Berea, KY January 2022 Newsletter
Register Now for Something Bright LearnShops!
January can be a little bleak – the holidays are over and the weather is colder. Brighten your weekend and lift your spirits with a class taught by an expert instructor and learn a new artistic skill during Berea KY Tourism’s Something Bright LearnShops, January 22-23, 2022!

Something Bright LearnShops offer an eclectic variety of hands-on experiences in a creative environment. Create something for yourself or craft a handmade gift from the heart for your valentine! LearnShop classes will include fiber arts, sgrafitto on clay bowls, pyrography on gourds, jewelry, blacksmithing, and calligraphy.

Register for Something Bright LearnShops at LearnShops take place at venues throughout Berea and are held year-round. Class sizes are limited to adhere to COVID guidelines. Sessions are filling quickly due to small class sizes!
LearnShops Overviews:
Leaf Printing on Silk Scarves by Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey
Come learn a fun and very new technique that is simple but amazing in the results produced! No materials necessary to bring, but you may collect leaves from special places or your own yard with which to experiment. We will be printing on silk scarves, and each participant will complete 2 scarves with all materials included. This is a “hybrid” technique (using both commercial dyes and some elements of eco printing). You will leave with 2 (8×72) silk scarves.
Floral Enamel Jewelry by Becky Brown
Participants will learn the basics of enameling, along with the specialized technique of working with millefiori. Enameling is the process of fusing glass to metal, we will use a 1500 degree kiln in the workshop. “Millefiori” is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand), and “fiori” (flowers). Participants will have the choice of creating a pair of earrings OR a pendant. Earrings will come on sterling silver dangle ear wires. Pendants will come with a 20″ 0.6mm sterling silver chain. A variety of colors of enamel and millefiori will be available to work with. Everyone will leave with a beautiful piece of jewelry, ready to wear!
Blacksmithing: Forge a Bud Vase by Jeff Farmer
Learn basic blacksmithing skills as you use a coal forge to heat the metal to make a bud vase. Topics covered include safety, managing temperature, controlling hot metal, and shaping.
Burning on Gourds - Basics by Paul R. Buhrmester
Participants will learn the basics of pyrography (wood burning) on gourds. First the instructor will explain how to draw easily on the 3D surface using a technique called quilt pattern. Then participants will learn to decorate with different methods of burning, to create a unique gourd bowl. Participants will learn about using the burning tool, different tips and what they do, and how to create a variety of patterns. The presenter will also discuss basics of gourds and gourd art.
Writing Calligraphically by Robert Berger
We will learn rudiments of letter forms and alphabets, with an emphasis on Italics, allowing the student to letter beautiful notes, cards and letters. Handouts will be given. Calligraphy pens and ink used in class may be purchased at the workshop if desired.
Blacksmithing: Forge a Spiral Candle Holder by Jeff Farmer
Learn basic blacksmithing skills as you use a coal forge to heat the metal to make a spiral candle holder. Topics covered include safety, managing temperature, controlling hot metal, and shaping.
Sgraffito: The Art of Carving on Clay Bowls by Jonathan Dazo
Using pre-thrown bowls, participants will create a truly original set of bowls! Instead of glazing, you will use velvet underglaze to paint and design the premade bowls while learning all sorts of decorating techniques such as bubble glazing. Participants will have up to three bowls to decorate. You are encouraged to make them match OR you can apply distinct decorations on each. The instructor will fire the bowls with a coating of clear glaze, making them microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe.
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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll find Happiness Hills. On a beautiful farm just outside of Berea, the Escobar family has created a welcoming place where you can retreat alone or gathered with friends and family.

Experience Berea

Experience the arts firsthand when you visit Berea! Explore all Berea has to offer: shops and galleries, working artists, LearnShops and more!

Makerspace Open House

Thursday, January 13, 2022 8 - 9:30PM
Thursday, January 27, 2022 8 - 9:30PM
Berea Makerspace
116 Spring Circle Drive, Unit 3

Are you curious what we do here? Do you have a project you need to complete? Do you want to partner with the Makerspace?

Come on down!

If you have signed up for a membership ahead of time at, this will count for your new member orientation. Only sign up if you are planning on coming. If this time does not work for you, contact us at to schedule a visit.

All members and visitors are encouraged to wear a mask when sharing the space with others. Please be considerate.

Berea Farmers Market
Saturdays from 10AM - 1PM.

Visit the market for local produce, microgreens, eggs, sourdough breads & baked goods, mushrooms, dried beans & cornmeal, dried herbs, meat, artisan cheese & butters, and more!

Meeting in the Mitchell Tolle Building during cold weather.

633 Chestnut Street
Jammin' on the Porch
Thursday 1/13
Tuesday 1/19
Thursday 1/27

7PM - 9PM

Bring your instrument and join in the jam session, or feel free to just sit and tap your toes. Father and daughter duo, Lewis and Donna Lamb host the free event.

Location: Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 West Jefferson Street.
Bring your own chair.
Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Berea Pinnacles - Saturday Hikes, 1PM
Join us at the Pinnacles every Saturday at 1PM for a public hike!

Request a Hike
Prefer to hike with a group? First time hiking the pinnacles? Interested in learning about Berea College, the history of the forest, restorative forestry practices, local plants/critters? Email or at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a hike with one of our staff.
Wine Down Wednesdays

Don't forget to stop by Boone Tavern and the Frost Cafe for #WineDownWednesday!

All dine-in orders receive $5 off bottles of wine and $2 off glasses of wine.
Trivia Tuesdays

Trivia Tuesdays at Apollo's Pizza

Tuesdays at 7PM
215 Adams Street
The Berea College Trace

Berea College Campus has so much to share.

In an effort to bring together everything Berea College has to offer, we welcome you to the Berea College Trace.

The Trace is the thread that weaves together Berea College history and our future.

We invite you to come stay, shop, eat, learn and explore!

The Berea College Trace has started a new film series showing the incredible work and treasures of Berea College! Check out the films on the Stories page by clicking here or following the link below.
Something Bright LearnShops Weekend

January 22-23, 2022

Something Bright LearnShops will include fiber arts, sgrafitto on clay bowls, pyrography on gourds, jewelry, blacksmithing, and calligraphy!

Teaching from the Berea Urban Farm
Sustainable Berea is offering a free educational series via Zoom for those new to home gardening. Click here for the Each 45-minute event will begin with a short lesson on a specific topic that will help guide beginners through their first growing season.

We will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 am to 10:45 am. There will be 15 minutes on the scheduled topic, 15 minutes about what is happening on the Berea Urban Farm, and 15 minutes for questions and sharing by participants. If you are a more advanced gardener, you are welcome to join us and share your wisdom!

You can view the schedule and find registration information here.
CAD / CAM Basics for the CNC Router
Monday, January 10, 2022
7 - 9 PM
116 Spring Circle Drive, Unit 3

Jess leads this two hour class on the basics of Computer Aided Drafting and machining for Berea Makerspace's CNC Router. Concepts for 2D and 2.5d routing are demonstrated using vCarve Pro.
CNC Router Onboarding with Jess Estridge
Monday, January 24, 2022
116 Spring Circle Drive, Unit 3

Jess Estridge will lead this instructional course covering safe setup and operation of the Berea Makerspace CNC Router. Topics covered include operating Mach 4, homing and work offsets, workholding and end mill insertion. Successful demonstration of CNC skills at a future checkoff date will clear students for CNC router use. If you've attended our previous CAD/CAM classes, you can use this opportunity to get cleared tonight!