Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
October 2019
Hello October !
Hello October! We are ready for pumpkin carving, Halloween candy, beautiful leaves changing, and everything fall here in Berea! Hike our trails, enjoy some local food, and stop by for a photo op in front of our new murals around town! 
October 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
Make It, Take It, Give It!

November 29 - December 22

Catalog and registration coming mid-October!

Select from workshops that last two hours to a full day to pursue your interest in woodworking, glass, drawing, sustainability or professional learning for educators. Many workshops are youth friendly, so bring your kids or grandkids, enroll them in the youth offerings or register with them and create together. Share with your friends, give as gifts to your family and treat yourself to another great experience in Berea!

Click here to sign up to be notified when the 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)

@cyntastic_  started off her Saturday in Berea off right by getting some Hole in Corner Donuts! 

@dr.nicktrubee had an adventurous day of hiking the Pinnacles! 

@thedaintywitch watching the hot air balloons at the Spoonbread Festival's Balloon Glow!

@chelsealee_t got a photo-op with the #MuralsOfBerea butterfly wings in the Artisan Village! 


@travelingzeus visited Berea for the Spoonbread Festival, so of course a selfie with some Spoonbread is a must! 
Special Events
Experience Ezell at Clear Creek

October 5-6
Clear Creek Creative
140 Wood Betony Rd

Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man is an environmental, cultural and spiritual parable derived from living in the foothills of Appalachia amidst the context of climate change and the transition from a century of coal extraction to what comes next:  a resilient future built on renewable energy or continued extraction through the expansion of oil & gas fracking throughout the Appalachian region.  In the story, Ezell's choices, traumas, ancestors and more intersect with themes of domination and resilience as he seeks to take advantage of an anticipated fracking boom and the opportunity to reconnect with the people and land of his raising. 
Ezell has received KY Arts Council as well as national support from two performance networks and was recently selected for a NEFA National Theater Project (NTP) award, one of only eight in the country and the only rurally-based project to be awarded this year as well as the first-ever Kentucky recipient.  To reserve tickets, book Ezell in your community and find out more:  

For more information, click here.

An Evening in Nepal

October 4
Seabury Center Upper Gym
313 N. Main St. 

All are welcome to attend this fundraising event in the Seabury Center Upper Gym  from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on October 4 .  Delicious Nepali cuisine will be served, traditional Nepali dance and music will be performed, and there will be a silent auction for handicrafts made by women's self-help industries in Nepal and elsewhere. 

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for others .   

For more information, click here or contact

Tuned in for Murder Dinner Show

October 4, 5, 11, 12
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by the Bluegrass Players
Completely revamped for this season, Tuned in for Murder is a fan favorite 1980's Themed Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Written by local playwright and director Chad Hembree, this zany mystery delights audiences with a host of crazy characters. You're invited to the 50th Anniversary of WJRK, and the owner has big news to share-if he can live that long.

You may request celebrity status at the time of booking. As a celebrity, you will be provided a small prop to wear and may be given a card containing a short paragraph to read at the appropriate time in the show. Celebrity roles are limited.

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
Winnie the Pooh Kids

October 4, 5, 11, 12
October 6
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by students ages 4-9.

Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks.

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
Artists Undiscovered at the Tate Building

October 5
Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.

The polls came in and everyone wanted to hear more music! The Berea Arts Council and Abstract Affairs have paired to bring you Artists Undiscovered! Local musicians and poets come together in one night to showcase their talents and be heard. The Berea Arts Council will be serving drinks at this event! Entrance fee is $5 and goes to support more upcoming local events such as this one!

For more information, check out the event page or call (859) 985-9317 
Metal Jewelry Stamping Class

October 5
123 N. Broadway

Using metal lettering and decorative stamps you will create a bracelet, a key chain and charms for jewelry designing. This class is for ages 13 to adult. Class limit is 6 and there is a $10 fee. All materials are included. To register please call 859-985-8017 to reserve a spot.

For more information or to register, call the gallery at 859-985-8017.
The Celebration of Traditional Music 

October 10-13
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
205 N. Main St.

The Celebration of Traditional Music is a family friendly event hosted by the Appalachian Center as an opportunity to learn and enjoy folk roots music featuring genres like: Old Time String Band Music, Blues, Traditional Gospel Singing, and Ballads. 

For more information visit or call 859-985-3140

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
KY Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair | Juried 

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Logo
October 12-13
Indian Fort Theater
2047 Big Hill Rd.

Join us for the 52nd Fall Fair at Indian Fort Theater. As the state's oldest guild of juried artists, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen offers hand-crafted visual art and fine Kentucky-made crafts from 120 artists. Listen to fine regional music and enjoy great food under the trees.

For more information visit or call
Sustainable Berea Fall Open House

October 12
Sustainable Berea
107 Grant St.

We have moved!!! See our new office space on Grant Street at our Fall Open House: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2 pm -- 5 pm
While you're here, take a tour of the Berea Urban Farm, learn about our upcoming programs/events, and find out how to volunteer in 2020.
Refreshments provided

For more information, email or call 859-985-1689 
Geocaching Weekend

October 18-20

Bring a GPS or smart phone and participate in the Berea Chamber of Commerce's exciting family-friendly GeoTourism adventure.
Geocaching is a hi-tech scavenger hunt that will take you to places you might not otherwise see. Expand your technology and adventure skills while exploring Berea's beautiful outdoors and commerce areas. 
Participate in our  Official GeoTour and earn collectible souvenirs. (Fun fact: The Berea Chamber hosts the only GeoTour in the state of Kentucky.)

