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The Berea College Difference: Learning and Labor to Serve Appalachia

Program Number: 21198RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2013 - 9/27/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $715.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Philosophy & Religion Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In 1855, abolitionist John Gregg Fee did something exceptional — he founded the first coeducational interracial college the South had ever seen, and the first to exist in the nation. Today, Berea College continues its mission in the heart of Appalachia to provide a quality liberal arts education to students of all backgrounds, all while charging no tuition. Learn how Berea College has helped students move forward with education and work study training, while working to preserve the culture, history and traditions of the Appalachian region.




Highlights

• Discover Berea’s important history during a field trip to “Historic Black Berea,” insightful presentations, and a musical performance by the Berea College Black Musical Ensemble.
• Get an inside look at Berea’s work study programs that sustain the College Farm, Ecovillage and Student Craft Center.
• Tap your toes to bluegrass and Appalachian folk music, enjoy storytelling and comedy, and join in “country dancing” during evening activities.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to six blocks over even terrain.



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
One of the Historic Hotels of America, Boone Tavern Hotel exudes Southern comfort and charm.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 5 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: $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 PM Registration at Hotel, Orientation at 5 PM. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health & Safety Form and Housing/Travel Form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Boone Tavern Hotel.
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 one way or $70 Round Trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

Approx. 75 Miles

   

Prior arrangements must be made with program coordinators

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Take Exit #77, from the North turn left off ramp, from the South turn right of the ramp. Continue 2 miles to a traffic light at Ellipse St. Continue Straight and you will see a sign on the right that you are entering Berea College campus. Continue straight up the hill and throught the next traffic light. The College Square and Boone Tavern will be on your left. At the four way stop sign turn left, parking is located on your left behind Boone Tavern.
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: Arrive and Check In/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 - 4:00 PM Check-In at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Dinner: Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Evening: Begins at 5:00 PM in the Skylight Room at Boone Tavern with dinner to follow in the Boone Tavern Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The day will start with an overview of the Great Commitments of the College and then will focus in first on the commitment to interracial education and equality.
(Monday, September 23)

Note: Walking tour of Berea College Campus. Approximately one hour of walking and standing with a student tour guide.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available between 7:00-8:00 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: We begin the day with an interactive, expert led, review of Eight Great Commitments of Berea College and how the College serves the Appalachian region students wtih high academic promise and low economic means by providing a tuition free education. We'll conclude the morning with a student-led tour of the lovely grounds of the College.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available between 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: During the afternoon, we will meet in the new state of the art Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Eduation. There, we will have an in-depth, interactive overview of the highly unique role Berea College has played since it's founding by abolitionists in 1855 as the first non-segregated, coeducation Higher Education institution in America. We'll trace the timeline through the historic battle to the Supreme Court in 1904 to overturn the Day Law, and how the Great Commitment to interracial education continues today. We will take a field trip around the city of "Historic Black Berea".
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: The eveing with conclude with a rousing and spirited concert especially for you by the renowned Berea College Black Music Ensemble.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The day will focus on the Great Commitment to serve Appalachia with informative sessions ranging from history to humor. The day will be spent at the renowned Loyal B. Jones Appalachian Center & Museum.
(Tuesday, September 24)

Note: A country dancing exhibition that you can participate in!



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available between 7:00-8:00 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: The morning begins with a "deep dive" into Appalachia. The focus will be on history, stereotypes, and the significance and issues surrounding coal. The morning session will be held in the renowned Loyal B. Jones Appalachian Center and Museum.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available between 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: The afternoon session will revolve around informative and hands-on discussions and interaction with experts and students in regards to the College's Great Commitment to serve Appalachia. Programs such as CELTS, the Brushy Fork Institute, and others led or supported by the College and their historic and current impact on serving and improving the Appalachian region will be reviewed.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: An entertaining evening of Appalchian storytelling and comedy will be on tap that will leave you laughing the whole night long!
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The day will focus on the Great Commitment to Labor, Learning, and Service. The day will include field trips to the College Farm, Ecovillage, and Student Crafts operations.
(Wednesday, September 25)

Note: walking tours of the farm will be on uneven ground, walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available 7:00-8:00 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: We will begin the day with an in-depth review of the Labor Program experience at Berea College - one of only seven Work Colleges in the US. The morning will feature an interactive panel discussion, as well as a review of how the Labor Program contributes toward the Great Commitment of Learning, Labor, & Service. The morning will conclude with a field trip to see the operation of the College Farm and Farm Store, where students process and display organically grown and value-added food products.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at Boone Tavern Dining Room
 Afternoon: The day will continue with a detailed tour of the Student Craft operations where you will get the opportunity to interact with students and supervisors as they create woodcrafts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, and weaved fabrics. The day will conclude with sufficient free time for you to be able to shop in the local crafts and boutique shops on the perimeter of campus.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room of Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: You will be entertained in the evening with "Country Dancing" as long practiced in Appalachia - and it won't just be an exhibition, you can participate if you want!
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The focus will be on the Great Commitment to Plain and Sustainable Living and will include a tour of the Ecovillage, a nationally recognized living campus residential community.
(Thursday, September 26)

Note: Guided tours of the sustainable living areas that are part of the Berea Community.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: The morning will start with an expert led, interactive discussion of the Commitment to Plain and Sustainable Living and it's tradition in Appalachia. The practical "triple bottom line" concept of economic, environmental, and social justice will be discussed in detail. The morning will conclude with a tour of the "inner workings" of the elegant and historic Boone Tavern Hotel where you are staying, which just happens to be the first LEED Gold "green" Hotel. You'll also learn of it's own historic relevance and the famed guests who have stayed there through the years.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: The afternoon will continue with a tour of the EcoVillage, a residential campus community that is nationally recognized not only for it's sustainable environmental practices, but also because of it's dedicated use and service to non-traditional students (single mothers and families). The afternoon will conclude with another chance to shop at the Artisan's Village in "Old Town" Berea.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room of Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: Hear local musicians sing and play bluegrass and Appalachian folk music in "Jammin' on the Porch". Bring your favorite instrument along and you join in!
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The program concludes with a tour of the Rogers-Traylor Art Museum and an interactive panel discussion with Appalachian students and alumni of the College
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: An expert led tour of the Rogers-Traylor Art Museum will allow you to see historic and recent artwork from Appalachia, treasures both nationally acclaimed and undiscovered. You will conclude with a summary, interactive panel discussion of Applachian natives who either attend or have attended the College who can share their own Appalachian regional experiences with you.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. Program ends at 12:00 Noon.
   
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
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