Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
March 2020
Hello March!
Does the winter season have you wanting a change of scenery or a weekend get away? Look no further than #BereaKY! 

Enjoy shopping from our local shops & artisan galleries, treat yourself to some delicious food from our local eateries, hike our trails for breathtaking views, and stop by for a photo op in front of our new murals around town! 

March 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 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.

For more information go to 
or call  800-598-5263
 # BereaKY #VisitBerea #BereaProud

#BereaKy Photos
We had so many amazing pictures taken last month, and we cannot wait to share them with you!

Each month, we select photos posted on social media by our wonderful visitors & citizens to be featured in our newsletter! 

Make sure to tag us for a chance to be featured.  We can't wait to see your #BereaKY adventures!

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)

@foodismythang shared her delicious "noodle-induced nirvana" meal from Noodle Nirvana!

@nickies_adventures_in_nature came across this magical #BereaKY sunset! 

@karendevere found a little bit of spring in #BereaKY! 

@fahimibaig captured these stunning aerial shots of Berea College freshly covered in snow! 


@emmaheckman got fun photo op with the #BereaButterfly mural! 
Special Events
Intuitive Painting With Amy Lewis

March 22
2:00 pm
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.

For more information, call 859-567-9642 or 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! 
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, March 7
Character Carvings Demonstrated by Bruce Jones
On Saturday, March 7, Bruce Jones, of Paris, will demonstrate his woodcarving techniques. Woodcarvings vary with the person doing the carving, and Jones likes to carve characters. Character carvings usually depict a distinct or imaginary individual and can be colored with paints, inks or detailed with a wood burning tool.

Saturday, March 14
Ron McWhorter Creates Hand-hewn Dough Bowls

On Saturday, March 14, Ron McWhorter, of Richmond, will demonstrate how he carves oval wooden dough bowls by hand. Using a tool called an Adz, McWhorter chops a half log into a finished oval bowl. He is a member of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers and often demonstrates at the Center with this group.

Saturday, March 21
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, March 28
William Rogers Carves Cottonwood Bark
On Saturday, March 28, William Rogers, of Harrodsburg, will carve houses and characters from cottonwood bark. Rogers uses large pieces of cottonwood bark from downed trees to created intricate carvings of castle-like houses. His carvings are highly detailed and whimsical in nature.

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
March 20
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
March 28
7:30pm - 11:00pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St. 

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 College Forestry Outreach Center

For more information, call (859) 756-3315
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.

March 22
Intuitive Painting with Amy Lewis

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.

March 29
Demystifying Arm Balances 

Join Laura Burkhart In this workshop style vinyasa flow class, you will be given step-by-step instructions and specific techniques to safely, and successfully, "take off" in the following arm balances. Each pose will be broken down into three stages, making the class accessible for all levels. We will explore Vasisthasana Variations (Side Plank Pose) Bakasana (Crane Pose), Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane), Astavakrasana (Eight-Angle Pose) and Visvamitrasana (Visvamitra's Pose). You'll also receive a handout that visually breakdowns of each pose so you can continue to practice the progression of these arm balances at home.
Laura Burkhart is an E-RYT 500 international yoga teacher, regular contributor to Yoga Journal and OM Yoga Magazine, and 3-time cover model for Yoga Journal.

For more information, call 859-567-9642 or go to
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop

March 28
1:00 pm
50 0 Floyd Branch Rd.

HomeGrown HideAways is pleased to announce the return of our Mushroom Inoculation Workshop. This year, we'll be inoculating logs with shiitake and oyster varieties and, if there is time and interest, we'll do a mulch bed for Wine Caps and maybe some Lion's Mane. All mushroom spawn is from Field and Forest Products and certified organic. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Please see our ticket options below. Each option includes ONE inoculated log to take home (additional logs are $25 each). Children 13 years and older may join the class with adult accompaniment. No Pets.

Class only: $60/adult; $20/child (with purchase of adult pass)

Class + Primitive Camping: $75/adult, $25/child

Family Class (2 adults, 2 children): $145, $10/additional child participating in class

Family Class + Primitive Camping - $175, $10/child participating in the class

Tagalong pass for family/friends coming to the farm, but NOT participating in the class: $5

Friday night camping: $15

For more information, call 859-986-3478 or go to the event page.
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!

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Megan Campbell
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