Berea, K Y Tourism Newsletter
December 2018
Bountiful Beauty in Berea
The weather is getting colder and winter is on its way, but there are still opportunities to enjoy Berea's natural beauty and outdoor events! Hike to a frozen waterfall at Anglin Falls or enjoy holiday shopping in the Artisan Village and on College Square.
December brings with it more exciting 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! 

through December 16

With the guidance of expert artisans and master craftspeople (and using their equipment), you can create a handmade gift worthy of becoming a family heirloom. Or you can "gift" a workshop to a special person and let them enjoy expressing their creativity. Better yet, come together and celebrate the joy of making something with your own hands and imaginations. Whether your interest is painting, fiber arts or forging, Make It, Take It, Give It! has something for you. 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!

For more information or to register, 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, #BereaProud, #OurBerea, or #BereaKy. 

We can't wait to see your photos!

Below are this month's #BereaKy 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.) created this beautiful advent calendar inspired by Berea's College Square! 

@alleycatpottery made this adorable Berea keepsake for this year's Maker's Market Holiday Market!

@harmon_house_studios found this fall bloomer on a beautiful day. 

@johnsonbranchphoto enjoyed Berea's hills during the peak of fall colors.


@kentuckychic79 saw beauty on College Square even on a rainy day. 
Special Events
39th Annual Holiday Show

December 1-2
9:00am - 5:00pm
Tater Knob Pottery
260 Wolf Gap Rd.

Join the artists for their 39th Annual Holiday Show. Featuring guest artists, lots of beautiful work and some delightfully tasty treats!

For more information visit or call 859-986-2167.
Spotlight Playhouse Christmas Vendor Fair

December 1
9:30am - 3:30pm
The Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd. 

This 1st annual Christmas Vendor Fair is to put you at ease for your holiday shopping! Vendors are eager to help you with your shopping needs for that special someone or to treat yourself! Contest, samples and discounts for everyone! These vendors have seriously prepared to make this event worth your while! All are in the holiday spirit and ready to spread the JOY! 

For more information, call 859-756-0011.
A Christmas Carol  at the Berea Arena Theater

Berea Arena Theater Christmas Carol
December 1-2
8:00pm Saturday
2:00pm Sunday
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd.

Join the Berea Arena Theater for their adaptation of this classic Christmas tale!

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-986-9039 or go to
Handmade Holiday Ornament Contest

December 1
Gallery 123
633 Chestnut St. 

Gallery 123 is sponsoring a handmade ornament contest to promote the talented craftspeople of all ages here in Berea, KY.

Rules are simple:
1. Must be handmade from any non-hazardous materials.
2. Must be able to hang on a tree.
3. Must be family friendly in its presentation.

Contest age categories: 2-6, 7-12, 13-19, Adults.

Deadline is Saturday, December 1, 2018. Just drop them off at Gallery 123 and fill out a registration form. Winners announced on December 15th. Prizes will be given to one person in each age category!!!! We are excited to see the amazing creations the talented folks in our community come up with!!!!

For more information, call 859-756-3920.
Danish American Christmas Celebration

December 2
5:30pm - 7:45pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W Jefferson St. 

For 25 years the Folk Circle Association has put on this fun, festive, family friendly party for kids of all ages for the community that includes Santa Lucia Processional, live music, refreshments, Santa's workshops, storytelling, and live candles on the tree. Free admission, donations accepted.
For more information, call 859-986-7584 or go to
The Christmas Showcase  at the Spotlight Playhouse

December 7-9
7:00pm Friday & Saturday
2:00pm Sunday
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd. 

Every two years Spotlight assembles their favorite songs and scenes into a spectacular production from the Christmas movies and shows that make the best season of the year even better.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Berea Uncorked: Kidz Edition  

December 8
10:00am - 12:00pm
Russel Acton Folk Center
212 W Jefferson St. 

GFWC Berea Woman's Club is proud to partner with Berea Parks & Recreation once again to bring you this fun holiday event, Berea Uncorked- Kidz Edition! It's the painting and wine event- without the wine! Instead, it's cookies and other bite-sized treats, refreshing punch, and a family-friendly atmosphere indoors, in the midst of the winter chill. Taught by local artist Jesse Albert Glenn.Cost is $25 per person and includes all painting supplies and snacks.

To register for your spot, click here.
Christmas Tea!

December 8
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Historic Boone Tavern
100 N Main St.  

Boone Tavern's annual Christmas Tea is back, featuring fine teas and holiday treats! Cost is $35 per person. 

For more information or to reserve your spot, call  859-985-3700. 
Twilight Christmas Parade

December 8
Chestnut St. 

Berea decks the halls and opens its doors wide for this enchanting prelude to the holiday season. Open houses all weekend long. Fantastic shopping in the Artisan Village and College Square. Catch the Christmas Spirit!

