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Berea
From Baskets to Bluegrass: Appalachian Arts & Crafts With Your Grandchild
Get to know Berea, the Arts-and-Crafts capital of Kentucky, as you explore local artisan studios and make beautiful crafts and memories with your grandchild.
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Program No. 21127RJ
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4 days
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4 days
3 nights
9 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Berea, KY
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Boone Tavern Hotel

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.

DAY
2
Field Trips to Old Town Craft Village for Craft Making, Skittles & Ice Cream Social
Berea, KY
B,L,D
Boone Tavern Hotel

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 Berea College Campus and have lunch in the school cafeteria with many options to chose from on the cafeteria style, all you can eat, buffet line.

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.

Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: There will be a scavenger hunt sending you around College Square discovering clues that will lead you to a Berea College gift at the end!

DAY
3
Craft Making and Story Telling
Berea, KY
B,L,D
Boone Tavern Hotel

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 Berea College Dining Services.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch, we will board the bus again to go back to Old Town for our final craft with a local craft person. 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.

DAY
4
Craft Display/Berea College Craft Tour and Berea College Campus Tour
Berea, KY
B,L

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!