Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
February 2019
Heartwarming Days in Berea
It may be cold outside but there are plenty of opportunities to warm up your hands and your heart in Berea. Enjoy locally roasted coffee and treats in one of our cafes before blowing your own glass heart in a Hands on Workshop. Stick around for a musical performance or folk dance and see all the love Berea has to offer!
February brings with it brand new events, concerts, exhibits, demonstrations, and chances to enjoy experiences that are uniquely Berea. Visit Berea and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Hope to see you soon, 
Berea Tourism 
Upcoming from Berea Tourism
Hands On Workshops!
February 9-10
April 13-14
May 11-12

Arrive a visitor. Emerge an artist. 
The HOW program gives visitors a chance to learn more from master craftspeople and artists such as glass blowing, jewelry making, fiber arts, sustainable living, blacksmithing and many more.

For more information or to register, go to or call 800-598-5263.
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#BereaKy Photos
We had so many beautiful pictures taken last month, 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.)

@pinggshot found a still moment to rest in nature.

@dazoclay shared a sneak peak of some new ceramic pieces! 

@sherry.lenaecruse enjoyed fresh snow at The Pinnacles.

@emilypmasters gazed at the moon on an early winter morning.


@bereaoutdooradventure paused to watch gentle snow fall at the Berea Urban Farm.
Special Events
2019 Pins and Needles Retreat

February 1-3
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
100 N Main St. 

Join your best friends for a weekend of knitting,
crocheting, spinning, quilting, classes, parties,
shopping and more! 

For more information or to register, call 859-986-3832 or go to
End Days  at the Spotlight Playhouse

February 1-2
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd. 

Presented by the Bluegrass Players. Winner! 2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Citation. Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Yoga Ball Therapy Workshop

February 9
11:00am - 1:00pm
Body, Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St. 

In this class led by Renee Mikel, you'll learn to use Yoga Tune Up balls for myofacial release. You'll learn techniques that you can do at home to relieve and prevent pain. Cost is $36 per person and includes a set of therapy balls ($20 per person if you bring your own). 
For information or to sign up, go to
Berea Outdoor Adventures Free Play

February 9
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center
2047 Big Hill Rd

Berea Outdoor Adventure Club is partnering with Berea College Forestry Outreach Center to host a monthly Outdoor Free Play at the Pinnacles! This month our free play will take place at the Indian Fort Theater. This event is free and open to the public. Families with kids of all ages are more than welcome to attend. There is no specific agenda. Just a time and space for kids to get together for imaginative play and exploration in the beautiful outdoors.
For information, go to
Here Lies the Landlord- Murder Myster Show

February 9
Madison County Public Library
319 Chestnut St.

The VSP Writers Cadre has been hard at work on a completely original murder mystery for you! Join them at the Madison County Public Library in Berea to take part in this completely FREE event. 

A live recording of Marty Rivera's Cold Case Crackers! Marty has invited several local citizens who may be suspects in a murder that occurred in this community years ago. The police have given up, but not Marty! As an audience member, you are encouraged to ask questions and voice your opinions. Together, you and Marty will be cracking this cold case!
Death by Chocolate- Murder Myster Dinner

February 9
Historic Boone Tavern
100 N Main St.

This Valentine's Day Sally Sugar, Harry Heartthrob, Linda Love and Dominick Decocco receive special invites from Lady Godiva to the Chocolate Craver's Convention! They will be part of a special event where they can taste new chocolate concoctions to help the candy makers determine what exclusive candies they can create. The guests soon find out that there is a seedy underside to the world of chocolate that invariably leads to murder in this hysterical new comedy. See if you can figure out if chocolate is really worth dying for?

For more information or to reserve your spot, call 859-985-3700. 
Valentines Craft Table

February 10
11:00am - 5:00pm
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St. 
Drop by and make a special Valentines card! Free activity and open for all ages. No registration required. Supplies included. Bring along pictures to place on your cards!  
For more information, call 859-756-3920.
Asian Studies Colloquium- Dr. Andrew Wilson

February 14
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Frost Building, Rm 218
Berea College Campus
Hegemony and Humiliation: How History Informs China's Contemporary Behavior with Dr. Andrew Wilson from the U.S. Naval War College. Free and open to the public. 
Love Your Forest Day

February 15
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center
2047 Big Hill Rd.
Join the Center for Love Your Forest Day! They will be hosting a variety of events throughout the day. These events give you the chance to care for and learn about the Berea College Forest. Hosting guided hikes to learn about tree identification and geology, a naturalist workshop focusing on reptiles and amphibians, and invasive species removal efforts. 

