Artisans from around the world are invited to bring their arts and crafts to this May event in Berea.
The venues for the event activities are:
Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.
College Square, Main Street/Short Street.
Berea Welcome Center, North Broadway.
Berea College Campus.
Venues all are accessible from route 25 that runs through Berea.
There will be displays of all the major contributors; instructional classes on the basics of each art form; lectures by the artisans themselves to explain their individual techniques and contributions to the arts.
Food vendors are available at each location and booths for purchasing examples of the artisans works also.
Entertainment will be at some of the sites (depending on availablity of a stage or arena) and will include ethnic dances and songs as well as solos on ethnic instruments.
The event lasts four days and is free entrance. Parking may be a problem and also be prepared for some traffic jams along the narrow parts of route 25. You should call ahead for a list of the scheduled events and advise on where to park.
Lately they’ve started hosting concerts in Old Town on the front porch of the log house. (Used to dance in that house as a child when it belonged to someone.) A couple of weeks ago they had a fiddle concert made up of children. It was really cute. My friends the Freedom Riders will play there in October and between then and now they’ll have some bluegrass, gospel, and other kinds of music. There isn’t really a set schedule for me to post, but it seems like they mostly occur on Saturdays.
What is spoonbread? Well, it's a version of cornbread only you eat it with a...spoon. Some people call it "cornbread souffle", but that sounds way too fancy. So the Spoonbread Festival is Berea's festival. Every town has one. It's only been going for three years now, but it's picking up. There are various local crafts and food vendors and games for the kids and...spoonbread. There is also a car show. Last year I did a book signing there and had a great time.
The festival is the lovechild of Emogene Hogg. Hi Emogene!
I had a booth there last year and will have one again this year, only this time I am also selling my photography.