Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftman's Fair
Favorite thing: October 8-10 2004 Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftman's Fair
Fondest memory: Twice a year we do the Craftsman Fair. This is a little different from other fairs and festivals because they actually limit who can set up a booth. Not only do you have to belong to the guild, but it's quite a difficult process. For one thing, you have to prove to them that you actually have talent. You'll still see a lot of traditional Appalachian crafts, but they're likely to be more of a high caliber. That's why you have to pay to get into the fair. The best thing about it is that it's a great place to do some Christmas shopping. You'll find things there that you're likely not to find anywhere else.
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Fondest memory: Every September Berea hosts the "Annual Spoonbread Festival." What is spoonbread, you ask? Well, it's a lot like cornbread only it's a tad sweeter and yes, you eat it with a spoon! I have no idea where it originated from, but Berea claims it. They even serve it as a delicacy at the omniprescent Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant.
Anyway, the festival is small by most standards, but it's still usually a lot of fun. It's held at the city park and has craft vendors, merchandisers, and food booths. The food booths always get me.
If you're going to be in the area then I suggest dropping by. But it's not necessarily an event that I would go out of my way to attend. If it's the crafts you're after, than you're better off hanging out in Old Town and going to the shops there. The only difference is that sometimes you find people at the festival that don't have regular shops. That can be rewarding in itself since some forms of craftmaking seem to be dying out in the area.
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love fall and spring here
Favorite thing: The two best seasons for me in the Berea area are Fall and Spring. Late Fall brings the crisp, sunny-bright days and cool nights I find invigorating (better than the lazy days of summer). Springtime brings the bright colors of flowers in the yards and the smell of freshly turned sod in the farmfields.
Winters in Berea can be a good time to spend indoors, working on some craft. The days are generally partially sunny but the temperatures require a heavy overcoat. The evenings are good for a fire in the fireplace and an extra comforter on the bed.
(High-Low-Average for Dec 50°F 30°F 39°F, Jan 47°F 27°F 36°F, Feb 52°F 30°F 40°F, Mar 60°F 36°F 48°F)
The Spring in the area comes on quickly (usually late March) and rushes right into summer. There are torrential downpours in April but by the end of the month you get mostly sunny days and plenty of new flowers.
(High-Low-Average for Mar 60°F 36°F 48°F, Apr 70°F 45°F 58°F, May 77°F 53°F 65°F)
Summer starts out hot and just gets hotter. The occasion summer shower is a pleasant relief. By the end of August, many people are saying how they can't wait to go skiing in the winter.
(High-Low-Average for Jun 83°F 62°F 73°F, Jul 86°F 65°F 76°F, Aug 85°F 63°F 74°F)
When Fall rolls around, you can start to think of getting out in the woods and fields and doing some birding or taking late afternoon hikes in the cooler fresh air. Late Fall has some beautiful color changes in the foliage.
(High-Low-Average for Sep 80°F 56°F 68°F, Oct 70°F 44°F 57°F, Nov 59°F 37°F 47°F)
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Berea Welcome Center
Favorite thing: There is so much to see and do in this small town which offers a blend of Appalachian culture and Southern charm. It makes a perfect weekend getaway, or a stop on a longer trip, especially for those traveling through Kentucky on I-75. To be sure you learn of all the interesting opportunities here, stop first at the Berea Welcome Center. It is housed in the old L&N Railroad Depot, in the center of Old Town.
To find it take Exit #76 off I-75 and turn east. This is Chestnut Street. In about a mile you will see the sign on the left pointing to Old Town. The Depot is a few blocks down on the left.
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With over 40 artisains and...
Favorite thing: With over 40 artisains and craftsmen, Berea is the folk art, craft center of Kentucky. A craft fair spring (MAY 19, 20 & 21) and fall at Indian Fort Theater, east of downtown on KY21. A 31-year fall tradition with over 100 juried Guild Artist & Craftsmen exhibiting. Live music, dance, demonstrations, & children's educational events.
You must see a friend of mine, Charles Harvey welcomes you to 'Simple Gifts'. He has been building Shaker furniture and oval boxes since 1982. I have made literally thousands of Shaker oval boxes and hundreds of Shaker chairs. http://www.charlesharveywoodwork.com/
For more: http://www.berea.com/
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