Fort Theater
2047 Big Hill Rd. 

Amazing art, incredible food, wandering musicians, dancers, artisan demonstrations and so much more. For 37 years Berea Craft Festival has brought the best and brightest from all over and packed them into the gorgeous Appalachian hills of The Pinnacles in Berea. A great event for the whole family, and f riendly dogs on a leash are always welcome!

For more information, special arrangements or assistance, contact Berea Tourism by calling 800-598-5263 or by going to
#BereaKy Photos
We had so many beautiful pictures taken in June, 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, or #BereaKy. 

We can't wait to see your photos!

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

@dazoclay gave us a sneak peak of a new line of handmade ceramics

@homegrown_hideaways enjoyed a beautiful day out at the Owsley Fork Reservoir.

@jessdholly found inspiration among these vivid summer succulents. 

@bereaoutdooradventure encouraged everyone to look for the natural beauty all around us. 

@bereasteamshops shared this adorable project they did with @bereaoutdooradventure.


@countryoceangirl caught a rainbow and blue skies after a heavy rain storm. 
Special Events
Into the Woods Jr 

July 1, 6-8
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd.

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 2pm. 

For more information, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Carillon Concert on Berea College Campus

July 2
Draper Quadrangle
Berea College Campus

Join the Berea College Music Department for a performance on the John Courter Carillon by Joey Brink, visiting Carillonneur from the University of Chicago.

Joey Brink is the sixth University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs on the 72-bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs a carillon studio of twenty students. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and co-chairs the Johan Franco composition committee to promote new works for carillon.
Brink began his carillon studies at Yale University with Ellen Dickinson in 2007; graduated with greatest distinction from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012; and studied further with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. He received first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in 2014, and has toured North America and Europe extensively as a performer. Brink is regularly a recitalist at congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and the World Carillon Federation, most recently as a soloist with the Barcelona Municipal Symphonic Band in June 2017. He performed the inaugural recital at Salisbury University in September 2017. He released his first album, "Letters from the Sky", alongside his performance at Chicago's Ear Taxi Festival, in October 2016.
Brink is an award-winning composer for carillon; his works have been described as "impressionistic", "shimmering", and of a "quiet hypnotic power" - Chicago Classical Review. He is additionally interested in the design of practice carillons, and has published and presented on his work to improve the functionality and affordability of practice instruments. He and his partner, Vera W√ľnsche Brink, perform duet carillon recitals, and are avid outdoor enthusiasts, spending their free time camping, hiking, and canyoneering.
4th of July Spectacular

July 4
Berea City Park

Our 4th of July Spectacular is a wonderful event with food, live music, and kid's activities starting at 6pm. World-renowned sand sculptor Damon Farmer will also return this year to create a piece celebrating Thomas Jefferson! At 10pm, we end the evening with a fantastic firework display to celebrate our nation's independence! 

For more information visit or call  859-986-9402.
Benefit Concert for Hospice Care Plus

July 7
Berea Arena Theater

Enjoy an evening of music with Sparrow Hawks starting at 7pm. Free admission. Donations suggested. All proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus in the name of our dear departed friend, Andy Blyth.

2018 Festival of Learnshops

July 13-29

Grow Your Creative Side! 
Join outstanding professional artists and master craftspeople to experience practically any art form you can imagine. Select among workshops that last from two hours to four days to pursue your interest in sustainable living, media arts, collage, painting, Appalachian crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, storytelling, literary arts, theatre, music, multimedia sculpture, woodworking, or professional learning for educators. Whatever your interest is, the Berea Festival of Learnshops has something for you. Many of the Learnshops are family friendly so bring your kids or grandkids, enroll them in the youth friendly offerings or you can both join an intergenerational Learnshop and create together.

For more information, go to or call 800-598-5263.

Addams Family Musical at the Spotlight Playhouse

July 13-15
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 2pm. 

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Mala Making Workshop

July 13
Body, Mind & Sol Studio
105 Jackson St.

This hands-on, "make your own mala" workshop will explore the body's energy along the chakra system and the history & tradition of mala beads in meditation and prayer. You will choose the beads that speak to you, craft your own aromatherapy mala, and infuse it with the essential oil of your choice! Cost is $40 and all materials are included in registration. These workshops tend to sell out fast, pre-register to reserve your spot! Class is 7-9pm. 

