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From Baskets to Bluegrass: Appalachian Arts & Crafts With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 21127RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/9/2013 - 7/12/2013; 7/7/2015 - 7/10/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $649.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Crafts; History & Culture
Intergenerational
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Creating crafts is a labor of love passed down through the generations. Share the experience with your grandchild in Berea, the famed arts-and-crafts capital of Kentucky. Local master craftspeople invite you into their studios for one-of-a-kind family experiences. Create three of your own hand-made treasures to take home. Throughout the week experience the warmth of Appalachian culture and the beauty of this corner of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.




Highlights

• Led by master craftspeople, make four uniquely yours crafts to take home with you.
• Learn how to utilize the tools, different mediums, safety and creativity to make your crafts.
• Activities for the whole family include traditional Appalachian storytelling and games and an ice cream social.



Activity Particulars

Up to one hour of walking and standing.



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 hotel is a National Trust Historic Site. Each room includes furniture, artwork, woven fabrics and baskets made by Berea College students. All meals feature locally grown ingredients.

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.
 
Donna and Lewis Lamb

Donna and Lewis Lamb, a father and daughter team, began playing for the Berea College Country Dancers in the 1960’s. They have recorded several albums, including two volumes of Dances from Appalachia, an album of music from their own family traditions and a new album designed especially for teaching square dancing and clogging. They perform and teach old time square dance music and traditional songs at festivals & workshops throughout the region. Donna and Lewis are the 2006 recipients of the Governor’s Folk Heritage Award. They will be instructing on making a musical instrument they invented called the Cantar, as well as teaching participants to play a song or two on it!
 
Mitch Barrett

Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky’s most talented contemporary singer-songwriters. Remaining true to his traditional roots, his original work has created a contemporary understanding that reaches beyond his Appalachian heritage to the music that today is being called Americana. Mitch's songwriting talent has won him Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competition twice, the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, and, in 2006, first place (out of more than 900 entries) at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. He is a versatile and riveting storyteller of Appalachian tales. Ears perk up and eyes widen when he begins his eclectic mix of myth, tall tales and folklore, allowing him to tell stories to audiences both young and old. His storytelling resonates with humor and poignancy. At any given performance, his show can be filled with Jack tales, tunes on the banjo, dulcimer, and guitar and a lot of great reflection about his life and the traditions of the mountains.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 3 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This beautiful and historic hotel with graceful white columns and airy verandas nestles among the vibrant galleries, cafes, shops, and studios in Berea; the Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky. After hosting several hundred guests in her home, Nellie Frost, First Lady of Berea College, insisted on building a guest home for future visitors. Thus, the idea of Boone Tavern began and opened its doors in 1909. Based on Berea College core values, $11.3 million renovation in 2009 led to the 1st LEED Gold Certified hotel in Kentucky. 63 smoke free welcoming guestrooms all feature handcrafted touches which include rich wood furniture made from oak, pine, and cherry woods, woven bedding, mosaic art tiled mirrors, and woven baskets made by Berea College Student Crafts. Additional amenities include ceiling fans, legendary towel warmers, soaking tubs, and all natural bathroom amenities add comfort. Cutting edge in room technology featuring flat screen TV, wireless internet connection, and new voice over IP phone complete your stay. 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: Keurig gourmet coffee makers, hair dryers, ceiling fan, flat screen TV with cable, luggage racks, complimentary bottled water, eco-friendly master switch, and all natural bathroom amenities. Irons and ironing board available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Memory room featuring pictures and articles of famous guests that have stayed at Boone Tavern. Wireless internet in all rooms. Business Center located in the lobby. Bicycles available complimentary and can be checked-out at the front desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99.00-$120.00 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: $99.00-$120.00 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. Health Form
  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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

80.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

Transportation reservations must be made in advance with program coordinator.

 

Berea

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
P-Cab Taxi
phone: 895-986-1111

 
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 & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your Road Scholar welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. We will gather in our private meeting room and begin with introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, provide you with key staff contact names and phone numbers, and answer any questions you may have.

Berea is proud to be recognized as the "Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky" attracting thousands of visitors annually. This new Intergenerational program is somewhat different from others you may have attended in that you will have opportunities to work in very small groups with outstanding craft-persons who will give you personalized attention. We will have non-crafts activities and meals as a group so you can meet new people and make new friends.