For more information visit or call 859-986-9760.

Restorative Sound Healing Workshop  

December 9
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Body, Mind & Sol
105 Jackson St. 

Join Jeremy and Nancy for an evening of soothing and healing sounds paired with a supported, breath-centered Restorative Yoga practice. The fusion of sound, stillness, and breath will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvinated. The vibrational experience includes the sacred sounds of the handpan, gong, chimes, crystal singing bowls, didgeridoo and more. Experience the bliss of surrender as Nancy leads the class through nurturing, restorative poses supported by blankets, bolsters and blocks while Jeremy provides an improvised ultra sensory exploration with enchanting sacred sounds. Cost is $35 per person.  

For more information or to register, call 859-567-9642 or go to
Visit with Santa in Berea

Monday December 10th
3 - 3:45pm: People's Bank - 419 Chestnut St.
4 - 4:45pm: Berea Tourism - 201 N. Broadway
5 - 5:45pm: Mario's Pizza - 636 Chestnut St.
6 - 6:45pm: Tractor Supply  - 304 Cooper Dr.

Tuesday December 11th
3 - 3:45pm: Berea City Hall - 212 Chestnut St.
4 - 4:45pm: Folk Center - 212 Jefferson St.
5 - 5:45pm: Folk Center  - 212 Jefferson St.
6 - 6:45pm: Ace Hardware - 292 Mini Mall Dr.

Wednesday December 12th
3 - 3:45pm: Jones Family Dentistry - 201 Pauline Dr.  
4 - 4:45pm: Park Community - 501 Walnut Meadow
5 - 5:45pm: Subway - US 25N
6 - 6:45pm: Fitness 24/7 - 501 Mt. Vernon Rd

An Old Time Christmas Radio Show  at the Spotlight Playhouse

December 14-15
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd. 

Join Spotlight for an evening of fun-filled laughter and heartwarming moments as they relive the golden age of radio to present in a memorable program you'll never forget.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to
Winter Craft Day

December 15
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center
2047 Big Hill Rd. 
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center will be hosting a craft day! The event will be kid-friendly and open to all skill levels of crafters. There will be a variety of crafts for you to make, from nature themed origami, to candles, to birdseed ornaments that both decorate outdoor trees and help out winter birds! The event is free and some light snacks will be provided.
For more information call 859-756-6094.
An Enchanted Christmas!

December 15
6:45pm - 9:45pm
Historic Boone Tavern
100 N Main St.  

Join Boone Tavern for an enchanted Christmas dinner and experience real Christmas magic! Tickets are required. Watch characters come to life to talk, laugh and interact with your little Prince or Princesses. Watch your favorite characters perform dances, musical numbers, and meet and greet each family. Make your child's dreams come true in the most magical and memorable way possible!

Your magical ticket includes a 3-course meal, magical song and dance performances, personal interaction with 10 princesses, a picture opportunity, autographs, all taxes & gratuity, and unforgettable and treasured memories! Alcoholic beverages are available and can be ordered at the table.

For more information or to reserve your spot, call  859-985-3700. 
Once Upon a Merry Murder  at the Spotlight Playhouse

December 21-22
Spotlight Playhouse
214 N Richmond Rd. 

Join Spotlight for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as these madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 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! 
Fiber Frenzy Workshops

-Spinning Day, December 15
-Sock Club, Every Friday

Check out Fiber Frenzy's classes in the Make It, Take It, Give It workshop series!

For more details, call 859-986-3832 or go to  Fiber Frenzy .
Gallery 123 Workshops

633 Chestnut St. 

Join the artists at Gallery 123 for another month of great community art workshops! Reservations are required for all classes.  For more information or to reserve your spot, call 859-756-3920.

Photo Snow Globe Ornament Workshop (Ages 10+)

December 2
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Bring in a family photo or take your own selfie and Stacey will teach you to create an heirloom Christmas Snow Globe ornament for your tree. There will be a controlled glitter environment for those moms that get nervous around glitter! Free workshop. 

Winter Scene Paint Party (Ages 4+)

December 9
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Jesse Albert Glenn's painting party by creating this winter scene on canvas! His workshops are always a great time! Cost is $5 per person and includes all materials. 

Holiday Card Making for Adults (Ages 18+)

December 9
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to design one-of-a-kind handmade cards and envelopes to treat your friends and family this year. Get advice for creating a holiday newsletter to catch friends and family up on your year's escapades. Cost is $10 per person.
Art Exhibits and Demonstrations
Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits and Demonstrations 

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

Juxtaposition by Ray Papka
(Through December 31, 2018)

This exhibit features mixed media artist Ray Papka whose works combine assemblage, encaustic painting, use of books as substrates and a wide array of intricate embellishments. Papka generates layers of information and mystery from his observations, events and the influence of science in his life.