Rebecca Aghamiri is a yoga teacher, mala-maker, doctoral intern in clinical psychology, and owner/creator of Bodhi Malas. She loves helping people to connect with themselves and create intentional lives through meditation, intention-setting, and art by traveling around central KY to teach the art of mala making in the community. Rebecca sees the mala as an intentional act of creation that can bring us closer to ourselves and serve as healing tools for meditation, creativity, and intentionality.

For more information or to sign up, go to
Timber Frame Workshop with The Year of Mud

July 14-20
South Slope Farm

Ever wonder what it's like to build a timber frame from the ground up? Join The Year of Mud this summer for a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop at South Slope Farm, our homestead in the beautiful Appalachian mountains outside Berea, Kentucky. In this introductory workshop, students will use timeless techniques and traditional hand tools to lay out, join, and raise a beautiful timber frame structure. Learn valuable new carpentry skills in a gorgeous mountain setting, and discover what it takes to build a long-lived timber structure using mortise & tenon joinery - without depending on nails or screws. The Year of Mud workshops are life-enriching experiences that you will cherish for countless reasons beyond the chance to learn new building skills.  

Cost is $1050 per person, limited scholarships and barter arrangements available. Price is all-inclusive: Workshop includes camping accommodations, and 3 delicious home-cooked meals a day -- Homesteading Experience: Get a glimpse into homestead & off-grid living with natural building tours in our area -- Led by Ziggy Liloia, natural builder with 10 years of experience. 

For more information or to register, go to
Whimsical Bird House Workshop for GrownUps

July 15
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St. 

As requested, Gallery 123 is having a Whimsical Birdhouse Decorating Worskhop for Grown Ups from 2-5pm! Cost is $10 per student. Larger birdhouses, paint, brushes, and embellishments will be provided!!! Come, bring some friends for a fun after-church gathering!!! Reservations required. 

For more information or to reserve your spot, call 859-756-3920.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Spotlight Playhouse

July 20-22
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd.

With charm, wit, and heart, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schultz comic strip, is the ideal first show for those who would like to do a musical. Musical numbers include "My Blanket and Me," "The Kite," "The Baseball Game," "Little Known Facts," "Suppertime," and "Happiness." Guaranteed to please audiences of all ages! Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 2pm. 

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Paper Quilt Collage Workshop

July 21
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St.

By using geometric paper punches, card stock, and decorative paper from Nepal, Jeffrey will teach you to create an incredible paper quilt collage that you can frame from 2-5pm. Cost is $10 per person and this workshop will be for ages 12 through adulthood. 

For more information or to sign up, call 859-756-3920.
Christmas in July- Christmas Card Making Workshop

July 22
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St.

As part of their Christmas in July Celebration, Jeffrey will conduct a very cool workshop in teaching you how to make 1 of a kind Christmas Cards and hand-made envelopes to match! This Class will be for teens and adults and will be $10 a student. You will also be able to take home a set of envelope templates as well to create your own envelopes out of old calendars, wallpaper books and maps and sheet music!

For more information or to sign up, call 859-756-3920.
Christmas in July Gala

July 25
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St. 

Come celebrate with us at the Christmas In July Gala! Meet our 2018/2019 Art Accelerator Artists, check out their exquisite work, sing along Christmas Carols, and enjoy treats, sweets, and community fellowship! Bring the kids too, Santa just might be vacationing in Berea during that time because he loves Spoonbread! 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer and help us out to make it a fun night for everyone in Berea, call 859-756-3920.
Basic Smithing Workshop

July 27-29
Happiness Hills Farm
8682 Battlefield Memorial Hwy 

Learn from a Master of Metal!  Lost End Foundry  artisans Charlie Walker and his son, Will, along with their apprentices, will guide participants in this two-day workshop through the process of creating a lantern and a lawn hook. 

For exact times and registration info, call (859) 582-7014.
Swing for a Cure

July 28-29

Swing For A Cure is a baseball and softball tournament that will help raise money for the American Cancer Society and the Matt Ross Fund so that all may play.
Join the community for this great event and support cancer research.
Writing Workshop: Short Stories from Writing to Publication

July 28, Aug. 4, 11
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
116 N Broadway

Ever have an idea for a story that strikes out of nowhere? But what then? How does one take an idea and turn it into a story? And after a story is written, how can we revise it to make it the best it can be? And how does one submit a story and get it published? 

