Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
August 2019
Hello August !
Hello August! While summer may be coming to an end, the fun and beauty in Berea is not. Hike our trails, enjoy some local food, and stop by for a photo op in front of our new murals around town! 
August 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
Last Chance Festival of Learnshops Classes!
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Bead Embroidery - August 3rd from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Price: $69

Bead Embroidery - August 3rd from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Price: $69

Leaf Printing on Silk Scarves - August 3rd from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Price: $115

or call 800-598-5263.
Hands On Workshops
October 11-13, 2019

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.

Click here to sign up to be notified when the latest course catalog becomes available.

For more information 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, #BereaKY, or #BereaProud. 

We can't wait to see your photos!

Below are this month's social media 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)

@ chelsey_mcintosh  stopped by the Berea Fudge Shoppe to get her favorite waffle cone! 

@venturegirl_ hiking the Pinnacles on a gorgeous Berea summer day! 

@penny_sharpei found a sunflower. Sunflower selfies are great...but puppy sunflower selfies are even better! 

@aablack13 got a photo op with the #BereaKY rocking chair in the Artisan Village after taking a Learnshop! 


@sneekpics9_18 came across this stunning view of the creek at Brushy Fork Trail! 
Special Events
Singing Bird Music School

July 31- August 2, 2019

Musicians of all experience levels are welcome to participate in three days of hands-on learnshops in old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass banjo and guitar.

For more information or to register go to 
or call 800-598-5263.
Toxin-Free: Back to School

August 1
Thrive Studios
128B N Broadway.

FREE CLASS: Join us at Thrive Studios to learn how to prepare for Back to School with Young Living Essential oil products! We will cover products that help students, parents, and teachers with anxiety, confidence, concentration, immune support, and much more!

For more information, check out the event page.
The Merchant of Venice

August 2,3,9,10
August 4
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by The Spotlight Players

Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as part of a loan contract (weird), Bassanio agrees to it (weirder), and Portia saves the day by cross-dressing and pretending to practice the law (perfectly normal).

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
BGO Mystery Hikes

August 3, 4, 17, 18
Boone Gap Outfitters
505 Mt Vernon Rd.
The Mystery Hikes will be taking us on a 4-5 mile journey into the hills of Kentucky! The hikes will be easy to moderate. We'll be meeting up at the Boone Gap Outfitters location on Mt Vernon Rd and starting from there.
Each hike is limited to 10 guests so act quickly!

More details can be found on the event page but please contact us at (859) 951-6488 with any questions you may have! We'll see you out there!
Kip's Hooked on Crochet Class

August 3,10,17
123 N. Broadway

This is a free class for 13 year olds to adults to learn the chain stitch, single crochet stitch and double crochet stitch. Kip is a local teen with both the passion and the talent to teach this fun craft. Learning these 3 stitches, one can end up making scarves, blankets, afghans and beyond!!!!

Yarn and hooks will be available to borrow. Just bring your patience and enthusiasm! 3 Saturday workshops.

 If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey at 859-985-8017. 
Moonlight Market

August 10
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant
100 Main St. N.

Come celebrate summer with us on August 10th! Grab a cold drink with friends on the Boone Tavern patio, shop local goods, and enjoy delicious local food and live music. Hope to see you in Berea for this summer celebration under the stars!

For more information, check out the event page.
The Rainbow Fish Musical

August 9,10
August 11
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by students age 4-9.

Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. Now the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea comes to life on stage! This large-cast musical features a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. With a bubbly, energetic score and a script that invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, the universal message at the heart of this one-of-a-kind musical becomes much more than just a simple children's story.

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
Pooch Poolooza

August 12
Berea City Pool

Bring your furry best friend out to the pool to cool off on Monday August 12th from 5 to 7pm!
Free; a non-monetary donation for the Madison County Animal Shelter is recommended.
*Dogs must be friendly toward other dogs & up to date on vaccinations*

For more information, please call
(859) 986-9402
Berea Celtic Festival 

August 16-18

The Berea Celtic Festival has over the years drawn numerous excellent musicians and singers to town for this traditional, grassroots and puredrop event. A low-budget, cozy, reliable fest that encourages musicians to meet, inspire and play at sessions, workshops and concerts throughout town. Most events are free of charge, but there will be admissions for other ones to cover our expenses.
For the schedule or more information,  visit
Little Shop of Horrors

August 16,17,23,24,
August 18
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by advanced students Age 14-18

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
Drum Healing with Joan Brannon

August 17
Body Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St. 

This is an opportunity to experience the benefits of the drum for grounding, as well as to raise your vibration. You will learn hand drumming techniques and how to incorporate rhythm into your daily meditation. Bring your own djembe or use one of Joan's.
We plan to make this a monthly event so that you can get serious about your drumming!