With degrees in zoology, chemistry, anatomy and neuroscience, Papka brings the discipline of science and his ability to hone in on a subject directly to his artwork. Beginning with an idea, he selects objects from his vast collection and builds upon this idea with objects, layers of wax, pigment and imagery.

Papka's background, travels and experiences have been wide and varied. He has taught at numerous universities in the U.S. including 10 years at the University of Kentucky, as well as Universities in Denmark and Hungary.

Papka's intellectual process influences how he creates his artwork.

"He is a deep thinker," states journalist Austyn Gaffney, "and he works through his own thoughts, memories, hopes and fears when he creates his pieces."

Papka states, "From my early childhood I have been fascinated with books and unusual objects. My love of books influenced my decision to recycle them in an altered form and I continually utilize themes involving text."


(Through February 28, 2019)

The Kentucky Artisan Center Presents "Innovators: Stephen Rolfe Powell & Arturo Alonzo Sandoval" to recognize two internationally known Kentucky Artists who have been innovators in their respective fields. Both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats.

Powell, who is known for his large and intricately patterned and colorful blown glass, has recently begun to arrange and fuse colorful sliced murrini onto a large flat canvas of glass. After the color fuses, he slumps the entire piece into a concave freestanding wall of color. These new glass walls called "Zoomers" take Powell's work into the realm of architecture.
Powell's blown glass is also adorned with intricate murrini colors and patterns. His new blown glass vessels twist and turn - with necks evolved to support the visually floating forms.

Sandoval is known for weaving with a wide variety of unusual materials. His large woven works are made from recycled auto industry Mylar, recycled library 35 mm microfilm, netting, Holographic film, Pellon and numerous other industrial materials.
Sandoval's background is both Hispanic and Native American and it provides clues into his interest in the fiber arts. His mother wove countless blankets and the men on his paternal grandmother's side wove colonial Spanish textiles. Even though his family wove textiles, Sandoval's works are monumental in size. His subject matter reflects current social and cultural themes and the works in this exhibit offer his reflection on the world of technology.

Saturday Demonstrations and Festivities

December 1 Mike Ware, of Hindman, will demonstrate pottery on the wheel for visitors from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Ware is a professor of art at Alice Lloyd College and his work is regularly available at the Center. 

exington musicians Stephanie Reams, Jana Gillham, Pat Ham and Heather Toews of the musical group Rahab's Rope will play a selection of holiday music on keyboards, guitar and violin, singing from 11am to 2pm  The group's CD "Rahab's Rope" and their Christmas CD "Let There Be Light" are available at the center.

December 8Jamie Donaldson, of Georgetown, will demonstrate wood turning on the lathe from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Ketucky Artisan Center. Donaldson is active as a woodturning educator and workshop leader throughout the region. He specializes in asymmetrical forms in unusual woods. 

Harpist Jan Hill, of Lexington, will perform favorite holiday songs on the harp from 11am to 2pm at the Center. Hill has performed throughout the region and has several CD's available at the Center 

Former Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon will sign copies of her books from 11am to 2pm Lyon is well known for her poetry, children's books and for her book A Kentucky Christmas. Her writings are regularly available at the Center.

December 15- Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will be on hand to demonstrate their individual carving techniques and talk with visitors from 10:30am to 3:30pm

These Central-Kentucky artisans demonstrate on the third Saturday of every month at the Kentucky Artisan Center. 

Kentucky authors will sign copies of their books from 11am to 2pm. Children's book author Jim Shields will sign copies of Skylar's Wonderland, Starbird's Special Gift and Welcome Baby Bunnies. Author Evelyn Christensen will sign copies of her children's book, The 12 Days of Christmas in Kentucky. 

December 22Donna Smith, from Waco, will create traditional cornshuck Nativity scenes and figures from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Smith is the niece of the late well-known cornshuck artist Edna Ritchee who taught Smith how to make cornshuck dolls, figures and flowers. Using gourds for the backdrop, Smith places nativity figures within.

December 29Carl Von Fischer, of Mount Vernon, will demonstrate oil painting from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center. In 1992, Carl moved to Kentucky to be near his son and grandchildren. Here he began painting full-time. Carl likes to paint landscapes and animals and he uses a palette knife often to layer and apply the oil paint and delineate grasses, foreground, and trees.