We will address the essential elements of fiction that make stories succeed: inspiration, prewriting, developing character, plot, vivid description. Instructor Shaun Turner will point out the usual mistakes that cause a story to fall flat. He will also show participants the best resources for finding suitable publishers to get their world out into the world!  

This workshop is designed for writers of all levels and backgrounds. The first workshop will deal with pre-writing strategies, the second with essentials of short fiction (and revision), and the third will be designated to submitting and publication success.  Instructor: Shaun Turner

For more information, call 859-986-3192 or email
Speak Easy of Murder

July 28
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant
100 N Main St. 

Join Boone Tavern and Murder and Merriment for another great Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Party! Doors open at 6:30. Dinner and Show at 7pm. The time period is 1928 and guests are invited to dress in the period when gangsters and flapper girls ruled New York City (Optional). Tickets are $49 per Guest.

For more information or to reserve your ticket, call 859-985-3701.
2018 Neon Night Ride

July 28
Berea City Park

Join the Berea Cycling Club for a family fun neon night ride!
Dinner on the Creek

July 28
Clear Creek Schoolhouse
1882 Hammonds Fork Rd
Disputanta, KY

Please join the Berea Farmers Market on July 28th for Dinner on the Creek, a nine course exploration of local and artistic cuisine presented by Adam Burke at the Clear Creek Schoolhouse and Community Theater.
Tickets are available at, or in person at the Berea Farmers Market (416 Chestnut St in Berea) on Tuesdays from 4-7 and Saturdays from 9-1.  When reserving your ticket, please let them know whether you'd prefer the omnivorous or vegetarian alternatives. A minimum donation of $75 per person is suggested with proceeds benefiting the Berea Farmers Market. A guided tour will begin at 5:20, with dinner being served at 6:00. This is a full evening, slow food experience, so please anticipate being there for several hours. Purchase your ticket early, as this is an intimate event limited to 20 guests.

For more information, contact .
Sugar Blues Workshop

July 29
Body, Mind & Sol Studio
105 Jackson St. 

Do you crave sugar to satisfy a sweet tooth or because you need an energy boost? Does that sleeve of Oreos, slice of cake, bag of gummy bears, or mint chip ice cream always seem to be calling your name? Would you like to eat foods you love and have sweetness in your life without the guilt? 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to register for the Sugar Blues Workshop. Our intention with this workshop is to permanently change your relationship with sugar. You will gain insight into the causes of sugar cravings, learn practical tools for dealing with cravings, and leave with proven ways to conquer them. You will also receive an electronic recipe book with over 50 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts designed to help you reach your health goals while never feeling deprived. Plus you will have the opportunity to join the Healthy Eating Matters Facebook Group and participate in our 5 Day Sugar FreeChallenge so that you will have continued support, encouragement, and guidance to kick your sugar habit for good. Are you ready to stop the Sugar Blues? 4:00-5:00pm, cost is $49.

For more information or to sign up, go to
Be the Artist
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 For more information call 859-986-3192.

Come on out with family and friends for your next art adventure! 

Individual Artist Workshops

Work with the artists to create your own beautiful
Events from Fiber Frenzy:

-Knitted Knockers, July 3, 17
-Continental Knitting, July 10
-Spinning Day, July 21
-Crocheted Contour Scarf, July 24, 28
-Tunisian Crochet, July 28, 31

For more details, call 859-986-3832 or go to  Fiber Frenzy .

Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

9am-6pm Daily
200 Artisan Way

Juxtaposition by Ray Papka
(Through October 31, 2018)

This exhibit features mixed media artist Ray Papka whose works combine assemblage, encaustic painting, use of books as substrates and a wide array of intricate embellishments. Papka generates layers of information and mystery from his observations, events and the influence of science in his life.

With degrees in zoology, chemistry, anatomy and neuroscience,Papka brings the discipline of science and his ability to hone in on a subject directly to his artwork. Beginning with an idea, he selects objects from his vast collection and builds upon this idea with objects, layers of wax, pigment and imagery.

Papka's background, travels and experiences have been wide and varied. He has taught at numerous universities in the U.S. including 10 years at the University of Kentucky, as well as Universities in Denmark and Hungary.

Papka's intellectual process influences how he creates his artwork.

"He is a deep thinker," states journalist Austyn Gaffney, "and he works through his own thoughts, memories, hopes and fears when he creates his pieces."

Papka states, "From my early childhood I have been fascinated with books and unusual objects. My love of books influenced my decision to recycle them in an altered form and I continually utilize themes involving text."