For more information including a complete schedule of the day's events, go to
Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Labrang Tashikyil Monastery

February 15-19
Various Times and Locations
Berea College Campus
Friday, February 15
  • Opening ceremony and commencement of sand mandala construction (Hutchins Library - 1 p.m.)
  • "The Story of Tibet" presentation (Room 100, Draper Building - 7 p.m.)
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17
Monday, February 18
Tuesday, February 19
  • "Mandala Construction" presentation (Room 210, Art Building - 10 a.m.)
  • Closing ceremony and dispersal of sand mandala (Hutchins Library - 12 p.m.)
Asian Studies Colloquium- Dr. Cathy Clayton

February 15
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Frost Building, Rm 101
Berea College Campus
Ethnic Diversity in China with Dr. Cathy Clayton from the University of Hawai'i. Free and open to the public. 
Disgraced  at the Berea College Theatre Laboratory

February 15, 16, 20-23
Jelkyl Drama Center
Berea College Campus

Directed by Adanma Onyedike Barton, Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2015, this searing, topical drama looks at Islamophobia and Muslim identity during a dinner party with four very different people. The conversation turns heated when politics and religion become the conversation focus. Playwright Akhtar reveals prejudice even within the most progressive of communities. "The brilliance of the play is the way in which identity and perception are shown to be complexly and unpredictably related. Characters often fulfill stereotypes, but they also undermine them. Nobody can be summed up by demographic data alone." Charles McNulty, LA Times.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-985-3300 or go to
An Evening with Author/Performer Hasan Davis

February 16
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd.
Silas House Reading Southernmost

February 18
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
205 N Main St. 

NEH Chair Silas House reads from his bestselling, award-winning new novel, Southernmost, a book that has been called "revolutionary" (Asheville Citizen-Times), "luminous" (Seattle Book Review) and "An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller" (Salon). House will also discuss new projects he worked on during sabbatical and sabbatical travels. Books will be available for sale. Reading/Q&A.
Documentary Dialogues

February 21
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center
2047 Big Hill Rd. 

In honor of African American History Month, the Center will be screening A Man Named Pearl. This film follows the life of African American topiary artist, Pearl Fryar. Pearl began sculpting topiary after he moved to Bishopville, South Carolina and felt like an outsider among his all-white neighbors. Pearl's topiary creations now attract tourists from all across the world and gave him a path to inclusion in his new community. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more about Pearl's story and discuss what can be learned from him and his experiences.

For more information, call 859-756-6094 or go to
Intuitive Painting Class with Amy Lewis

February 22
Body, Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St. 
You will be introduced to the Intuitive Painting Process and guided through steps to create a 12X12 acrylic on canvas painting. Each painting will be unique. No experience necessary. All Materials Provided. Bring a friend and come prepared to have a relaxing painting experience in a supportive environment. Cost is $35. 
For information or to sign up, go to
Cultured Smoothie Workshop

February 23
Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe
104 S Main St.
Gut health issues are a factor for every other type of health issue. It can be a complicated topic and you may not know where to start. So start simply-small steps lead to big changes.

Class will be conducted by Bonnie Peterson, a Certified Health Coach since 2012. Bonnie has also recently received certification in the Healthy Gut Program for Practitioners. Since experiencing the benefits of incorporating cultured foods into her own diet, she has become passionate to share with others simple food prep techniques that can help them with gut health issues such as digestive distress, bloating, and constipation. 

You will leave with the 15 Cultured Smoothies booklet, plus the Smoothies 101 booklet with even more recipes and everything you'd ever need to know about making nutrient packed, delectable smoothies. Cost is $18.
For information or to sign up, go to
Stepping Out for Art Dinner & Fundraiser

February 23
100 Churchill Ct.
Join the Berea Arts Council for an elegant evening when local artists, Arts Council members, and guests will gather to raise funds to support BAC's operations and programs. The event will be honoring spring in Japan with the theme "Cherry Blossom Time." Food, music, and cash bar.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-985-9317.
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! 

Intro to the Potter's Wheel with Buddy Dobbins
Friday, February 1st
Have you ever wanted to try the potter's wheel? Now is your opportunity! In this 2 hour class, you will get to try, with help, throwing a pot on the wheel after a detailed demonstration. For an additional 5 dollar fee, you can have one of your pieces fired and glazed-fried again to a finished usable ceramic piece. Cost is $40.
Wood Quilt Block Workshop with Laura Petrovich-Cheney

February 6
Kentucky Artisan Center
200 Artisan Way

Trained as a sculptor and fashion designer, Petrovich-Cheney collects debris in the aftermath of tragedy. She repurposes salvaged wood from disasters like Hurricane Sandy in New York, and New Jersey, as well as the fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, into luminous, quilt-like constructions. 

Cheney doesn't use just any reclaimed wood - her material of choice is the colorful exterior wood from disaster-struck buildings. In the aftermath of a hurricane or flood, when the harsh reality of destruction is so overwhelming, she visits damaged places to aid in the cleanup efforts and to find and recycle boards, cladding and other elements for her art. 

