Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
February 2020
Hello February!
Hello February! This is such a heartwarming time of the year to visit Berea! Enjoy shopping from our local shops & artisan galleries, treat yourself to some delicious food from our local eateries, hike our trails for breathtaking winter views, and stop by for a photo op in front of our new murals around town! 

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 for Berea Tourism
Hands On Workshops (HOW)

April 17 - 19, 2020 - Catalog and registration coming soon on

Arrive a visitor. Emerge an artist.
The HOW program gives visitors a chance to learn more from master craftspeople and artists such as glass art, jewelry making, fiber arts, blacksmithing, ceramics, painting and drawing.

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
 # BereaKY #VisitBerea #BereaProud

#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)

@macey.harriss got a photo-op with one of the #MuralsOfBerea! 

@nativebagelco showing off their cheesecake with wild blueberry topping. Are you hungry now too? 

@lillyy_simpson & her friends exploring at The Pinnacles! 

@leximoberly with the "Mano A Mano" hand in the Artisan Village! 


@cool_catcasey captured this stunning photo of the sunset on Berea College's campus!
Special Events
Hearts Afire. Create Your Own Blown Glass Heart Paperweight

February 15
Weston Glass Studio
217 Adams St. 


Heat things up at the hot shop with your sweetie. Join us at the glass blowing studio to create your own glass paperweight. Two people make one heart each for $84. 
Coming stage? One person for $42. Participants can choose from other designs.
Minimum age is 16.

For more information,call (859) 985-0150 or email
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

February 29
Dinner Bell Restaurant
127 Plaza Dr.

Adventure Theatre Presents: Robo-Love: Cyborg Speed Dating. Show Synopsis: If there's one thing that love can teach you, it's that it can't be learned! With the help of his no-nonsense assistant, Dr. Felix Finnegan has finally perfected his robotic prototype, CHIP, and is ready to put it to the ultimate test: dating. Felix thinks he's found CHIP the perfect match in the personal ads and sets up a blind double-date, but when she arrives, Felix finds himself facing a blast from the past with a startling family secret! Will anyone find their happily-ever-after or will disaster strike in this cyborg soap opera?

Cost: $37 per person. Ticket price includes the show and a 3 course meal. 

For more information & tickets, go to
Be the Artist
Gallery123 Workshops
123 N. Broadway

February 15
Sea Glass Pendant Workshop

February 22
Paper Quilt Collage Workshop

For more information or to register, call the gallery at 859-985-8017.
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! 
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

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

Annual Exciting "Reveal" Exhibit
(January 15 - April 30, 2020)

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces the fifth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format paintings by Bob Leo Jones, of Louisville. This exhibit will run Jan. 19 through April 30, 2020, in the Center's lobby.
Jones is an abstract artist working in acrylics on large-scale canvas and Masonite. He started creating large-scale paintings in 2015, and his works are free flowing rather than linear. When working on canvas, Jones builds up layers of color with a palate knife. This method of layering allows for a longer drying time, which in turn allows the artist to think about how the painting is progressing.

Jones states, "I am an abstract artist and I have found that my vision is often better realized in a larger format. I layer the paint to build depth and distance into the work."

His painting "We Are Not Going Back the Way We Came" is based on the idea that there is always a way forward that guarantees something new. In the work "Cattails", Jones' love for low-lying water can be seen. The natural ponds and creeks of central Kentucky as well as the estuaries of the intercostal and the mangroves of Florida influence his work. 


Saturday Demonstrations
10:30am - 3:30pm

Saturday, February 1
Cornshuck Flowers Created by Darlene Hellard 
Darlene Hellard, of McKee, will create an amazing array of flowers from cornshucks on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Hellard dyes the cornhusks many colors and then folds and shapes them into a variety of flowers. Over the years, she has come up with ingenious new flower designs.