Show & Tell: Demonstrating 15 Years
(Through July 21, 2018)

The Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates 15 years in 2018, and this exhibit recognizes the contributions of over 30 artists who have shared their talent through demonstrations. The Center's Artist Demonstration Program brings the creative process to life for visitors each Saturday as artists share their skill, talent and knowledge with visitors. Exhibiting artists in this exhibit have all demonstrated at the Center for eight or more years.
The Kentucky Artisan Center has created this exhibit to acknowledge the generous, educational efforts of these talented artists during this 15th Anniversary year.

Saturday Tours and Demonstrations

July 7  Caroline Zama, of Louisville, will demonstrate how she creates her whimsical and sculptural pottery from 10:30am to 3:30pm. 

Zama works entirely with slabs of clay that she then textures and draws upon. Colorful glazes and underglazes decorate and highlight her small clay birds, houses, mugs and plates - and she often adds a bird - as her business is named Star Bird Pottery!

July 14- S tudio potter Martha Puckett, of Louisville, will demonstrate porcelain pottery on the wheel from 10:30am to 3:30pm

Puckett creates functional wares for the kitchen and her blue dragonfly decoration is distinctive. Come watch her throw porcelain.

July 21- Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will be on hand to demonstrate their individual carving techniques and talk with visitors from 10:30am to 3:30pm

These Central-Kentucky artisans demonstrate on the third Saturday of every month at the Kentucky Artisan Center. 

July 28  David Waltz, of Columbia, will sculpt figures from clay from 10:30am to 3:30pm

A former schoolteacher, Waltz is a functional potter as well as a sculptor, using clay to create strong forms.  

Berea Arts Council Exhibits

139 N Broadway #B
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Art of the Learnshop
(July 6, 2018 through July 31, 2018)

This creative exhibit showcases the work of the 2018 Festival of Learnshops instructors. 
See the Art...Meet the Artisan 
Presented by the Berea Arts Council

Madison County Public Library
319 Chestnut St. 
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Sara Gallimore

The July installation in the "See the Art...Meet the Artisan" showcases the work of Sara Gallimore.  Her work will be on display at the Madison County Public Library Berea during July. Sara will give a presentation at the library on Sunday, July 29th at 2:00 pm.

2018 Levitt AMP Concert Series

Fridays 7pm-10:30pm
July 6 - September 7
Artisan Village
3 Artist Circle

Join us on Friday nights in July - September for a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children's activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

Go to  or call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Brett Ratliff & John Haywood | Jack Herranen & the Little Red Band
July 6

Brett Ratliff & John Haywood- Folk masters Brett Ratliff and John Haywood team up for a night of fiery bluegrass and Americana goodness, drawing upon East Kentucky's rich music traditions to speak to a new generation.

Called "the best banjo balladeer in the eastern Kentucky style of old-time music" by Dom Flemons, co-founder of the GRAMMY-Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, multi-instrumentalist Brett Ratliff delivers an unforgettable performance filled to the brim with East Kentucky pride. He grew up in Van Lear, Ky., the same historical coal camp that gave birth to country-icon and coal-miner's-daughter Loretta Lynn. In his youth, Ratcliff was mentored by regional roots masters-including George Gibson, Rich Kirby, Paul David Smith, Lee Sexton and Jamie Wells-who helped him hone his craft while solidifying his love for the banjo and introducing him to the stories of Appalachia that pervade his work today. Ratcliff has toured extensively with groups such as the Clack Mountain String Band, the Dirk Powell Band, and Rich & the Po' Folk, in addition to his solo performances following the release of Cold Icy Mountain in 2008 and Gone Boy in 2017. He has also taught at numerous workshops and music camps including the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Ky., Swannanoa Gathering in N.C., Augusta Heritage's Early Country Music Week in W. Va., Sore Fingers Week in Oxfordshire, England and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash.

Award-winning banjoist and artist John Haywood grew up immersed in the soulful music of the Old Regular Baptist Church in Floyd County, Ky. His father surveyed land for mining companies and sang in the gospel choir at the church, where Haywood would listen intently as his papaw sang traditional, unaccompanied songs of Zion. After receiving his Masters in Painting at the University of Louisville, Haywood was named a Kentucky Folklife apprentice to George Gibson, a banjo player from Knott County and this year's master in residence at the Cowan Creek Mountain School in Kentucky. Today, Haywood performs with Rich & the Po' Folk and can be heard on their 2011 recording When the Whistle Blew, and teaches advanced banjo at the Cowan Creek Mountain School. In addition to his prowess on the banjo, Haywood is also a visual artist whose work represents the history and music of East Kentucky.

