Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
January 2020
Hello January, Hello 2020 !
Hello January, Hello 2020! Start off the new year with a trip to Berea, KY! Enjoy shopping from our local shops & artisan galleries, treat yourself to some delicious food from our local eateries, and stop by for a photo op in front of our new murals around town! 

January 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 (HOW)

April 17 - 19, 2020 - Catalog and registration coming January 2020.

Arrive a visitor. Emerge an artist. Offered select weekends throughout the year.

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)

@mirandamarie_3125 exploring the Pinnacles with her furry companion. 

@jhbdwyer celebrated their engagement anniversary hiking at Anglin Falls! This shot is absolutely BREATHTAKING!

@nativebagelco showing off one of their delicious looking cappuccinos! Such a cozy, relaxing spot to warm up & get some breakfast or lunch in #BereaKY!  

@coffeecupjoe admiring the festive window display at Warren A. May's Dulcimer Shop! 


Awesome shot captured by @jadynrhines while hiking our trails in #BereaKY! 
Special Events
New Years Hike

January 1
Boone Gap Outfitters
505 Mt. Vernon Rd. 

Join us on a quick hike to get the New Year started with boots on the ground and eyes on the sky! We'll meet at the shop at 3:30 and be back by dusk. It'll be a 2 mile hike and will not be too strenuous but please wear some good shoes for hiking. 

For more information, check out the event page.
The Spotlight Playhouse  
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Growing Up: A Broadway Revue
January 10,11,17,18
January 12

The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever
January 24,25
January 26

The Carol Burnett Show
January 31

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
First Annual Grand Masquerade Ball

January 11
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant 
100 Main St. N.

Did you think all the fun ended with the holidays? Think again and join us for a Masquerade Ball at Boone Tavern this January! 
Enjoy great food, drinks, live DJ, and dancing, all in our majestic setting. 

Tickets through Eventbrite are for Dinner and Reception Only (Price Includes reception, dinner buffet, 2 drink tickets, tax and gratuity). 

For more information, check out the event page or contact (859)985-3700 
Intuitive Painting with Amy Lewis

January 11
Body Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St.

Explore using elements of Feng Shui (Color and Shape) to create a 20X20 Acrylic painting. Add intentions for the new year using words, phrases, and symbols. All levels of painters are welcome. No painting experience necessary. Beginners welcome! Canvas provided. Some paints and brushes will be available for your use. Bring your favorite brushes and paints. Light Refreshments provided. Investment: $138.00.

January 19
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 and fun painting experience.

Midwinter blues pricing:
Regular $35 each.
January special = 2 for $50

For more information, check out the event page or contact (859)567-9642
Be the Artist
Gallery123 Workshops
123 N. Broadway

Needle Working Guys Group
Mondays in January

This is an opportunity for the guys in the community who crochet, knit, needlepoint, weave, etc can come together in a supportive environment and share techniques, ideas, and just chill out together. It is a free activity and baked goods and coffee will be involved!

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

The Art of the Book: 45 Years of Larkspur Press
(October 20, 2019 - January 31, 2020)

This exhibit celebrates 45 years of Larkspur Press owned and operated by artist Gray Zeitz.
Larkspur Press, located just outside of Monterey, KY, has produced hundreds of fine, letterpress, hand- bound editions of works by Kentucky poets and writers for 45 years. Zeitz is the most important designer and printer working in Kentucky and he has published at least a dozen beautiful, handmade chapbooks by his friend Wendell Berry.

The "Art of the Book" exhibit will showcase printed broadsides - poems with illustrations published by hand letterpress Larkspur Press. The show will also include actual wood engravings by the roster of fine artists Zeitz uses to illustrate his publications. Illustrators/artists include Wesley Bates, of Canada, Joanne Price, of Bagdad, John Lackey, of Lexington, Carolyn Whitsel, of Cincinnati, Laura Lee Cundiff, of Versailles and John Dixon pf Danville.
Zeitz and his press are well known in the world of hand letterpress art and he has published poems by almost every Kentucky Poet Laureate and nearly all of Wendell Berry's poetry. Zeitz began his typography career as an apprentice at the University of Kentucky King Library Press under the tutelage of Carolyn Hammer. Learning the skills of fine hand printing and typographic design he went on to establish Larkspur Press in 1974.
Also on display is an array of Larkspur Press books both in hardback and soft cover formats by many Kentucky Poet Laureates such as Mary Ann Taylor Hall, Richard Taylor, Jeff Worley, Frederick Smock and others.

Saturday Demonstrations
10:30am - 3:30pm

Saturday, January 4
Stitched Fiber Works Demonstrated  by Shawnna Southerland 
Shawnna Southerland comes from several generations of seamstresses who created both functional and decorative works. Southerland connects to her family tradition each time she sews her fiber bowls, place mats and coasters on her 1950s sewing machine.

Saturday, January 11
Gin Petty Demonstrates Miniature Natural Material Baskets
Gin Petty has been making baskets for many years and is primarily self-taught. For her demonstration, she will use the natural dried leaves and vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her gardens and yard in Madison County.

Saturday, January 18
Demonstration from the Berea Welcome Center Carvers
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, January 25
Honeysuckle & Hickory Bark Baskets by Janet Northern
Northern has been making baskets for over 20 years and is primarily self-taught. She utilizes the wood and natural vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her 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.

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

English Country Dance

Annual Berea Wassail Tour
2nd Saturday
January 11
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W Jefferson St. 

A day of partying, visiting, singing, dancing, eating, and a mummers play, ending at the English Country Dance.  Come when you can, stay as long as you're able, enjoy a day with your friends. 

For more information, call 859-985-5501 or 859-893-4918, or go to

Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
January 16
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

3rd Friday
January 17
8:00pm - 11:00pm
128 N Broadway

Open mic, open band. $3.00 for everyone.

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 we 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! 

For more details call (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.

Mondays & Wednesdays in January
A Basics Yoga Series to Begin Your Year
$60 for all 8 classes or $9.50 per class

January 4
New Year's Mind & Body Detox
$40 per person

January 19
Intuitive Painting with Amy Lewis
$35 per person or two for $50

Next Month:

February 1
Restorative Sound Journey

For more information, call 859-567-9642 or go to

Thrive Studios 
Healing Massage & Yoga
128B N. Broadway

For more information, go to  or call 859-582-6295
Sustainable Berea Annual Meeting

January 11
First Christian Church
206 Chestnut St.

Join us for our Annual Meeting to celebrate community.

Auction for baked goods and special items from local businesses and artisans.
Community Sustainability Awards will be announced.
SB Board members will serve homemade soup for a light dinner.

For more information, call 859-813-0750 or go to
Weekly Open House at Berea Makerspace

Berea Makerspace
116 Spring Circle Dr. Unit 3

For more information, go to the event page or
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
Berea Scrap & Craft Retreat

February 28-March 1
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant
100 Main St. N.

Join us for a relaxing weekend Scrap and Craft Retreat at the Historic Boone Tavern. You deserve a break from it all and some "me time" to relax and unwind.
This is a fantastic opportunity with unlimited time to work on your favorite handcrafts including but not limited to: traditional and digital scrapbooking, card making, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more. Gather a group of girlfriends or come solo.

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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