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Holiday Crafts the Berea Way: Gifts From the Heart and Hands

Program Number: 20987RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/10/2013 - 12/13/2013; 12/2/2014 - 12/5/2014; 12/9/2014 - 12/12/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $568.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays; Crafts
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None; None; None    

Get into the Christmas spirit in the famed arts-and-crafts hub of Berea, where the enchantments of the season manifest in the works of dedicated artists and master craftspeople. Accomplished artisans invite you into their shops to create a craft as a gift or as a holiday keepsake of your own to treasure. The seasonal delights continue at the Kentucky Horse Park, where you take in the Southern Lights Holiday Festival, a dazzling display of more than a million lights adorning a lovely winter landscape. A Christmas production at nearby Renfro Valley infuses your holiday crafts experience with even more smiles and wonderful memories.




Highlights

• Led by master craftspeople, make three beautiful and uniquely yours crafts.
• Peruse the indoor attractions at the Kentucky Horse Park following the jaw-dropping Southern Lights Holiday Festival.
• Enjoy cozy and friendly accommodations at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel, which resonates with more than a century of history and features furniture handmade by craft students of Berea College.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Berea College.




Berea

This small town south of Lexington near the edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region is renowned for its small college, Southern hospitality and commitment to the arts and crafts of the Appalachian Mountain region, which community artisans, musicians and gallery owners celebrate through their work.



Accommodations
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, built in 1909 and staffed by work-study students of Berea College.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Michelle Weston

As a child, Michelle spent hours studying tidal waters and sea creatures. Today, she coaxes 2,000-degree glass into inspired forms like her signature starfish. Born in New Zealand, Michelle and her parents immigrated to the United States in her youth. She received a master’s degree in fine art from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Michelle’s goal is to provide high quality, handcrafted glass giftware at affordable prices. Each unique creation bears her signature and the date.
 
Janet Northern

Janet Northern is a self-taught basket maker who utilizes the wood and natural vines — including honeysuckle, reeds and driftwood — that she finds in the region surrounding her Rockcastle County farm. The Eastern Kentucky woodlands give Janet inspiration as well as material from which to work. Janet teaches basket-making workshops and is a lifetime member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 3 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in 1909 to house the many visitors to the college, Boone Tavern Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America, has gained a reputation for elegant dining and a welcoming atmosphere. Berea College students play a big part at Boone Tavern Hotel by providing guests with friendly and courteous service in the Hotel and Dining Room. These students work 10 to 15 hours weekly while carrying a full academic load. Since 1855, all of Berea's 1500 students are employed in one or more of 140 work areas at the college.
  Contact info: 100 Main St.
Berea, KY 40403 USA
phone: 800-366-9358
web: www.boonetavernhotel.com
  Room amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Wireless internet in all rooms. Business Center located in the lobby with laptop for internet access. Limited laptops available at front desk for check out. Gift Shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $90 - $110. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $90 - $110. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Boone Tavern has a parking lot
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Berea; Richmond (12 miles)
  Nearest highway: I-75.
  Nearest airport:  Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  From End of Program
  Location: Berea, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lexington, KY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Berea College
phone: 859-985-3641
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 Miles

 

Berea, KY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
P Cab Taxi
phone: 859-986-1111

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Take Exit 76 from I-75. If coming from North, turn left off exit, if coming from South, turn right off exit. You will be on Chestnut Street which will bring you directly onto the Berea College Campus. At stoplight #8 (approximately two miles), you will make a right turn onto Prospect Street. Go through the four way stop and the Boone Tavern parking lot will be on your left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and check-in Welcome dinner.
(Tuesday, December 10)
   
 Arrive To: 4:00pm check in to hotel. 5:00pm Orientation
 Dinner: Dinner in the main dining room at Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gift Making/Southern Lights Display in Lexington
(Wednesday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at Boone Tavern Restaurant
 Morning: Bus ride to Old Town Craft Village for craft making.Work with a local crafts person on creating a special gift to take home with you.
 Lunch: Lunch served at Boone Tavern Restaurant, bus trip back to Old Town for afternoon craft making.
 Afternoon: After lunch, work on a second craft with a local crafts person.
 Dinner: Dinner at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Evening: Travel by bus (1 hour) to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for Southern Lights Festival of Lights and the indoor attractions to include model train display, museum of the horse, petting zoo, craft displays, shopping and refreshments.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gift Making/A Christmas Musical Production.
(Thursday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Morning: Bur trip back to Old Town Berea for a group craft; Basket Making.
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch served at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, free time to explore the local shops and crafts galleries at Old Town Craft Village and College Square and perhaps get Holiday shopping done.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Evening: The evening we will take a 25 minute bus ride to nearby Renfro Valley for a musical Production, Christmas in the Valley.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A Special Musical Performance/ Departures
(Friday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: A special festive performance by a local musician.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the Boone Tavern Restaurant followed by departure at leisure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Berea, KY Berea
Berea is a mecca for artists and craftsmen who make beautiful treasures. Don't miss out on the new Kentucky Artisan Center displaying crafts, books, music and food of Kentucky. Berea also hosts a number of antique stores. For additional information, visit www.berea.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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