The focus of the program is working on several craft projects with artists and artisans in Berea’s Old Town Craft Village. The preparatory materials included a form for you to select your preferred crafts and we will do our best to match everyone with the crafts of their choice. Some crafts will have very few spaces and others more depending on what is involved and how the craft-person prefers to work. At the end of the program, you will have something special to take home with you.

 Dinner: Dinner is in the main dining room. Historic Boone Tavern is listed in Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The award-winning restaurant features outstanding Southern cooking and mouth-watering original dishes with fresh ingredients from local farms, including choices for kids, served family style.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field Trips to Old Town Craft Village for Craft Making, Skittles & Ice Cream Social
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is a tasty buffet at Boone Tavern Restaurant. In addition to assorted cereals, there will be selections of hot breakfast foods to choose from (changed daily), plus milk, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We'll hop aboard our bus for a field trip to the Old Town Artisans Village and will work in small groups on craft projects with local crafts-persons, creating a special project or gift to take home with you.

The community’s history is intertwined with Berea College, founded in 1855 as a model for educating men and women of all races. The college largely serves Appalachian students, charging no tuition and requiring all students to work in a college industry. Berea’s student craft business began in 1883, and today more than 200 students and craft professionals in the community produce weaving, woodcraft, needlecraft, ceramics, broomcraft, and wrought iron products that are marketed internationally.

 Lunch: We will return to Boone Tavern Restaurant for a buffet with choices of soup, salad, and main course.
 Afternoon: Returning to the Artisans Village, we will work on a second craft project with another local master crafts-person. Berea is also home to the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, representing outstanding artists, craftsmen, collectors, galleries, interested individuals and businesses in Kentucky and surrounding states. Founded in 1961, it is the oldest organization in Kentucky working to preserve and promote the rich heritage and exciting future of art and craft.
 Dinner: Dinner at Boone Tavern Restaurant features outstanding Southern cooking and mouth-watering original dishes with fresh ingredients from local farms, including choices for kids, served family style.
 Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Skittles & Ice Cream Social. Skittles has been a favorite Berea College game for generations, and one of only two places in the country where the oblong wooden box and pins are made, handcrafted from tulip poplar. It is a game of luck as much as skill, where each player spins a top onto the “field” and scores points based on which pins the top knocks over. We will play in grandparent-grandkid teams, then enjoy everybody’s favorite, ice cream!
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gift Making/Hiking/and Story Telling
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is a tasty buffet at Boone Tavern Restaurant. In addition to assorted cereals, there will be selections of hot breakfast foods to choose from (changed daily), plus milk, juice, and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hopping aboard our bus again, we will make the short trip into town and the Artisans Village, where you will have a chance to work with another first-class crafts-person. These artists and artisans follow in a long tradition of Appalachian culture and crafts. Early in the 20th Century, the President of Berea College encouraged craftspeople to move here and carry on their work where many built their own studios.
 Lunch: Another delicious and satisfying lunch at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch, we will have a group hiking excursion along the Berea College Cross Country trails. A metal foot bridge takes you over the creek and leads to several miles of well-kept gravel trails with mostly flat sloping terrain. Enjoy this opportunity for some gentle exercise and fresh air. You are likely to see wildlife, many different types of trees and plants, the Berea College gardens, and flowers of all kinds. There will also be time to explore the local shops, have some fudge at the local fudge shop, or relax on the rocking chairs on the porch of Boone Tavern.
 Dinner: Enjoy another delightful evening meal at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
 Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Appalachian Folk Tales and Songs with Mitch Barrett. An award-winning performer, storyteller, and songwriter from Berea, Mitch comes from a long line of storytellers and musicians. He embodies the true spirit of Appalachia and its people.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Craft Display/Berea College Craft Tour and Berea College Campus Tour
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy our last breakfast together and bring your craft creations for everyone to see and admire. You will have time to return the items to your room before our closing morning activity.
 Morning: EXCURSION: You’ve heard a lot about Berea College in the last few days. Now, take a walking excursion (covering approximately 1/2 mile of campus) to see what it’s all about. Learn about the college’s pretty amazing history and how it is intertwined with the life of the community. As a special feature, we will stop by the Berea College Crafts center for a demonstration by students.
 Lunch: The program concludes with lunch in the Boone Tavern Restaurant. Hotel check-out is by11:00am. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. Departure is at your leisure. We hope you have enjoyed this new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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