Original Art...Original Gift
Presented by the Berea Arts Council

Berea Arts Council
139 N Broadway
Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Berea Arts Council's Winter Gift Event, Original Art...Original Gift runs through December 22. The exhibit is a mix of  2 and 3-D pieces including pottery, glass, jewelry, scarves, quilted items, metal, and wood from over 30 artists!  This event provides a wonderful opportunity for you to find original art as reasonable prices for unique gift giving!
Doris Ulmann Galleries

Rogers Traylor Art Building
Berea College Campus
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Figure Narratives  by David Hicks
(Through December 14, 2018)
Lower Traylor Gallery 

Artist Statement: My work re-examines the grand metaphorical narrative as a way of exploring both personal content and universal themes within the contemporary human experience. I do this through creating large scale multi-figure drawings and paintings. My narratives present a mixed cast of mythical, iconic, historical, and modern-day characters, each one playing specific a role in an unfolding story and shared environment. I view the paper as a stage for me to present characters, juxtapose roles, and draw connections that literally and figuratively tie the characters in the narrative together. Composing in a metaphorical language gives me the freedom to address a variety of heavy, complex, yet all-pervasive themes without forcing a singular message on the viewer.

Aesthetics of Influence: David Leach, Berea College, and the Mingei Movement
(Through December 14, 2018)
Rogers Gallery 

Selections from the Berea College Art Collection
(through May 2, 2019)
Berea Gallery

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 College Christmas Concert

December 1
Union Church
200 Prospect St. 

The annual Berea College Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the College's music department and the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights at Union Church. All are invited to attend this event and to join in the singing of traditional carols, but reservations are required for admission due to limited seating. Tickets cost $5 per person. Children 2 years and younger do not need a reservation. Applicable sales tax and service fees are included in the cost of the reservation. 200 Prospect St. 

To reserve your seat, go to
A Holiday Musical Special  at the Berea Arena Theater

December 8
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd.

Join the Berea Arena Theater for this exciting musical event featuring Al, Alice, and Ruth from The McLain Family Band!

For more information, call 859-986-9039 or go to
The Tate Sessions: Senora May

December 13
444 Chestnut St. 

Join the Berea Arts Council for this brand new music series showcasing regional musicians! Tickets are $10 per person for the show or $25 for the show and dinner! All proceeds benefit the Berea Arts Council. 

For more information, call 859-985-9317.
English Country Dance 

December 8
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Activities Room, Alumni Building
Berea College Campus

Some English Country dances are slow and stately, others rowdy good fun with a wide range of styles, tempos and formations. The oldest surviving English Country dance manual, published in 1651, contains dances we still enjoy today. Each dance will be taught and walked through first before we fire up the music and give it a go. Bring the kids and your folks, it's fun and accessible for all ages.

For more information, call Howard at 859-985-5501.
Berea Family Dance

3rd Thursday
December 20
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. 
Christmas Country Dance School 

December 26 - January 1
Seabury Center
Berea College Campus

A fun way to stay warm! Classes in traditional dance styles including English clog, Country, Morris dance, rapper, Danish, Appalachian clogging, and square dance, plus singing, music, crafts and parties. Advanced leadership classes for callers and dance instructors. Hosted at the Seabury Center at Berea College. Scholarships available. Register by December 1st. 

For more information visit or call  859-985-3431.
Community Events
Berea Farmers Market

Saturdays 10am-1pm 
Winter location:
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 go to
Guided Hikes

The Forestry Outreach Center will be hosting guided hikes on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at The Pinnacles and on Sundays at Brushy Fork, weather permitting. A Forestry Outreach Center volunteer or staff member will lead educational hikes on varying trails in the Berea College Forest. 

Note: If you're interested in leading one of these educational hikes, please contact Wendy Warren at .

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

3:00pm & 7:00pm
Berea College Planetarium & Digital Theater
271 N Main St. 

Fulldome shows are offered on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm. Doors open 15 minutes before the show begins.  

Prices (tax included): 
$5 General Admission 
$3 Children 5-17, Adults 65+ 
Children under 5 are free
Kentucky Trail Town

Now is the perfect time to go outside and see Kentucky's natural beauty! So come visit Berea and experience our outdoor attractions!  

Maps to hike or bike some of Berea's awesome 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
2019 Pins and Needles Retreat

February 1-3, 2019
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
100 N Main St. 

Join your best friends for a weekend of knitting,
crocheting, spinning, quilting, classes, parties,
shopping and more! 

For more information or to register, call 859-986-3832 or go to
2019 Body, Mind & Sol Retreat

March 1-3, 2019
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
100 N Main St. 

Join Body, Mind & Sol for their annual weekend retreat. Relax and rejuvenate with yoga and meditation sessions in the studio, enjoy delicious food and comfortable lodging at Boone Tavern, join the group for hikes around Berea's beautiful scenery, and explore Kentucky's Folk Arts and Crafts Capital. Register by December 30th for special rates, final registration deadline February 1, 2019. 

For more information or to register, call 859-567-9642 or go to
Berea Parks and Recreation Newsletter

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

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