Jack Herranen & the Little Red Band- "Workin class conscious country hill soul post-industrial agro-centric folk songs of radical hope."

Jack Herranen and his musical companions offer a powerful blend of politics and culture in music blessed with both historical memory and a sense of justice keenly needed by emerging global regional movements.

Go to or call (800) 598-5263 for more information.
Hudson K | Grits & Soul
July 13

Hudson K- Delivering infectious electro-rock with danceable beats,  hudson k explores the intersection of swirling electronica and classical music in exhilarating live shows that have thrilled dedicated audiences across the east coast. Featuring Christina Horn (vocals/synths) and Nate Barrett (drums), the Knoxville, Tenn.,-native duo has been composing dynamic sonic soundscapes of innovative synths and upbeat rhythms for the last decade, delighting audiences from Georgia to Connecticut and everywhere in between, including those who attended their 2017 Levitt AMP Berea performance!

Grits & Soul- spreading the gospel of Southern sound to the First Friday Berea and Levitt AMP Berea Music Series. Their partnership converges at the crossroads of bluegrass and classic country, Southern soul and blues. Anna & John lend their voices to the rich tradition of Southern songwriters who explore and push the boundaries of American roots music.

Go to  or call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Johnny Conqueroo | Clint Roberts | Sour Cream Band
July 20

Johnny Conqueroo- The electric rockers of  Johnny Conqueroo dish out high-octane jams that intertwine the wisdom and soul of the blues with the reckless, youthful spirit of rock 'n' roll, drenched in the heritage of their Appalachian homeland. Drawing from the sonic palates of vintage surf and garage rock, the teenage trio's scorching electric guitar riffs, grungy vocals and driving, frenetic drum beats take concertgoers on a journey across southern vignettes with rich characters and raw lyricism. The up-and-coming rockers founded the band in 2014 when its members-Grant Curless (vocals, guitar), Wils Quinn (drums) and Shawn Reynolds (bass)-were freshman in high-school in the their native state of Kentucky. Johnny Conqueroo shied away from prototypical indie or hipster musical leanings, instead following his instinct to create fervid rock 'n' roll tunes that explored the intricacies of life in the south. Today, their electrifying sound has earned them a place at the forefront of the Lexington, Ky., music scene with a devoted following and an ever-growing reputation.

Clint Roberts- an Americana Singer/Songwriter from Western North Carolina and he is starting fresh with his new EP "Where The Heart Is."

Sour Cream Band- a Lexington hard blues rock band with influences in punk, funk, metal, stoner rock, blues, psychedelic rock, etc. Bringing the vintage sound back with young faces!

Go to  or call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band | Donovan Howard
July 27

Kaleta & Super Yamba BandAfro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are known for their explosive live shows teeming with danceable rhythms and a vivacious energy that brings out the boogie in audiences from all walks of life.
Fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek-a.k.a. Kaleta-the Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based group weaves together lively, multi-faceted rhythms and groovy basslines beneath bright horns, swirling synthesizers and Kaleta's smoky vocals. Song lyrics seamlessly glide between languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, "the official language of Afrobeat" according to the band. Vocalist, guitarist, percussionist and producer Kaleta was born in the West African country of Benin Republic and lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria-the birthplace of Afrobeat. He got his start in the late 1970s performing in church and after capturing the attention of world music pioneer King Sunny Ade, was given the opportunity to go on a global tour with the iconic Nigerian musician and later with Fela Kuti though the 1980's and into the 1990's. After moving to New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their fresh take on the vintage sounds of his native Benin, taking its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro. Today, the band's infectious sound and energy has earned them a devoted following and a skyrocketing reputation.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band have erupted onto the music scene with performances at Levitt AMP Greensboro (2016), World Music Institute's Masters Of African Music Series in New York, Felabration NYC, LEAF Festival, and Paste Magazine's Emerging Music Festival New York City and more. In a review of their performance at the Emerging Music Festival, online tastemaker Afropop Worldwide said "their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business." With their latest single "Mr. Diva" (2018), Kaleta & Super Yamba continue to treat listeners to an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music.