Saturday, February 8
Donna Smith Creates Dolls from Corn Shucks
On Saturday, Feb. 8, Donna Smith, from Waco, will create traditional cornshuck dolls from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Smith is the niece of the late well-known corn shuck artist Edna Ritchie who taught Smith how to make dolls, figures and flowers. Smith has recently branched out to create cornshuck witches for Halloween and Nativity scenes.

Saturday, February 15
Berea Welcome Center Carvers 'Cut it Up' at the Artisan Center
Two members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate their individual carving techniques and show visitors how they color their carvings with inks, paint and stains. These Central-Kentucky artisans demonstrate on the third Saturday of every month at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Saturday, February 22
Tonya Vance Creates Felted Vessels
Because Tonya Vance loves brilliant color, she dyes wool and uses the wet felting process to create felted vessels and ornaments. The wet felting process locks the wool fibers together so that it can be formed into numerous shapes. Vance will create small vessels during her demonstration that day from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Saturday, February 29
Joette Dunn Demonstrates Stitched and Embroidered Dolls and Pillows
Using a sewing machine and an embroidery needle, Pendleton County artist Joette Dunn creates a variety of original designed dolls and embroidered pillows. Using cotton fabrics, she cuts out her doll designs, sews and stuffs them with batting. Her pillows are embellished with imagery and sayings using a variety of embroidery stitches. She will demonstrate from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, Feb. 29.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off I-75 at Berea Exit 77. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers traveler services, shopping, exhibits and Saturday artist demonstrations. The Artisan Café & Grill is open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (859)-985-5448
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!
For more information, call 
(800)  598-5263 
Stephenson Memorial Concert Series

Phelps-Stokes Auditorium
Berea College Campus
Free and open to the public

Contra Dance

3rd Friday
February 21
9:00pm - 12:00am
128 N Broadway

We moved ... to a new time!  3rd Friday contra dance is now 9:00-midnight! Plenty of time to wash the dishes, finish your homework, or fold that laundry before dancing, playing, noshing and partying! $3 is all it takes, plus your dancing feet. All dances taught, then called.  Beginners warmly welcomed!  Musos, bring thy instruments and be one with the band.  See you on the dance floor!

For more information, contact Howard and Shirley Carlberg at (859) 985-5501 or go to
Contra Dance

4th Saturday
February 22
7:30pm - 11:00pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St. 

Open mic, open band. $3.00 for everyone.

Make it a weekend!  Come to the Thursday Family Dance, the 3rd Friday Contra Dance, and finish off with the 4th Saturday Contra Dance with Doug Singleton calling and our own Berea Castoffs providing the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music!  No partner or experienced needed, all dances taught and then called.  Admission is $6 students & seniors, $9 for the rest of us.  Bring a snack to share, and plan to stay for the after party to the wee hours - yes!

For more information, contact Howard and Shirley Carlberg at (859) 985-5501 or go to
Community Events
Berea Farmers Market- Winter Season

Parish House, BUMC
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, call 859-813-0750 or go to
Body Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St.

February 1
Restorative Sound Journey

February 8
DIY Elderberry Syrup @ Smoothies on the Square
(104 Main St.)
$25 per person

For more information, call 859-567-9642 or go to
Berea College Planetarium Shows

3:00pm & 7:00pm
271 N. Main St., 4th Floor
Berea College Campus

Join the Berea College Planetarium and Digital Theater for full dome shows every Sunday! Cost is $5 for general admission, $3 for senior citizens, and children under 5 get in free! 
Kentucky Trail Town

Winter is a great season to visit Berea and hike through our breathtaking trails!
Enjoy the crisp air and stunning views of the mountains on your next adventure.

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
Hands Four Spring Dance 2020 | 17th Annual

April 24-26
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St. 

17th Annual Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend featuring the bands Buddy System and Wake Up Robin at the Russel Acton Folk Center.

For more information or registration, visit  or call
(859) 986-7584

Berea Parks and Recreation Events
Thank You!
As always, thank you for following us! We look forward to seeing you here in Berea!

You can find even more information on our website at

If you have any comments or suggestions, be sure to send them to

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