For more information, check out the event page.
Polka Dots Inspired By Yayoi Kusama

August 31
123 N. Broadway

Using colored markers on gorgeous hand made paper from Nepal, we will paint only using polka dots to create stunning abstract works inspired by the brilliant artist, Yayoi Kusama. This class is for ages 10 to adult and will have 10 free spaces available.

 If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey, your instructor at 859-985-8017. 
Be the Artist
Art and Crafts School- Classes with Berea College Trace

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
116 N Broadway

Mondays: 10:00am-12:00pm
10:00am-12:00pm- Glassblowing: $50 (several items to choose from)
10:00am-12:00pmWoodworking: $45 (whirly birds)

1:00pm-3:00pm- Jewelry: $45 
3:00pm-5:00pm- Ceramics: $40

Please call Jeannette Rowlett at (859) 248-2505 for availability and registration or got to .  

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! 
Fiber Frenzy Workshops

-Sock Club, Every Friday
-Fiber Therapy, Every Tuesday

For more details, call 859-986-3832 or go to
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

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


At Home in Kentucky
(August 11 - October 19, 2019)

This exhibit features quilts by Kentucky Quilters Janet Serrenho, Brenda Plaster and Glenna Blakely along with an array of furniture including rockers, end tables, music stands, tables, chairs and stools by Mike and Kelly Angle of Red Dog Chairs.

Pass it On: Exhibit of works by Learnshop Instructors
(June 30, 2019 - October 20, 2019)

The Kentucky Artisan Center will showcase the works of over 50 Learnshop                            Instructors
in the exhibit "Pass it On" in the Center's lobby from June 30 - Oct. 20, 2019. Berea's Festival of Learnshops offers over 160 workshops by outstanding professional artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople. This exhibit includes a wide variety of mediums and techniques from painting to furniture, sculpture and jewelry. Viewers can see the wi de array of talent these Learnshop instructors are passing on to their students.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Sabra L. Crockett has lived in numerous locations                   t hroughout the south before finding her home in Louisville, Kentucky. There she enjoys being surrounded
 by beautiful songbirds and a spectacular variety of trees.
"I am fascinated by nature. It has a secret language that I try to decipher. There is a feeling I get when observing the birds, animals, and trees - a feeling that I am experiencing something that is so familiar, and yet so extraordinary," she states. "I have been visiting one of the largest and oldest Ginko trees in Louisville for many years now and the painting in this exhibit is the first in a series about this tree."

Saturday Demonstrations
10:30am - 3:30pm

Saturday, August 3-
Pottery Face Jugs Created by Robert Brigl

Robert Brigl will demonstrate how he sculpts faces onto his wheel thrown clay jugs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Brigl's Plum Springs Pottery is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and he creates a range of face mugs as well.

Saturday, August 10-
John Dixon Demonstrates Wood Engraving

Danville artist John Dixon will demonstrate the intricacies of wood engraving from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Wood engravings are an intricate form of illustration. Dixon studies with Canadian wood engraver Wesley Bates and prints his engravings at Larkspur Press in Kentucky.

Saturday, August 17-
Demonstration from the Berea Welcome Center Carvers. 

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


Saturday, August 24-
Animal Mugs Demonstrated by Marshia Hawkins

On Saturday, Aug. 24, Marshia Hawkins, of Winchester, KY, will demonstrate how she sculpts animals onto her wheel thrown clay mugs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.


Saturday, August 31-
Pottery on the Wheel Demonstrated by
 Kristal Gilkey of Alley Cat Pottery

On Saturday, Aug. 31, Kristal Gilkey will demonstrate pottery on the wheel from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Gilkey owns Alley Cat Pottery and her work is both colorful and functional.

Berea Alive: A Photo Exhibit 

Through Septmeber 7, 2019
Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.
11 :00am-4:00pm

Our Berea Alive: A Photo Exhibit is open from 11 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Saturday at the Tate Building. The exhibit is open from July 18 through September 7. Stop by and check out the work from many of our talented local artists.

For more information please call (859) 985-9317
Levitt Amp Music Series 2019 

July 19 - October 4, 2019
Artist Circle

Join us on Friday nights in July - October 2019 from 6PM-9PM 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 & including sponsorships from MACED.

(Levitt will skip the weeks of Aug 16 and Sept 20 for Celtic and Spoonbread Festivals)

For more information please visit 

Fridays following Levitt AMP 
Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.

Post-Levitt AMP Berea Music Series Social Hour

For more information please visit   the event page. 
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.
Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
August 15
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. 
Contra Dance

4th Saturday
August 24
$9 regular price, $6 students & seniors (65+)
212 Jefferson St. (Russel Acton Folk Center) 
Caller: Kathy Anderson Band: Hot Coffee Breakdown  
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
Community Events
Free Narrated Trolley Tour of Berea

Saturdays until October 12, 2019
10am - 4:20pm

Free Narrated Trolley Tour of Berea: The trolley will run every Saturday until October 12, 2019. The tours will start at 10am at the Kentucky Artisan Center, then stop at the Artisan Village, Chestnut Street Park, Boone Tavern, and back to the Kentucky Artisan Center. The tours are approximately 40-45-minutes round trip. You may get on and off at any stop. Trolley Tour schedules are available upon request. Please call with any questions: 859-986-2450. 