Donovan Howard-  Rockcastle County local, Donovan Howard Singer Songwriter opens the show.

Go to  or call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Jammin' on the Porch

Thursdays 7pm-9pm
Winter Location: Russel Acton Folk Center
212 Jefferson Street 

A family friendly jam session held by father-daughter duo Donna and Lewis Lamb. It's a truly unique Berea event!

Call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Madison Dulcimers

Tuesdays 2pm
Berea Welcome Center
3 Artist Circle

Join the Madison Dulcimer group starting June 19th as they play and promote the dulcimer,  the only musical instrument fully developed in the US. Guaranteed fun and friendship.  There is no pressure to perform and the atmosphere is very casual.  You do need a playable mountain dulcimer (there are a few loaners available)  and there is no charge for the instruction.

Call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
June 21
Happiness Hills Farm & Retreat Center
8682 Battlefield Memorial Highway

A brand new dance series in Berea! Berea Family Dances are a place for kids and their parents to learn the basics of folk dancing in a fun and welcoming environment. No experience necessary!  Cost is $5 per family. 
Contra Dance

4th Saturday
July 28 7:30pm-11pm
Caller: Joe Wilke Band: Double Dog Dare
$8 regular price, $5 students & seniors (65+)
212 Jefferson St. (Russel Acton Folk Center)

Saturday's dance starts with a beginners session, from 7:30pm-8pm that 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. Bring a snack for the break if you're so inclined - your fellow dancers will appreciate it!

For more details call (859) 985-5501 or go to
Family Dance Camp

July 16-20
Happiness Hills Farm & Retreat Center
8682 Battlefield Memorial Highway

Intergenerational fun for the whole family! Learn basic to intermediate folk dances for all ages, with internationally known instructors, Chrissy Davis-Camp and Jennifer Rose, at a beautiful location in the Kentucky hills. The day camp is limited to 50 participants, ages 9 to adult. Tuesday and Friday evening activities are open to all ages.

For more information or to register, call  859-582-7014 or email
Community Events
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 9am-1pm 
Tuesdays 4pm-7pm
Spring/Summer location:
416 Chestnut St. 

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

Providing favorites like fresh salad greens, kale, root vegetables, baked goods and locally harvested canned goods. 

For more information go to
Guided Hikes

The Forestry Outreach Center will be hosting guided hikes on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at The Pinnacles and on Sundays at Brushy Fork. Weather permitting, a Forestry Outreach Center volunteer or staff member will lead educational hikes on varying trails in the BC Forest.   

Note: If you're interested in leading one of these educational hikes, please contact Wendy Warren at .

For more information, call 859-756-6094 or go to
Kentucky Trail Town

Now is the perfect time to go outside and see Kentucky's natural beauty! So come visit Berea and experience our outdoor attractions!  

Maps to hike or bike some of Berea's awesome trails are located in the Welcome Center at 3 Artist Circle off of N. Broadway and on our website at

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. Your experience is waiting for you!
Upcoming in Berea
Singing Bird Music School

August 1-3

Musicians of all experience levels are welcome to participate in three days of hands-on learnshops in old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, flatfoot dancing, and singing taught by instructors Pam Gadd, Sam Gleaves, Carla Gover, John Harrod, Michael Parks, Lucian Parker, and Deborah Payne.

The Singing Bird Music School celebrates the living legacy of Kentucky fiddler Lewis Lamb, who will serve as the school's Master Artist.

Musicians age 10 and older are welcome to participate.

If you have general questions about the school or if you are interested in applying for a scholarship or work study position, please visit our website or email
The Tomb- A Mystery Dinner Adventure 

August 17, 18
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd.

Join this expedition and uncover the mysteries of The Tomb in this hilarious and mind-boggling tale.

 All proceeds go to benefit the Spotlight Acting School and its mission to never turn a student away regardless of their available financial resources.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Levitt AMP Concert Series

Fridays 7pm-10:30pm
July 6 - September 7
Artisan Village
3 Artist Circle

Join us on Friday nights in July - September for a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children's activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

August 3  The McLain Family Band | Singing Bird Music School students and teaching artists
August 10  Bella's Bartok | The Handshake Deals
August 17 Cloigheann | Turlach Boylan & Davey Mathias
August 24 The Theoritz |  RYVOLI
August 31 The Hooten Hallers | Buck the Taxidermist

Go to  or call (800)  598-5263 for more information.
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Aja Croteau
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