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Berea Festival of Learnshops now through July 23 offers visitors the chance grow their creative side

The 7th Annual Berea Festival of Learnshops kicks off this week, running July 7th-23rd. Visitors from across the country have the opportunity to work with renowned artists in varying fields. Decorate a cake, forge a letter opener, blow glass, make mead, learn to raise chickens, and so much more this summer. With over 150 different workshops to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy....

Wildcat senior Hawkins visits elementary, middle school students in return to his hometown

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BEREA — Dominique Hawkins returned to his hometown Friday. The University of Kentucky senior guard and Madison Central graduate visited four Madison County schools — Kit Carson, Kingston, Daniel Boone and Madison Middle — as part of the #KyBoysTour along with classmate Derek Willis. Derek Willis, left, and Dominique Hawkins, right, sign autographs...

Berea Mayor Steven Connelly: Everywhere you look, there’s a deep-seated sense of community

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward Steven Connelly can stand just about anywhere in Berea and point out tangible evidence of the spirit of the people. A young couple pushes a stroller down a sidewalk. Visitors greet one another on the street to share their hand-crafted finds. An architect spreads out his building plans and shares his ideas with a member of the citizen’s advisory committee. Everywhere...

Kentucky Artisan Center featuring gifts prepared by more than 700 state artists

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, but is open regular hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) all other days that week, providing visitors with exciting possibilities for finding Kentucky-made gifts for everyone on their list. Whether shopping for special gifts or preparing your home for the holidays, the center offers a wide array of beautiful gifts created by more than...

Feats of Clay: October brings pottery events to Berea’s Kentucky Artisan Center

In October the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea offers “Feats of Clay,” a series of clay demonstrations by four Kentucky potters. From hand built jugs to wheel thrown pottery, visitors will have the chance to watch the magic as potters turn lumps of clay into dinnerware, vessels and sculptures. Alley Cat Pottery artist Kristal Gilkey, of Berea, will demonstrate pottery on the wheel on Saturday,...

EatKentucky: Berea’s Native Bagel Company offers Brooklyn feel with a certain Appalachian twist

By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward Recently the Appalachian Food Summit brought me to lovely Berea. Long a folk arts center, Berea also has a growing–and intriguing–food scene. While there was a great supper by guest chefs for the Food Summit that night, I wanted to kick off the day with something, well, native. Enter, then, Berea’s Native Bagel Co. food cart at the Berea Farmer’s Market....

Kentucky Artisan Center starts off holiday season shopping with special events by state artists

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea starts off the traditional holiday shopping season with multiple events featuring decorative gourds, holiday music on Celtic harp and hammer dulcimer and a book signing by Lexington photographer John Snell. On Saturday, Dec. 5, Paul Buhrmester, of Bowling Green will demonstrate his embellished and cut decorative gourds from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kyle Meadows and...

Kentucky photographer David Zurick is named as featured artist of January

  Berea photographer David Zurick has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for January.   Academically trained as a geographer, Zurick uses his background to take stunning photographs of cultural and environmental landscapes around the world.   Zurick is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Visual Artist Fellowship, and his...

Everyday Heroes: Craig Williams’ work is one good thing that came from tragedy of Vietnam

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Williams continues his quest to see the destruction of chemical weapons as the Kentucky Environmental Foundation’s project director in Berea. He is quoted nationally because of his expertise on the subject.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   New York native Craig Williams...

Betsy Waters: A festive Fourth of July awaits you and your family in the Bluegrass region

  The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Many local communities have events planned that are ideal for children and adults alike. Check it out!   Downtown Lexington festivities   Lexington kicks off the day’s events with the Bluegrass 10,000. The wheelchair divisions hit the course at 7:20 a.m., with the foot race starting at 7:30 a.m. The Fun...

Everyday Heroes: With eyes – and arms – wide open, physician heeds call to serve all

Dr. John Belanger said he always dreamed of going someplace 'where I was really needed.' (Photo courtesy of The Richmond Register)   This story is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.   John Belanger has owned a tender, kind heart intermingled with a super-sized portion of idealism all his life. When he was a small boy, he had his dreamy eyes wide...

Berea's New Opportunity School for Women wins $15,000 from Walmart giving campaign

(Photo from New Opportunity School for Women)   On the seventh day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart awarded the New Opportunity School for Women a $15,000 grant along with 10 other nonprofits that are helping individuals gain the education, training and resources they need to build and maintain careers.   Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than...

JSH’s KY: Five ideal Kentucky locations for
a semi-long-distance commute to Lexington

At one point or another in my meandering life, I’ve spent quality time in most of the Commonwealth’s cities. Over the years, I’ve found that certain areas are more advantageous than others when shlepping back and forth to my beloved Lexington. If one must live elsewhere while working in Lexington (but hey, who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington, anyway?) I list here for your...