Monthly Archives: September 2014

Coming Home to Berea


Berea Arts Fest 2014

This is a one-day, invitational, multi-arts festival held in historic Berea, Ohio.

The twenty fourth annual festival will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 10a-5p on the banks of beautiful Coe Lake, situated in the heart of Berea. Attendance is completely FREE and the festival takes place RAIN or SHINE! Approximately one hundred professional fine artists and craftspeople will display their works for sale. There will be a demonstrating artist and an Art Raffle offering chances to win art donated by the participating artists. Performing artists will entertain from multiple locations surrounding Coe Lake.

My booth is #35. Please stop by and say hi. Mention this blog for a 20% discount!


Forgive me while I reminisce for a minute or two. I graduated from B-W College (now B-W University) which is in Berea, so I knew the town, although there have been mind boggling changes since I graduated. I was on the rowing team all 4 years I was there. To get ready for the competition we had to practice, and of course, we practiced on Coe Lake!

Looking back, it was rather hysterical. Only one girl in the sorority had a car, Stacy, so she drove us to the lake every morning before class. We rowed a rubber raft, with a rope looped around it. We flipped it up on the roof of her car, upside down, and got in the car. Everyone reached out the window, grabbed the rope and held on for dear life so it wouldn’t blow away as we drove to the lake.

We raced our hearts out, Cathy at the helm calling cadence. If I’m not mistaken, we won at least a couple of year’s races!

This old picture is from a yearbook of mine and is rather blurry, but hopefully you can make out a few of us in our rubber raft.


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