For more information, call (859) 986-2540
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 10am - 1pm 
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
Berea Junior Farmers Market

August 24 
9am - 1pm 
416 Chestnut St.

Berea Kids Eat is partnering with the Berea Farmers Market to host multiple Youth Markets throughout the summer. This is an opportunity kids ages 6-18 to develop the necessary entrepreneurial skills to grow/create their own homemade products and learn about importance of supporting local businesses. Come out and support the youth of Berea in a fun and friendly environment at the Berea Farmers Market!

For more information check out the event page.
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Guided Hikes:

The Berea College Forestry Outreach Center and the Friends of the Berea College Forest are excited to offer group community and student hikes every at Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00 Am starting May 10th! Meet in the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center building!
Hiking is a great way to meet people, have fun, and de-stress!

Some weeks will have special topics and some will be led by Berea College students! If you have any ideas or requests, or would like to lead a hike yourself, let us know!

For more information, call  859-756-6094 or go to .

More Activities:

Strong Hearts | Strong Community Saturday Charity WOD 

9:00am - 10:00am
CrossFit Berea
1333 Slate Lick Rd

Welcome to CrossFit Berea where we value our community. Our Strong Hearts | Strong Community Saturday Charity WOD at 9am will be dedicated to a different charity each month. You may be asked to bring in canned food, pet supplies, or even a little cash to help out those folks we feel need a hand up. So join us and bring a friend. We will never turn you away, should you forget your donation. And we will surely appreciate everything you can give.
Our Saturday WOD is family friendly and everyone is welcome. However, before you can participate, you need to fill out a waiver! So stop in a little early if you have not done that yet.
For information, check out the event page.

Chair Yoga with Judy

Fridays in August
Body Mind & Sol 
105 Jackson St.

Chair Yoga with Judy builds physical and mental strength, flexibility, and balance while seated in a chair or using a chair for support when standing. Appropriate for beginners and all practitioners who appreciate a deep, effective and gentle practice without getting up and down from the floor. 

For information or to sign up, visit the event page.
The Mindful Way to Emotional Balance- A Nine Week Workshop

August 6,13,20,27
Body Mind & Sol 
105 Jackson St.

Workshops led by Carol Peachee, LPCC with over forty years of experience in the healing arts.

This 9-week workshop introduces concepts and techniques that teach emotional balance based on developing a different relationship to our emotions. This new relationship enables us to go beyond our habitual reactions and find a different place for standing and working with feelings.

Cost for nine 2-hour sessions is $360
Receive 50% discount ($6 drop-in, regularly $12) on yoga class immediately following mindfulness class for each of the 9 weeks.

Anthem, Humana, and UBH insurances accepted for workshop.
Call text or email Carol at 859-338-5757 or to register.

For information or to sign up, visit the event page.
Nurturing Yoga Retreat for Women

August 24
Thrive Studios
128B N Broadway.

Join us for a half-day yoga retreat at Thrive Studios in Berea, KY. We will experience three different styles of yoga designed to lift our spirits, oxygenate our bodies, learn better posture, strengthen the immune system, and help create peace in ourselves and our world. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $50/person

For more information, check out the event page.
Dinner at the Farm with the Neighborhood Perennials Project

August 24
Berea Urban Farm
201 Adams St.

Come enjoy a lovely summer evening on the farm with other NPP participants! We will provide a meal with farm-fresh ingredients and a special focus on recipes utilizing perennial foods. Please bring your own recipes using perennial foods to share with the community.

For information, check out the  event page. 

Kentucky Trail Town

Summer is a great time to go outside and see Kentucky's natural beauty. Come visit Berea and hike through our breathtaking trails!
You can see a waterfall, stunning views of the mountains, and also enjoy the beauty of the flowers blooming. 

Maps to hike or bike some of Berea's various 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
Spoonbread Festival

September 20-22
Memorial Park & Berea Community School
W. Jefferson St.

23rd Annual Spoonbread Festival
Signature Event of the Berea Chamber of Commerce
September 20-22, 2019
Memorial Park - Berea, KY
3 Days of Affordable Family Fun

For more information visit

or call (859) 986-9760
Fall Mountain Folk Festival 

September 27-28
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St.

65th Annual Fall Mountain Folk Festival featuring a dance weekend for all the senses at Russel Acton Folk Center.

For more information visit call (859) 985-5501
Berea Parks and Recreation Events
Thank You!
As always, thank you for following us! We look forward to seeing you here in Berea!

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Megan Campbell
Berea Tourism | 3 Artist Circle, Berea, Ky 40403 | 800-598-5263 |  |
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