Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Berea, Kentucky


I used the long weekend as an excuse to get away from the city and back to nature.  I needed an unplugged weekend to de-stress and to prepare for a busy period coming up.  On my way to my ultimate destination, Cumberland Falls, I stopped in Berea, KY.  I'd read about Berea and the strong artist community they have built there.  I'm glad I took the time to stop - such a charming little town.


This is Berea's Farmer's Market - isn't it picture perfect?



When I first started noticing barns with large colorful signs with no words, I thought maybe it was the stable's racing colors.  But then I noticed the colors weren't always what you would call "sporting" colors, so I started asking questions.  Turns out the squares have nothing to do with racing but are instead painted quilt squares.  When the Shakers helped settle the area they brought the tradition of decorating barns with these colorful signs and it continues today.

When I packed I made sure to include road trip music, including my latest purchase the debut album from Jaron and the Long Road Home.  I've posted the current single, "I Pray for You" before, so today here is my personal favorite from the collection, "That's Beautiful to Me."

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13 comments:

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Oh. i could live there. *sigh*

Corinne said...

I had no idea about the barn squares, that's so interesting! And they're gorgeous!

gibknitty said...

it looks like such a quaint little town. i love the idea of those decorative squares on the barns.

Kate said...

I want to buy my veggies THERE! How beautiful!

The Felix Family said...

I love that painted quilt square design. I would hang something like that in my house. I love the charm and character.

VeganCraftastic said...

I love those quilt square signs, very cool!

Stephanie said...

cool barns!! I love the quilt square decorations

colorchic said...

What a fun place to visit! I'll have to put it on my list of places... I love the barn squares, a nice photo op! Thanks for visiting Color Chic!

cindy said...

i love those old worldy towns. cumberland falls looks fantastic and so do your photos. enjoy your weekend!

Dorian Susan said...

I know the most fabulous amazing woman who lives in Berea. My mouth dropped to see it here in your post. She is a professor at the college and she specializes in gospel music. Woo-hooo. If you like feeling that back beat and hearing the sweet words of hope...she's your girl.
Great to see photos of where this wonderful woman comes from.
Shout out to Kathy Bullock!
Thanks for showing me her hometown.

Sherree said...

I love the community and the pictures!Thanks for sharing. You said you had taken hundred of pics--load them up and let us see. I can only speak for myself but i love looking at other peoples photos!

Karen said...

I visited Berea several times growing up and was back there to visit just a couple of years ago. We had such a good time visiting the shops and artists' galleries. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

Jeannette's Jewelry said...



Sometime in May, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen will open their new art gallery and later classes will be taught. Hope people who visit Berea will come by 116 Broadway and see all the great visual art the 350 members have to offer art lovers.

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