Cheney's work is in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States, and she was recently awarded a 2017 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
For more information or to sign up, call 859-985-5448 or E-mail
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

9:00am-6:00pm Daily
200 Artisan Way


(Through March 9, 2019)

The Kentucky Artisan Center Presents "Innovators: Stephen Rolfe Powell & Arturo Alonzo Sandoval" to recognize two internationally known Kentucky Artists who have been innovators in their respective fields. Both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats.

Powell, who is known for his large and intricately patterned and colorful blown glass, has recently begun to arrange and fuse colorful sliced murrini onto a large flat canvas of glass. After the color fuses, he slumps the entire piece into a concave freestanding wall of color. These new glass walls called "Zoomers" take Powell's work into the realm of architecture.
Powell's blown glass is also adorned with intricate murrini colors and patterns. His new blown glass vessels twist and turn - with necks evolved to support the visually floating forms.

Sandoval is known for weaving with a wide variety of unusual materials. His large woven works are made from recycled auto industry Mylar, recycled library 35 mm microfilm, netting, Holographic film, Pellon and numerous other industrial materials.
Sandoval's background is both Hispanic and Native American and it provides clues into his interest in the fiber arts. His mother wove countless blankets and the men on his paternal grandmother's side wove colonial Spanish textiles. Even though his family wove textiles, Sandoval's works are monumental in size. His subject matter reflects current social and cultural themes and the works in this exhibit offer his reflection on the world of technology.

The Kentucky Veterans Project
(through March 2, 2019)

The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature a travelling exhibit by the Kentucky Art Council titled, The Kentucky Veterans Project in the Center's lobby.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Center.

This exhibit includes 44 works by Kentucky veterans and veteran family members from 23 counties across the state. Imagery depicted is varied, including scenes from active duty, remembrances of service and a variety of landscapes and scenes from Kentucky. 

The Kentucky Veterans Project exhibit will travel across the state to numerous venues and Veterans Centers, as well as the Kentucky Art Council's Kentucky Crafted Market held at the Kentucky Horse Park March 15-17, 2019.

Saturday Demonstrations
10:30am - 3:30pm

February 2 Louie Northern gives his oil paintings a three-dimensional texture by building up the surface of his canvas with gesso. For his demonstration, he will show how he uses this white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum or pigment. Northern's subject matter is rooted in his surroundings - farmland, mules, logging trucks and woods that grow on his lands.

February 9Janet Northern has been making baskets for 20 years and is primarily self-taught. She utilizes the wood and natural vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her Rockcastle County farm to create her baskets. She will demonstrate her basketmaking techniques and talk about how the eastern Kentucky woodlands give her inspiration as well as material from which to work. 

February 16Two members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques at the Kentucky Artisan Center  

February 23Jeannette Rowlett, of Berea, creates jewelry by wrapping sterling silver wire into a variety of shapes. For her demonstration, she will incorporate semi-precious stones and Austrian crystal in her works. Rowlett is also the director of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.
Doris Ulmann Galleries

Rogers Traylor Art Building
Berea College Campus
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Selections from the Berea College Art Collection
(through May 2, 2019)
Berea Gallery

Bogus Boutique by David Bogus
(through February 8, 2019)
Rogers Gallery

Going Against the Grain: Wooden Quilts
by Laura Petrovich-Cheney 
(through February 15, 2019)
Upper Traylor Gallery

Artist Talk 12:00pm, February 15

Residue of a Lived Experience by Ryan Schroeder 
(through February 15, 2019)
Lower Traylor Gallery
Captive Eddies Concert

February 1
Body, Mind & Sol Studio
105 Jackson St. 

Captive Eddies' momentum has skyrocketed since the release of their debut album, "Simple Dream," and what they do live is unarguably powerful. Captive Eddies' music is driven by a deep sense of community. Rooted in love and a desire to give back, the group's presence, music and sound reaches far beyond their audiences. Captive Eddies' will be spending 2019 doing community work, and touring internationally to promote their upcoming album, "Awake." Tickets are $5 at the door.
For more information, go to
Jammin' on the Porch

Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W 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.
An Evening with Amanda Rader

February 9
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd.
Stephenson Memorial Concert: Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

February 14
Phelps Stokes Auditorium
Berea College Campus

Following in the footsteps of Clifton Chenier, "King of Zydeco," Texas-born Ledet was heavily influenced by southwest Louisiana's Creole and Cajun culture and music. Staying true to the roots of Zydeco, he has incorporated many other influences, such as blues, funk, reggae, R&B, gospel, and pop to create his unique style. Free and open to the public. 
Berea College Wind Ensemble Concert

February 25
Presser Music Hall
Berea College Campus

With guests Berea College Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to the public. 
English Country Dance

2nd Saturday
February 9
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W Jefferson St. 
Beginner teaching session at 6:45 pm, dance begins at 7:00 for easier, fun dances. Then after the break, move to intermediate dances (also fun!). Calling by Mary Harrell, Howard Carlberg, Peter Rogers, and others. Lovely and lively music by a fantastic gang of local musicians!  

