The Russel Acton Folk Center was built and owned by a group of volunteers, with the help of many generous donations, in the mid 1980’s. The dream of its namesake, Russel Acton, was to preserve the art of Folk Dancing in Appalachia. Contra Dances are held every fourth Saturday in addition to numerous other dance related workshops and activities. 

This facility is now owned by the City of Berea and is available for private rental. Featuring 3,500-square feet of open space, a commercial kitchen, bathroom facilities and a half acre of green space, this facility can be used for a number of events including: shows and demonstrations, weddings & receptions, showers, reunions, etc. The cost is based on the total amount of time needed, total number of people and if the kitchen is needed. 

For reservation information please call (859) 986-9402.

On Thursdays, local musicians, Donna and Lewis Lamb host “Jammin’ on the Porch.”  The free festivities begin at 7:00 pm. Donna and Lewis specialize in “old time” mountain music and bluegrass, but they welcome musicians of all styles. Out of towners are just as welcome as local folks, and all ages and all skill levels participate. Many people time their travels up and down I-75 to allow for a stopover in Berea just to join the jam session. They sit in a circle, pass the mic around, and give everyone a chance to share their music or musings, and they sing together. For more information call the Berea Welcome Center 1-800-598-5263