For more information and to learn about Berea's year-round Geocaching opportunities, visit: or call 859-986-9760
Salems Daughter- A Witch's Tale

October 18, 19, 25, 26
October 20
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 Richmond Rd. N.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School
Performed by Students Age 14-18

This gripping drama opens in 1691, where Sarah Brooks, who has been tried as a witch, is sentenced to hang, cursing those who would disturb her rest. Now jump to the present: six high school seniors have a graduation party at Heather's house, which is built on the hill where the condemned witches were buried. Heather goads the others into inviting a new girl, Sarah, to their party. Sarah is the perfect example of the 'trash' Heather thinks is moving in and ruining the town. Heather insists that Sarah drink a glass of 'Initiation Punch,' and when Sarah collapses and dies, the joke suddenly stops. To protect their post-graduation dreams, the others decide to throw Sarah's body down the backyard well and vow never to tell anyone what happened. Eight years later, the group must once again come together. Construction near the well has revealed... nothing. A police detective has told Heather that a woman in a long dress has been seen on her property. Is it Sarah?

For information, go to or call (859) 756-0011
Be the Artist
The Artist's Way Workshops

Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm (through November 5)
Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.
Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm 

A twelve-week workshop based on the "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, an empowering book for aspiring and working artists. 
The workshops will begin on Tuesday, August 20, from 7:00 till 9:00 pm. The instructor, Glenda White, will lead participants through a comprehensive program to recover their creativity from a variety of blocks, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

There is absolutely no requirement to be a "real" artist, or to know anything about creating in order to benefit from this class. The class requires the text, "The Artist's Way" (25th Anniversary Edition) available in paperback. Second hand books are easily found through local used booksellers or on

Class size is limited to 12 participants. The workshop is free, but donations are encouraged to support the work of the Berea Arts Council. For more information, call the Berea Arts Council at 859-985-9317 or visit the website at
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


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, October 5-
Pastel Painting Demonstrated by Diana Colgate.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Diana Colgate, of Shepherdsville, will demonstrate her pastel painting techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Colgate paints landscapes in brilliant color often creating works on site.

Saturday, October 12-
Painted Gourds Demonstrated by Donna Smith 

Gourd artist Donna Smith will demonstrate her painting techniques on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Smith's husband Donnie cuts lids and openings into their gourds and Donna embellishes the surface with acrylic paint and stains.

Saturday, October 19
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, October 26th- 
Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey Demonstrates Eco Dyed Silk.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey will demonstrate her Eco-Dye techniques to create images from leaves and flowers onto silk from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.

Music to My Eyes: Visions of Music

September 13 - November 2
Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.
11 :00am-2:00pm

Visual artists, how would you portray the concept and emotions of music? In January 2019 the Berea Arts Council moved and expanded its offerings. In addition to exhibits, we now offer a singer/songwriter series featuring local and regional musicians. The popular sessions and exceptional music inspired the concept for this exhibit. We invite you to submit works of visual art inspired by music, in whatever shape or form it speaks to you! The exhibit is open to any visual interpretation of music and any 2-D or 3-D medium. All submitted works must be ready to hang (using wire) or display on a pedestal.

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.
Stephenson Memorial Concert Series

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

English Country Dance

2nd Saturday
October 12
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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!

Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
October 17
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
October 26
$9 regular price, $6 students & seniors (65+)
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 Jefferson St. 

Caller: Frank Buschelmann 
Band: The Berea Castoffs
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

September 28
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.
Sundays at the Tate- Fiber Workshops!

Berea Arts Council
444 Chestnut St.

October 6, from 2-4: Mask Making

October 13, from 2-4: Introduction to Embroidery

October 20, from 2-4: Introduction to Needle Felting

November 3, from 2-4: Holiday Decor, making a Yo Yo Tree

November 10, from 2-4: Holiday Cards and Paper Ornament

To register for one of the classes and to pay tuition, please visit our  Facebook event page or  call (859) 985-9317 
Body Mind & Sol
Yoga, Pilates, Dance, and Meditation
105 Jackson St.

Mondays beginning October 7
Teen Yoga

October 12
Drum Healing with Joan Brannon
Cost: $18

October 19
Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)
Cost: $45

October 25
How to Sleep Better with Yoga and Herbal Medicine
Cost: $25

For information or to sign up, go to or call 859-567-9642
Thrive Studios 
Healing Massage & Yoga
128B N. Broadway

October 3
Toxin-Free - Cleaning Your Home
Cost: Free

October 26
Meditate and Create: Crystal Healing Energy Bracelet
Cost: $35

For more information, go to or call 859-582-6295
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 Forestry Outreach Center

Guided Hikes:

The Berea College Forestry Outreach Center and the Friends of the Berea College Forest are excited to offer group hikes every Saturday at 1PM.
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:

Berea College Convocations 

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

Dr. Varun Soni
October 17
The Spiritual and the Scholarly

Dr. Janet Zadina
October 24
How Your Brain Learns Best: Do What Works!

Cornbread and Tortillas
October 31
This lively bilingual theatrical performance combines music, dance and stories from throughout the Americas with the central themes of family, identity, work, love, and art. The many stories told through song and dance emphasize our common humanity and suggest that it's possible to build cultural bridges amid the ever-changing demographics of our nation.
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

Fall weather is coming, and it's 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
Home & Hearth Christmas Bazaar 

November 9-10
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St.

The Christmas atmosphere is filled with over 35 vendors offering quality crafts. The kitchen is open for the two-day event serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

For more information visit
(859) 893-9066 OR (859) 582-0832
Berea Makers Market Holiday Market 

November 16
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W. Jefferson St.

Kick off the holidays with Berea Makers Market on Saturday November 16th! Join us at the Russel Acton Folk Center, near Old Town Berea, for the best handmade gifts + delightful holiday treats. We can't wait to see you in Berea! 

For more information and updates, check out the event page or go to
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

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