Admission is free, though donations are accepted to help maintain sound equipment and support musicians! Refreshment/snack donations are also welcome!
Free Form Dance

3rd Friday
February 15
Body, Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St. 
An open, freeform dance. All ages and abilities welcome. This is a safe place to move to some good music with old and new friends. Donations of $3-$5 requested.
Contra Dance

3rd Friday
February 15
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic, open band. $3.00 for everyone.
128 N Broadway
Contra dances are fun for the whole family. No partner or experience is needed. All dances are taught first and then prompted. Partners change 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!

4th Saturday
February 23
$9 regular price, $6 students & seniors (65+)
212 Jefferson St. (Russel Acton Folk Center) 
Caller: Joe Wilkie  Band: The Big Four 
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
English Country Dance Valentine Ball

February 16
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W Jefferson St. 
The yearly Valentine's Ball, with a Great Gatsby theme! Come get romantic to English and Contra, under the expert leadership of Chrissy Davis-Camp, the sensational music of Liza DiSavino, A.j. Bodnar, Alice White, and Al White, and the excellent hospitality of the Berea Festival Dancers and their families. Themed or period attire is admired but not required. Admission: Students $7, Adults $15, Gallery (to observe and listen but not dance) $10. Free Teaching Session: 3:30-5:30 PM.
Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
February 21
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Happiness Hills Farm & Retreat Center
8682 Battlefield Memorial Highway

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. 
Community Events
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 10am-1pm 
Winter location:
101 Fee 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 Saturdays at 1pm, weather permitting. A Forestry Outreach Center volunteer or staff member will lead educational hikes on varying trails in the Berea College 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
Open Mic Night at the Berea Arts Council

2nd Tuesday
February 12
7:00pm - 8:30pm
444 Chestnut St. 

Share your poems, essays, or short fiction with other writers or hear others read their work.
Berea Storytellers Meeting

February 17
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Weaver's Bottom Studio
140 N Broadway

An open and casual association of folks who like stories. Bring a story to share.
Planetarium Shows

3:00pm & 7:00pm
Berea College Planetarium & Digital Theater
271 N Main St. 
Fulldome shows are offered on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm. Doors open 15 minutes before the show begins.  
Prices (tax included): 
$5 General Admission 
$3 Children 5-17, Adults 65+ 
Children under 5 are free
Berea College Convocations

Thursdays, 3pm 
Phelps-Stokes Auditorium
Berea College Campus
Free and open to the public

Rachel Brown
February 21

Brown, Executive Director of Project Zero, will discuss the role of communication in inter-group conflict, exploring how a lack of clear communication can lead to divisions, and even violence. Brown will suggest actions we can take to use communication as a powerful tool to prevent violence and create resilient peace.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
February 28

This feminist ensemble theatre company is dedicated to lifting up unheard and "underheard" stories. Defining Infinity, an original play, explores individuals' stories about the spectrums of both gender and sexual orientation. Enlightening, thoughtful, and powerful, the play shares experiences of queer folks from all along both of these spectrums.
Kentucky Trail Town

Winter is a great time to go outside and see a quieter, more serene side of Kentucky's natural beauty. Come visit Berea and hike through snowy landscapes, see a frozen waterfall, or enjoy the beauty of winter flora before warming up in one of our cozy restaurants or cafes.

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
2019 Body, Mind & Sol Retreat

March 1-3
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
100 N Main St. 

Join Body, Mind & Sol for their annual weekend retreat. Relax and rejuvenate with yoga and meditation sessions in the studio, enjoy delicious food and comfortable lodging at Boone Tavern, join the group for hikes around Berea's beautiful scenery, and explore Kentucky's Folk Arts and Crafts Capital. Register by December 30th for special rates, final registration deadline February 1, 2019. 

For more information or to register, call 859-567-9642 or go to
GFWC Berea Women's Club Scrapbook Retreat

March 1-3
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
100 N Main St. 
Join the GFWC Women's Club for a relaxing weekend scrapbook retreat at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel. There is no better place to get away from it all than in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You deserve a break and some "me time". This is a fantastic opportunity to work on your albums, unplug and unwind. This will be a relaxing three-day getaway from the routine of everyday life where you can scrapbook or craft to your hearts content. Gather a group of girlfriends or come solo.
For more information or to reserve your spot, click here.
Berea Parks and Recreation Events
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