The ninth annual Eco Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College in Davenport.

This year's Eco Art Festival, a family-friendly event celebrating art and nature, also marks the 40th anniversary of Hartwick College's purchase of Pine Lake from the Neunzig family in 1971.

On Saturday, afternoon events from 1 to 4 p.m. include Charlie Bremer's earth instruments, a hands-on outdoor "eco art" project, tie-dying, live music and a coal-burned wood bowl workshop with Hawk Circle Wilderness Education. Challenge Education staff will also offer an open high ropes course from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, a free concert featuring Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will be held in the Vaudevillian.

According to a media release from the college, Ungar and Mason "have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene." They perform Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, Civil War-era songs, swing and country music and original compositions. They have appeared on "Great Performances," "A Prairie Home Companion," and on soundtracks of films such as "Legends of the Fall" and "Brother's Keeper."

The festival will continue Sunday with a chili cook-off in the picnic pavilion. All events are free and open to the public. The Eco Art Festival is funded by the Hartwick College Student Senate activity fee and sponsored by Grassroots Club, Pine Lake Club, the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and the Office of the President.

For further information, contact Dan Morse, coordinator of sustainability programs at the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at morsed@hartwick.edu or 431-4666.

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