True Appalachia: Arts, Literature and Culture
Meet with professors and students at the renowned Berea College to discover authentic Appalachian art, music and dance in Berea, “The Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.”
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Program No. 6721RJ
6 days
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Nowhere is the artisan culture of Appalachia more thriving than Berea, “The Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.” This sleepy mountain town may be small, but its ornate, handmade crafts put it on the map in a big way. Stay in a historic inn at the renowned Berea College as you learn the region’s rich history and culture in one of the last truly authentic Appalachian towns. Enjoy regional bluegrass and folk music performances, meet with students and professors to learn about local craftsmanship and even make your own craft in traditional Appalachian style.
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Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the fascinating culture of Appalachia in discussions with local experts and in a hands-on basket-making workshop.
  • Experience traditional Appalachian music and dance as local musicians perform bluegrass, folk and gospel.
  • Enjoy luxurious accommodations in the heart of Berea College at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel, featuring handmade furniture from the students.
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Chris Green
Chris Green is director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and is serving as the vice-president/president elect of the Appalachian Studies Association. His books include “The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism,” which won the 2009 Weatherford Award for the best non-fiction book about Southern Appalachia, “Rushlight: Poems”, and “Coal: A Poetry Anthology,” which he edited. Chris grew up in central Kentucky, was an associate professor of English and graduate humanities at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., and feels blessed every day to be at Berea and to be serving the people of Appalachia.
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